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Segmation Art Newsletter

May 2013


Ride em cowboys! In this set, you'll find 6 rugged cowboys in action with their horses and by the campfire!

Mythological Creatures

Here's a detailed set of Mythological Creatures with art created by Marta Guijarro, a Spanish Illustrator. You'll find characters named Chimera, Kelpie, Roc, Unicorn, Wyrm, and Zaratan awaiting your painting

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Honoré Daumier - French Painter and Caricaturist

Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) was a French caricaturist, painter, and sculptor. He is best known for his caricatures of political figures and countrymen. As the son of a glazier, he moved to Paris at age eight, and spent his time in apprentice jobs copying works in the Louvre. His produced many artworks in his career including 500 oil paintings which were subjective and of various themes. Our pattern set collection of Honoré Daumier contain his most recognized works including Dandy, Don Quijote, Crispin and Scapin, The Chess Players, The Lawyer, The Wrestler, The First Class Carriage, The Second Class Carriage, and Third Class Carriage, and The Print Lover.

Dogs Two

We love our dogs..our faithful and loving household companions. As with our first Dogs set, this collection of patterns showcases many great portrait shots of pets taken by their admiring owners. Many breeds are represented including a Collie, Standard Poodle, Pug, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chihuahua, Maltese, and Japanese Spitz. There's also a few good looking mutts!

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Indigenous Australian Woman's Art Seen from Eiffel Tower

Source: Yahoo! News

The Quai Branly, a museum located in Paris, France, will feature a piece of artwork so large it can be seen from the Eiffel Tower. The art is 700 square meters and will be visible on Google Earth as well.

While the size seems big, the artist is truly larger than life. Nyadbi is an indigenous woman from Western Australia. The 77 year old Gija woman started creating art in 1998 by putting together paints combining charcoal and natural ochre from her native country.

The Australia Council for the Art and the Harold Mitchell Foundation commissioned Nyadbi for this piece of art. Her masterpiece, titled Dayiwul Lirlmim or Barramundi Scales will be on display June 6, 2013.

Transformed Gallery Changes "Art of War into War of Art"

Source: Yahoo! News

In an overlooked town called Konjic, in Bosnia, a secret bunker has been transformed into an art gallery. 920 feet below ground sits a shelter, built with the intent of safeguarding Yugoslavia's communist leadership from nuclear attacks.

The war fortress was discovered in 1992 when Bosnia broke away from Yugoslavia. It wasn't until 2011 that the bunker was put to use, being transformed into a purposeful art gallery.

Today, the gallery features artists from over 19 countries who share a variety of art mediums that are featured in nearly 100 rooms. However, all art is created with the purpose of evoking feelings in observers - feelings they might have when in the midst of nuclear war.

1) Who was the French Impressionist painter best known for The Harvest and Two Women Chatting by the Sea?

  1. Camille Pissarro
  2. Edouard Manet
  3. Edgar Degas
  4. Paul Cézanne
  5. Oscar Claude Monet

2)Which artist is considered the founder of French Impressionism?

  1. Camille Pissarro
  2. Edouard Manet
  3. Edgar Degas
  4. Paul Cézanne
  5. Oscar Claude Monet

3) Cubism is an important Impressionist art style that marks the transition between what two centuries?

  1. 17th and 18th
  2. 18th and 19th
  3. 19th and 20th
  4. 20th and 21st
  5. Throughout 20th Century

4)This artist contributed to the development of the Impressionist style and is known for bringing beauty and a sense of feminine sensuality to this type of art.

  1. Henri Rousseau
  2. Pierre Auguste Renoir
  3. Winslow Homer
  4. Edgar Degas
  5. Edouard Manet

5) The post-Impressionist, native French artist was able to paint jungles from his imagination, as he never left France.

  1. Henri Rousseau
  2. Pierre Auguste Renoir
  3. Henri Rousseau
  4. Paul Gauguin
  5. Oscar Claude Monet

Answer Key:

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

Honoré Daumier - The Poor Man Whose Art Lives Today

The early 1800s marked a time of significant change throughout France. The post French Revolution era came on the heels of the Industrial Revolution. At this time, political institutions and society at large were learning how to operate in a new age of evolved capabilities and lofty dreams, as well as an increased number of working poor and social upheaval. Art seemed to be the only answer to the twisted combination of confusion and excitement that plagued the century.

An artist who attempted to bring humor to the uncertainty was Honoré Daumier. Daumier was a versatile artist; he published political caricatures, made his living selling lithographs, and received praise for his impressionist paintings and life-like sculptures. Still, Daumier only experienced a small taste of success in his life. His talent was overshadowed by a greater need to earn money and stay true to his political convictions.

In 1808, Honoré Daumier was born in Marseille, France. After attempting to make his living as a poet, Honoré Daumier's father, who moved his family to Paris in pursuit of fame and fortune, was financially broke. As a result, around 12 or 13 years of age, the soon to be artist dropped out of school and took employment at a bailiff's office. He continued in the ways of proper employment as a bookseller's clerk in the busy Palais-Royal area of Paris where he observed the differences of the people passing by the gardens. Inspired by their uniqueness, Daumier wanted to depict them with his art.

Daumier, at an age younger than 20, began learning about lithography. This became a useful skill that would provide him with income throughout his life. Yet, his artistic passion yearned to be able to express the people and social situations he took in each day. While he wanted to be artistic in ways of painting and sculpture, much of his time was dedicated to print-making.

Finally, in 1830, Daumier got some notoriety, as he began leveraging his marketable skills to produce caricatures for satirical publications. At this time, print publications attracted the attention of every person, from the king to a pauper. In 1832, King Louis-Philippe was disheartened by the anti-government cartoon, Gargantua, created by Daumier. The artist was sentenced to prison, and then a mental institution. This was the worst retribution the king demanded for an offending artist.

His imprisonment for this caricature marked the end of his punishments, but it did not stop him from publishing pieces of political satire. In fact, between the years 1830 and 1847 he specialized in producing lithography, cartoons, and sculptures. While he continued to work in these areas as a way of self-expression and to secure income, in 1848 there was a distinct shift in Daumier's career. From 1848 to 1871 he thrived in an art form and style he was passionate about: impressionist painting. One reason for this change may have been the death of his 2 year old son. He and his beloved wife, Léopoldine or "Didine" suffered this loss around the time Daumier altered his artistic focus.

Honoré Daumier developed a number of talents within the sphere of art throughout his life. The context of his paintings also broadened. As he began pursuing naturalism, he depicted historical themes that highlighted the greatness of nature above men. In addition, he also used literary themes, and remained true to the subjects whom inspired him most-everyday Parisians. He felt as if true life provoked conversation about social topics of the day.

Towards the end of his life, Daumier dedicated much of his time to sculptures and paintings. His work was considered "ahead of its time" by modern critics who did not come to fully appreciate his work until after his death. In 1879, Honoré Daumier passed away. He was near blind and in debt at the time. It is rumored he was buried in a pauper's grave. If his life's work in caricatures indicates anything, it is that he wouldn't have cared; he lived life depicting the poor, living among them, and dying their death as well. As a result, his art lives on today.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Early Cave Art in Spain

Color is a powerful thing. In fact, it has the ability to affect individuals’ emotions. Certain colors encourage specific types of behavior in people — nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in the workplace. What color have you chosen to decorate your office in? The hue that you surround your employees with may be affecting their job performance more than you know.

It’s clear that color can be helpful to individuals on many levels. Whether your employees would benefit from an atmosphere of peace, hope, inspiration, or determination, you can help them get their emotional needs met simply by investing in a new paint job for your office. Color truly is amazing!

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