Category Archives: Art

This Berrie Fine Glaswegian Lass Must Not Be Extinguished

Above: University Cafe (2011) 24 x 19 cm from a series of drawings of Glasgow cafes. Scottish illustrator Christine Berrie is a born and bred Glaswegian, living in the town of Bishopbriggs near Glasgow. The daughter of a draftsman for … Continue reading

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This Proves That Hele’s the Real Deal

‘The Pink Dressing Gown’ (1962) oil on board 90cm x 59.5cm Australian artist Sir Ivor Henry Thomas Hele, (Ivor Hele) was born on 13 June 1912. At the age of 15 he studied drawing and painting in Paris and Munich. … Continue reading

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The “Sage of the Wilderness” was born in the Kitchen

Above: William Mack, “The Sage of the Wilderness“. (Photo by Diane Arbus). At the time Diane Arbus took this photograph of William Mack (aka “The Sage of the Wilderness“) he was a 72 year-old, German, ex-merchant seaman living on his … Continue reading

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Dreams are Ten a Penny for Thomas McKenney

Thomas McKenney served as the United States Superintendent of Indian Trade in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and later as the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). He initiated the government’s commissioning of portraits. Like many others at the time, … Continue reading

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Have You Met ‘The Met’ Yet?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka: “The Met”) is located in New York City. It is the largest art gallery / museum in the United States and one of the 10 largest in the world. Its permanent collection contains more … Continue reading

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The Foreman of British Illustration

British author and illustrator Michael Foreman was born a month before his father died, on 21 March 1938. He grew up in Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, where his mother kept the village shop. He studied at Lowestoft School of Art, … Continue reading

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Callooh! Callay! for Calouste is Okay

Above: Dragonfly brooch once adorned by Sarah Bernhardt to whom it was lent by friend Calouste Gulbenkian. A corsage ornament which consists of dragonfly with griffon’s paws and green female torso whose face is supposed to be of Sarah herself. … Continue reading

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The Artist of The Court Ball at Hofburg is no ‘Gause-ing’ Game

German-Austrian painter Wilhelm Gause was born on 27th March, 1853.  He studied at the Düsseldorf Academy and in 1888 exhibited his work in Vienna. Gause died on 13th June, 1916. Gause’s most famous work is “Court Ball at the Hofburg.” Created … Continue reading

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Is a Room With a View Better Than a Room With Chairs?

Pictured above: “A Room With Chairs” (1972) charcoal on paper and canvas.  William Delafield Cook (1936–2015) was an Australian artist born in Melbourne, who was known for his stark landscapes. He taught at the University of Melbourne. He had long … Continue reading

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Behold the Art of Emil Nolde

Above: Emil Nolde – Puppan und Papagai (Dolls & Parrot) c. 1919 oil on canvas 46.5×59.5cm Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammiungen, Munich Straatsgalier Moderne Kunst German-Danish painter and print-maker Emil Nolde was born Emil Hansen  on 7 August 1867 near the village of … Continue reading

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Hail Fair Guinevere

Above: Guinevere by John Collier (1900) Bradford Museums and Galleries, Bradford, U.K. Leading English artist John Maler Collier  was born on 27 January 1850.  He was a painter in the Pre-Raphaelite style; and was one of the most prominent portrait … Continue reading

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Something Tells Me I’m Into Something Good

 Swiss-born artist and one of Australia’s Official War Artists for WW2,  Sali Herman, was born on 12 February 1898. He arrived in Melbourne in 1937 and enlisted in the Australian Army in 1941. In 1945, he was appointed an Official … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #15: Compare the Chair

Left: “Hollow“(2012) fibreglass & paint by Anish Kapoor,  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor was born on 12 March 1954, in Bombay. Kapoor lived and worked in London during the 1970s studying art at the Hornsey College of … Continue reading

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Poseidon’s Adventures are de Gheyn For

Poseidon and Amphitrite (1610) , Wallraf Museum, Cologne (Köln).  – Poseidon was the Greek god of the sea who married the nereid Amphitrite and fathered the merman Triton. Jacob de Gheyn II (aka Jacques de Gheyn II) (c. 1565 – … Continue reading

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When Art Imitates Art

German neoclassical painter Johan Joseph Zoffany (aka Johannes Josephus Zaufallij, Zoffani or Zauffelij) was born in the Bohemian town of Frankfurt on 13 March 1733. He undertook study in a sculptor’s workshop in Ellwangen in the 1740s (possibly at the … Continue reading

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