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Segmation Art Newsletter

September 2014


You'll find fun and games in this set - Baseball, Bowling, Golf, Polo, Rugby, and Surfing!

Pet Pals

We'd like to introduce out adorable pet pals - Charlie, Max, Jake, Lucy, Oliver, and Tiger!!

Colored Leaves

Gaze at our autumn leaves with rich, vibrant, colors and lots of details!.

Back To School

Make the most of going back to school with our fun themed school patterns - Art, Library, Math, Music, School Bus, and Recess!

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Jan Gossaert - Flemish Painter

Jan Gossaert (c. 1478 – 1532), also known as Jan Mabuse, was a Flemish painter best known for introducing Italian art styles to the Netherlands. He was a notable portrait artist and worked for Philip of Burgundy. An early trip to Italy had great influence on his work and he adopted ideas from classical art, ornate and Romanist styles in his later works. He is best known for statuesque nudes, numerous Madonna and Child renditions, and many portraits which are particularly notable for their expressive depiction of hands. Our pattern set collection contains many of his works including Danae, Hercules and Deianira, Lady Portrayed As Mary Magdalene, Adam and Eve, Man with a Rosary, Madonna and Child, Neptune and Amphitrite, Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, and a self portrait.

Colored Leaves

Leaves turn color during the fall time – a phenomenon known as fall foliage. Colors ranges from red, yellow, purple, and brown. These magnificent changes are triggered as trees absorb essential nutrients. During the sunny months, trees are green because they have an abundance of chlorophyll, the pigment which is essential to converting water and sunlight into sugar. As the summer ends and the temperatures get cooler, the days get shorter, and rainfall amounts change, trees are signaled to absorb the nutrients and store them in their roots for the following spring. Without chlorophyll, the brilliant colors of autumn begin to appear in the leaves. Our pattern set of Colored Leaves are based on many photographs of leaves in autumn composed to highlight the intricate textured patterns on the leaves, the contrast of colored leaves against blue skies, leaves covered in early frost, transparency of leaves in sunlight, and many other photographic effects.

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10 Cent Superman Comic Sells for 3.2 Million USD

Source: Artnet News

In a recent Ebay auction, a Superman comic book from 1938 sold for more than 3.2 million USD. This sale makes it the highest selling comic book to date. The comic is one of 50 of its kind, but different from others because it has never been digitally restored. Still, a collectibles rating agency gave it a nine out of 10 ranking for its radiant condition.

The auction involved 48 bidders. In the end, Metropolis Comics and Collectibles located in New York won the book with a bid of $3,207,852.

Stephen Fishler owns Metropolis Comics, and now the original Superman Comic. He marvels at its growth in value over the course of 75 years, saying, "[It was] just too good of an opportunity to pass up."

Art Promotes Healing in Hospital Hallways

Source: Wall Street Journal

Hospitals are known as places of healing but within these wards, healing is occurring in unsuspected places. Have you ever considered that a great amount of healing power exists in hospital hallways, where art is hung?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that art helps people heal because there is a strong correlation between how the brain takes in images and how the brain reacts to pain, stress and anxiety.

Therefore, hospitals that once chose artwork to primarily warm up sterile hallways may soon be choosing artwork for the purpose of relieving the negative feelings people experience when being treated for health problems.

This is why Eskenazi Health of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis commissioned 19 artists to create artwork that promotes healing in their patients. They hope the art will bring a resounding sense of "optimism, vitality and energy" to the hospital.

1) What were the dates of Romanticism in Europe?

  1. 1700-1750
  2. 1640-1750
  3. 1790-1850
  4. 1900-1950

2) Romantic artists were fascinated by:

  1. Eternal values and heroes
  2. Passions and inner struggles
  3. Social classes and ideal images
  4. Inner feelings and ordinary events

3) Romanticism was an art movement that emphasized a revolution against:

  1. Ideal matters and promotions
  2. Excesses and eccentric redundancy
  3. Urban themes and patriotic themes
  4. Social order and religion

4) All of these are topics of the romantic paintings, except:

  1. The mysterious
  2. The occult
  3. The ethnic origins
  4. The veracious way

5) The painters of this school announce the advent of the naturalism and impressionism:

  1. Baroque
  2. Renaissance
  3. Romanticism
  4. Realism

Answer Key:

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

Jan Gossaert - A Great Painter of Antiquity

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.

