Mexican icon Frida Kahlo

18 December 2011

One of Mexico’s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo, was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Her unique personality can be characterized by a deep sense of independence and rebellion against mediocre social and moral habits combined with a very individual sense of humour. Frida Kahlo was known for her jovial spirit. Her father, Wilhelm, was a German photographer who had immigrated to Mexico where he met and married her mother Matilde. She had two older sisters, Matilde and Adriana, and one younger sister, Cristina.

Almost all her life was marked by physical suffering. She contracted the polio at the age of five. In 1925 , when she was a student, occurred a horrible event that changed all her life. She was involved in a bus accident . She suffered several serious injuries as a result, including fractures in her spine and pelvis.

After staying at the Red Cross Hospital in Mexico City for several weeks, Kahlo returned home. There she began painting and finished her first self-portrait the following year. Lots of her works were painted lying in bed. Because of these physical conditions Frida couldn’t have any children, which was a big tragedy for her. She married Diego Rivera (twice), but also had a lot of lovers, men and women, such as Leon Trotsky and André Breton’s wife. She met Diego Rivera in National Preparatory School, which she attended. Rivera was creating a mural called The Creation in the school’s lecture hall. Becoming more politically active, Kahlo joined the Young Communist League and the Mexican Communist Party.

In 1932, Kahlo added more graphic and surrealistic elements to her work. Her painting, Henry Ford Hospital (1932), was telling the story of her second miscarriage. In 1938, Frida Kahlo had an exhibition at a New York City gallery, selling half of the 25 paintings shown there. Kahlo also received two commissions. In 1939, Kahlo went to Paris where she exhibited some of her paintings and developed friendships with such famous artists as Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso. Later that year she divorced Rivera. During this time, one of her most famous works, The Two Fridas (1939) was created. The painting showed two versions of the artist sitting side by side, with both of their hearts exposed. These figures are believed to represent “unloved” and “loved” versions of Frida Kahlo. Frida remarried Diego Rivera in 1940.

Throughout her life Frida Kahlo was seeking a variety of treatments for her chronic physical pain, but all with little success. Despite this she continued to paint and support political causes. In many of her works we can notice that she oftentimes shared her physical challenges with the help of her art. This we can see in her painting Broken Column (1944), for example.

About a week after her birthday, Kahlo died on July 13, 1958. It was reported to be caused by a pulmonary embolism, but there have also been rumors that this was a suicide death.

In 1983, Hayden Herrera wrote a book “A Biography of Frida Kahlo”. In 2002, her life was the subject of a film entitled Frida. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and won for Best Makeup and Original Score.

Edvard Munch a controversial artist of the 20th century

15 November 2011

Edvard Munch was born on December 12th, 1863, in Løten, Norway, the son of Christian Munch, a military doctor. His childhood artist spent in Kristiania, now better known as Oslo, the capital of Norway. At the age of 17 he started to study the arts. His tutor was quite famous in Norway naturalist painter Christian Krohg. Edvard’s talent was evident by his early realist paintings. Tragic events that Edvard faced in his youth (his mother, brother, and one of his sisters died of tuberculosis) had very deep impact on his artistic vision.

In 1886, Munch began working on his first truly personal piece – “The Sick Child“. Death, illness and mental anguish were the themes that Edvard Munch explored. The painting was based on memories of his favorite sister Sophie’s fight with tuberculosis. At the age of 26, Edvard Munch had his first exhibition (show) at The Norwegian Students’ Association in Kristiania. The show was a successful one due to the fact that he presented his lighter, less anguished artworks. He was awarded a travel grant which allowed him to return to Paris for the next three years. At that time Munch’s father died. Edvard Munch returned to Paris to study. His next show (in at the Artists’ Association in Berlin) wasn’t so successful as a previous one as critics denounced his work as that of an anarchist, and closed the exhibit. Despite this fact Munch following works were included in several exhibits. The artist lived and worked in Berlin and Paris for many years.

The Scream” is considered to be the most famous Munch masterpiece. He began working on sketches for this painting in 1891. There were several versions of “The Scream”, from black and white illustrations to several paintings, using several different techniques. In 1893, in an exhibit on Unter den Linden Munch presents some of the paintings from his Frieze of Life series. The next year, such artworks as the Madonna and Ashes were born.

