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Segmation Art Newsletter

February 2013


Our good friends at Cool Baby Graphics have provided us with a great set of baby themed images which will put a smile on your face as you color them. Stroller, rattle, stork, beach toys, and bathtub accompany our babies!

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Jean-François Millet - The Peasant Painter

Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) was a French painter best known for his depictions of peasant farmers. His works are considered part of the naturalism and realism movements. He was one of the founders of the Barbizon school whose artists focused more on creating realistic works of art, rather than the more popular romantic style of the day. The French landscape was a popular them of the Barbizon school. Many of Millet's works involve field workers, but he also created a number of portraits and interior scenes. Our collection of patterns includes most of his most recognized works including The Angelus, The Potato Harvest, The Gleaners, The Sheepfold, Woman Baking Bread, Haystacks, The Man with a Hoe, and The Sower.

Baby Face

Baby Face refers to an expression of cuteness commonly associated with youth and appearance. The attributes which describe this effect involve a large head disproportionate to the body, a pleasant small nose, dimples, hairless body, small teeth, small upper and lower jaws, and overall rounded features. Our pattern set contains a collection of photographs of adorable children in a wearing an assortment of clothing (hoodies, sundresses, bathing suits, hats), and props (sunglasses, cookies, rattles), and expressing a wide range of emotions (laughing, surprise, curious, boredom, shyness, crying).

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Man Is Jailed for Vandalizing Picasso Painting

Source: Yahoo! News

22-year-old Uriel Landeros was caught on video vandalizing "Woman in a Red Armchair" (by Pablo Picasso, 1922) several months ago. Reportedly, Landeros devalued the piece by spray-painting a bullfighter on it, as well as the word "conquista" (conquest). After carrying out the criminal action, Landeros escaped to Mexico.

Last week Landeros was caught by U.S. officials and was charged with "graffiti and criminal mischief felonies" in regards to his destructive actions. His jail bonds are currently set at $500,000. Since Landeros is being referred to as a flight risk, officials are planning to keep him jailed until his hearing on February 5, 2013.

When asked why he vandalized the Picasso painting, Landeros said his crime was not meant to deface the artwork, but rather was "an act of social and political defiance." The act that took only seconds will likely end up costing Landeros years of his life, as each charge demands two to ten years in jail.

New York City Ballet Draws Young People Via Edgy Art

Source: Yahoo! News

Like many companies, The New York City Ballet is feeling the effects of digital entertainment taking the stage, so to speak, in the lives of young people. The NYC Ballet sees the need to bring in a new audience and is taking practical steps toward realizing that goal. The company has gone so far as to hire a "hip artistic duo" to draw in the younger generation.

The artistic duo is known for creating paintings, collages, and sculptures that appeal to young people. These works of art will be placed in the David H. Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center, which is "home" to the NYC Ballet. This initiative is being called The New York City Ballet Art Series.

The New York City Ballet values art and acknowledges its ability to captivate people. The company will no doubt be rewarded in new audience members for its honoring attitude of art.

1) What painter is credited with the invention of high heels?

  1. Leonardo da Vinci
  2. Paul Gauguin
  3. Claude Monet
  4. Michelangelo

2) What French painter was a worker on the Panama Canal?

  1. Paul Gauguin
  2. Camille Pissarro
  3. Claude Monet
  4. Henri Rousseau

3) Who introduced the Chinese to cobalt blue?

  1. Pablo Picasso
  2. Genghis Kahn
  3. Paul Cezanne
  4. Rembrandt

4) Who was the first artist to have his work featured at the Louvre museum (during his lifetime)?

  1. Georges Braque
  2. Claude Monet
  3. Jan van Eyck
  4. Mark Rothko

5) What term is often linked to "Art Nouveau"?

  1. New art
  2. Old art
  3. Modern style
  4. Futuristic art

Answer Key:

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

Jean Francois Millet's Excellent Artwork Is Inspirational

Jean Francois Millet was born on October 4, 1814, to Jean-Louis-Nicolas and Aimée-Henriette-Adélaïde Henry Millet. Jean Francois began his life in a quiet French village called Gruchy (located in Gréville-Hague, or Normandy). It's doubtful that the members of the small village had any idea that Millet would mature to become a notable, if not revered painter.

