Daniel Ridgway Knight: Celebration of the French Countryside

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Daniel Ridgway Knight

Daniel Ridgway Knight’s works are best characterized for their openness. Each scene features bright, open sky and a sense that the landscape does not end at the edge of the canvas. The pieces are vibrant and stunningly beautiful. It is a celebration of the outdoors and idealizes the lives of his favorite subject, French peasants. French peasant women were among … Read More

Roy Lichtenstein and the Dichotomy of Commercial Art and High Art.

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During the 1950s and 1960s, Abstract Expressionism sought new ways to explore the emotional and the spiritual through splatters of paint and non-figurative shapes. It began as a question of what can define art.  Pop Art arose as a new voice to this debate. Instead of artists bearing their souls in extreme abstraction, Pop artists sought to recreate the mundane. … Read More

Collecting Abstract Expressionism

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Abstract Expressionism is a vast and inclusive genre. What sets it apart is not color or technique but intent. The Abstract Expressionists sought to convey spontaneity and raw emotion through abstraction. Many viewed art as ascension to something deeper and more spiritual. Folk lore and the primitive unconscious are often cited as sources of inspiration. From Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings … Read More

The History and Future of Photorealism

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Bechtle | Twentieth and Texas | Ackerman's Fine Art

The relationship between photography and paintings is surprising symbiotic. The invention of the camera did not spell the end for traditional media. Instead, painters used them as a tool to achieve the affect they wanted. This was the basis of Photorealism, which takes the visual elements of photography and translates it onto canvas. It provides both an interesting challenge for … Read More

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration of the Negro Series

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Artist Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence is among the most important African American artists of the last century. Growing up in Harlem shortly after the Harlem Renaissance, Lawrence had access to some of the greatest artists and thinkers of his generation. This inspired Lawrence to paint everyday life and important figures within the African American community. He developed a straightforward and powerful painting style … Read More

The Layers and Innovations of Lee Krasner

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Lee Krasner. Composition, 1949, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jackson Pollock is one of the most recognizable names in Modern art. However, the woman who enabled much of his success is not as widely known. His wife, Lee Krasner, had a passion for his work that surpassed all else. Calling Pollock a “living force,” Krasner focused on promoting his career. However, this does not mean that her own art … Read More

The Meaningful Abstraction of Richard Pousette-Dart

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Richard Pousette-Dart

Over the course of his career a major goal of Richard Pousette-Dart was “to express the spiritual nature of the universe.” The works that he produced were transcendental and contemplative, rich with meaning. His fierce independence set him apart from contemporaries. The paintings show a unique side to the early Abstract Expressionist movement. Pousette-Dart was the youngest of the first … Read More