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Segmation Art Newsletter

April 2014

Fantasy Friends

Our Fairies and Gnomes will delight you with their sparkling colors and animated poses!


Tulips are perennial plants with colorful flowers Our pattern set of Tulip photos will bloom right on your screen!

Easter Eggcitement

Paint the Easter bunny and his basket of eggs in these fun and seasonal designed patterns!


See what fun our wizard set is brewing up for you. There's an angry wizard, a frog wizard, a reading wizard and more!!

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Gustave Moreau - French Symbolist Painter

Gustave Moreau (1826 - 1898) was a French Symbolist painter who focused on biblical and mythological themes. Symbolists believed that art should represent absolute truths that could only be described and depicted indirectly. Moreau painted over 8000 works in his career. He was a teacher at the Paris' École des Beaux-Arts late in his life. To some Gustave was regarded as a precursor to Surrealism. Our pattern set includes many of his known works including Oedipus and the Sphinx, The Apparition, The Unicorne, Eve, Cleopatra, The Sirens, The Chimera, Galatea, and Thracian Girl Carrying the Head of Orpheus.

Robin Redbreast

Robins are popular birds because of their reddish-orange breast. There are actually three well recognized though not directly related species named robins: American Robin (thrust family) , European Robin (chat family) and the Australasian robin (petroica family all with similar orange colorings. The American Robin can be found throughout North America. Robin's eggs have a characteristic light blue coloring. You'll find many great patterns of robins in this pattern set include both American and European robins. They are nesting and sitting on posts and branches in various environmental settings.

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"The Monuments Men" in Real Life

Source: The Independent

George Clooney's most recent film, "The Monuments Men" tells the heroic tale of a small army unit that saved the art of Western civilization from Hitler. Even though the setting is 1943, World War II, the story continues to this day.

180 pieces of missing artwork were recently recovered. These masterpieces include a 1903 Monet oil painting, a bronze sculpture by Renoir and other work by artists Picasso, Cezanne and Gauguin. The collection was found in a property belonging to the son of a Nazi ally.

Cornelius is the son of Hildebrand Gurlitt. During World War II, Hitler had Gurlitt, an art dealer, buy and sell artwork that belonged to Jewish people. Towards the end of the war, Hitler sought to destroy the timeless treasures. Instead, many pieces were hidden away.

To date, 238 works of art hidden by Hildebrand have been recovered.

The Art Market is Alive and Well

Source: Bloomberg

The global art market is alive and well. In one year's time, art and antique sales have reached an estimated $66 billion. This is nearly as high as the market was in 2007, pre-recession.

Sales have increased by eight percent this year. The United States purchased 38 percent of all artwork. However, this statistic may be skewed as New York continues to be an international hub for high-end art sales even though not everybody who purchases art in New York is a U.S. citizen. Cultural economist Clare McAndrew says, "…people from Latin America and Asia are buying in New York."

In addition, significant art sales were seen in Asian and European markets. China represents 24 percent of the market and the U.K. accounts for 20 percent of global art sales.

The future continues to look bright as new millionaires are continuing to emerge in the United States and throughout the world. Last year there were 32 million millionaires; 600,000 are considered "mid-to-high level art collectors."

1) This painter specialized in the human figure and was a genius at capturing the lights and colors found in skin tone.

  1. Édouard Manet
  2. Berthe Morisot
  3. Edgar Degas
  4. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

2) His "Luncheon on the Grass" (1863) and "Olympia" (1865) were considered scandalous.

  1. Édouard Manet
  2. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  3. Edgar Degas
  4. Camille Pissarro

3) Édouard Manet was this painter's brother-in-law.

  1. Eugène Boudin
  2. Berthe Morisot
  3. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  4. Claude Monet

4) He exhibited in all eight Impressionist shows. In fact, he stoutly refused to have anything to do with "legitimate" Salons from 1863 until the day he died in 1903.

  1. Claude Monet
  2. Camille Pissarro
  3. Édouard Manet
  4. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

5) Informal gardens provided this artist with endless subject matter. To this day, they have been preserved and remain a popular tourist attraction.

