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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The National Gallery of Art East Building in Washington, D.C.

Time for a confession...  I know very little about art.  A friend gave me a copy of American Art: The World's Greatest Art, which I leaf through several times a year.  Many of the artists I am sharing are from "my little book."

There are other artists' works in this post....  Internationally known artists and a few that I became acquainted with while reading fiction.

Both Members of This Club
by George Wesley Bellows
painted in 1909

Bellows' brush strokes underscore the violence of this boxing scene.

model in 1909, cast before 1932

I didn't know that Pablo Picasso sculpted.  I can see hints of his Cubist works in this piece with interlocking facial planes.  

by Amedeo Modigliani
painted in 1917

The Modigliani Scandal was published under Ken Follett's pseudonym, Zachary Stone, in 1977.  It iss a very pleasant art theft novel that awakened my interest in Amedeo Modigliani's works.

painted 1917 - 1918 

Danielle Steel's The Kiss features Klimt's The Kiss.  I read Danielle Steel off and on when I was working as a librarian.  Star crossed lovers, Isabelle and Bill, suffer a tragedy during a tryst in London, England.

 Pablo Picasso
painted in 1924
shows his Cubist

Using metal to create art....

created in 1929

Calder is also known for
his metal creatures.

This artist explored one topic, in its various forms.

painted in 1930

by Georgia O'Keeffe
painted in 1930

No. 5 by Georgia O'Keeffe
painted in 1930
From close examinations of one small aspect of nature to human impact on a large scale.

painted in 1931

And, back to small scale human themes...

painted in 1940

Horace Pippin
painted in 1944

was painted in 1949

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)
by Jackson Pollack
painted in 1950

painted in 1950 altered in 1959

Jackson Pollock
painted in 1951

Target by
painted in 1958

 painted in 1958

painted in 1960

Look Mickey by
Roy Lichtenstein
painted in 1961

painted in 1962

I remember Andy Warhol's dramatic entrance onto the art scene in the 1960s.  He said, "In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes."  Did he have inside knowledge about the internet?

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