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Segmation Art Newsletter

January 2015

Animal Mascots

Come meet our fun and excited Animal Mascots! There's a lion, tiger, leopard, fox, donkey, and gorilla.


Behold our Geishas to entertain you in various scenes - doing a fan dance, playing music, serving tea, stepping into a pond, holding a goldfish, and standing with a heron.

Howdy Cowboy

Howdy! Our cowboys are ready to be colored - Travis, Russell, Rusty, Jessie, Wyatt, and Dustin!

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Franz Marc - German Expressionist Painter

Franz Marc (1880 – 1916) was a German Impressionist Painter who was a founding member of the Der Blaue Reiter. This journal included group of artists who formed an expressionism movement in Germany. Most of work involves animals in natural settings as a subject matter, and is characterized by bright primary colors in a cubist style. His works show a strong sense of emotion. His use of color forms a predictable pattern: the color blue was used to portray masculinity and spirituality, yellow was used to represent feminine joy, and red was used to indicate the sound of violence. In his later years, during World War 1, Marc enlisted in the German army and was involved with military camouflage. Our set of Franz Marc patterns includes many of his animal images including Blue Horse 1, The Large Blue Horses, Dead Deer, The Yellow Cow, Blue Black Fox, The Waterfall, Siberian Sheepdogs, Animals in a Landscape, Mandrill, Two Horses in Front of a Red Rock, and The Little Blue Horses. There’s also a self portrait included.

Monkey Business

Monkeys are classified as primates of whom there are 260 known species. They are typically tree dwelling though some live on the ground. They are active in the day and generally considered to be intelligent. The two major types of monkeys are New World Monkeys (Central and South America) and Old World (Africa and Asia) monkeys. Monkeys also have tails, which apes such as gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees and humans do not. Popular types of monkeys include Squirrel, Macaque, Capuchins, Howler, Spider, Woolly, Owl, Marmosets, Tamarins, Givet, Green, Silver, Blue, Roloway, Vervet, Mona, and Mandrill. You find many great photographic patterns of expressive monkeys in this set including Capachin, Japanese Macaque, Mona Monkey, Grivet Monkey, Golden Lion Tamarin, Mandrill, Black Howler, and Squirrel Monkey.

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The Next Chapter for Cuban Art

Source: NY Times

The United States and Cuba ended 2014 on a positive note: they want to entertain diplomatic relations in the year ahead. Cuba only sits 90 miles from the United States most southern point but the countries have been at odds for years. However, now that President Obama promised to loosen the economic embargo, people from around the world are eager to see what the next chapter holds for Cuban art.

At the onset, American collectors seem to be drawn to Cuban artwork because of its rare nature and shrinking cost. Currently, Cuban art is unique because it comes from a world that has had limited art supplies and scattered Internet access. And, even though Cuban art is sometimes seen in U.S. galleries and exhibits, these pieces come at steep prices. Shipping Cuban artwork through countries like Britain or Panama before finally arriving in the U.S. has always come at a great expense.

Similarly, artists from Cuba are eager to be part of a broad art market where they can openly sell their artwork to galleries and collectors in the United States.

Qatar's Ruling Family Owes Millions for Stamp Collection

Source: NY Post

John E. du Pont, subject of the movie Foxcatcher, had a stamp collection worth millions of dollars. It appealed to Sheik Shaud bin Mohammed Al-Thani, patriarch of Qatar's ruling family. He bid over 7.5 million dollars for the stamp collection. Unfortunately, the sheik died after paying only $872,000 of his debt. Now, his family is being sued by the Swiss auctioneer who claims the sheik was going to pay monthly installments to reconcile this large purchase.

Art consultant for the Al-Thani family, Malcolm Harris, says, "The sheik's personal art collection is currently being inventoried and assessed. Once this process has been completed, as well as the sale of certain art and jewelry pieces, all of his debts will be paid in full, with any shortages to be guaranteed by the royal family of Qatar."

1) This artist was connected to "Die Blaue Reiter" movement. He was born in Moscow in 1866 and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944. He painted "Composition IV" (1911).

  1. Franz Marc
  2. Wassily Kandinsky
  3. Paul Klee
  4. Emil Nolde

2) This artist was part of "Die Blaue Reiter" movement. He was born near Berne, Switzerland in 1879 and died in Muralto-Locarno (Switzerland) in 1940. He painted "Villa R" (1919).