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

Answer Key:

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

The Visionary Work of Gustave Moreau

Symbolist art was birthed from the expression of emotion and ideas. Emerging at the time of the French Literary movement, symbolist paintings became popular in the late 1800s. Paving a path for this adventurous style was Gustave Moreau.

Moreau was known for portraying historic, religious, mythological, legendary and fanciful characters with techniques that combine exotic romanticism, symbolism and imagination. His many paintings shimmer with gem-like qualities, which he used to cast visual scenes that could only be described as other worldly.

By the time the symbolist movement dominated France in the 1880s, Moreau had been showcasing those types of paintings for nearly two decades. After years of receiving recognition for his accomplishments in this genre, he began teaching and encouraging this style in young artists just as he was encouraged by his parents and mentors.

Gustave Moreau was born in Paris in 1826. His parents were people of comfortable means; his father, an architect and his mother, the daughter of a prominent man. When Moreau shared his dreams of pursuing art as a career his parents supported him and tried to open whatever doors they could.

When Moreau was about 20 years old he was paired with teacher Francois-Edouard Picot, a neoclassical painter who was able to offer him sound lessons and a solid art foundation. During this time, the aspiring painter spent much time creating oils sketches, large paintings and studying nudes.

After gaining some experience with Picot, Moreau was later taken under the wing of Theodore Chassériau, a romantic painter who excelled in classicism, too. It has been said that Chassériau's romantic style, exemplified through lighting, color and character was also evident in Moreau's work.

Moreau spent much time with Chassériau and even moved next store to the artist. During this time, he grew to appreciate Paris, which was alive with fashion, literature and art salons. When Chassériau passed away at the young age of 37, Moreau was devastated. He became sad and aggravated with his work.

One year after his friend and mentor died, Moreau traveled to Italy where he would study artwork from the Renaissance era, as well as Roman and Grecian architecture. He returned to Paris in 1859 and lived a rather isolated life where he mostly concentrated on his artwork. While he appreciated the stylistic elements of romanticism, he felt his characters were drab. At this time, he began using Persian, Indian and Japanese art to fuel his imagination and inspire his characters. This increased the uniqueness of his style. Finally, Moreau was ready to show the world his work.

Moreau's first piece to receive notable attention was Oedipus and the Sphinx. He exhibited this piece in 1864 at the Salon, which is the beginning of his most prominent season as an artist. As he straddled the eras of Romanticism and Realism, Moreau offered art enthusiasts a creative explanation of history by infusing his work with mystique.

Other important Gustave Moreau works include The Young Man and Death (1865), Head of Orpheus (1866), Jupiter and Europa (1868) and The Saint and the Poet (1869). Then, after leaving the public eye for seven years Moreau emerged with Salome Dancing (1876) and The Sphinx's Riddle Solved (1878) among others.

Throughout his years of exhibiting artwork at the Salon he won many awards and was made knight of the Legion of Honour in 1875. In 1892 Moreau began teaching at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Three of his students were Marquet, Matisse and Rouault.

When Moreau died in 1898 over 8,000 pieces of artwork were found in his home. This work was not seen in his lifetime but is displayed today at the Musée Gustave Moreau. Different from other galleries, Moreau built this home and designed the gallery before he died. Today, it is a popular destination for art enthusiasts visiting Paris.

Gustave Moreau was ahead of his time as a symbolist painter. With his infusion of color and light, and use of cultural techniques, his imaginative works will never go out of style. They are remarkable, distinct and ever powerful.

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The Color Green: Many Shades, Many Meanings

Green is everywhere. It is evident in almost anything. It can be warm or cool, dark or bright. But the roots of this color go deeper than what meets the eye. In many cultures, green is a symbol people hold dear. Green represents great characteristics of nature like balance, harmony and stability.

What do you see when you are face to face with the color green? Do you take time to appreciate the color of nature all around you? Stop and look. Green is everywhere. When you take time to notice it, recognize the effect this color has on you. Does it renew your energy and refresh your soul? If yes, it may soon become your favorite color.

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