The timeless style found in Jan Gossaert's (1478 - 1532) paintings precedes him and defines him. Only a few of his most poignant works exist today, and the information that remains about his personal life is significantly limited. Even his correct name is shrouded with mystery; he was also known as Jan Mabuse or Jennyn van Hennegouwe. But nearly five centuries since his death, he is commonly called Jan Gossaert.

Even though a small number of his commissions survived throughout the years and little commentary about him surfaced from contemporary artists, Gossaert has been revered as one of the greatest painters of antiquity and regarded (in the 1500s) as the "nostrae aetatis Apellum" or the "Appelles of our age." (Apelless of Kos was an infamous Grecian painter from the middle of the second century.)

It is believed that Gossaert's style developed as he mimicked great artists who came before him. All the while, the work he produced greatly influenced artists who followed in his footsteps.

As with many Renaissance artists, Gossaert concentrated on biblical themes. Specifically, he painted scenes that depicted Adam and Eve, the Virgin and Child and the Crucifixion. He also breathed life into mythological themes and painted many of his characters nude. In doing this, it appears Gossaert approached painting historical and mythological figures with the fine detail and acuity of a sculptor.

In addition to the detail he put into painting characters, he also concentrated on the architectural backgrounds of his paintings. They often included many large, detailed structures and ornate décor.

Much of his style is believed to come from the time he spent training at the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp. Antwerp was known for producing artists that had stylistic traits including, "...cluttered compositions, fantastic architecture, elegant, exaggerated poses of attenuated figures, swirling draperies, and excessive embellishments of all kinds."

Many of Gossaert's paintings appear to take the traits of other famous artists like Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. It is possible that Memling inspired Gossaert's portraits of Mary Magdalen and Jean Carondelet.

Before being commissioned by Philip of Burgundy, who asked him to paint murals for the church of Middleburg among other things, Gossaert had a well-known piece hang on the high altar of Tongerlo Abbey; it was titled, "Descent from the Cross." While working for Philip of Burgundy, Gossaert accompanied him on a trip to Italy where he adopted many stylistic techniques of the Leonardeques. Because of this, it is believed journeying to Italy became customary for many Flemish painters.

Three signed paintings survived from the time closely following Gossaert's trip to Italy. They include Neptune and Amphitrite of 1516, the Madonna, and a portrait of Jean Carondelet of 1517.

After the death of Philip of Burgundy in 1524 he found himself connected to Henry III and his wife Mencía de Mendoza. Some of Gossaert's most famous work may have found its way into Mendoza's art collections. For instance, in one of her inventories, Virgin and Child in a Landscape of 1531 may have been titled as "Joanyn de Marbug." Also, Christ on the Cold Stone of 1530 was believed to be in her possession, too.

When looking for information about Jan Gossaert in established art resources, it is hard to find agreeable facts. What is certain about this Flemmish painter is the style he used and the paintings he brought to life. Like other Renaissance painters, Gossaert's work has been etched into history. Today, his work inspires artists by showing his grandiose approach to architecture, care for ornate details and statuesque characters.

Many facts about Jan Gossaert's life remain a mystery but in legacy he lives on as a great painter of antiquity.


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hues, Tints, Tones and Shades – What’s the Difference?

At first glance, the color wheel is a tool that guides us in using primary, secondary and complementary colors. But it also does much more than this. It describes analogous colors (any three colors that sit side by side), split complementary colors (which considers the two colors adjacent to a complimentary hue), and tetradic colors (a group of four colors, made up of two complimentary colors).

Beyond defining aesthetic color combinations, the color wheel also offers a good starting point from which tints, tones and shades can be properly identified.

The color wheel at its most basic form is made up of 12 hues. Hues are pure colors. When white is added to hues, they lighten and become known as tints. When gray is added to hues, they dim and become known as tones. When black is added to hues, they darken and become shades.

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