Happy birthday to one of America’s greatest Realists, Thomas Eakins. You may already be familiar with him, but did you know that his wife, Susan, was also an accomplished painter? This intimate portrait of Thomas was painted by his wife and is believed to have been based on a photograph of him working.
“Portrait of Thomas Eakins,” c. 1920–25, by Susan Macdowell Eakins
The Expressionist artist Vasily Kandinsky often discussed painting as a form of visual music. What type of music do you think his “Improvisation No. 29 (The Swan)” would be? A passionate love song? A rising orchestral movement? A rock power ballad?
“Improvisation No. 29 (The Swan),” 1912, by Vasily Kandinsky
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” said Claude Monet. Art in the Garden is this week’s Art Splash theme, featuring Monet’s masterpiece “The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny.”
”The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny," 1899, by Claude Monet
Happy 132nd birthday to Edward Hopper. An important American realist painter and printmaker, Hopper worked primarily from the 1920s to the 1950s and may be best known for his painting “Nighthawks.” Enjoy his watercolor “Corn Hill” from our collection.
“Corn Hill,” c. 1930, by Edward Hopper
Today is Alexander Calder’s birthday. Known for his hanging mobile sculptures, he was born in nearby Lawnton, PA. His father and grandfather were also sculptors whose work is featured prominently in our city. In fact, Alexander’s grandfather Alexander Milne Calder made the William Penn statue on top of City Hall. You can see the youngest Calder’s “Ghost" in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall, hanging from the ceiling. Here’s wishing him a happy birthday.
Great Stair Hall, including “Ghost" (foreground), 1964, by Alexander Calder (© Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)
PMA Members, channel your inner Rocky as you explore the triumphs of underdog artists who achieved personal victories through struggle and perseverance. Join the member’s-only tour “The Spirit of Rocky" on August 5. Afterward, you can even run the stairs if you want. Free with membership. Reservations required. Other dates are available.
”Between Rounds,” 1898–99, by Thomas Eakins
The response to “Five Kings” performed by Revolution Shakespeare has been incredible. The saga continues this Wednesday Night in the Museum’s Cloister gallery. Come early because seating is limited and seats fill quickly.
Photo by Andrea Nunez