Wood, Grant – American Artist

Grant Wood (1891 to 1942)

Grant DeVolson Wood was born February 13, 1891 in Anamosa, Iowa. When he was ten, his father died, prompting the family to relocate to Cedar Rapids, where he eventually found work in a metal-working shop. Finishing high school at Washington High School, he entered art school in Minneapolis in 1910. After a year in Minneapolis, he returned to Iowa and taught at a one-room school. In 1913, he returned [...] Click here to continue reading.


Cartouche – Definition

Cartouche – Definition

The decorative arts world has many “squishy” and vague vocabulary words, but few are “squishier” and vaguer than cartouche. Originally, the term comes from Egyptology and is used to describe a oval enclosing hieroglyphics and having a horizontal line at one end. (The line denotes royalty.) The oval had significance not unlike that of a closed circle, in that it was believed that an oval around a person’s name provided protection [...] Click here to continue reading.


Buffalo Bill Cody

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody

The year 1883 neatly divides William Cody’s former life as a hunter, scout and guide from his later career as a showman. He was 37 in this year of transition.

The early life of William Frederick Cody (1846 to 1917) was colorful, adventurous and, thanks to Dime novels, exaggerated. He fought for the Union Army in the Civil War at 18. By 21, he earned his lifelong nickname [...] Click here to continue reading.


Chief Sitting Bull – Sioux – Tatanka-Iyotanka

Sitting Bull, Sioux Chief (circa 1831 to 1890)

Sitting Bull, the man who would later become the Hunkpapa Sioux chief, was born in South Dakota, near the Grand River. His Lakota name was Tatanka-Iyotanka. In his thirties, he began to build his reputation as a warrior, leading war parties in Red Cloud’s War against a number of Dakota Territory forts. Although the U.S. negotiated with the Sioux in order to end the war and [...] Click here to continue reading.


Russell, Charles Marion

Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926)

Charles Russell was as famous for his personal character as he was for his artistic career. A simple and modest man, he left the Midwest to pursue a life on the frontier. While residing primarily in Montana for the remainder of his life, Russell, or “Cowboy Charlie”, went on to become the state’s favorite son and achieve great renown for his depictions of the American West.

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Hill, Thomas – American Western Landscape Artist

Thomas Hill (British/American, 1829 to 1908)

Thomas Hill is considered one of the foremost landscape painters of the American West. Born in Birmingham, England, Hill came to the United States a young painter in 1844. His family settled in Massachusetts where Hill apprenticed to a coach painter. In 1853 Hill attended figure painting classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Peter Frederick Rothermel (1817-1895). Hill became a successful portraitist [...] Click here to continue reading.


Currier & Ives

Currier & Ives

We take the availability of art all around us for granted. That’s part of post-modernism, the fact that there’s no real original now, but just a stream of copies. There are sites all over the Internet offering inexpensive poster copies of great works of art, but until roughly the mid-19th century, artwork in homes was limited, both in quantity and quality. Wealth made it possible to commission portraits and landscapes from [...] Click here to continue reading.


James Rogers Lamantia – American Artist

James Rogers Lamantia (American, 1923-2011)

James Lamantia was a noted architect, artist and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Tulane University. A graduate of Tulane and Harvard Universities and a Rome Scholar, Lamantia worked in architectural firms in both New Orleans and New York. Lamantia was also an accomplished painter; he exhibited his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Chicago Art Institute among others. Most recently [...] Click here to continue reading.


Adolph Gottlieb – American Artist

Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974)

Adolph Gottlieb began a storied career under the leadership of John Sloan and Robert Henri at the Art Students League of New York. Departing for Paris in 1921 to study at the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere before returning to New York in 1923. Gottlieb’s career is described as having four phases: Pictographs (1940s), Grids and Imaginary Landscapes (1951-1957), Busts (1957-1974), and Imaginary Landscapes (1960s). Gottlieb is perhaps best known [...] Click here to continue reading.


Benton Henderson Clark – American Artist & Illustrator

Benton Henderson Clark (American, 1895-1964)

First learning drawing under the leadership of artist Arthur Woelfle, Clark went on to study painting at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1913. By 1915 Clark had arrived at the Chicago Art Institute where it is believed he sold a group of his first illustrations. Benton is perhaps best known from his western illustrations appearing in The Saturday Evening Post, McCalls, and Good Housekeeping.

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