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Man Ray

Man Ray was an American modernist artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements.  He was best known in the art world for his avant-garde photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.

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Giotto di Bondone (1266/7 – January 8, 1337)

In his Lives of the Artists, Giorgio Vasari relates that Giotto was a shepherd boy, a merry and intelligent child who was loved by all who knew him.  Vasari recounts a number of such stories about Giotto’s skill. He writes that when Cimabue was absent from the workshop, his young apprentice painted such a lifelike fly on the face of the painting that Cimabue was working on, that he tried several times to brush it off. Vasari also relates that when the Pope sent a messenger to Giotto, asking him to send a drawing to demonstrate his skill, Giotto drew, in red paint, a circle so perfect that it seemed as though it was drawn using a compass and instructed the messenger to give that to the Pope.

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Gustave Courbet - 10 June 1819 – 31 December 1877

A French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century.  Courbet occupies an important place in 19th century French painting as an innovator and as an artist willing to make bold social statements through his work.

Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer (born March 8, 1945) is a German painter and sculptor.  His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac.  Kiefer is best known for his paintings, which have grown increasingly large in scale with additions of lead, broken glass, and dried flowers or plants, resulting in encrusted surfaces and thick layers of impasto.  I liked these because of the layers and the darkness of them.  Just very interesting to look at.

Artist Blog ~ Dorthea Lange

Born in New Jersey 1895 and died in 1965.  She started out by opening a portrait study in California.  When the Great Depression started she took to photographing the unemployed and homeless.  She documented rural poverty and the exploitation of sharecroppers and migrant workers.  In the last two decades of her life, Lange’s health was poor and she died of esophageal cancer.

Artist blog .. Michelangelo … Where to start?  His early work (in his teens) was just as good as his later works …. Every piece I look at .. gives me chills. Here are a few of my favorites: an amazing sculpture and painter …..

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