The Artist Birthday Series

Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes: writer and artist Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) was an American writer and artist best known for her novel Nightwood (1936), a cult classic of lesbian fiction and an important work of modernist literature. She style is also considered to have been one of the early influencers of dark/black… Read More Djuna Barnes

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Jean Tinguely

Today’s Artist Birthday: Jean Tinguely Jean Tinguely (22 May 1925 – 30 August 1991) was an artist who worked in the Dada tradition, best known for his mechanical sculpture work, also known as kinetic art. He called his creations “Metamechanics,” which playfully mocked mass consumerism and the overproduction of material goods. Born in Fribourg, Switzerland,… Read More Jean Tinguely

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Yves Tanguy

Yves Tanguy: painter Yves Tanguy (January 5, 1900 – January 15, 1955) was in many respects the quintessential Surrealist. A sociable eccentric who ate spiders as a party trick, and a close friend of Andre Breton, he was best-known for his misshapen rocks and molten surfaces that lent definition to the Surrealist aesthetic. Self-taught but enormously… Read More Yves Tanguy

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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse: painter, sculptor, printmaker Henri Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a revolutionary and influential artist of the early 20th century, best known for the expressive color and form of his Fauvist style. “My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory; it is based on observation, on sensitivity,… Read More Henri Matisse

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William Bouguereau

William Bouguereau: painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States,… Read More William Bouguereau