In 1902, fighting with alcoholism and sadness over an ill-fated romance, Munch tried to commit suicide, but failed. , wounding his hand instead. After these tragic events Munch made several paintings which featured representations of his love lost. In 1908, he moved to a psychiatric hospital where he spent several months recovering from a nervous breakdown.

In 1909, Munch returned to Norway. There he was commissioned to create murals for the Aula of the University of Kristiania. He was given a permanent gallery at the Sonderbund Internationale Ausstellung in Cologne, while his paintings were sought by many galleries world-wide. The artist always aimed to paint the impressions of his soul, and not his eyes. And it was appreciated.

This talented artist has created hundreds of paintings, etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs. His art is controversial, but still catches attention of millions. This prolific artist died on the 23rd of January 1944 in his sleep at the age of 81.

William Morris Hunt – great American painter

11 November 2011

“Follow your own individual taste, and somebody will appreciate it.” (William Morris Hunt) Hunt, William Morris, (March 31, 1824 – September 8, 1879), American painter, was born at Brattleboro, Vermont. Hunt attended Harvard but withdrew. His mother decided to give him an opportunity to study the arts in the best academies in Europe. He studied in Düsseldorf and Paris.

He established art schools at Newport, Rhode Island, Brattleboro, Vermont, Faial Island in the Azores, and finally at Boston, where he introduced the ideals and methods of the Barbizon school. Hunt was among the biggest proponents of the Barbizon school in America. One interesting fact is that Hunt is considered to be the first American master to admit female students into his classes. In 1855 Hunt was married in Paris to Louise Dumaresq Perkins. They had five children.

His earliest works were usually figure pieces; he then painted portraits. In 1878, the year before his death, Hunt turned to landscapes. Hunt painted a series of lovely views of Niagara Falls. His later works also include the “Bathers” and “The Allegories” for the Senate chamber of the State Capitol at Albany, New York.

Among his best-known paintings are Girl at a Fountain, and a landscape (Metropolitan Mus.); a portrait of Chief Justice Shaw (courthouse, Salem, Mass.); and The Flight of Night (Pennsylvania Acad. of the Fine Arts). Hunt was a popular portrait painter. From 1850 to 1877 he was Boston’s leading portrait and landscape painter. Among his best paintings of this genre are those of William M. Evarts, Mrs Charles Francis Adams, the Rev. James Freeman Clarke, Senator Charles Sumner, William H. Gardner, and Judge Horace Gray. Unfortunately, many of Hunt’s paintings and sketches were destroyed in the Great Boston Fire of 1872.

J. F. Millet had a lasting influence on Hunt’s style and manner of painting. After Millet’s death, Hunt went to the New Hampshire shore to recover from a depression. Despite health problems, he continued to create, and was working on his last sketch three days before his death in 1879. William Morris Hunt was buried beside other family members at Weathersfield, Vermont. The Library of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is named in honor of the great painter William Morris Hunt.

Never give up – become who you want to be

9 November 2011

There are not so many restrictions in the world of art. On the contrary, sometimes there is too much freedom. Artist can produce everything they perceive as an art. But still, even when the artists claim they are making an art, it does not mean they are making a good art. Sometimes people can make something that is obviously not art, but refer to it as art. Some people disagree with the statement that anyone can be an artist, because it takes away the value of art. They (in most cases these people are artists) refer to the fact that even non-art people like the professional art than the amateur one. Maybe it’s true, but still like with the music, we all have different interests. Not everyone likes the same songs or singers. The same goes to the painting. Some people enjoy classic art while others prefer abstract or modern art. It’s all a question of taste.

So, if you want to become an artist and create beauty, do it. Painting can be an exciting and rewarding hobby. It can be the way you live and perceive the world around you. Creating things of beauty with your own hands is more than exiting. You won’t believe your own eyes at what you can create using the simplest materials, tools and your imagination.

