Folk Art and Grandma Moses

7/13/18 When I think of the term “Folk Art” it conjures up the vision of art of the people. Wikipedia describes it as art created by an indigenous culture, peasants and tradespeople. In essence, it is art of the people. Folk Art encompasses a wide variety of mediums that are generally utilitarian in nature rather […]

Levina Teerlinc – A Master 16th Century Miniaturist

6/23/18 Have you ever come across an exhibit of miniature portraits? I remember seeing a small collection at a museum in Boston. I can’t remember if it was the MFA or the Gardner museum but I was immediately intrigued. It was as if the artist had miraculously created a masterpiece with all the detail of […]

Edmonia Lewis – Neo Classical Sculptor and Woman of Color

6/11/18 Born in Greenbush, NY in 1844 Edmonia Lewis became the first professional sculptor of African/Native American and Ojibwe heritage. Her work speaks to emancipation and revolved around aspects of the Civil War and abolitionist movement. Edmonia did not come from an affluent family. In fact she lost both her parents at the age of […]

Harriet Hosmer 19th Century Sculptor

5/28/18 Harriet Hosmer although not widely recognized is considered one the most distinguished American sculptors of the 19th Century. Born in Massachusetts in 1830 she was raised by her father after the age of 12 when her mother and 3 siblings passed away. Harriet was rather tomboyish in nature and was encouraged by her father […]

Anne Vallayer – Coster (1744 – 1818)

3/29/18 Still life painting in the 17th and 18th Century was often done to demonstrate technical skill. The genre on it’s own has a curious and rich history that didn’t always receive acknowledgement or public support. When you add in being a female painter at that time in history, it’s quite remarkable that women persevered […]

Eva Hesse – A Post Minimalist Leader

3/5/18 So often in life, it’s through tragedy that evolution and creativity emerge. This seems like a constant theme with artists. Eva Hesse, had a short lived but provocative career. She is credited with being one of the first artists to move from Minimalism to Post Minimalism. Post Minimalist work uses Minimalism as a starting […]

The Nude Self Portrait

2/13/18 Paula Modersohn Becker had a short lived career. She died at the age of 31 from a post pardum embelism. A tragic event under any circumstances and I think a loss for the art world and women painters in particular. Becker is known in part for her nude self-portraits that had a more earthly, […]