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Segmation Art Newsletter

September 2012

Halloween Scenes

Halloween is a time for witches, vampires, black cats, and jack-o'lanterns! Have a sppoky good old time coloring these Halloween time patterns!

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Owl be Seeing You!

Owls are birds of prey that belong to a order called Strigiformes. These solitary and nocturnal creatures are found throughout the world. They have unique characterization of a wide face, small faces, short curved beak, ear holes, and a feathered disk around each eye. Their unique coloration helps with camouflaging themselves into their environment.

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Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt’s childhood was colored by the poverty he was raised in. Thankfully, he possessed much artistic talent, which was recognized by his teachers. As a result of this talent, Gustav was accepted to the Viennese School of Arts and Crafts at the age of 14. His admission to the school would be a turning point in his life as a young artist. He proved himself to be excellent with the pencil as well as the brush. More than anything, Klimt shone at painting “life figures.” He made a special study of Hans Makart, Titian, and Ruben’s works during his time in school. Klimt’s significance as an artist is so great that his painting, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, sold for $135,000,000 in 2006. Gustav Klimt exemplifies the artistic spirit that has the ability to create something out of nothing.

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Divers Uncover Buried Treasure

Source: The Art Newspaper

Three divers in Italy were recently surprised to find treasure off the coast of Calabria; these people were not expecting to run across bronze artifacts under the ocean waves. The articles found include statues and pieces of an ancient ship. The pieces are assumed to be either Phoenician or Greek.

One of the statues the divers found features a lion on a panel made of gilded bronze. Along with the remnants of an ancient ship, the individuals also claimed to have seen pieces of colorful vases.

The interesting thing about this discovery is the fact that, in 1972, other bronze pieces were found just 50 km away from the artifacts the divers found. The bronze pieces discovered 40 years ago are known as the Riace Bronzes. The Calabrian Sea must be a veritable treasure trove as the individuals who found the artifacts days ago reported “many more” pieces underwater.

A Leonardo da Vinci Painting Discovered

Source: Art News

The art world is abuzz with excitement about a newly discovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci. After being obscure for literally centuries, da Vinci’s painting, Salvator Mundi, was recovered by American and European art scholars. This finding is so important that one individual exclaimed, “It’s up there with any artistic discovery of the last 100 years.”

Salvator Mundi is a depiction of Jesus Christ holding the world in his left hand; with his right hand he is bestowing a blessing. Da Vinci crafted Salvator Mundi with oil paints on a panel made of wood. It is estimated that this painting was finished in the latter part of the 1490’s. There is a possibility that Salvator Mundi was painted later in Leonardo’s career.

While Leonardo da Vinci’s painting is not currently for sale, it is estimated to be valued at around $200,000,000. Reportedly the piece will be shown at the National Gallery in London in November of 2012.

1) Who painted The Lady of Shallot in 1888?

  1. John William Waterhouse
  2. Lord Alfred Tennyson
  3. Daniel Alexander Williamson
  4. Thomas Seddon

2) What illustrator created scenes of “small town America”?

  1. Arthur Rackham
  2. Norman Rockwell
  3. John Bauer
  4. Jessie Willcox Smith

3) In what museum is the Mona Lisa housed?

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  2. The Tate Museum
  3. Museu Nacional del Prado
  4. The Louvre

4) What year was Walt Disney’s animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs completed?

  1. 1940
  2. 1937
  3. 1960
  4. 1955

5) How much did Picasso’s painting Dora Maar with Cat sell for in 2006?

  1. $1,000,000
  2. $50,000,000
  3. $95,200,000
  4. $68,400,000

Answer Key:

  1. A) John William Waterhouse
  2. B) Norman Rockwell
  3. D) The Louvre
  4. B) 1937
  5. C) $95,200,000

Gustav Klimt’s Art Raised Him from Poverty to Notoriety

Gustav Klimt was born on July 14, 1862, in Vienna to a would-be large family. Gustav was the second child of his aspiring musician mother, Anna Finster, and his father, an immigrant from Bohemia, Ernst Klimt. In later years, five more children would be born into the Klimt family.

Gustav Klimt’s childhood was colored by the poverty he was raised in. To make things even more difficult, Gustav’s family moved multiple times in attempts to locate affordable places to live. Indeed, the Klimt family saw its fair share of trials. This was proven when Anna, Gustav’s sister, died from illness at the age of 5 and another sister, Klara, experienced a “mental breakdown.”

Life events were not all traumatic for Gustav Klimt. Thankfully, he possessed much artistic talent, which was recognized by his teachers. As a result of this talent, Gustav was accepted to the Viennese School of Arts and Crafts at the age of 14. His admission to the school would be a turning point in his life as a young artist.

While at the Viennese School of Arts and Crafts, Gustav Klimt studied architectural painting. He proved himself to be excellent with the pencil as well as the brush. More than anything, Klimt shone at painting “life figures.” He made a special study of Hans Makart, Titian, and Ruben’s works during his time in school.

Interestingly, Gustav’s brother, Ernst, also attended the school. Ernst, Gustav, and an individual named Franz Matsch became a group who dubbed themselves, “The Company of Artists.” The Company of Artists was painting for pay by the time Gustav Klimt was around 18 years old. Klimt soon became a professional artist who specialized in painting ceilings and indoor murals.

Klimt’s mural art was well-received by his community; so well, in fact, that he was awarded the Golden Order of Merit in 1888 from the Emperor of Austria, Franz Josef I. The merit was given because of the skillfulness of Klimt’s Burgtheater murals. But this was just the beginning of Gustav’s distinction as an artist. It was also around this time that he was offered honorary membership to the University of Vienna and the University of Munich.

In the early 1890’s Gustav Klimt’s style of artistry changed from being centered in the techniques he was taught in his academic career to one that was more symbolic in nature. This change may have been due in part by the death of his brother, Ernst, and his father in 1892.

Gustav continued to become more and more unconventional in his artwork; this eventually led to his breaking apart from the Künstlerhaus (“Vienna’s leading association of artists”). After this, he helped create The Union of Austrian Artists (the Vienna Secession) in 1897. The Union’s main goals were to introduce the works of foreign artists into Viennese society and to give “unconventional” artists a venue in which to display their pieces.

From 1897 to 1908, Gustav Klimt enjoyed what is now known as the “Golden Phase” of his career. His art during this time was comprised of many different aspects, some taken from the modern era, and some from the pre-modern era. His works frequently displayed silver and gold leaf. Klimt’s artwork was influenced by abstraction and was ornamented.

Klimt did not marry. However, he did have a lifelong relationship with a woman named Emilie Louise Flöge. He also had relationships with other women, and it is reported that Klimt had a minimum of 14 children.

Gustav Klimt is an artist who rose from poverty and obscurity to utter fame. Klimt’s significance as an artist is so great that his painting, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, sold for $135,000,000 in 2006. Gustav Klimt exemplifies the artistic spirit that has the ability to create something out of nothing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Klimt

http://www.nytimes.com/

http://www.theartstory.org/

The Beauty of Abstract Art

Abstract art has a unique beauty that is often overlooked or forgotten due to the unrealistic nature of it. Before the mid-nineteenth Century most Western art was quite literal. This is not the case with abstract art.

The lack of definition that abstract art expresses sometimes can be confusing or even repulsive to people. The inability to understand something can be undesirable to the human mind. This is one reason why some people do not like abstract art – because it is rarely easy to understand.

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