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    Fun Fact Friday: Glass Art

    Fun Fact Friday graphic. According to the archaeological evidence, the first man-made glass was in Eastern Mesopotamia and Egypt around 3500 BC.

    Glass art is fascinating and has been around for quite a long time.  This weekend is the Holiday Open House at Corning Museum of Glass.  If you’re anywhere in the area of Corning, New York you should stop by and check out the museum.  There’s always fun demos of the…

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    Fun Fact Friday: Monet’s Color Shift

    Fun Fact Friday Graphic. After age 65 Claude Monet experienced changes in his perception of color. A shift in his use of color can be seen in his paintings during this time period.

    In honor of Claude Monet’s birthday earlier this week (November 14th), I thought it would be a good time to share a little bit more about him. As Monet got older he began to develop issues with his eyes.  Around age 65 (1905) he began experience changes in his perception…

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    Fun Fact Friday: The Etruscans and Sculpture

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Etruscans broke away from the Greek tradition of idealized youthful bodies by sculpting more realistic mature versions of their subjects. This was also later seen in Roman sculpture.

    Happy Friday!  Did you know that the ancient civilization of the Etruscans is my favorite civilization?  If you answered no that means you probably haven’t been following along with my blog this past month.  You can go catch up over here. This week a little bit about their sculpture and how…

  • Art History

    Happy Birthday Jackson Pollock

    Number 31 (1950), Jackson Pollock, MoMAHappy Birthday to Jackson Pollock, born this day back in 1912!   Jackson Pollock was an American painter who was part of the Abstract Expressionist movement.  It has taken a long time for me to appreciate his work (which is still an evolving process).  As a realist,…

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    Happy Birthday Mary Cassatt

    Mary Cassatt was an American painter born in Pennsylvania (near the Pittsburgh area) born May 22, 1844.  She was born to an upper middle class family who believed that travel was an essential part of learning about the world.  Mary was fortunate to be able to travel to Europe as part…

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    Happy Birthday Van Gogh

    Happy Birthday to my favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh!  Born this day, March 30th, 1853.  Van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist who was known for his impasto swirls of bold colors.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Denver Art Museum’s special exhibit Becoming Van Gogh a few years…

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    Happy Birthday Renoir

    In honor of French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s birthday, here is a little bit about him and his accomplishments! Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil (1873) Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born this day, February 25, 1841.  He lived until the age of 78, however if still alive today he would be 176!…

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    Happy Birthday Monet

    Did you know that today is one of my favorite artists’ birthday?  I had the awesome opportunity to view many of his paintings and inspirations in person last spring in Buffalo.  You can read more about the experience here.  To celebrate, some quick fun facts about Claude Monet: Claude Monet was…