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Segmation Art Newsletter

December 2013

Flower Power

Artist Jennifer garstang has created these bold and detailed Flower Power patterns with lots of intricate leaves, stems, petals, and bubbles to fill in!

Santa's Girls

Get into the holiday spirit with Santa’s Girls! Dressed in color attire, they will wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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William Glackens - American Realist Painter

William Glackens ((1870 - 1938) was an American Realist Painter and one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American Art which focused on portraying scenes of daily middle class life in New York. The works from this group were robust, urban themes done with energetic painting styles. Glackens later developed his own coloristic style which many compared to Renoir. His subject matters varied constantly through his life with portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Our set of William Glackens patterns includes At Mouquin's, The Soda Fountain, L'Apertif, Nude with Apples, The Terrace, Washington Square, Descending from the Bus, Bathers, Portsmouth Harbor, Luise in a Pink Dress, Girl with Green Apples, The Breakfast Porch, Buddha and the Maidens, The Lake, and a self portrait.

Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals. These are tiny animals called polyps which have hard bodies which support and protect their bodies Coral Reefs are sometimes referred to as the "rainforests of the sea", because they contain the most diverse ecosystems on Earth.. Our set of Coral Reef patterns are based on photographs which depict a wide array of coral reef structures arranged in convoluted, intricate, and colorful designs.

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In Moscow, People and Plants with Play

Source: Architecture News

A state-of-the-art park is being planned for Moscow, Russia. An area that has long been known for its urbanization and condensed traffic will be given back to people - and plants.

The concept of this park is called, "Wild Urbanism." It is a "…park for the people and a park for the plants." Seeking to be a place where people and plants live in harmony, there will be no sidewalks. People are not told where to walk, and plants are able to grow anywhere.

Aiming to put nature and culture in balance with buildings and landscapes, this park combines the four main climates of Russia: tundra, steppe, forest, and wetland. Smart nature technologies allow the different terrains to thrive by collecting proper elements that can cultivate specific plants.

This is Russia's first park in over 50 years. Along with this effort are hopes to "project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world."

Louvre Abu Dahbi - Let the Countdown Begin

Source: The Art Newspaper

2 years from now, the Louvre Abu Dahbi will open its doors. On December 2, 2015, one of the world's most well-known museums plans to extend its reach to the UAE. This is a milestone for the UAE, and its relationship with France.

The French Minister of Culture and director of the Louvre were in Abu Dahbi for the announcement on November 19, 2013. The French have agreed to collaborate on this effort with Abu Dahbi for the next 30 years.

This long-term contract between France and Abu Dahbi may benefit relationships between Europe and the Middle East. More so, this unity will elevate a new generation of art enthusiasts from around the world.

1) What is a painting of a bowl of fruit called?

  1. Portrait
  2. Landscape
  3. Delicious
  4. Still life

2) In what type of art do you not see specific objects?

  1. Realism
  2. Non-objective
  3. Pointillism
  4. Expressionism

3) What style is Monet known for?

  1. Post impressionism
  2. Realism
  3. Impressionism
  4. Primitivism

4) Which French Impressionist artist specialized in painting the human figure and was skilled at capturing lights and colors of complexion?

  1. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  2. Alfred Sisley
  3. Claude Monet
  4. Eugène Boudin

5) Who disappointed his wealthy, respectable family by pursuing a career in art?

  1. Berthe Morisot
  2. Claude Monet
  3. Édouard Manet
  4. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Answer Key:

  1. D
  2. B
  3. C
  4. A
  5. C

William Glackens - Stability in Change

The timeframe in which William Glackens lived was anything but stable. He was born on the swell of the second industrial revolution, was in his adult years during the First World War and died towards the end of the Great Depression. As a career artist, it only seems natural that Glackens would reflect the stark difference each era brought - and he did, but not in the way everyone would think. Even though his stylistic preferences changed, he had a constant presence in the world of fine art, his family, and his circle of friends and colleagues.

Glackens reaped success with three different art styles: illustration, realism and impressionism. His career began in 1891 as an illustrative reporter for Philadelphia newspapers. Eventually, he went to Cuba with the U.S. Army to capture the events of the Spanish-American war. In this span of 7 years, he would travel to Europe, settle in New York and meet the group of men who would play significant roles in his development as an artist.

"The Eight" was a popular name for the artist clique that Glackens was part of. Led by Robert Henri, The Eight was an organic collection of artists that grew from a casual art community. At start, these broad gatherings hosted artists who would socialize, showcase, and critique one another's artwork. The title of "The Eight" wasn't given until later, in 1908, when eight artists, including Henri and Glackens, joined together to display art that was not yet accepted by mainstream society.

Under Henri's guidance, this group developed into the Ashcan School of American Art. Glackens is considered one of the founders of this movement. He also earned the title of an "Aschan realist." Different from popular work of the time, this collection of artists "favored cheerful subjects of leisure activities over the dark manner and social realism of others…."

In 1904, Glackens personal life flourished too. He married a woman from Connecticut named Edith Dimock. Together, they raised two children in their home in Greenwich Village. Glackens relationship with his family, like his relationship with art, was considered abnormal for bohemian artists of the day, as he was greatly devoted to them. More so, his commitment to his family mirrors his commitment to art; he always remained true to his passions, even as they changed with time.

Shortly after beginning his family, Glackens began adopting stylistic markings that differed from those of the Aschan movement. He started shifting towards mainstream impressionism and incorporating lively colors into his artwork. After moving from using dark-hues for some time, he opened himself to a world of color. According to an admirer of his work, Forbes Watson, this was exactly where Glackens was meant to be. Watson said of his friend, "the color of the world makes him thoroughly happy and to express that happiness in color has become his first and most natural impulse."

Some would even refer to Glackens as the "American Renoir." Even though this title bucked against the realist style he strived for when displaying art alongside "The Eight," he didn't mind being given the nickname of the French impressionist painter. He is quoted as saying, "Can you think of a better man to follow than Renoir?"

As Glackens artistic style matured, so did his career. In 1916, he became the president of the Society of Independent artists. He also received awards from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Even as the next generation of artists began to pursue art forms that were abstract and politically charged, his "old-fashioned" artwork continued to offer him stability in life.

On May 22, 1938, Glackens passed away. His death at the age of 68 was sudden. His memory was honored by friends and fans who gathered at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh.

The legacy William Glackens lives on today. He has a strong presence in the Aschan School. In addition, he will always be remembered as one of "The Eight." Even when his style transformed and strayed from the style of the group, he remained true to his friends, his family and to his calling to art.



Art Illuminates Science

Until recently, common technology could not capture the fine details of life. A new age is upon us now. The slim and sleek devices many people carry in their back pockets are able to capture information and images that were unavailable a few years ago.

One man uses advancements in technology to artistically illuminate science. He is getting a lot of attention as a unique individual who is scientifically astute and creatively brilliant.

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