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Abbott Fuller Graves

Abbott Fuller Graves (1859-1936) was an American artist, illustrator and educator who studied in Paris with Georges Jeannin, one of the most famous flower painters in Europe. Graves taught at the Cowles Art School in Boston and, in 1891, opened his own art school in Kenebunkport, Maine. Graves kept his connection with Jeannin, make occasional tips to [...]

Jack Lorimer Gray

Jack Lorimer Gray (1927-1981)Photo circa 1967 Jack Lorimer Gray (1927-1981) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Gray traveled briefly to Montreal in 1948, to take a life drawing course from Arthur Lismer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His first major solo exhibition was at the Hackmatack Inn in Chester, Nova Scotia in 1948, leading [...]

Emile Gruppe

Born in Rochester, New York, Emile Gruppe (1896-1978) became a renowned New England landscape and marine painter. Although he is best known for his variety of Impressionistic landscapes, he also painted figures and portraits. His modern style was largely inherited from French Impressionist Claude Monet. "Lily Pads," date and location unknown, one of Gruppes landscapes, attests to [...]

Robert Gwathmey

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Robert Gwathmey (1903-1988) became an artist known for his Social Realist depictions of life in the rural South. He was one of the first white artists to create dignified images of African-American people and did so in a style that was modernist with many geometric forms and bold colororation. He spent most of [...]

Keith Haring

Keith Haring in 1985.Photo by David Howard Keith Haring was an American street artist and activist, whose easily recognizable work has been inspirational to his admirers around the world. Early Life and Education Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1958 and raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest, and only son, of [...]

Childe Hassam

Through his work and deeds, Childe Hassam helped to bring Impressionism to mainstream America. 
Early Years Frederick Childe Hassam was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. His father’s cutlery business was destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872. Although an uncle offered to send him to Harvard, Hassam chose, instead, to take a job to help support his [...]

Robert Henri

Born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, Ohio, he became one of the leading personalities in American art, known for his teaching skills, ethnic portraits, especially spirited children, and insistence that artists should adhere to social realism and give rein to their own artistic instincts. During his growing up years, he lived between Cincinnati and Cozad, Nebraska, founded [...]

David Hockney

Early Years and Education David Hockney was born in the city of Bradford, in Yorkshire, England in 1937. Hockney was the fourth of five children. He received his formal art education at the Bradford School of Art. After completing his National Service, as a hospital orderly, because of his status as a conscientious objector, he went on [...]

Winslow Homer

Photograph of Winslow Homer taken in N. Y., 1880, albumen print by Napoleon Sarony, American, 1821-1896. Gift of the Homer Family, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Quiet, thoughtful and seclusive, Winslow Homer became one of America’s most beloved artists. Homer was able to capture the raw beauty of people, the land and, especially, the sea. [...]

Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana is one of America’s most renown contemporary artists. His iconic works are recognized throughout the world. [photo]                                                                             [...]

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns is a master American painter and printmaker, whose work and ideas bridged the gap between the Dada and Post-impressionist movements.

Francis Coates Jones

Genre-figure painter Francis Coates Jones (1857-1932), was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Jones first expressed an interest in art in 1876 when visiting Edwin Abbey. Jones and his brother, H. Bolton Jones, a painter of landscapes, then worked at Pont-Aven, Brittany, in an artists' colony attended by Robert Wylie and Thomas Hovenden. Pont-Aven would soon become famous for [...]

Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn has been creating landscapes in rich, vibrant oils, pastels and prints for more than sixty years. Early Life and Education Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, the youngest of four children. His father was a prominent composer and conductor with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, who lost his appointment when the Nazis took [...]

Alex Katz

Early Years and Education Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn in 1927, raised in Queens, and has lived in his SoHo loft since 1968. His parents, who emigrated from Russia, encouraged Katz’s interest in the arts. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, whose curriculum allowed him to study academic subjects in the morning and arts in the [...]

Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly photographed in 1965 Ellsworth Kelly was an American artist whose work opened the door for post-war artists to explore minimalism, hard-edge, Color Field paintings and Pop Art. Early Life and Education Ellsworth Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York in 1923 and raised in the small town of Oradell, New Jersey. He was [...]

Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley is an artist and naturalist living on Peaks Island, Maine Scott Kelley is an American artist, whose focus is on the birds and landscapes surrounding his home in Maine. Early Life and Education Scott Kelley was born in Binghamton, New York in 1963. “Having grown up as an only child,” he says, “I [...]

Louis Aston Knight

Louis Aston Knight (1873-1948) was the son of the American expatriate painter, Daniel Ridgway Knight. Louis Aston Knight was born in America and began studying art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. In 1872, he traveled to Paris and continued to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Thereafter, he remained in Europe, and studied in the academic [...]

Max Koehne

Born in Halle, Germany, Max Koehne (1880-1968) was a colorist who created cheerful landscapes that appear to be painted spontaneously and with freshness. By 1912 he was producing work that would make him known as a "colourist of great distinction" by producing "paintings full of sparkling sunlight." His work was widely exhibited including the National Academy of [...]

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, 2014 Jeff Koons is one of America’s most successful and controversial artists. Early Life and Education Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. His father was an interior designer, his mother a seamstress. Koons showed an interest in art at a young age. One of his teenage idols was Salvador Dali. [...]

Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was born in Atlantic City and came of age in Harlem during the Great Depression. During the 1930s, Lawrence received early artistic training under Charles Alston at the Utopia Children's Center in Harlem, and the Harlem Art Workshops at 135th Street Public Library and 306 West 141st Street, which were run by Augusta Savage. [...]

