Volume 4, Number 8
New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month.
The first set is Poses of Roses.
A rose is a perennial flower or shrub that comes in many species and colors. There is also a range of sizes for roses from miniature roses to climbers that reach over 15 feet. They are characterized with a delightful fragrance, a set of colorful oval leaves, and a prickly stem. There is an edible side to roses: they have edible fruit, rose oil is used for cooking, rose hips are used for jellies and jams, and rose syrup is used for scones and marshmallows. Our set of Rose patterns contains many images of colored roses, many taken from a macro camera lens in various close up positions. You'll also find gorgeous pictures of roses in vases as well as in the garden.
Poses of Roses
The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Édouard Manet - Inspirer of the Impressionists.
Édouard Manet (1832 - 1883) was a 19th century French Painter who helped inspire the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His two paintings "The Luncheon on the Grass" and "Olympia" are considered watershed paintings that marked the beginning of modern art. Manet broke new ground in choosing subjects which were from events in his own time (beggars, singers, actors, cafes, matadors). Our collection of patterns includes many of his well-recognized works including "Music in the Tuileries", "The Café Concert", "Racing at Longchamp", "Portrait of Emile Zola", "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere", "On the Beach", "Self-Portrait with a Palette", and "Young Flautist".
Édouard Manet - Inspirer of the Impressionists
We're closing in on finishing our SegPlay iPhone version which should be in beta testing later this month. Once released, we expect to release an iPad version and later in the fall, and a similar looking Android version. We'll have some screen shots up in a few weeks both on our website and facebook page.
We're looking for suggestions for future artists of the month. If you think we've overlooked one of your favorites, let us know. Likewise if there's a theme that you think would work well in our pattern collection, let us know and we'll make it happen!
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Édouard Manet - Inspirer of the Impressionists
Édouard Manet (January 23, 1832 - April 30, 1883) was a French painter whose portrayals of contemporary life had far-reaching influence on the Impressionists and modern artists of the 20th century. Throughout most of his life, Manet's work was bitterly criticized by the art establishment and it was only towards the end of his career that he gained some measure of recognition.
Manet was born in Paris, France into a wealthy, middle class family. His father was an official at the Ministry of Justice who wished to see his son pursue a career in law. Young Edouard had other ideas. A mediocre student, he excelled only in drawing and wanted to pursue a career in art. His father objected so Manet agreed to enroll in the navy as a compromise. However, after failing the entrance exams his father agreed to let him study art under academic French painter Thomas Couture in 1850. In the six years, he studied under Couture, Manet copied works by the Old Masters in the Louvre, traveled to Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, and was particularly influenced by the works of Frans Hals, Diego Velasquez and Goya.
Right from the start of his career, Manet painted subjects from everyday life. In 1859 he made his first submission to the official Salon with The Absinthe Drinker, a daring portrayal of the marginal side of Parisian street life. Needless to say, it was rejected by the Salon. Two years later, he submitted Spanish Guitar Player which was accepted and highly praised by the poet Theophile Gautier. It was to be the last of his paintings to achieve such popular acclaim for many years.
In 1863 Manet married Suzanne Leenhoff, a Dutch piano teacher with whom he had taken piano lessons. The couple married in Holland and had previously had a child born out of wedlock.
Manet was a great believer in the Salon acceptance, but for most of his career, its acceptance eluded him. The Salon jury of 1863 had been especially harsh in its rejections, leading to the establishment of the Salon des Refuses (exhibition of refused works). One of Manet's most important works, Dejeuner sur l'herbe, was exhibited there. The painting shows a female nude picnicking in a park in the company of two fully dressed young men. It attracted a firestorm of criticism; it was considered vulgar, shameless, the work of a radical. But this was the painting that catapulted Manet to fame and was to become one of the most influential paintings of all time. Suddenly Manet was a central figure in the progressive art factions of the day. Younger painters saw him as their role model. Two years later, Olympia, a reclining female nude exhibited at the salon of 1865 caused yet another uproar due to its unorthodox realism. Unable to bear the criticism, Manet traveled briefly to Spain.