  1. Franz Marc
  2. Wassily Kandinsky
  3. Paul Klee
  4. Emil Nold

3) This artist was part of "Die Blaue Reiter" movement. He was born in Munich in 1880 and died at Verdun in 1916. He painted "The Two Cats" (1912).

  1. Franz Marc
  2. Wassily Kandinsky
  3. Paul Klee
  4. Emil Nold

4) This artist was part of "Die Brücke" movement. He was born in Schleswig in 1867 and died there in 1956. He painted "Exotic Figures" (1911).

  1. Franz Marc
  2. Wassily Kandinsky
  3. Paul Klee
  4. Emil Nolde

5) What is the main visual element in Impressionist painting?

  1. Color
  2. Line
  3. Shape
  4. Pattern

Answer Key:

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

Franz Marc - Art in War and Peace

Franz Marc (1880-1916) was a young man who spent much of his life at the crossroads of war and peace. Even though he would never return from the battlefields of World War I, a sense of peace echoed in his paintings. However, the serenity infused into his artwork did not come from the vibrant colors he used or the subject matter (mostly animals) he featured. His masterpieces had a place in the Expressionist movement because they revered the wisdom of artists who came before him and leveraged the collaboration of fellow artists from his era. But the first artist to influence the work of Franz Marc was his father, a landscape painter.

Born in Munich, Germany, Franz Marc followed in his father's footsteps and committed to become an artist when he attended Munich Art Academy. He extended his art education by traveling to France in the early 1900's. There, he observed the artwork of Parisian Impressionists. On a later trip, in 1907, Marc was introduced to the work of post-impressionists Paul Gaugin and Vincent van Gogh. He also came to know Robert Delaunay, whom he met in 1912. Delaunay was known for his futuristic approach to art. This, along with cubism, would heavily influence Marc's style and lead him to become a pioneer of abstract art.

Marc's art was characterized by his use of bold and vibrant colors. In fact, by the age of 30, which was near the pinnacle of the young artist's career, Marc had laid out a set of principles to guide his use of color. In a letter to artist August Macke, Marc wrote, "Blue is the male principle, astringent and spiritual. Yellow is the female principle, gentle, gay and spiritual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour to be opposed and overcome by the other two."

When looking at Marc's work and reading his biographies, it becomes clear that he valued the wisdom of fellow artists. However, nothing proves this more than the "Der Blaue Reiter" almanac, which Franz Marc spearheaded in 1911. The title, which translates to "The Blue Rider," represented a group of artists who rejected Neue Künstlervereinigung München, which was a strict form of art principles set forth by Wassily Kandinsky in 1909. The Blue Rider artists exhibited under this name until 1914.

In addition to color, Franz Marc was known for painting animals using distinct angles. He frequently featured animals in their natural habitats. Portraying members of the animal kingdom with bright color and sharp angles allowed Marc to enhance the emotion of the being and its setting.

Some translated titles of Franz Marc's artwork include: Dog Lying in Snow; The Yellow Cow; Deer in the Woods; Tiger; The Lamb; and Fate of the Animals. Actually, Fate of the Animals is known throughout Germany as Tierschicksale. This piece is arguably one of Marc's most profound works of art. Today, it is displayed at the Kunstmuseum Basel in Germany, where, on the back of the canvas these words appear: "Und Alles Sein ist flamed Leid" ("And all being is flaming agony"). He painted Tierschicksale in 1913. Shortly after, Marc volunteered to serve the German forces in World War I. While in service, he explained the painting in a letter to his wife, saying, "[It] is like a premonition of this war-horrible and shattering. I can hardly conceive that I painted it."

The concept of war pressed heavily on Franz Marc's soul. He was distraught by the realities of World War I but still volunteered to fight. In the end, he never returned home. Franz Marc died at the young age of 36.

Despite his short life and abbreviated career, Marc influenced the world of art and advanced the Expressionist art movement. To this day his art is appreciated for its uplifting, emotional value. Even though it was painted in the midst of a dark era, the work of Franz Marc continues to master the art of tranquility.

WebMuseum, Paris

The Artchive

Franz Marc | Paintings, Quotes, and Biography

Wikipedia - Franz Marc

What Is True About The Color Blue?

Diving into the history behind the color blue shines light on its checkered past, but it doesn’t necessarily explain why we feel blue or are drawn to blue humor. Nevertheless, knowing the history of blue can help us understand how this color influences the world we live in today.

This blog post unravels the history behind the color blue. But this story cannot end until we know what the color blue means to you.Do you have a strong connection to the color blue? If so, what shade speaks to you? And how do you use this color to brighten up your world?

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