If you don’t know where to take the first step, start by exploring your imagination. Let your imagination take you on a journey. You will be amazed at what you can admire within yourself. You can share your insights and ideas with someone you love and trust. It really helps to move forward if someone encourages and supports you. Be sure your part time hobby could turn into something more. Believe in yourself and work hard to achieve the wanted results. Make a positive impact in your life by inviting the things that make you happy. If you like painting, don’t give up if something goes wrong. Try your best to become skillful, then move forward by improving yours skills. With time you will definitely find yourself skillful enough to bring beauty to this world. Every painting has its goal. Decide what you are aiming for and just follow you objective. Be yourself and be proud of who you are and what you make with your own hands. It’s the most important in our life.

Along the way, you will learn many useful things (interesting facts, different techniques, etc.). Find things that inspire you to create. Wait a little and in some couple of years you may have an exhibition in your favorite art gallery. Art galleries are inviting young, talented good artists. Those that make pleasing art, no matter are they amateurs or professionals, will end up in a gallery. The art that gets selected for galleries, etc. has qualities that lots of people like. Who knows maybe exactly your artworks will be an object of enjoyment. Everything is possible, all you need is confidence in yourself, desire and will power to work in spite of everything.

Salvador Dali – one of the most prominent Spanish artists

1 November 2011

Salvador Dalí was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain. Dalí’s older brother, also named Salvador (born October 12, 1901), had died of gastroenteritis nine months earlier. When Dalí was five, his parents took him to his brother’s grave and told that he was his brother’s reincarnation. And Dalí belived in that concept. Of his brother, Dalí said, “…[we] resembled each other like two drops of water, but we had different reflections.” Dalí also had a sister, Ana María, who was three years younger. When Dalí was sixteen years old his mother died of breast cancer. After mother’s death his father, Salvador Dalí i Cusí, who was a middle-class lawyer and notary, married again with his deceased wife’s sister.

Dalí attended drawing school. He had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theater in Figueres in 1919. In 1922, Dalí moved into the Residencia de Estudiantes (Students’ Residence) in Madrid and studied at the Academia de San Fernando (School of Fine Arts). There he became close friends with (among others) Pepín Bello, Luis Buñuel, and Federico García Lorca. The friendship with Lorca had a strong element of mutual passion, but Dalí rejected the poet’s sexual advances. In 1926 Dalí was expelled from the Academia in 1926, because he was accused of starting an unrest. That same year, he made his first visit to Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso. Dalí created a number of works heavily influenced by Picasso.

His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. It introduced a surrealistic image of soft, melting pocket watches. The general interpretation of the work is that the soft watches are a rejection of the assumption that time is rigid or deterministic. Art dealer Julian Levy introduced Dalí to America in 1934. The exhibition in New York of Dalí’s works, including Persistence of Memory, created an immediate excitement.

Dalí was a versatile artist. He used both classical and modernist techniques, sometimes in separate works, and sometimes combined. He was skilled enough to work in different styles of art, ranging from the most academically classic, to the most cutting-edge avant garde. He worked in cubism style. Dalí experimented with many unusual or novel media and processes. He was among the first artists to employ holography in an artistic manner.

Dalí was a skilled and talented draftsman. He successfully worked in other fields: film, sculpture, and photography. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing behavior sometimes drew more attention than his work. Salvador Dali’s manner of expression and famous moustache have made him one of a kind unique artist and person. During his life Dalí produced over 1,500 paintings in addition to producing illustrations for books, designs for theatre sets and costumes, a plenty of drawings, dozens of sculptures, an animated short film for Disney, and many other projects. The largest collections of Dalí’s work are at the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, followed by the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Salvador Dalí Gallery in Pacific Palisades, California, Espace Dalí in Montmartre, Paris, France, as well as the Dalí Universe in London, England.

In November 1988, Dalí entered the hospital with heart failure. On December 5, 1988 King Juan Carlos visited him and confessed that he had always been a serious devotee of Dalí. It was a big honor for the artist. On January 23, 1989, while his favorite record of Tristan and Isolde played, he died of heart failure at Figueres at the age of 84.

New Van Gogh death theory

25 October 2011

It’s commonly believed that the artist – Van Gogh – committed suicide. New biography claims the opposite. It says that he was shot accidentally by two boys he knew and did not die from self-inflicted wounds. However experts at the Van Gogh Museum remain unconvinced.

Experts at the Van Gogh Museum say they remain unconvinced by evidence in a new book that says the 19th century Dutch artist was accidentally shot by two teenagers and did not die from self-inflicted wounds.