Two village priests saw to Millet's education, and under their guidance the young Jean Francois became familiar with modern authors and Latin. In 1833 he was sent to study at Cherbourg with Paul Dumouchel, a portrait painter. In just two short years Millet was studying with Lucien-Théophile Langlois, who was a pupil of Baron Gros. The time spent in Cherbourg afforded Jean Francois much opportunity to glean artistic guidance from his mentors.

In 1837 Jean Francois Millet moved to Paris. This was made possible in part by the stipend he was receiving from Langlois. While in Paris, Millet studied with Paul Delaroche at the École des Beaux-Arts. Jean Francois did not realize the artistic success he sought at the École des Beaux-Arts. His scholarship was removed in 1839. Millet's artwork was also rejected by the Salon (the École des Beaux-Arts' art exhibition) that year. The young artist's lack of success was short-lived, and in 1840 the Salon accepted one of his portraits.

Millet moved back to Cherbourg and became a professional portraitist in 1840. The artist married Pauline-Virginie Ono, whom he returned to Paris with, the following year. Tragically, consumption took Pauline's life in a very short time span. Jean Francois married again in 1853, this time to Catherine Lemaire. He and Lamaire had nine children and stayed married throughout Millet's life.

After moving to Paris with his wife, Catherine, Millet became friends with artists Charles Jacque, Narcisse Diaz, Constant Troyon, and others. Jean Francois, along with these men, would later associate himself with the Barbizon school.

Jean Francois Millet began to build some artistic notoriety around 1847 when the Salon exhibited his painting titled Oedipus Taken Down from the Tree. His success bled into the following year when the French government purchased Winnower. Also in 1848, the Salon exhibited The Captivity of the Jews in Babylon.

The Captivity of the Jews in Babylon was met with much criticism, and it was believed for a while that the artist disposed of it himself. It was later discovered that Millet re-used the canvas, covering Captivity with The Young Shepherdess. This probably took place during the Franco-Prussian War.

Millet continued to polish his craft, and in 1849 he painted Harvesters and put Shepherdess Sitting at the Edge of the Forest on exhibition. Shepherdess Sitting marked an artistic milestone for Millet as it was more realistic than his prior "idealized pastoral subjects."

1850 was a particularly abundant year for Millet. First, Sensier began to trade art materials for drawings and paintings created by Millet, who was also paid for his creations. At the same time, Jean Francois was permitted to sell his works to the public. Also in 1850, Millet displayed The Sower and Haymakers. The Sower is acknowledged as the artist's "first major masterpiece."

Jean Francois painted The Gleaners in 1857. This piece is probably Millet's best-known work, and for good reason. The piece is characterized by a warm golden tone and invites viewers into the daily life of a poverty-stricken gleaner. Millet had a true talent for portraying hardships while at the same time highlighting the beauty that lies within pain.

Jean Francois Millet died on January 20, 1875. He left behind an incredible legacy of artistic excellence. It is amazing to consider that Millet was not born to a family of wealth or title, yet he ended his life as a master painter. This makes Jean Francois Millet not only a superb artist, but also a true inspiration.çois_Millet

Make Artist Famous with Hole-Punch Portraits

There are many different mediums with which to create art. Some of those art constituents include various types of paint, chalk pastels, charcoal pencils, mosaic fragments, metals, and the like. But would you ever imagine that hole punch dots could be used to craft incredible portraits? An artist from the United Kingdom is proving to the world that these dots are definitely a worthy art medium.

Artist Nikki Douthwaite has made a practice of collecting hole punch dots for the past three years. After sorting them by shade, she uses the dots to create portraits, which are “inspired by magazine photos,” of pop icons. The artist was led to use this particular medium after studying Gorges Seurat (pointalist artist) in school.

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