Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Artists' Birthdays

Camille Monet and her son as painted by Pierre August Renoir at the Monet's garden. Renoir eventually tired of painting in the Impressionist style and traveled to Italy to study the old masters' works before he returned to France. He painted many portraits of voluptuous women, most nude. I had to leave a museum room one time because it was filled with too many Renoir works hung close together in a small space. It was overwhelming.

I visited his studio in southern France and learned that his paint brushes were tied to his hands so he could work in his latter years. What dedication!

The birthdays for February artists are:

Renoir Pierre-Auguste Renoir
February 25, 1841
1Thomas Cole, 1801
2William E. Artis, 1914
3Norman Rockwell, 1894
4Fernand Léger, 1881
5Alison Saar, 1956
8John Ruskin, 1819
8Franz Marc, 1880
9Robert Morris, 1931
10Mary Lovelace O’Neill, 1942
11William Henry Fox Talbot, 1800
12Max Beckmann, 1884
12Joan Mitchell, 1925
12William Wegman, 1943
13Grant Wood, 1892
15Charles-François Daubigny, 1817
17Raphaelle Peale, 1774
17Hung Liu, 1948
18Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848
18Max Klinger, 1857
19Constantin Brancusi, 1876
20Ansel Adams, 1902
22Rembrandt Peale, 1778
22Horace Pippin, 1888
23Tom Wesselmann, 1931
24Charles LeBrun, 1619
24Winslow Homer, 1836
25Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841
26Honoré Victorin Daumier, 1808
29Augusta Savage, 1892
If you click on the blue lines, you can learn more about each artist.

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