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Segmation Art Newsletter

May 2014


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Our Masterpieces of Painting series provide a fun paintable interpretation of well known art works. This set includes American Gothic, The Scream, Gioconda,The Arnolfini Wedding, Gentleman with his Hand on his Chest, and Napoleon Crossing the Alps.

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Emil Carlsen - Still Life Master

Soren Emil Carlsen (1853 - 1932) was a Danish born American impressionist painter best known for his still lifes. His paintings are beautifully crafted with a focus on pastel tones. Emil focused on the ideal beauty and the beauty within the subject. His favorite objects to paint included cermaic jugs, copper pans, fruits, vegetables, and even dead fish The placement of objects within the scene is very important as large shapes are juxtaposed with small ones and outlines are often united in harmonious curves. In his later years he produced some wonderful natural scenes of ocean scenes. We’ve included many examples of his works including Study in Gray, Ruby Reflections, Peonies, Still life with Fish, Girl with a Violin, Moonlit Seascape, Crashing Waves, Copper and Porcelain, Still Life with Apples, Afternoon Sunlight, Bald Head Cliff, and Quarry Wall.


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Tibetan Monks Create Art to Promote Healing and World Peace

Source: The Modern Met

To promote healing and world peace, Tibetan monks create incredible mandalas using millions of grains of sand. Mandalas are created from pouring and arranging colorful sand onto a single platform. To make the sand into a work of art, they spend eight hours a day for many days creating one piece.

Different from other works of art, a mandala is not for exhibition. Instead, it is a spiritual symbol that is taken apart shortly after its completion. The act of deconstructing their art is a metaphor Tibetan Buddhist monks use to point to the "impermanence of life." However, the benefit of this art does not end when the grains of sand are swept away.

In explaining this art practice, the Drepun Loseling Monastery website reads, "The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing."

The Art Project Protest in Pakistan

Source: The Huffington Post

Pakistan is experiencing the merging of an art project and protest that is reaching for the sky. Upset by the killings that have occurred as a result of U.S. drone activity in the region, Pakistani artists are getting together to create artwork that is large enough to be seen from the sky. #NotaBugSplat is the name of a gigantic portrait installation that has been set up in a field where drone missiles killed adults and children. The name comes from (by no coincidence) a term often used by military officials. When a human is accidently killed by a drone strike it is common to say, "Not a bug splat."

The group of artists has put up a website that rallies against this "dehumanization of war." On their site,, they explain their hopes to "…create empathy and introspection amongst drone operators, and will create dialogue amongst policy makers."

1) What is the name of the academy that represented the status quo in French art and detested the Impressionist movement?

  1. The Salon
  2. Salon des Refusés
  3. Salon des Indépendants
  4. Salon d'Automne

2) Who is the only famous American-born Impressionist artist?

  1. Edmund Tarbell
  2. Frank W. Benson
  3. Mary Cassatt
  4. Guy Rose

3) Who was the leader of France during the Impressionist movement?

  1. Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte
  2. Raymond Poincaré
  3. Paul Deschanel
  4. Adolphe Thiers

4) Which artist, who was greatly influential on the Impressionist artists, helped start the artistic movement known as Realism?

  1. Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
  2. Gustave Courbet
  3. Eugène Delacroix
  4. Édouard Manet

5) Which Impressionist artist is famous for painting ballet dancers?

  1. Edgar Degas
  2. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  3. Mary Cassatt
  4. Édouard Manet

Answer Key:

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

The Reluctant Educator and Revered Artist, Emil Carlsen

The work of Emil Carlsen is respected, revered and praised. Known as one of the greatest American landscape and still life artists, Carlsen is said to have mastered the art of painting.

In his book about American still life painting, Painters of Humble Truth, William Gerdts discloses what he believes is the secret behind Carlsen's talent. "What makes the painting beautiful," Gerdts' writes, "is Carlsen's sensitivity to arrangement - large shapes are juxtaposed with small flat forms and tall ones, their outlines are often united in refined harmonious curves."

Another art historian, Richard Boyle recounts Carlsen's approach to still life. "His paintings are beautifully crafted and delicate of surface," he says. "He was concerned with 'ideal beauty,' as well as the beauty inherent in the subject."

Emil Carlsen created natural flowing designs that were complimented by his use of atmospheric light. He also had a keen sense of how to apply paint to canvases so that the forms he painted became dramatic and involved. In addition, Carlsen had an eye for detail which shown in his technical style and decorative flair.

Even though he was a celebrated artist, Carlsen had trouble supporting himself with earnings from his artwork alone. Throughout the years he taught at many design schools in various parts of America and dedicated himself to the development of aspiring impressionist artists. While this was in line with Carlsen's passion, it was far from the career he envisioned for himself.

Emil Carlsen (1853 - 1932) was born and raised in Denmark. He was interested in becoming an architect and studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. In 1872, he came to the United States and, before long, found himself in Chicago, Illinois. There, he worked as an assistant to an architect. The architect, Lauritz Holst, would later leave America for Denmark and give Carlsen his studio. This contributed greatly to the progress of Carlsen's skill, which subsequently landed him a teaching role at the Chicago Academy of Design.

Feeling as if there was more to learn, Carlsen left Chicago in 1875 to visit Paris, where he would study under Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, a famous French still life painter. Upon his return to America, instead of going back to Chicago he landed in New York where he set up a studio and tried to sell his still life paintings. At the time, however, he did not find much money in this. In 1879, he abandoned his New York studio and took up engraving to make ends meet.

Then, in 1883, a breakthrough happened for Carlsen when his work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. This led to a trip to Europe in 1884 where he would continue to study and sell his work. In 1885, two pieces of Carlsen's artwork were featured at the Paris Salon.

Even with these major successes, Carlsen still had trouble making enough money to live on. After Paris, he spent time teaching in San Francisco before moving back east where he would teach at two prominent art schools: The National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Personal success awaited Carlsen at the turn of the century. In the year 1896 he married Luela Mary Ruby. They gave birth to a child named Dines Carlsen in 1901. The family of three would make home in the studio and encourage Dines' artistic abilities.

All the while Carlsen taught at design schools, even though he would have preferred to spend his time painting. He eventually joined the Macbeth Gallery in New York which was known to represent American Impressionist artists. This marked a changing point in Carlsen's career. For the first time he was able to live on the money he made from art sales. As Carlsen increased his success with solo exhibits, he was able to stop teaching at art academies.

Still, the successes of Emil Carlsen go far beyond his financial standing. He influenced great impressionist artists like Guy Rose and won numerous awards. He received a gold medal in the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, the Samuel T. Shaw Purchase Prize at the National Academy of Design, and a Medal of Honor at the Pana-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.


The Artist Who Wants to Banish Fear of Color

Kaffe Fassett has often said that his mission in life is to “banish the fear of color.” He plays with rainbow hues the same way a painter mixes shades on a palette, using needlepoint, patchwork, painting, knitting, and ceramics to create a veritable feast of color.

An exhibition of his work, titled “The Colorful World of Kaffe Fassett,” is on display at the American Museum in Britain until November 2. Laura Beresford, the exhibition’s curator, describes the show as “textile art.” The spectacle begins at the entrance to the exhibit area, where knitted strands decorate the garden lamps and multicolored pom-poms hang from an aged tree like jewel-bright fruit.

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