Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Mel Ramos


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist, Mel Ramos [American, 1935-] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Ramos_Mel

Born in 1935 at Sacramento, California. Between 1954 and 1958 he studied at the Sacramento City College, the San José State College and the Sacramento State College, finishing with an M.A. From 1958 he taught at various institutions including Elk Grove High School, Mira Lama High School and California State College. In 1962-63 he began a series of garishly colored super-heroes taken from comic strips using a thick oleaginous pigment. In 1963 he was first included in a collective exhibition in Pop Goes the East at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. In 1964 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Bianchini Gallery, New York. In 1965 he developed a specific kind of Pop Art iconography by combining nude pin-up girls from American magazines and advertisements with branded products. In 1966 he exhibited at the Galerie Ricke, Kassel. In 1969 he was represented in the exhibition Human Concerns at the Whitney Museum, New York, and had a one-man exhibition at the Gegenverkehr, Aachen. He exhibited at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, in 1972, and was represented at the Pop Art exhibition at the Whitney Museum, New York, in 1974. In 1975 he had a retrospective at the Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, and in 1977 at the Oakland Museum, California. In 1978 he was included in the exhibition Art About Art, Whitney Museum, New York. Since 1980 he has taught painting at California State University, Hayward.


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Al Held


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the Abstract Expressionist movement, Al Held [American, 1928-] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Held_Al


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Kazimir Severinovich Malevich


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the Cubist movement, Kazimir Severinovich Malevich [Russian, 1878-1935] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Malevich_Kasimir

Kasimir Malevich (1878–1935). Russian painter and designer, with Mondrian the most important pioneer of geometric abstract art.


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Morning in the Village after Snowstorm

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Supremus No. 56

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Suprematism

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Suprematism

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Hermann Linde


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist, Hermann Linde [German, 1863-1923] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Linde_Hermann

Hermann Linde (1863–1926) was a classically trained German painter who was born and raised in Lübeck. He is the brother of the patron of the arts and art collector Dr. Max Linde. As early as 1904, he developed a relationship with Rudolf Steiner, who encouraged him to create a form of artistic expression for those on a spiritual path. Inspired by his experiences with Steiner’s ideas, Linde dedicated his artistic work to Anthroposophy. He participated in the creation of the stage sets for Steiner’s first mystery drama, The Portal of Initiation, performed in Munich in 1910. Later, during World War I, he helped paint the cupolas in the First Goetheanum.


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Girl Standing in a Veranda Wearing a Pochampalli Sari

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Portrait of the Artist

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First Goetheanum

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Lübeck town garden (Johannisstrasse 64)

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Edward Hopper


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the American Scene movement, Edward Hopper [American, 1882-1967] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Hopper_Edward

Edward Hopper (1882-1967). His enigmatic depictions of America are indelibly etched in the memory of those viewing his work. Born in New York in 1882, Hopper showed early interest in art, particularly drawing, and went on to study illustration and painting. With their emphasis on truthful, contemporary subjects, his teachers Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller at the New York School of Art were vital to Hopper’s development as a realist. Hopper made three long visits to Paris between 1906 and 1910; yet, aside from admiring Impressionism, he was not attracted to modern art. Although he sold his first oil painting in the Armory Show in 1913, he continued to pursue commercial illustration as a career. In 1920 Hopper had his first one-person exhibition at the Whitney Studio Club in New York, and in 1924 he sold all of his works from a solo show at another New York gallery. This success allowed him to dedicate himself to painting. By the late 1920s, Hopper developed his mature style, characterized by depictions of lonely urban and small town scenes in which there may be only a few silent, solitary figures. Often he shows only the drab architecture, devoid of human life. Hopper.s vision of the American scene was one of alienation and anxiety. His life and art were remarkably consistent: a very private person, he endowed the figures in his paintings with a similar sense of detachment. Hopper divided his time between a small apartment in New York.s Greenwich Village and trips to New England, continuing to synthesize and distill his observations of contemporary life into hauntingly familiar scenes. Hopper died in New York in 1967.


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Hans Bellmer


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the Surrealist movement, Hans Bellmer [French, 1902-1975] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Bellmer_Hans


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Emmanuel Radnitsky


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist, Emmanuel Radnitsky [American, 1890-1976] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Radnitsky_Emmanuel

Man Ray, whose real name is Emmanuel Radnitsky (born Aug. 25, 1890, Philadelphia, Pa., died Nov. 18, 1976, Paris, France), was a U.S. photographer, painter, and filmmaker. He grew up in New York City, where he studied architecture, engineering, and art. With Marcel Duchamp he formed the New York Dada group in 1917 and produced ready-mades. In 1921 he moved to Paris and became associated with the Surrealists. He rediscovered the technique for making “cameraless” pictures (photograms), which he called “rayographs,” by placing objects on light-sensitive paper; he also experimented with the technique of solarization, which renders part of the image negative and part positive by exposing a print or negative to a flash of light during development. He turned to portrait and fashion photography and made a virtually complete record of the celebrities of Parisian cultural life of the 1920s and ’30s. He also made important contributions as an avant-garde filmmaker in the 1920s.


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Autoportrait

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Chess Set

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Portrait Imaginaire de D.A.F. de Sade

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Dust Breeding (Elevage de poussiere)

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Charles Burchfield


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the American Scene movement, Charles Burchfield [American, 1893-1967] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Burchfield_Charles

Charles Burchfield grew up in Ohio where he enjoyed nature’s company in the woods which surrounded his home. He attended the Cleveland School of Art and later moved to New York. In 1929, he retired from designing wallpaper and devoted his time to painting, supporting himself off the sales of his paintings.

Burchfield is best known for his expressionistic large-scale watercolor paintings of the “American Scene” genre, although he did not consider himself a Regionalist painter. Other motifs in his work include fantastical scenes of memories from his youth as well as mystical scenes.

Burchfield’s thick and heavy stroke creates substance and vitality in his watercolors. Brooding Earth reveals earth’s anticipation of an oncoming storm on the horizon. The solitary tree on the left produces a feeling of loneliness or even melancholy. The earth itself fills the majority of the picture as the pale crest of the hill draws the eye upwards and to the left.

The earthly foreground seems quiet when compared to the dark storm brewing on the skyline. The forms are simplified, the brushwork is elegant, and the colors are monochromatic; these qualities help create the mood which Burchfield was seeking.


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Raoul Dufy


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the Fauvist movement, Raoul Dufy [French, 1877-1953] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Dufy_Raoul

Raoul Dufy was known for his brightly colored and highly decorative scenes of luxury and pleasure. Critics argue that his paintings lack substance, while others say that they simply express a delight in life.


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St. Vincent

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Regatta at Cowes

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Open Window at Nice

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Three Umbrellas

Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: David Smith


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 20th Century artist of the Expressionist movement, David Smith [American, 1906-1965] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Smith_David

David Smith was born in 1906 in Decatur, Indiana. After briefly attending college at Ohio University, the University of Notre Dame, and George Washington University, he moved to New York in 1926, where he studied painting full time at the Art Students League. During the 1930s he began to focus on sculpture, creating welded constructions by using found objects and forged metal. Smith moved permanently to Bolton Landing, in upstate New York, in 1940. Smith died in a car accident near Bennington, Vermont, in 1965. Major exhibitions of his sculptures, paintings and drawings have been presented worldwide since the 1950s, including recent retrospectives at the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo (1994); MNCA, Reina Sofía, Madrid (1996); and Storm King Art Center, New York (1997-1999). A centennial retrospective organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2006) traveled to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Tate Modern, London (2006–2007).


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Voltri VII

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