The biography of the 19th century Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh published by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith says the artist suffered chronic depression and have shot himself to protect the boys.

“No gun was ever found,” and “No physical evidence of the shooting was ever produced,” the writers say in the book. They believe that Van Gogh was simply “covering up his own murder.”

The book, “Van Gogh: The Life,” also stands that the painter didn’t leave a suicide note. They claim that Van Gogh was shot by the teenage brother of a friend. That teen reportedly carried a gun and was known to have teased the artist.

The biography “Van Gogh, A Life” is a “great book,” but Leo Jansen, the museum curator and editor of Van Gogh’s letters, says that experts “cannot yet agree” with the authors’ conclusions about the painter’s death.

Nowadays Van Gogh is considered as one of the most important and influential artists in history. His works are among the most expensive ever sold. Unfortunately during his short lifetime he was appreciated by only a few people. Van Gogh died in 1890 at the age of 37.

Raphael – One of the most famous master of the High Renaissance

18 October 2011

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520), better known simply as
Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. Together with Michelangelo
and Leonardo da Vinci
, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Raphael was
enormously productive. Despite his death at 37, there is a plenty of his famous artworks. Many of
his works are found in the Apostolic Palace of The Vatican, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms
were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens
in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of
composition. Raphael was born in the small but artistically significant Central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region. His father Giovanni Santi was court painter to the Duke.

His mother Màgia died in 1491 when Raphael was eight. Three years later his father died. Orphaned
at eleven, Raphael’s formal guardian became his only paternal uncle Bartolomeo, a priest. When
Raphael was a teenager he drew his self-portrait. The work showed his talent for drawing. Highly
admired by his contemporaries, Raphael was one of the finest draftsmen in the history of Western

His first documented work was the Baronci altarpiece for the church of Saint Nicholas of
Tolentino in Città di Castello (1501). Unfortunately nowadays only some cut sections and a
preparatory drawing remain. In the following years he painted works for other churches there,
including the “Mond Crucifixion” (about 1503) and the Brera Wedding of the Virgin (1504), and
for Perugia, such as the Oddi Altarpiece. Some of these works are in fresco. In these years he also
started to paint cabinet paintings such as Madonnas and portraits.

Raphael traveled a lot, working in various centres in Northern Italy, but spent a good deal of time
in Florence. The works of these years are mostly influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, who returned to
the city from 1500 to 1506. Raphael began to paint in more dynamic and complex way.

By the end of 1508, Raphael had moved to Rome, where he lived for the rest of his life. Raphael
was commissioned by Pope Julius II to fresco what was intended to become the Pope’s private
library at the Vatican Palace. This was the most important commission than any he had received
before. The Vatican projects took most of his time, but have been regarded ever since as among
the supreme works of the grand manner of the High Renaissance, and the “classic art” of the post-
antique West.

In 1514 became engaged to Maria Bibbiena. After her death Raphael had relationships with
Margherita Luti, the daughter of a baker. Raphael had many affairs, but he never married.
One interesting fact is that it’s considered that Raphael was born on a Good Friday, which in 1483
fell on March 28, and died also on Good Friday (April 6, 1520). It’s is said that the cause of the
death was a night of excessive sex with Luti, after which he fell into a fever. He didn’t tell his
doctors that this was its cause, and was given the wrong cure, which killed him. Raphael was
buried in the Pantheon.

Visiting online art gallery

11 October 2011

All artists want to grow their careers. They need to promote their works. Online art gallery allows
artists to show their art online to a worldwide audience. That’s why online art gallery is a great
opportunity for artist to reach a wide audience and increase their client base. Online galleries give
the viewers an opportunity to search for artwork by genre, medium, style, region or keyword.
This is a great option: people can find the artwork they look for with the help of advanced search

It’s a nice idea to visit online galleries where you can see more art for sale by each artist, create
an account and choose your favourite artists and artworks. You can choose from a wide variety of
art in all styles and mediums. There is a plenty of original paintings for sale. Many of them are on
canvas, framed or unframed for a contemporary modern look. So, it’s easy to find a painting that
will please and tantalize your senses. You will buy original affordable contemporary art, for your
home or workplace.

