Volume 4, Number 11
New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month.
The first set is Right as Rain.
Rain is liquid precipitation which is a common weather event throughout the world. Rain has a emotional impact on people depending where they live. In temperate climates, rain tends to increase the stress level, whereas in dry places rain can be soothing and lift people's spirit. We hope our collection of rain-themed patterns lifts your spirits! We've included a number of well composed photographic images which convey rainy scenes: showing rain drops on leaves, branches, and flowers, rain falling in puddles and streams, and rain falling in desert and mountainous terrains.
Right as Rain
The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is John Singer Sargent - American Portrait Painter
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) was a leading portrait painter of his time. Although his parents were US citizens, they left the country a few years before John was born. John was a nomadic expatriate for much of his life. His family resided in Paris but frequently traveled throughout Europe. Through the influence of his artistically talented parents, and studies at both the Academy of Florence and École des Beaux-Arts, as well as private training with several artists in Paris, John's talents as a painter were developed. His early subject matters were landscapes; however he was influenced by his mentor, Carolus-Duran, to do portraits. Of the more than 900 oil paintings, and 2000 watercolors, our collection of patterns contains a subset of 47 well known works. These include: Spanish Dancer, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, Frederick Law Olmsted, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, Morning Walk, Theodore Roosevelt, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, Robert Louis Stevenson, and John D. Rockerfeller.
John Singer Sargent - American Portrait Painter
Our new iPhone app has been popular on the Apple's iTunes market and we've received some flattering reviews. SegPlay® Mobile for the iPhone and will run on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices. The pinching and finger flicking to zoom into and drag around the patterns are a lot of fun! There's a few new features and many old ones as well including several playing modes (instant, creative) from the SegPlay Flash version. It comes with 18 built in patterns and we hope to include the ability to add on a few more patterns once its installed. At only $1.99, its a great way to get your SegPlay fix when you're on the road and away from your computer.
Our website has been going through a few changes - mostly improving the messaging, fixing broken links, and sprucing up its look in a few places.
We're off to the Art Basel show in Miami during the first week of December. Its always fun to get immersed in the Art world and find new Segmation fans!
We're starting to do some planning for our next major upgrade of SegPlay®PC. Suggestions are always welcome.
We're always looking for more appealing art pieces for our SegPlay®PC paint by number collection. If you are an aspiring artist, illustrator, or photographer and am interested in collaborating on a pattern set, drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
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John Singer Sargent - American Portrait Painter
John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 - April 14, 1925) was an American artist and one of the most celebrated portrait painters of his time. He produced some 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors in addition to countless charcoal drawings and other sketches.
Sargent was born in Florence, Italy to expatriate American parents. His father, a doctor and his mother, Mary Singer-Sargent, had decided to leave the United States after the death of Sargent's older sister who was two when she died. They never returned to America. Sargent had five brothers and sisters-all born in Europe-only three of whom survived to be adults. Although the Singer-Sargent children were raised in a nomadic lifestyle, traveling across Europe, their parents brought them up as Americans and Sargent himself went to the United States before he was 21 in order to retain his American citizenship.
Mary Singer Sargent eschewed formal tuition for her children. She believed that travels and visits to museums would be enough to give her son a good education. When Sargent was thirteen, his mother paid for private lessons in watercolors from a German landscape painter. He also attended art school in Florence and in Rome for short periods, but his studies were always disrupted by his family's itinerant lifestyle. Yet, despite the lack of any kind of formal education, the young Sargent turned out to be sophisticated, cosmopolitan and highly literate. He spoke English, German, French and Italian fluently, and was an accomplished artist and musician.
In 1874 John Singer Sargent was accepted to study art at the Paris studio of Emile-Auguste Carolus-Duran, a popular French portrait painter. A year later, he was accepted at the Ecole des Beaux Arts to study anatomy and perspective. He also made a trip to Spain to study the works of Velazquez, whom he greatly admired and visited Venice where he made numerous sketches.
Carolus-Duran was bold and modern, and he had a profound influence on the young Sargent who was his star pupil. Sargent was interested in landscape painting, but Carolus-Duran convinced him that portraiture was the fast track to acceptance and to the annual Salon. Sargent's first major portrait was accepted at the Salon in 1877 at the age of just 21.
