Saturday Art: Local Artists, Oil City, PA

By: Saturday April 25, 2015 3:55 am

A community with the interesting history of having the first producing oil well in the U.S., developed from one the native Americans had used in times beyond memory, has a variety of creative artists enlivening the area. Their work is given a home in a bright brick downtown building, and gives a distinctive cachet to the downtown.

 

Camera Work: Bright Ideas

By: Sunday April 19, 2015 9:00 am

So many ideas for today’s post, the mind boggles!

Saturday Art: Thomas Eakins

By: Saturday April 18, 2015 2:40 am

In the early 20th century, Thomas Eakins took the course of realism and produced a body of work that represents the life of that era in the U.S. He was an educator and painter who drew subjects from everyday life in his large body of productive work.

He is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history.[3][4]

Saturday Art: Gustave Courbet

By: Saturday April 11, 2015 3:58 am

The artist Gustave Courbet put an imprint of realism on the world of art that carried through to other walks of life and still influences our world today. His original style was formed in resistance to strictures and style that worked to make artistic representation of life resist and stay at odds with the very life it drew from.

Saturday Art: ‘The Elevation of the Cross’ by Rubens, with Beckmann’s ‘Departure’

By: Saturday April 4, 2015 3:38 am

The tradition celebrated by Easter was inspiration for a body of work that shows sacred subjects, often featuring the graphic details of the death of Christ on a cross. In the Pre-Reformation days the works of artists generally showed biblical and classical mythical stories and characters. The great artists of early history put a lot of imagination and skill into depicting traditional and church approved events, often the birth and death of Christ.

Peter Paul Rubens created a master work which was located in Antwerp, Belgium, a triptych of the crucifixion. It was taken by Napoleon when he waged a campaign of takeover that conquered the country, but it was returned to its intended home in 1815. The work is held to be exemplar of Baroque art.

Saturday Art and Archaeology; Poverty Point, Louisiana

By: Saturday March 28, 2015 3:37 am

The home of tribal ceremonial construction by original inhabitants of the North American continent, Poverty Point has proved to be exceptional in skill and the extent of the tribal center of inhabitation. The mounds were not discovered until in 1950′s when aerial views were examined and showed the shape of what appears to be a bird in flight, contained in a detailed community of mound building, that showed form and structure beyond what had been envisioned previously as the development of civilization reached by the inhabitants of this bayou area.

Saturday Art: Jean-Honoré Fragonard

By: Saturday March 21, 2015 2:35 am

The distinctively romantic style of French painter Fragonard was an integral part of the Belle Epoque he portrayed. In the many large canvas paintings of that era that he produced, Fragonard epitomized a style that showed lovely indulgence in the lives of fanciful people.

Saturday Art: George Catlin

By: Saturday March 14, 2015 3:43 am

Born into a well placed Pennsylvania family, the artist originally conceded to his father’s wishes and entered the law. Finding himself sketching courtroom scenes and unable to concentrate on his career in it, Catlin began to paint and was given commissions for portraits of many in his social realm. He felt a lack of purpose until he encountered a delegation of tribal members and began to paint those subjects.

Saturday Art: George Bellows

By: Saturday February 28, 2015 3:55 am

One of the best regarded American realist painters of the past century, George Bellows was a promising athlete from Columbus, Ohio, who chose to follow a life as an artist and achieved renown for his honest portrayal of urban life.

Bellows first achieved notice in 1908, when he and other pupils of Henri organized an exhibition of mostly urban studies. While many critics considered these to be crudely painted, others found them welcomely audacious and a step beyond the work of his teacher.

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Ghost Town Terlingua, TX

By: Saturday February 21, 2015 3:55 am

Ghost Town is the remains of the town that was lived in by the miners at the Chisos Mine, owned by Howard Perry. He had leased the land for pasture then the grasses petered out there, but some later visitors saw that cinnabar, the ore that produces mercury, was present and it was used in the form of mercury fulminate, in blasting caps, with WWI just starting so there was a need.

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