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Segmation Art Newsletter

March 2013

Fashion Timeline

Alexandra Martin, a graphics artist from Delaware created these wonderful and unique designs based on the history of fashion. Enjoy coloring these great outfits!

Medieval Friends

Artist Marta Guigarro has provided us with a wonderful set of Medieval themed detailed illustrations. You'll find a King, Queen, Knight, Princess, Soldier, and Villein awaiting your coloring!

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Spring Colors

Spring is that season where days get longer and the weather gets warmer. Common themes in Spring include rebirth, rejuvenation, and regrowth. A visible sign of Spring, once the snow starts melting, is the early blooming of various plants and flowers. These include magnolias, cherries, quince, crocus, brittlebush, wildflowers, irises, snowdrop, and hyacinth. Our Spring Colors set includes many great pictures of springtime blooms in an assortment of shapes and colors.

William Merritt Chase - American Impressionist Painter

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was an American Impressionist Painter who established a school for artists known as the Chase School. He played various roles in his life including an artist, teacher, father, and sophisticated cosmopolitan. Although he worked with all media, he was most talented in oil painting and pastel, as well as watercolor. He is best known for his portraits, who sitters included important people of the day and also his family members. Locations including Prospect Park, Central Park in New York City, and Shinnecock Hills on Long Island were popular locations for his outdoor paintings. Our set of patterns includes several self portraits, and numerous portraits including Portrait of a Lady, lady in Pink, Lady in Black, The Blue Kimono, Girl in Red Embroided Jacket, The Mandolin Player, Still Life Fish, At the Seaside, Azaleas, Girl in Japanese Costume, Portrait of Miss Dora Wheeler, and Portrait of Louis Betts.

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Fine Art Sales High Despite Suffering Economies

Source: Yahoo! News

It is no secret the economies of several countries have suffered over the past few years. Despite this fact, fine art sales are doing quite well. This was proven last month at an auction held by Sotheby's in London.

Sotheby's experienced a night of smashing success in January when $184.6 million was collected at an art auction. The Sotheby's auction, which featured surrealist, modern, and impressionist art, sold a Picasso portrait for $45 million. The portrait featured Marie-Therese Walter, who is known as Pablo Picasso's "golden muse". The 1932 piece was estimated to sell for less than it did, but art enthusiasts proved that masterpieces are worth millions, even in the face of economic depression.

Art auctions worldwide are bringing in higher profits than ever for fine art. This suggests that beauty is more of a necessity than it is assumed to be.

Ancient Sculptures Mimic Modern Art

Source: Yahoo! News

Were prehistoric artists less intelligent than modern artists? An art exhibition called "Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind" seeks to answer that question. The exhibition, which is being held at the British Museum until late May, 2013, features art by Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, and Henry Moore. The same exhibition also highlights art created by prehistoric artists.

A sculpture of a naked woman that was carved around 23,000 years ago sets the tone for the entire exhibition. This piece of art, carved from ivory, is said to strongly resemble modern art. The sculpted woman's "abstract silhouette and rounded hips" are features that point to the artistic excellence of prehistoric man.

Other prehistoric works of art include additional carvings of females, animals carved from bone, and part-man/part-animal sculptures. "Ice Age Art" just might prove that prehistoric individuals were more artistically intelligent than modern man has given them credit for.

1) How many years did it take Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Mona Lisa's lips?

  1. 3
  2. 8
  3. 12
  4. 6

2) How many old teabags did artist Andy Brown use to craft a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II?

  1. 300
  2. 3000
  3. 1000
  4. 1200

3) In what year did Leonardo da Vinci begin painting "The Last Supper"?

  1. 1505
  2. 1495
  3. 1490
  4. 1491

4) What would Jackson Pollock often do while he was painting?

  1. Drink
  2. Eat
  3. Smoke
  4. Sing

5) What artist died from frostbite that occurred as a result of the French government's refusal of proper housing?

  1. Auguste Rodin
  2. Claude Debussy
  3. Claude Monet
  4. Edgar Degas

Answer Key:

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

William Merritt Chase: An Unforgettable American Artist

American Impressionist painter William Merritt Chase was born on November 1, 1849, in Williamsburg, Indiana. His parents had six other children after his birth. William's father, a businessman, decided to re-locate his family to Indianapolis in 1861, when Chase was twelve. In Indianapolis, the young man was hired by his father to be a salesman.

Chase's artistic talent was not necessarily nurtured in his childhood. He received early training from Jacob Cox and Baton S. Hays, artists who were self-taught. Though Chase had very humble beginnings, studying under non-notable teachers, he would mature to become a famous impressionist painter.

William Merritt Chase joined the army only to be encouraged by his teachers to seek further artistic training. He received this advice, and in 1869 moved to New York to study with Joseph Oriel Eaton. Soon after, he began studying at the National Academy of Design. Lemuel Wilmarth, pupil of Jean-Léon Gérôme, taught Chase during his time at the National Academy.

Although he grew rapidly under the tutelage of excellent art instructors at the National Academy of Design, Chase moved to St. Louis in 1870 to help support his financially struggling family. He did this by selling still life paintings. While in St. Louis, he was involved in the local art community. He won prizes and awards for the excellence of his works. The time spent in St. Louis was something of a springboard for Chase's career, as it gave him an opportunity to exhibit his works and showcase his rare talent.

Chase's artistic talent was evident to all, including the elite and upper class of St. Louis. These wealthy individuals favored Chase and provided a way for him to live in Europe for two years. Their only stipulation was that he would provide them with paintings and assist them in obtaining the European art they desired for their collections.

The burgeoning artist's two years in Europe were excellent for his stylistic development. He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and was privileged to be a student of Karl von Piloty and Alexander von Wagner. During his time in Munich, Chase sought out friendships with other American artists, including Joseph Frank Currier, Frank Duveneck, and Walter Shirlaw.

While in Munich, William Merritt Chase began to experiment with his artistic style. He painted figurative works in the "loosely-brushed style popular with his instructors." His painting titled "Keying Up" is an example of his work from this time period (1876). Chase was later awarded a medal for "Keying Up" by the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.

In 1878 Chase moved to New York and began teaching art. A few years later, in 1886, he married Alice Gerson, whom he had eight children with. Alice, along with two of Chase's daughters, frequently posed for him.

William Merritt Chase established and instructed at the Shennecock Hills Summer School in 1890. It was at this school, located in New York, that he taught the "plein air method of painting" (meaning he taught his students out of doors). The Chase School of Art was opened in 1896.

His ability to excellently paint many different subjects was one of the defining talents of Chase, the artist. Throughout his life he regularly painted portraits, landscapes, studio interiors, figures, cityscapes, and still life pictures.

On October 25, 1915, the world lost a painter who had contributed much to society. William Merritt Chase passed away in his Town House in New York. He died a well-respected, highly esteemed artist and teacher.

Chase's New York studio and home (now known as the William Merritt Chase Homestead) are both part of the National Register of Historic Places. Chase is an example of an artist who worked with integrity and relentlessly developed his talent. He is still celebrated to this day.

Create Fun, Everyday Art by Tie Dying

Art comes in more forms than paintings, drawings, songs, dances, and the like. Art can also consist of a simple product that comes from a creative activity. A fun and easy way to create art is by tie dying. But exactly how does one tie dye an article of clothing, an old cotton t-shirt for example? The first step in tie dying a shirt is simply preparing your materials.

Are you an “everyday” artist who creates beautiful meals, welcoming rooms, scrapbooks, or tie dyed items? If yes, feel free to tell us about your artistic passion in the “comments” section of the Segmation Blog. We would love to know how you make the world a better place through creating different types of art!

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