Friday, January 6, 2017

A week plus a day or so of birthdays, starting with Matisse

December 31, 1869. Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (31 December 1869 - 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century. In this image: A member of the media watches "Nu Bleu Souvenir de Biskra" a 1907 painting by Henri Matisse, on the eve of the opening of the exhibition: Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso, L'aventure des Stein, at the Grand Palais in Paris, Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011

January 03, 1887. August Macke (3 January 1887 - 26 September 1914) was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). He lived during a particularly innovative time for German art which saw the development of the main German Expressionist movements as well as the arrival of the successive avant-garde movements which were forming in the rest of Europe. Like a true artist of his time, Macke knew how to integrate into his painting the elements of the avant-garde which most interested him. He was killed in the closing days of WW I.

January 04, 1881. Wilhelm Lehmbruck (January 4, 1881 - March 25, 1919) was a German sculptor. In this image: The shadow of the sculpture 'Badende' (Bathing Woman) from1902 falls on a wall during the press preview at the exhibition of sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919) in the Art Gallery in Apolda, central Germany, Friday, Sept. 9, 2012. Lehmbruck was one of the most important German sculptors of the Classical Modern age together with Ernst Barlach (1870-1938). Some of his works are on display in the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.) and the Tate Gallery (London, England).

January 06, 1832. Paul Gustave Doré (January 6, 1832 - January 23, 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving and steel engraving. In this image: A visitor to The Royal Academy of Arts in London, looks at the artwork, Young Woman and a White Scarf, by artist Gustave Dore, which is part of the exhibition entitled, Treasures From Budapest, Tuesday Sept 21, 2010.

There is so much more that could be written about each of these artists but there is a wealth of information on line. So, go forth and learn more!

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