Birthdays

Happy Birthday, John Singer Sargent

If you are one of those who enjoy statistical probabilities, then you would agree with me that John Singer Sargent has a high likelihood of appearing in an art gallery.  This was my thought when I entered the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland.  I was not disappointed. Mrs. J. W. Crombie, an oil […]

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Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne

Today marks the birthday of Paul Cézanne. Paul Cézanne’s life is a poignant reminder that it is not easy to be the bridge between ideas. It takes courage to go forward into unknown territory, alone without support or encouragement.  Cézanne was the connection between two art forms – late 19th century Impressionism and early 20th […]

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Happy Birthday, Gilbert Stuart

  “When I painted him, he had just had a set of false teeth inserted, which accounts for the constrained expression so noticeable about the mouth and lower part of the face.” Gilbert Stuart, speaking of George Washington. (December 3, 1755 – July 9, 1828)  One of America’s foremost portraitists.   Brilliant and temperamental, Gilbert […]

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Happy Belated Birthday, Antonio Canova

“I have read that the ancients, when they had produced a sound, used to modulate it, heightening and lowering its pitch without departing from the rules of harmony. So must the artist do in working at the nude.”  Antonio Canova (November 1, 1757 – October 13, 1822) Italian sculptor from the Republic of Venice celebrated for his marble sculptures that delicately […]

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