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Artwork of the Week: August 30

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Fritz Dreisbach has had an all-encompassing knowledge and history of glass in his career as an artist, glass technician, lecturer, and one of the founders of the Glass Art Society. He studied glass at the University of Wisconsin with Dale Chihuly under the direction of Harvey Littleton, a founder of the studio glass movement and […]

Artwork of the Week: August 23

Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Along with Morgan Russell, Stanton Macdonald-Wright developed a new movement of painting called “Synchromy” to follow Cubism in 1913. Based on color theory, Synchromy’s adherents sought to move beyond the abstraction of figures and objects to arrive at a purely abstract, non-representational expression of ideas through color. Macdonald-Wright explained, “Synchromism simply means ‘with color’ as […]

Artwork of the Week: August 16

Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Joseph Baumhauer, a German-born cabinetmaker working in France, was known simply as Joseph to his French compatriots for the ease of pronouncing his name. Much of Baumhauer’s work was commissioned for dealers who specialized in luxury furniture. He was made a marchand-ébéniste privilégié du roi, a cabinetmaker and dealer to King Louis XV, around 1749. […]

Artwork of the Week: August 9

Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819) became a national hero in the War of 1812 after defeating a British squadron near Put-in-Bay, Ohio on Lake Erie. He sat for this likeness just before leaving for the West Indies in 1818, where he died of yellow fever on his 34th birthday. Gilbert Stuart was notorious for leaving paintings […]

Artwork of the Week: August 2

Posted on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

In Egyptian culture, lions were noted for their strength and royalty and were often used to symbolically represent kings and pharaohs. It was also common to see a pharaoh’s head placed on a lion’s body, creating the Egyptian sphinx that has become so familiar. Alexander the Great’s burial included a miniature temple guarded by golden […]

Artwork of the Week: July 26

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Like many New England artists and authors, summers for American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam were often spent at Appledore, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. But painting wasn’t Hassam’s first job. He was an accountant for a short period before becoming a wood engraver, only painting in […]

Artwork of the Week: July 19

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013

Today would have been Edgar Degas’s 179th birthday. In honor of the French painter and sculptor, we highlight Toledo’s bronze cast of one of Degas’s wax sculptures. The wax figure was made as a study for the finished Little Dancer which resides in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Fourteen-year-old Marie van Goethem, who […]

Artwork of the week: July 12

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The name Lakabi refers to an early form of Persian ceramics that was mostly made before 1200. It is characteristic of Lakabi ware to have deeply cut or raised outlines of images in order to keep the colors separate beneath the top coat of glaze. This would allow for many colors to sit side by […]

Artwork of the Week: July 5

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

In a kind of free association sampler of the urban environment, Rauschenberg here combined spontaneous brushwork with silkscreened photos from mass media. With a palette of red, yellow, and blue printer’s ink, he recycled images—the Statue of Liberty, an army helicopter, a construction site, and a sail boat—from his other works of this period. Some […]

Artwork of the Week: June 28

Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Marvin Lipofsky studied under Studio Glass pioneer Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s. Founder of the Glass Department at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Lipofsky is considered a pioneer himself, thanks to his efforts in teaching students and creating his own hot-formed glass sculptures. Filled with openings, curving […]