Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Artists who set the Renaissance in motion...

Michelangelo BuonarrotiSistine Chapel Ceiling Frescoes1508-1512Art History 101
Unfolding from around the year 1300 to the middle of the 16th century, the Italian Renaissance was one of the most important and prolific periods in the history of art. The Renaissance (the French word for “rebirth”) refers to the rediscovery of ideals from classical antiquity. A system of values that came to be known as humanism, these ideals turned away from the dogma of medieval scholasticism in order to advance education in rhetoric, history, moral philosophy, and other liberal arts. While this rebirth occurred in many creative realms—the poetry of Dante Alighieri, the architecture of Filippo Brunelleschi, the scientific experiments of Galileo Galilei—certain works of visual art stand as the most iconic representations of the Renaissance and its principles. Indeed, this is the period when the most famous images shifted from being icons—representations of holy figures like Christ or the Virgin Mary imbued with special devotional powers—to being iconic in a secular sense.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy B'Day to the American artist MarkTobey.

Threading Light
"On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds". 

Mark George Tobey (December 11, 1890 – April 24, 1976) was an American artist. His tightly structured compositions, inspired by Asian calligraphy, resemble abstract expressionism, although the motifs of his compositions are philosophically different from most abstract expressionist artists. His work has been widely recognized throughout the United States and Europe. In 1921, Toby founded an art department at the Cornish School in Seattle, Washington. ...
Toby left a strong mark in the history of “900” for his unique calligraphic images, which are the result of lyrical integration between two figurative cultures, Western and Eastern, beginning from traditional Chinese painting on parchment with European cubism. This form of abstraction stems from the different experiences of the artist who lived between Seattle and New York, traveled extensively between Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto and Europe and turned to the Baha’i faith, the monotheistic religion of Abraham born in Iran in the mid-nineteenth century.  ..

Lines of the City
Tobey is most notable for his creation of so-called “white writing” – an overlay of white or light-colored calligraphic symbols on an abstract field which is often itself composed of thousands of small and interwoven brush strokes. This method, in turn, gave rise to the type of “all-over” painting style made most famous by Jackson Pollock, another American painter to whom Tobey is often compared. Tobey’s work is also defined as creating a vibratory space with the multiple degrees of mobility obtained by the Brownian movement of a light brush on a bottom with the dense tonalities

In November or December 1935, the painter Mark Tobey (1890-1976) paints his first "white-writing" style paintings. Tobey, who moved to Seattle in 1923, is in England at the time, teaching at Dartington Hall in Devon. In the innovative paintings, he attempts to capture the frenetic energy he has experienced in New York City. The "white writing" paintings ultimately become an important influence in the development of Abstract Expressionism, especially on the work of Jackson Pollock. Mark Tobey returns to Seattle, and emerges as a leading painter of the Northwest School. He is the first to become internationally known.