"I invent nothing; I rediscover."
“The Burghers of Calais,” modeled 1884–95; cast 1919–21, by Auguste Rodin
More Art Monday: We know a lot of our student members are having their spring break right about now. Are you off to the beach for some relaxation and fun? Having a cram session at the library or pulling all nighters in your studio? Whichever it is, we hope you enjoy your time off!
“Waterslide, Wildwood, New Jersey,” 1981, Jack Carnell
“Girl in Sailor’s Shirt Reading,” 1927-28, Emil Ganso
“Jonkonnu Festival,” 1996, Vincent D. Smith
“Painter in His Studio,” 1610 – 1685, Copy after Adriaen van Ostade
“Swimming Pool,” date unknown, Ellis Ruley
“Woman with a Palette,” 1927, Arshile Gorky
Watch your step! This might look like a rug, but it’s actually a rug-sized photograph that’s not for walking on. Come see the whole thing in the “Michael Snow: Photo-Centric" exhibition.
“In Medias Res,” 1998, by Michael Snow (Centre National des Arts Plastiques—Ministry of Culture and Communication, France)
Background: “8 x 10,” 1969, reprinted 1999, and “Paris de jugement Le and/or State of the Arts,” 2003, by Michael Snow (Collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto: Gift of Michael Snow, 2001; Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Martine Aboucaya, Paris)
“In this nearly square picture, painted near the end of his life, Monet returned to the subject of the bridge, but it has been transformed by his exuberant brushwork and color. An almost indistinct mass, the bridge is engulfed by an arbor and trailing wisteria that had since been added (and which were tended by the six gardeners that Monet employed). Lavishly covered in paint that is caked on the surface in mounds, the picture is a forceful assertion of the aging painter’s unrelenting desire to capture the dazzling effects of the landscape around him.”
Jennifer A. Thompson, from “Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Impressionism and Modern Art” (The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2007), p. 78.
“Nympheas, Japanese Bridge,” 1918–26, by Claude Monet
Happy birthday to Anselm Kiefer, one of our favorite German artists. Although winged, this awkwardly colossal shape made of lead, steel, and tin is undeniably earthbound. At first it reminds us of Icarus, but it also recalls Kiefer’s teacher Joseph Beuys. Beautiful. Click to explore other expressive narratives in Kiefer’s paintings.
“Palette with Wings,” 1985, by Anselm Kiefer (© Anselm Kiefer, courtesy Gagosian Gallery)
Happy birthday to Piet Mondrian, who was born in Amersfoort, Netherlands in 1872! Mondrian is best known as the creator of perhaps the most rigorously abstract paintings of the first half of the twentieth century. Working with only the most basic elements-straight lines and primary colors, he strove to create pure objective art that he believed would change the world.
”Composition with Blue and Yellow,” 1932, Piet Mondrian
In 1965, Yves Saint Laurent (1936–2008) unveiled a collection of dresses inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s (1872–1944) abstract paintings. The dresses were featured in countless fashion magazines, and they kicked off a craze for color-blocked clothes and accessories, like these hats by Philadelphia department store Lit Brothers. Explore more here.
“Woman’s Hat,” 1966, Millinery Salon, Lit Brothers, Philadelphia
“Hat,” 1966, Millinery Salon, Lit Brothers, Philadelphia
“Hat,” 1965, Millinery Salon, Lit Brothers, Philadelphia
What’s the secret to a long and happy life? This Korean screen is decorated with symbols of longevity, such as evergreen pine trees, the sun that rises each day, and mountains, which keep their shape forever. Explore more symbols in “Treasures from Korea.”
"Ten Longevity Symbols," 18th century, Korea (Private Collection)
Buon compleanno to Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, the Italian artist born on this day in 1475. Michelangelo and his artworks have been an inspiration to countless people, including the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who traveled to Italy in 1876 to study the Renaissance artist’s works. In Rome, Rodin contemplated the great paintings in the Sistine Chapel, including “The Last Judgement,” whose impact is evident in Rodin’s monumental work “The Gates of Hell,” which stands at the Rodin Museum.
“The Gates of Hell,” modeled 1880–1917; cast 1926–28, by Auguste Rodin
Throwback Thursday: “That’s not art,” declared former President Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1913, “The International Exhibition of Modern Art” opened at New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory. Including over 1,300 works of art by over 300 international artists, the exhibition was the first introduction to avant-garde art for many Americans. The show was met with cheers, jeers, guffaws, and even accusations of insanity. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the proud home of many of these once outrageous works of art, though there is still the occasional echo of Theo’s lament 101 years later.
"The Armory Show," as it is called today, was revived in 1994, and the now annual exhibition opens today in New York City.
”Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2),” 1912, Marcel Duchamp, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp