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Segmation Art Newsletter

July 2014

Independence Girls

Get out your red, white, and blue crayons and salute our Independence Girls! Here's another great set of patterns from Ana Villanueva.

Imagination Islands

Come explore what's happening on our Imagination Islands. On them you'll find a mushroom house, castle, sharks, mermaid, monsters and pandas.

Masterpieces of Painting 2

Our Masterpieces of Painting series provide a fun paintable interpretation of well known art works. This set includes Bacchus, Lady with a Unicorn , Self-Portrait (Dürer), The Parasol, Dance in the Country, and Girl with a Pearl Earring


Play ball! Our graphic patterns of baseball players with bold colors and exciting poses are a sure to be a home run for you!

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Robert Delaunay - French Abstract Artist

Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) was a French artist who founded the Orphism movement known for strong colors and geometric shapes. He is best known for his bold use of color and experiments with tone and depth. He was also labeled a divisionist for his use of large tiles to construct small but symbolic works. Along with fellow artists Metzinger, George Seurat, and Paul Signac, their works are considered part of a Neo-impressionism which started in France. Delaunay’s later works are more abstract with nonfigurative paintings that still had the characteristics of brilliant colors and felt dynamic. Our Robert Delaunay pattern set contains a broad collection of his works showing his most recognized works including Portrait de Metzinger, Tour Eiffel, The Towers of Laon, Color Explosion, Circular Forms, Simultaneous Windows in the City, Endless Rhythm, St. Severin, and Nu à la coiffeuse. There’s also a self portrait of Robert Delaunay.

Sunset Hues

A sunset (also referred to as a sundown) is the daily disappearance of the sun below the horizon. When the sun is high in the sky, the path of light through the atmosphere is shorter allowing for more bluish colors to be visible. At sunrise and sunset, the path of the light through the atmosphere is longer which removes the bluish colors and shows more orange and red hues. Also sunset colors are usually more brilliant than sunrise colors, because the air in the evening contains more particles than in the morning. Volcanic eruptions and high altitude clouds can also enhance the colors in a sunset. Finally, a green flash at sunset can be seen at sunrise and sunset for just a second or too. Our Sunset Hues patterns are created from a selection of photographs which show sunsets over beaches, lakes, forests, skylines, and silhouetted behind trees.

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A Machinery for Living

Source: Art News

Petzel's Chelsea gallery in New York presents an exhibit that will make you ponder the tools you use to structure day-to-day life. Curated by London artist Walead Beshty, "A Machinery for Living" is said to be conceptual and serious, visceral and quirky, retrospective and forward-thinking. In order to create an exhibit of such contradictions, Beshty has selected featured works that bring to focus "…the underlying grids and system our lives run on that mostly remain invisible to us."

The artists Beshty chose for this exhibit are defined as "postwar visionaries," including Jay DeFeo, Helen Pashgian and Barbara T. Smith. A shared theme in much of the artwork includes common items like cars, clocks, and clothes which are manipulated beyond recognition.

The show is sure to turn a few heads and provoke thoughtful discussion. "A Machinery for Living" is open at Petzel Gallery through August 8.

Illuminating the 9/11 Memorial

Source: Art News

It was more than 20 years ago that Spencer Finch set out on a mission to combine science and art. Today, he is an artist whose medium is popular, complex and one of a kind.

Often known for his electric light installations, Spencer Finch is accredited with decorating the atriums of infamous establishments like the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. He recently decked the entrance of this library with reflective glass that illuminated ancient medieval literature.

Another current project is the September 11 Memorial and Museum. For this iconic location he chose to create a "fluttering mosaic of individual watercolors painted in 2,973 different shades of blue." The 9/11 installation is appropriately titled, Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning.

Finch pursues his longtime dreams of being a renowned artist by constantly studying the changing effect light and atmospheres have on color.

1) Which artist inspired the Cubism form of painting?

  1. Pablo Picasso
  2. Juan Gris
  3. Fernand Léger
  4. Robert Delaunay

2) Which artist is said to have been the "leader" of painters who practiced pointillism?

  1. Paul Signac
  2. Georges Seurat
  3. Camille Pissarro
  4. Eugène Delacroix

3) Artists who practiced the technique often called 'pointillism' insisted on which term?

  1. Tachisme
  2. Fauvism
  3. Strabism
  4. Divisionism

4) The primary reason the Neo-Impressionists applied their technique to Impressionist subject matter was:

  1. The wish to provoke the critics
  2. The wish to paint sentimental subjects
  3. The wish to paint like the bird sings
  4. The wish to divide colors in a more scientific fashion to everyday subjects

5) What did critics reproach the most about Neo-Impressionist painting?