Two years later Sargent submitted a portrait of his mentor, Carolus-Duran, to the Salon. That painting too was accepted and widely acclaimed, and it opened the door to important commissions. Sargent began to mix with key figures of the contemporary art scene, such as Monet, Degas and Rodin.
The critics loved Sargent and fell over themselves to give him positive exposure, but at the 1884 Paris Salon Sargent exhibited his Portrait of Madame X. Today, this fine portrait is considered as one of his best, but at the time the painting shocked viewers; the lady's bare shoulders and disdainful demeanor led the public to proclaim the work provocative. The critics hated it. The rejection and ensuing scandal prompted Sargent to leave Paris in 1886 and settle in London. Eventually, Sargent sold the Portrait of Madame X to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In London, Sargent soon established himself as the country's leading portrait painter. In 1887, just one year after moving from Paris, he had his first success at the Royal Academy with Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose, a large painting of two young girls lighting lanterns in an English garden. The painting, which had been painted on site, was bought on the spot by the Tate Gallery.
Sargent then traveled to the United States, visiting New York and Boston. He received no less than twenty important commissions to paint the portraits of society ladies, business tycoons and art patrons. He also had his first one-man show in Boston where he exhibited 22 of his works. He made several subsequent trips to the USA during the 1890s and early 1900s and produced murals for the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as painting the portraits of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
Back in London, the commissions and the honors poured in. In 1894 Sargent became an associate of the Royal Academy and in 1897 he became a full member. Throughout the 1890s his output was prolific. One of his most notable and popular portraits of this period is the beautiful Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, painted in 1892.
By 1900 Sargent was the most celebrated society portrait painter of his day, despite being only in his early forties. He had already painted more than five hundred portraits and his patrons were the wealthy, the aristocracy and fashionable society. Yet despite this success, Sargent tired of portrait painting. In 1907 he closed his studio, abandoned his lucrative commissions and went back to his original love: landscape painting. He traveled across Europe and made trips to the United States, producing over 1,000 oils and watercolors of his journeys.
John Singer Sargent died in London in 1925 at the age of sixty nine. He had been due to travel to Boston the next day.
You can find a large collection of John Singer Sargent patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.
Art in the News:
The Michelangelo Found Behind the Sofa
Source: NY Post
The Kobers, an upstate New York family, had dubbed it "The Mike" and kept it behind the couch in their living room to prevent it being damaged by their kids. And now, experts believe that "The Mike" is actually a lost Michelangelo Pieta and possibly the art find of the century.
The painting remained behind the family sofa for 27 years until the son, Lt. Col. Martin Kober retired from active service in 2003 and was tasked with researching a family rumor that "The Mike" was indeed a real Michelangelo. Kober diligently contacted art scholars, auction houses and museum directors. Antonio Forcellino, Italian art historian and restoration expert was aghast that such a valuable masterpiece had been exposed to central heating.
It was Forcellino who went to Kober's home in New York to authenticate the painting and he immediately ruled out the possibility of its being a copy. "There was this crazy guy in America telling everyone he had a Michelangelo at home" said Forcellino, but a scientific analysis proved that he was not so crazy. "I'm absolutely convinced that is a Michelangelo painting," Forcellino said.
The painting is now in a bank vault. Questioned on the potential value of the lost Pieta, another expert replied "millions and millions."
Andy Warhol Soup Can Could Fetch $50 Million
Source: NY Post
Pop artist Andy Warhol's "Big Campbell's Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable)", painted in 1962, is expected to bring in $30-$50 million at a Christie's auction.
"It's an incredibly important, very iconic work," said a Christie's spokesperson "it changed the course of art history". The painting is priced so highly because there are only eleven of these large soup can paintings and eight of them are in the possession of museums. With only three such paintings available for purchase by art collectors, the picture a Campbell's soup tin being opened should face some fierce bidding.
Outside the Lines
American painter John Singer Sargent was popularly known as "the Van Dyke of our Times."
American Impressionist painter Mary Cassat's brother was President of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The landscape paintings of American artist Albert Bierstadt convinced Congress to create the National Parks system.