Audubon, John James

John James Audubon (1785 to 1851)

John James Audubon was born in Haiti on April 26, 1785 on a sugar plantation, the son of Lt. Jean Audubon, a French naval officer, and Audubon’s mistress, Jeanne Rabin, a Louisiana chambermaid. After the death of Jeanne Rabin and a slave uprising that convinced Audubon’s father to give up his holdings in the colony, John James Audubon, still a toddler, and his younger sister returned to France [...] 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.


Wilbur G. Adam – American Artist

Wilbur G. Adam (1898-1973)

A Cincinnati native and a decorated artist during his career, Wilbur Adam’s work has rarely surfaced on the market and has fallen into obscurity in recent years.

Collectors intimately familiar with the early 20th century school of Cincinnati artists might be surprised at Adam’s work and his association with many of the Queen City’s notables- including Frank Duveneck, Herman and Bessie Wessel, Lewis Henry Meakin, and Caroline Lord, to [...] Click here to continue reading.


Moses, Grandma (Anna Mary Robertson) – American Folk Artist

photograph of Grandma Moses, photograph by Rudolph Rissland (p4A item E8981620) Anna Mary Robertson Moses ‘Grandma Moses’ (1860-1961)

Anna Mary Robertson, more commonly known as Grandma Moses, was born in 1860 in Greenwich, New York. She grew up in a large family, where the girls were taught how to perform a variety of domestic tasks. After she married Thomas Salmon Moses, Grandma Moses spent nearly 20 years raising her children on their farm. [...] Click here to continue reading.


Gouache – Definition

Gouache vs. Watercolor

Gouache (sometimes referred to as body color and pronounced “gwash”) and watercolor paintings are often not clearly distinguished as being different, perhaps because making the distinction just based on a visual examination can be difficult, perhaps because both techniques are often used in the same work, but they are different in fundamental ways. Watercolors have pigment, a binding agent, any additives an artist might use to manipulate durability and texture, and [...] Click here to continue reading.


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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