Birthdays

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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Happy Birthday, Alfred Sisley

“Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface, at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist.” Alfred Sisley, Impressionist landscape painter. October 30, 1839 – January 29, 1899 Of all  the Impressionists, he was the most consistent in his commitment to painting the landscape […]

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Happy Birthday, N.C. Wyeth

“Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other.”  Newell Convers Wyeth  aka N.C.Wyeth October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945 American artist and illustrator, creator of over 3,000 paintings and illustrator of 112 books.  He is best known for his illustrations of Treasure Island, The Last of the Mohicans and […]

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