  1. Lack of scientific rigor
  2. Raw uncontained emotions
  3. Mythological subject matter
  4. Wooden lifeless figures

Answer Key:

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

Robert Delaunay, Blazing a Colorful Trail

There once lived an artistic trailblazer named Robert Delaunay. He had a unique perspective, a countercultural technique, and a desire that drove him to be different.

Parisian born Delaunay greatly influenced abstract art. He was one of the first nonrepresentational painters who advanced the style of cubism. The cubist painter added bright and bold shades of color to his work and was on the front lines of a style called Orphism.

In fact, the name Orphism didn't exist until 1912 when a French poet by the name of Guillaume Apolliniare declared that work of this style (and especially work by Robert Delaunay) had musical qualities and ought to be named after Orpheus, the singer from Greek mythology who was often inspired by magic and ideals that were anything but ordinary.

Receiving great recognition for his innovative art style juxtaposed Delaunay's early life. He was born in 1885 and very little information was published about his early training. However, it has been reported that his uncle, who became his primary caregiver after Delaunay's parents divorced, sent him to art school after he failed an important school exam. As a result, Delaunay was able to influence the development of abstract art in France and throughout the world.

As Delaunay blazed a trail with his knack for colorful cubism, he was mimicked and challenged by his contemporaries. He and Jean Metzinger often painted together and hosted joint exhibits. In 1907, while in his early 20's, Delaunay and Metzinger shared an exhibit where they were dubbed as "divisonists." Divisionism is another word for pointillism. Calling them divisionists was the best way critics could describe their foreign use of "mosaic-like 'cubes' to construct small but highly symbolic compositions."

With such recognition, a new branch of Neoimpressionism was born. The very style Delaunay and Metzinger were thought to originate went onto appear in works of Piet Mondrain, The Futurists and Gino Serverini.

Some people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which might have been so for Robert Delaunay too. However, he probably would have appreciated some financial attributes during the early rise of his career. At the time, he was not able to support himself on his artwork alone so he designed theatre sets full-time and painted in his spare hours.

In 1908 he met a woman by the name of Sonia Trek. Sonia, an artist, would become his wife and influence Orphism alongside him. They would work on many projects throughout their relationship, but before they got to producing joint works of art, Delaunay would go onto create some of his most famous pieces.

Delaunay began painting colorful, cubist inspired cathedrals and the Eiffel Tower in 1910. He painted several series that are still discussed today for their dynamism and bold coloring. These series include the Saint-Sévrin series (1909-10); the City series (1909-11); the Eiffel Tower series (1909-12); the City of Paris series (1911-12); the Window series (1912-14); the Cardiff Team series (1913); the Circular Forms series (1913); and The First Disk (1913).

As his style evolved, he separated himself from other abstract painters with an interpretation of cubism that was anything but traditional. In fact, by the time he moved onto his "Windows" series, he was solely creating nonobjective paintings. Still, many contemporaries and artists of his time, like the group of Expressionist painters from Munich by the name "The Blue Rider," gravitated to his style and adopted some of its traits.

Throughout his remaining years, Delaunay and his wife worked together on theatre designs as well as a large mural for the Paris Exposition of 1937. These years were checkered with war and financial struggle. For instance, when Delaunay did not fight in World War I he was labeled a deserter. Then, when the Russian Revolution took place, the Delaunay's were severed from the financial support they received from Sonia's family.

By the time World War II broke out, Robert Delaunay had cancer. He and his wife tried to avoid German forces by moving to Auvergne, but Robert's health deteriorated quickly after the move. In 1941, at the age of 56, he died in Montpellier France.

A lot can be said about Robert Delaunay, but rarely do people discuss his desertion from the military or tragic death. Robert Delaunay is known for infusing color into cubism. In doing so, he created a nonobjective approach that would influence art and aspiring artists for years to come.



Make your House a Home with Color Blocking

The art of color blocking began when Piet Mondrain, a Dutch painter, started to create wall work in the 1920s. His trademark painting was made of oil on canvas and included geometric squares and rectangles. Some of the shapes were filled with colors (usually red, blue and yellow), while others were left blank.

After introducing this technique to French and American markets, color blocking, the art of putting contrasting colors together in patchwork, fashion, and interior design, became a hot trend.

Barbara Schirmeister is a modern day color expert who consults for companies like Hunter Douglas, a company that specializes in window treatments. She raves about color blocking, saying it “…adds movement, drama and the opportunity to surround yourself with more of the colors you enjoy. It lets you give a room not just personality, but your personality. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself in your home.”

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