Posts Tagged ‘painting’


Whose birthday am I noting?

June 21, 2015

Kent Maine-Headland-Winter

Rockwell Kent, born June 21, 1882

Rockwell Kent, artist, author, and political activist, had a long and varied career. During his lifetime, he worked as an architectural draftsman, illustrator, printmaker, painter, lobsterman, ship’s carpenter, and dairy farmer. Born in Tarrytown Heights, New York, he lived in Maine, Newfoundland, Alaska, Greenland, and the Adirondacks and explored the waters around Tierra del Fuego in a small boat. Kent’s paintings, lithographs, and woodcuts often portrayed the bleak and rugged aspects of nature; a reflection of his life in harsh climates.

kent mt equinox

Kent had an unusually long and thorough training as an artist. He was a student at the Horace Mann School in New York City and subsequently studied architecture at Columbia University, toward the end of which he felt a strong inclination toward painting and took up the study of art under William Merritt Chase at the Shinnecock Hills School. He studied later at the New York School, under Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller, and finally as an apprentice to Abbott Thayer at Dublin, New Hampshire. Henri encouraged him to go to Monhegan Island where Kent painted on his own. He was absorbed in the awesome power of the environment; nature’s timeless energy and contrasting forces influenced his work throughout his lifetime. His early and lasting relationship with the sea was portrayed again and again in his work.

Biography from The Plattsburgh State Art Museum.

kent north by east

kent Asgaard

kent mobydick1



What am I sappy cat blogging this week?

August 24, 2012

A little art history this week featuring:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.”

In addition to feminine beauty and sensuality, he was also frequently painted cats.

Juliet Manet and Cat

Woman and Cat

Sleeping Cat




Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

June 7, 2012

Paul Gaugin, a leading painter in the post-impressionist movement was born on this day in 1848.  His name is often coupled to a desire to buck convention, pull up stakes and run away to become a lotus eater.  He did all of these things, leaving a career as a stockbroker and a wife and five children behind.  His interest, although not his training, was in art.  He began painting while still living in Europe, but found little success.  He acted on his frustration by sailing to the tropics and forsaking European culture and civilization.  His paintings became increasingly primitive in character.  He did not enjoy success even in paradise and died at the age of 54.