Ernest Lawson

Canadian-American painter, Ernest Lawson (1873-1939) was a member of the group of eight, a group of artists which included the group's leaders Robert Henri, John Sloan, William Glackens and others. Though he painted mainly landscapes, he also did some realistic urban scenes which were shown at the 1908 exhibition of the Eight. Though considered an impressionist, Lawson's [...]

Martin Lewis

Born in Castlemaine, Australia, Martin Lewis (1881-1962) became, in the 1920s and 1930s, one of the major printmakers in the United States, completing between 1915 and 1945 about 143 prints. On canvas, he also explored human activity and relationships, but his graphics are regarded as superior to his paintings. He lived in New York City most of [...]

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein in front of one of his paintings at an exhibition in Stedelijk Museum.3 November, 1967 Roy Lichtenstein was an painter, sculptor, printmaker and educator whose iconic works helped shape the Pop art movement. Early Life and Education Roy Lichtenstein was born and raised in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1923, the oldest of [...]

Richard Lindner

Richard Lindner (1901-1978) was born in Hamburg, Germany and is well known for his quirky POP artworks. His style blends a mechanistic cubism with personal images and haunting symbolism.

Louis Lozowick

Born in Ludvinovka in the Ukraine, Louis Lozowick (1892-1973) became best known for his lithographs of skyscrapers, constructions, and machinery, a series spanning fifty years. He attended the Kiev Art School from 1904 to 1906 and emigrated to the United States at age 14. In New York, he studied for three years at the National Academy of [...]

George Luks

George Luks (1867-1933) was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Luks received his first art instruction from his parents who pursued painting as a hobby. At seventeen he entered the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Later he went to Düsseldorf where he lived with a distant relative, a retired lion-tamer. He abandoned Düsseldorf for the more stimulating spheres of [...]

John Marin

John Marin (1870-1953) was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. His father was a public accountant; his mother died only nine days after his birth. He was taken to his maternal grandparents with whom he lived in Weehawken, New Jersey. His grandparents, with their son and two daughters were the only parents Marin was to know; it has [...]

Reginald Marsh

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) was born in Paris, France, the child of artist parents. He was born over a small cafe on Paris' Left Bank. He was brought to the United States in 1900 and was drawing before he was three. He studied art at Yale University and the Art Students League, during which time he worked primarily [...]

Henri Matisse

French artist, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the [...]

Joan Miro

The artist Joan Miró in front of one of his works "The more ignoble I find life, the more strongly I react by contradiction, in humor and in an outburst of liberty and expansion." — Joan Miro Early Life and Education Spanish painter, printmaker and sculptor, Joan Miro, was born in Barcelona in 1893. Miro’s father [...]

Montoya and Ortiz

Sculptors Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz, 2010 Sculptors Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz specialize in creating monumental versions of fruit, vegetables, shells, and mollusks cast in bronze. Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz have formed an artistic partnership for the past 15 years. Together they explore everyday items, mostly found in nature such as plants, sea [...]

Dale Nichols

Dale Nichols (1904–1995) Dale Nichols was an American Regionalist painter and illustrator, who traveled extensively, but always went back to his Nebraska roots for inspiration. Early Life and Education Dale Nichols was born in 1904, in David City, Nebraska. His family had a grain and livestock farm, so Nichols spent his childhood doing chores and [...]

William Paxton

William McGregor Paxton (June 22, 1869 – 1941) William Paxton (1869-1941) is best known as a portrait painter. He co-founded The Guild of Boston Artists and he is identified with the Boston School. He was well known for his extraordinary attention to the effects of light and detail in flesh and fabric. Paxton's compositions were most often idealized young [...]

Jane Peterson

Born Jennie Christine (1876-1965) in Elgin, Illinois, she officially changed her name to Jane Peterson in 1909 after her first success as an artist. Her family was of humble background but certainly not poverty stricken. She became famous for a wide range of works from landscapes to still lifes that blend Impressionist and Expressionist movements.

Pablo Picasso

In 1949, Albanian-American photographer Gjon Mili was able to make an appointment with Pablo Picasso at his studio in Vallauris France. Trained as an engineer and self-taught in photography, Gjon Mili was the first to use electronic flash and stroboscopic light to create photographs that had more than scientific interest. “Painting is a blind man's [...]

Edward H. Potthast

Edward H. Potthast (1857-1927) was an American Impressionist painter. He is known for his paintings of people at leisure in Central Park, and on the beaches of New York and New England. His work is included in many major museums in the United States. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. From June 10, 1879 to March 9, [...]

Maurice Prendergast

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (October 10, 1858 – February 1, 1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist who worked in oil, watercolor, and monotype. He exhibited as a member of The Eight, though the delicacy of his compositions and mosaic-like beauty of his style differed from the philosophy of the group. Bibliography: Walter Pach. "The Eight Then and Now." [...]

Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was an American artist who came to prominence in the 1950s transition from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. Rauschenberg is well-known for his "Combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, [...]

William Trost Richards

William Trost Richards (1833-1905) was one of the foremost proponents of the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. Meticulously faithful factual rendering was deemed essential, and throughout his life, Richards practiced this tenet. His views of the White Mountains are almost photographically identifiable, yet he imbues them with a delicacy and atmospheric quality that makes them extraordinarily beautiful. Richards was [...]

Robert Riggs

Known for his paintings of prize-fighting and circus-genre scenes and lithography of gigantic size compositions, Robert Riggs (1869-1970) had a highly successful career as an artist, especially in the 1930s and 40s. His painting "The Brown Bomber," showed the boxing victory of Joe Louis over Max Schmeling. This is one of the paintings that earned Riggs election [...]

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