• Art History

    Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh

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    Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh, born on March 30 back in 1853.  Van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter and one of my favorite artists.  Most people have heard his name and have seen some of his work (even as they don’t know it was his by name).  The most difficult…

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    Happy Birthday Michelangelo

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    Happy (belated) Birthday Michelangelo, born March 6, 1475.  Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet during the High Renaissance – one of the original “Renaissance men.”  You’ve likely run across his name or seen his (or parodies of his) work before.    If you’re not familiar with Michelangelo’s…

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    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 Manet

    Today would have been French painter Edouard Manet’s birthday.  Edouard Manet – not to be confused with fellow Impressionist Claude Monet – was part of the impressionist movement.  Impressionism is one of my favorite artistic movements. In celebration of Manet’s birthday, here are some facts this artist:  ​ He was…