American Modernism

Thomas Hart Benton

2021-04-27T12:45:09-04:00 June 8th, 2016|

Thomas Hart Benton Painting The Rape of Persephone, 1938 Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) chronicled the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America, until the day he died. Early Life Benton was born in 1889 in Neosho, Missouri, the oldest of four children. He spent much of his childhood and adolescence in Washington, D.C., [...]

Oscar Bluemner

2017-06-05T11:23:58-04:00 July 2nd, 2016|

Oscar Bluemner was called The Vermillionaire by other artists because of his use of brilliant reds and bold colors. Bluemner was a driving force in the creation of American Modernism. Early Life and Education Oscar Bluemner was born in Prenzlau, Germany in 1876, to a family of artists and artisans. In 1885, Bluemner was given a solo exhibition at [...]

Charles Burchfield

2017-06-05T11:23:57-04:00 July 9th, 2016|

Charles Burchfield was an American artist, known for his startling, dreamlike watercolor landscapes and lithographs. Early Life and Education Charles Burchfield was born in Ashtabula Harbor in 1893. He was raised in Salem, in Ohio, by his widowed mother. Many of Burchfield’s paintings are of views from the house in Salem, and of the house itself, where [...]

Alexander Calder

2021-05-27T16:41:22-04:00 June 10th, 2016|

Early Life Alexander Calder in Stedelijk Museum A'dam. 2 October, 1969 Collectie / Archief : Fotocollectie Anefo Alexander Calder was born in Lawton, Pennsylvania, in 1898, to a family of talented artists. His grandfather, Alexander Milner Calder was a sculptor, who emigrated from Scotland to Philadelphia in 1868. He is best known for his monumental sculpture [...]

Elizabeth Catlett

2019-10-15T11:01:27-04:00 October 15th, 2019|

Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915[2] – April 2, 2012) was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, which often focused on the female experience. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C. to parents working in education, and was the grandchild of freed [...]

Stuart Davis

2017-06-05T11:23:57-04:00 August 7th, 2016|

Stuart Davis was an American painter whose European influences, combined with his American sensibilities, made him one of the most important modern painters of the twentieth century. Early Life and Education Stuart Davis was born in 1892, to a family that encouraged his talents from an early age. His father, Edward Wyatt Davis, was the art editor [...]

Robert Gwathmey

2017-06-05T11:23:57-04:00 August 15th, 2016|

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 [...]

Jasper Johns

2021-05-28T08:31:15-04:00 June 16th, 2016|

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

Jacob Lawrence

2020-09-24T12:28:58-04:00 October 15th, 2019|

Jacob Lawrence was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life.

Louis Lozowick

2016-10-11T12:48:59-04:00 August 15th, 2016|

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 [...]

John Marin

2016-10-11T12:49:02-04:00 August 15th, 2016|

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 [...]

Maurice Prendergast

2018-12-28T15:51:33-05:00 August 15th, 2016|

Maurice Prendergast was one of America’s most original painters. His works, although labeled Impressionist, have both a European and American sensibility, but are unlike the works of other artists of his time. Maurice Prendergast, 1913 Prendergast was, during much of his lifetime, a painter’s painter. It wasn’t until around the start of World War 1, [...]

Frank Stella

2021-05-28T10:11:50-04:00 June 23rd, 2016|

Frank Stella Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Artby naotakem is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Frank Stella is an American painter, sculptor and master printmaker whose idea of a painting as an object, had a profound impact on how we view art. “What you see is what you see.” he said. Early Life and Education Frank [...]

Joseph Stella

2016-10-11T12:49:22-04:00 August 15th, 2016|

Born in Muro Lucano, near Naples, Italy, Joseph Stella (1877-1946) is best known for his painting Brooklyn Bridge, 1919 a futurist work that is an icon of the Industrial Age. He arrived in the United States in 1896 and studied medicine and pharmacology and then attended the Art Students League under William Merritt Chase. From 1900 -1909, [...]

Mark Tobey

2016-10-11T12:49:23-04:00 August 15th, 2016|

Mark Tobey (1890-1976) was a painter of small abstract works with underlying religious themes as well as an illustrator and muralist. Tobey remains known primarily for his "white writing" paintings that give the impression of being expansive and much larger than they actually are.

Max Weber

2017-06-05T11:23:56-04:00 August 15th, 2016|

Max Weber (1881-1961) was born in Russia and at age ten emigrated with his family to the United States, settling in New York City. Weber is considered one of America's earliest modernists, and his long career witnessed many stylistic changes. Through the 1920s his work paid homage to such European artists as Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo [...]

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