Happy birthday to American artist Man Ray (1890-1976)! You continue to inspire and amuse!
“Portrait of Man Ray,” 1941, George Biddle
Imagine you’re a guest at a tea ceremony. Pretend to cross the garden path, take off your shoes, and come inside the Japanese Teahouse–our Art Splash masterpiece of the week.
Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys), c. 1917, designed by Ōgi Rodō
Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive.
Staff Pick: Dr. Atl
Part artist, part scholar, and an interesting character, Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl) dedicated much of his life to studying Mexico’s volcanoes in all seasons and conditions. In the background of this self-portrait, you can see the volcano Popocatépetl. The artist’s head and shoulders almost seem to fuse with it, as a testament to his passion for volcanoes. What landscape would you include in your self-portrait?
“Self-Portrait with Popocatépetl,” 1928, by Dr. Atl (Gerardo Murillo)
Some historic events always resonate. Even though the eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurred over 1,900 years ago, it still captures the imagination.
In 1827 Joseph Franque was inspired to create this painting based on a French archeologist’s report on the Pompeii excavation in 1813, “A mother fled, dragging after her a part of her family: two daughters, and an infant whom she clutched in vain against her breast….The ash covered them, burying them all in the same tomb: their remains were mingled, and almost indistinguishable from one another….”
“Scene During the Eruption of Vesuvius,” c. 1827, by Joseph Franque
Happy birthday to Dorothea Tanning, the American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet married to fellow surrealist Max Ernst. This photo shows one of their first meetings at a New York gallery, a few years before their wedding.
“Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning and Muriel and Julien Levy Playing Chess, The Julien Levy Gallery, New York,” 1945, International News Photos
More Art Monday: Women’s Equality Day
Tomorrow is Women’s Equality Day. Let’s celebrate girl power with some of our favorite female artists from our collection!
“Night Sea,” 1977, Edna Andrade, American
“Birch and Pine Tree No. 1,” 1925, Georgia O’Keeffe, American
“Banisteriopsis - Dark Ink,” 1968-94, Sheila Hicks, American
“Hydrangeas Spring Song,” 1976, Alma Thomas, American
“savant, From the series An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters,” 2010, Kara Walker, American
We love it when fashion meets art in our galleries. This Van Gogh painting of sunflowers seems to have found its soul mate in this flowery skirt. Discover which artwork matches your style.
”Sunflowers,” 1888 or 1889, by Vincent van Gogh
Polished. Efficient. Organized. Decorative. Tidy. You’d think we were describing an object. “The Main Dish” explores how kitchenware can reinforce the objectification of the ideal housewife.
"Tin Family" Containers, 1998, designed by Jasper Morrison, made by Alessi S.p.A.