Jim Dine Art: Pop Expressionism

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Artist Jim Dine

With his often boldly colored paintings, Jim Dine (1935-present) transformed mundane domestic objects into multi-faceted and iconic subjects of art. With an assortment of reoccurring motifs – from tools to ties and bathroom basins –Dine often repeated thematic elements across multiple mediums. With a comprehensive breadth in the arts, Jim Dine worked as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, illustrator, and to … Read More

“The Boot-Black Raphael:” John George Brown

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John George Brown

Though born in England, John George Brown (1831-1913) hopped the Atlantic stateside by his early twenties, settling down in Brooklyn, New York – a city whose scenes would inspire the works that made him one of the most successful painters of the 19th century. Like a romanticized and Americanized version of the Oliver Twist story, Brown became known for his … Read More

Painting America’s Past: Gerald Harvey Jones

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Gerald Harvey Jones

Though Gerald Harvey’s (b. 1933) painting career took off in the 1960s, his iconic oil paintings evoke an earlier era: a time when horse-drawn carriages traversed the cobblestone streets of American cities during the turn of the century, while streetcars began competing as a viable means of transportation. Harvey is known for his use of light – light which is … Read More

Musical Painting: Jean Dufy

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Artist Jean Dufy

Like his older brother the textile maker Raoul, Jean Dufy (1888-1964) broke the conventional bonds of putting paint solely on canvas, expanding his artistic career through alternate means of expression. His introduction into the art world began much the same as his sibling’s did, gaining exposure to great works once he turned 18: at the exposition in Le Havre – … Read More

Let them Eat Cheesecake: Pin-up Artist Gil Elvgren

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Pin up Artist Gil Elvgren

Since the prehistoric era, men have been creating tantalizing reproductions of the female form in artwork. In the Stone Age, sculptures of voluptuous women abound, and the ancient Roman city of Pompeii is infamous for hosting highly eroticized frescoes throughout its buildings and structures. Renaissance Europe gave birth to images like Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, a pictorial rendition of … Read More