Successful art galleries strive to provide artists in all areas and skill levels. They need to show
people quality and mesmerizing art. The artworks displayed in the gallery should not only catch an
attention of the viewer, but also bring something new and exciting. The objective of the gallery is to
provide its clients with quality art that will suit their needs and tastes.

Some galleries set high commissions. That’s why not all artists can afford themselves to show their
artworks to the public. Some charge less: they take cash only when a sale takes place. The best
option for artist is to find a gallery that maintains and helps new artists market their works. Still
there are art galleries that show the works of artists all-free of charge.

Some famous art galleries may promote new artists. They display artist’s works to the public and in
this simple for them way do a big favour for young artist. Painters, sketch artists, photographers,
sculptors, all these richly talented artists express their ideas through their art. If you are a portrait
or a landscape artist or paint abstracts of still life, you have many chances to find a wide
audience of admires and buyers.

If you have passion for all things creative, visit different art galleries, become a part of an active,
talented and passionate world of art. We invite you to walk through the online gallery and
share your feelings and experiences. Be sure you will find something to fall in love with… Enjoy
your visit and find the art you are looking for. The gallery will meet your tastes and budgets.

Diego Rivera a celebrated and controversial artist

6 October 2011

One of the most famous Mexico’s painters, Diego Rivera, was born in Guanajuato, Guanajuato
State, Mexico, on December 8, 1886
. Diego began drawing when he was only three years old. His
father decided to build him a studio with canvas-covered walls and art supplies to keep Diego from
drawing on the walls and furniture. At the young age of 10, Diego decided he wanted to become an
artist. In 1897 Diego began studying painting at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico
City. His instructors taught him that a good drawing was the basis of a good painting. In Academy
Rivera learned how to produce three-dimensional effects. In 1902 Rivera was expelled from the
academy for leading a student protest. After that Rivera traveled throughout Mexico painting and

In 1907 Rivera traveled to Spain to study the works of Goya, El Greco, and Brueghel at Madrid’s
El Prado museum. Then in 1909 he moved to Paris, France. In Paris he was influenced by
impressionist painters. Later he worked in a postimpressionist style. During the years of 1913
to 1918, Diego Rivera devoted himself almost entirely to the cubist school of art. Some of the
artworks have Mexican themes, such as the Guerrillero (1915). By 1918 he was producing pencil
of the highest quality, an example of which is his self-portrait. He continued his studies in
Europe, traveling throughout Italy learning techniques of fresco and mural painting before returning
to Mexico in 1921.

Rivera was painting large murals on walls in public buildings as he believed that all people
should be able to view the art that he was creating. Rivera had a great sense of color and an
enormous talent for structuring his works. Rivera’s first mural, the Creation (1922), in the Bolívar
Amphitheater at the University of Mexico, was the first important mural of the twentieth century.

Between 1923 and 1926 Rivera created frescoes in the Ministry of Education Building in Mexico
. The frescoes in the Auditorium of the National School of Agriculture in Chapingo (1927) are
considered his masterpiece.

He rebelled against traditional school of painting and developed his own style that combined
historical, social and political ideas. Most of his artworks reflect cultural changes taking place
in Mexico and around the world in 20th century. Both his original painting style and the force of
his ideas made a great impact on America’s conception of public art. In San Francisco he painted
murals for the Stock Exchange Luncheon Club and the California School of Fine Arts. Two years
later he had an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. One of his most
important works is the fresco in the Detroit Institute of Arts (1933), which depicts industrial life
in the United States. After Rivera and Kahlo returned to Mexico, he painted a mural for the Palace
of Fine Arts in Mexico City (1934). In 1935 Rivera completed frescoes which showed Rivera’s
political beliefs and his support of Marxism.

Social realist muralist Diego Rivera remained a central force in the development of a national art in
Mexico throughout his life. He was a talented printmaker, sculptor and book illustrator. As a painter
of the people and for the people Diego did not want his art to be isolated in museums and galleries,
but made accessible to the people, spread on the walls of public buildings. For him, the frescoes’
size and public accessibility was the perfect canvas on which he could express himself and show the
history and future. It was a perfect canvas, because this kind of art could be seen to many people.
Diego Rivera believed that art should be enjoyed by everyone, no matter rich or poor people.
In 1909 he met a young Russian painter Angelina Belhoff who later became his common law wife
for the next twelve years. In 1922, he married Guadalupe Marin, whom he met while on travels in
Mexico to study the various landscapes and history. In 1928, he met Frida Kahlo, his third wife.