Amid all the hostility to Manet's art there were, however, those who championed him publicly. Among them was the young French novelist, Emile Zola, who in 1866 published a newspaper article defending the artist. It was to be a turning point. Soon the group of artists that formed the Impressionists became admirers of his work. Berthe Morisot, whom Manet had met in 1868 while painting at the Louvre, posed for several of Manet's paintings and in 1874 she married Edouard's younger brother Eugene, also a painter.
Édouard Manet also met Claude Monet in 1866, becoming close friends in 1874 after which they painted together out of doors at Argenteuil on the River Seine. Although Monet and the Impressionists did influence Manet's work, mainly his color palette, Manet never considered himself as part of their group and he refused to participate in the Impressionist exhibitions.
Following the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71 and subsequent Paris Commune Manet set off for the Netherlands in 1872. Influenced by the works of Frans Hals, he painted The Glass of Beer upon his return to Paris in 1873. Exhibited at the Salon of that year, the painting was an instant success.
In 1881 Manet's childhood friend Antonin Proust became Minister of Culture and, under his influence, the French government awarded Manet the Legion of Honor. Manet at last achieved the recognition he so desired. Edouard Manet's last great work, The Bar at the Folies-Bergere, was exhibited at the Salon of 1882. Painted in somber tones, the daring composition eliminates the boundary between the viewer and the subject of the painting.
After having finally achieved critical success, Manet's health began to fail. He developed gangrene in his left leg which had to be amputated. Bedridden and unable to handle oil paints, he began working in pastels. He died in Paris on April 30 1883, eleven days after the amputation and was buried in the cemetery of Passy.
You can find a large collection of Édouard Manet patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.
Art in the News:
Yale Back Room Yields Unknown Velazques
A U.S. art expert claims to have discovered an unknown masterpiece by 17th century Spanish master, Diego Velazques in a back room of Yale University. "I looked at it and had a nagging feeling I knew who it was by", John Marciari, curator of European art at the San Diego Museum of Art in California and former gallery director at Yale, told Reuters in a telephone interview.
According to Marciari, The Education of the Virgin Mary probably arrived in the United States at the turn of the 19th century and was subsequently left in a storeroom at Yale and forgotten. The painting, which is not in good condition, shows the Virgin Mary being taught to read by St. Anne.
However, despite the peeling paint and missing pieces of canvas, the painting could be worth more than $12 million if authenticated by experts at Madrid's Prado Museum who commented that "If it does turn out to be a Velazquez then the whole world will be interested in acquiring it."
Dennis Hopper, Actor a... Art Collector
Everyone knows Dennis Hopper as a Hollywood actor, but the star of Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now was also an avid art collector who described himself as a "gallery bum."
Hopper's collection, which contains many works by American greats like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, will be auctioned by Christie's in New York this winter and is expected to fetch more than $10 million. Collection highlights include a 1971 portrait of the actor by Andy Warhol, and Basquiat's Untitled, painted in 1987. Hopper had paid $17,000 for the Basquiat in 1988; today it is estimated at $7 million.
According to Christie's, it was actor James Dean who sparked Hopper's interest in the arts when the two filmed Rebel Without a Cause in 1955. Hopper was quoted as saying "I am just a middle-class farm boy from Dodge City. I thought painting, acting, directing and photography was all part of being an artist."
Outside the Lines
When Manet's art teacher, Thomas Couture, saw his painting The Absinthe Drinker, his only comment was "My poor friend, there is only one absinthe drinker here, and that is the painter who produced this insanity."
Mary Cassatt's brother, Alexander, was president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. When he died in 1906 she was so bereaved that she stopped painting for six years.
The Impressionists got their name from the title of one of Claude Monet's paintings Impression at Sunrise.