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Segmation Art Newsletter

June 2012


You'll enjoy coloring the great looking Dogs in this set. You'll find a Colie, Golden Retriever, Boston Terrier, and a Pekinese, ready to play with you!

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Botanicals - Kenneth Greene Photography and Design

Kenneth Greene has spent the past 35 years doing photographic studies in contrasts, lines, colors and glimpses of life in a moment of time. When Kenneth photographs people, he captures a feeling for that one moment that really matters in their lives.

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Hans Memling - Acclaimed Flemish Painter

Hans Memling (c.1435 - 1494) was a leading Flemish Painter of his time. He lived in the city of Bruges and was a prosperous man due to the many patrons who commissioned paintings (usually of a religious theme) to be done by him. His style borrowed from other Flemish painters of the time including Jan van Eyck, Dieric Bouts, Roger van der Weyden, and Hugo van Goes. He also painted a number of three-hinged panel art pieces (known as triptychs) and two sided ones (known as diptychs).

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Ancient Art in Timbuktu is in Danger of Being Destroyed

Source: The Art Newspaper

A Muslim saint’s 15th Century tomb in Mali (Timbuktu) was burned by an Islamic terrorist group this past May.

The terrorist group, who vowed to desecrate other tombs and idolatrous landmarks, showed no remorse for the disrespectful act. The vicious attack was taken due to the fact that individuals frequently visited the tomb in order to pay homage to the saint and receive blessings.

The terrorist group’s actions have created a growing concern for the citizens of Timbuktu. This concern is partially over the well being of the other historic tombs and mosques in Mali, as well as the some 600,000-1,000,000 ancient manuscripts that can be found within the city.

The fact that Mali is currently under the control of a "rebel group" is not comforting to the art lovers of Timbuktu. However, measures are currently being taken by community members to protect the precious pieces of art in Mali, and along with them, the community’s heritage.

World Sales Record for a Liotard Work Set at Sotheby’s Paris

Source: Art Daily

Sotheby’s Paris recently made a record-breaking total sales amount of about $9 million at a single sale. The results of the sale Old Masters and 19th Century Paintings and Drawings indicate that the French see much value in fine art.

In the Old Masters classification, French paintings from the 18th Century were the most highly prized. In particular, Jean Etienne Liotard’s portrait of Mademoiselle Jacquet brought a steep $1,853,509, this is a record for a Liotard piece.

Eugne Delacroix’s painting of an Arab Chief was another much-desired work, bringing Sotheby’s $289,463. This piece was among the 19th Century Paintings and Drawings' group of artwork.

Besides these two, there were three other price records set at the sale, including Franois Boucher’s The Landscape Painter ($1,109,448) and Christian-Georg Sch├╝tz's View of Frankfurt ($152,676).

The appropriately titled event, Old Masters and Nineteenth Century Paintings and Drawings, was an overwhelming success for Sotheby’s and a major boon for the art world.

1) Which of the following paintings was not created by Vincent Van Gogh?

  1. Sunflowers
  2. The Yellow House
  3. Starry Night
  4. The Dance Class

2) What term describes an outlined image of a solid figure that gives the appearance of a shadow?

  1. Blotter
  2. Poster
  3. Silhouette
  4. Modern

3) How old was Michelangelo when he died?

  1. 80
  2. 88
  3. 75
  4. 73

4) In which London art museum are The Raphael Cartoons currently housed?

  1. The Victoria and Albert Museum
  2. Tate
  3. National Portrait Gallery
  4. William Morris Gallery

5) Where was painter Frida Kahlo born?

  1. Spain
  2. El Salvador
  3. Mexico
  4. California

Answer Key:

  1. D) The Dance Class
  2. C) Silhouette
  3. B) 88
  4. A) The Victoria and Albert Museum
  5. C) Mexico

Hans Memling: The Mystery of His Life and Art

Flemish painter Hans Memling was born sometime around 1430-35 in Seligenstadt, Germany. Due to insufficient records, much is unknown about Memlings early and personal life. It is said that he was an apprentice at Cologne or Mainz, where he probably received his primary artistic training. Stephan Lochner may have been a teacher of Memling during his youth.

It is likely that Hans Memling was an active artist in Brussels in his early twenties. At that time, he was probably taught by Rogier van der Weyden. Van der Weyden was a notable artist in the Flemish school of painters, and it became evident that Memling’s work adopted similar characteristics.

There are several reasons why it is fairly safe to assume that Memling studied under Rogier van der Weyden. Memling’s artistic style, coupled with other historical clues, strongly indicates a pupil-student connection between the Flemish painter and Van der Weyden.

Around 1465, after his time in Brussels, Hans Memling relocated to Bruges and began to enjoy a great deal of success. The thriving artist became rich and is said to have had a busy workshop. Bruges was the ideal place for an artist of Memling’s caliber, as it was the most wealthy and influential city in northern Europe.

Hans Memling’s artistic style was rich in realism, deliberateness, and technical exactness. He was a part of the Flemish school of painters, and other members of this group were known for their similar characteristics. Memling’s work stands out due to its unique beauty and sensitivity.

Around the time Memling moved to Brussels in 1465, he began working on Virgin and Child Enthroned with Two Musical Angels, which was completed in 1467. The painting was not quite like anything Memling had created before or would create again. Rich in symmetry and Rogerian devices, this painting would become one of Memlings most closely studied works.

Also in 1467, Memling began creating the now-famous Last Judgment Triptych. He painted people ascending into heaven on one side of the triptych; he reserved the other side for the "damned," who he depicted descending into hell. The composition was commissioned by Angelo Tani and was intended for use in a Florentine chapel.

Triptych of Jan Crabbe, Virgin and Child in a Landscape, and Annunciation were other works crafted by Memling in the 1460’s. These pieces were painted in the style of Memling's probable teacher, Rogier van der Weyden.

In the 1470’s, Hans Memling was wed to Anne de Valkenre, who bore him three sons: Cornelius, Jean, and Nicholas. By this time Memling had a prosperous studio that boasted many students. He also was the owner of three homes and was provided with commissions given to him by influential community members, which added to his wealth.

1470-1480 proved to be an important decade for Memlings career. It was during these years that he painted Adoration of the Magi, Scenes from the Passion of the Christ, Nativity, Young Man at Prayer, and many other works that would firmly establish him as a master painter.

The Shrine of St Ursula is considered the "masterpiece" of Memling’s later work and is estimated to have been painted in 1480. The Shrine of St Ursula is an actual erected shrine made of gilded wood and featuring painted inserts. Memling’s attention to detail is unparalleled in this work.

Memling’s last assignment was a Crucifixion panel, commissioned in 1491 and crafted on Heinrich Greverade’s behalf.

Hans Memling died on August 11, 1494 at Bruges. He left two legacies, one being material and one immaterial. The first is his body of artwork; the second is his captivating, immaculate style, which artists have been trying to capture for hundreds of years since his death.

Garden Art Knows No Limits

Is there a limit to what can be considered art? It is very likely that there will never be a consensus on that question.

Every person has his or her own opinion of what constitutes art. For Pearl Fryar, art doesn't merely exist in the form of oil paints on a canvas or chalk pastels on paper, it exists in a most unusual place: His garden.

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