They married in 1929, the year he was also appointed the head of the Department of Plastic Crafts
at the Ministry of Education. In 1954 his wife Frida Kahlo died. One year later, he married Emma
, his dealer since 1946. Diego Rivera died of heart failure in Mexico City on November 25,
. He was buried in the Rotunda of Famous Men in Civil Pantheon of Mourning. Nowadays his
artworks are hung in museums around the world. Some of the most famous Diego Rivera paintings
include: Peasants and Nude with Calla Lilies.

20 Landscape Painters and how they work

19 September 2011

Landscape has been a major source of inspiration to artists for several hundred years and continues
to be a favorite subject to even the most contemporary 20th century painters. By placing a number of
landscapists side-by-side, as we have made here, one cannot but marvel at the range of expressive
possibilities that can derive from a familiar subject. Artists bring to the land a diverse set of artistic
traditions and personal experiences, making their particular impressions on an objective subject:
landscape appeals to artists that come from the most traditional backgrounds; it appeals to those
figurative artists emerging from the period of Abstract Expressionism; it can even act as a motif for
artists who are totally abstract. The gamut of these experiences is shown here.

We have Emile Gruppe and Ken Gore, for example – New England painters greatly influenced by
the American Expressionists and by other 19th and early 20th century landscape painters – whose
vigorous and brilliant oils are reminiscent of their American predecessors. Nell Blaine and Wolf
come from a very different tradition. Having studied with Hans Hofmann in New York,
their work reveals unusual attitudes toward space and color – more reminiscent of the Abstract
Expressionists inspiring them. In this vein, moreover, Robert Dash, a painter from Long Island, sees
the opportunity to display the wondrous qualities of acrylic paint in his landscapes – its texture and
luminosity – while Karl Schrag explores the full potential of color orchestration in all media. At the
full opposite extreme we have Robert Singleton – very different from all the others – who employs
the memory of landscape as motif for his totally abstract paintings.

If the expressive potential of landscape is varied, so are the methods by which the paintings are
created. Artists like Ted Christensen will pain only on location, even if it means traveling miles
to the scene and waiting days for the correct climate and light for his painting. Conversely, Diane
has never yet seen the mountains she paints; she works from photographs alone, regarding
her landscapes simply as a vehicle for setting color relationships into deep space.

Some landscape painters were lucky enough to be born into the environment that continues to
intrigue them today. Charles Berninghaus, for example, has lived in New Mexico all his life and
brings to his work the traditions passed onto him from his father, Oscar Berninghaus, on of the
earliest founders of the Taos art colony. Others have had to migrate to their favorite environment,
perhaps bringing with them the traditions of another region. Jean Parrish – although she’s been
living in New Mexico for many years – still depicts her southwestern landscape with a New
England palette. Clark Hulings has traveled widely before settling in the southwest, and Wilson
also moved to New Mexico, taking very different aspects of the same environment for his
inspiration. Robert Maione traveled still further for inspiration – all the way to Italy – where he
has adopted many of the traditions from the great masters who lived there centuries before. Peter
, on th other hand, paints modern America, the industrial sites of New Jersey.

Unlike Homitzky, many landscape painters prefer a land that is untouched by the hand of man.
In New England, Walter Bollendonk and Marshall Joyce take full advantage of the nearby North
Atlantic coast, painting rich and dramatic seascapes. Anther New England painter, Eric Sloane,
views his landscape as an opportunity to record history by documenting the barns and bridges built
by our forefathers. And Michel Coleman, from a very different part of this country (Utah), records
the Indians and animals residing in the open. If these artists find in the land an important aspect of
our heritage, at least one artist has devoted much of his time to its preservation: Alan Gussow.

For all these differences, the artists in this volume have one very basic ingredient in common: the
land is their inspiration and they are all dedicated to celebrating its virtues.

We would be glad to introduce these talented and dedicated artists, hoping their diverse approaches
to landscape will be its own source of inspiration for years to come.

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