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May Featured Lesson

Mary Cassatt: Florals

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“I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.” Famously spoken by Mary Cassatt , an American printmaker and painter.
 
She created images of the private and social lives of women, putting emphasis on the special bonds between children and mothers. Born in Allegheny City, PA (now part of Pittsburgh), Mary was raised in an environment that saw travel as essential integral to education. She spent 5 years in Europe, visiting many of the capitals, including Berlin, Paris and London. While she was abroad, Mary learned French and German; she also took lessons in music and drawing. It’s likely that Mary’s first exposure to the famous French artists Courbet, Corot, Delacroix, Auguste. and Ingres was at the 1855 Paris World’s Fair. Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas – later Mary’s mentors and colleagues – also attended the exhibition. She drew courage from painter Degas, whose pastels inspired her to press on in her own direction. “I used to go and flatten my nose against that window and absorb all I could of his art,” she once wrote to a friend. “It changed my life. I saw art then as I wanted to see it.” She and Degas admired one another throughout their lives. Neither ever married.

April Featured Lesson

Franz Marc: Animals

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The work of Franz Marc can be summarized by his own words: “I never, for instance, have the urge to paint animals ‘the way I see them,’ but rather the way they are…”

Born in Munich, Germany (February 8, 1880 – March 4, 1916), from an early age, he was influenced by his father, who worked as a landscape painter. Marc himself, was a print maker and painter; he not only had an influence on art during his lifetime, but was considered to be one of the key figures of the Expressionist movement in Germany, following his time as well.

During his short career, Franz Marc created about 60 pieces in lithography and woodcut. Many of his pieces depicted animals in their natural setting and habitat. He often used bold, bright colors, taking a cubist approach, in the display and creation of the animals he depicted. Simplicity was often the means to his creative process, as most pieces simply focused on the animal, and the raw emotion, as opposed to drawing from external factors. During his life, “the animal” is a motif that Franz Marc always came back to, as artists have always returned to their beloved themes throughout their careers.

Additional Lessons

A coloring book page of daisies and poppies in a vase.

Franz Marc:

Horses

A coloring book page of trees and a house in a field.

Jackson Pollock:

Landscapes

Oil pastel artwork of farmers in a field with houses on the horizon.

Vincent Van Gogh:

Landscapes

A coloring book page of daisies and poppies in a vase.

Vincent Van Gogh:

Romantic Florals

Oil pastel abstract artwork of a boat at sea.

Jackson Pollock:

Early Seascapes

A painting of a valley and a house with trees.

Milton Avery:

Landscapes

Watercolor painting of lilies.

Diego Rivera:

Lilies

Multi-colored mountains beneath the moon.

Paul Gaugin:

Landscapes