August Featured Lesson
Marc Chagall – I & the Village
July 6, 1887 is the birthdate of the artist who considered his work, “not the dream of one people but all of humanity.”
Marc Chagall lived and breathed his Jewish faith. The eldest of nine children, his parents worked hard to support them.
Throughout his life, Chagall had two reputations as an artist; one as a modernist artist who worked in many mediums and ignored the rules of his time, the other as a Jewish artist. He payed homage to his hard working father and to his small hometown, Vitebsk, using lots of Jewish imagery. Through all his struggles and hardships, Marc Chagall remained positive. In his own words:
If all life moves inevitably towards its end, then we must, during our own, colour it with our colours of love and hope.
July Featured Lesson
Edward Hopper Lighthouses
The man who famously said: “If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint,” was born on July 22, 1882 and destined to become one of America’s most successful artists.
Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was an American realist painter and printmaker. Most famous for his oil paintings, he was equally skilled in watercolor and printmaking. His career
benefited greatly from his marriage to fellow-artist Josephine Nivison, who contributed much to his work, both as a life-model and as a creative partner.
Hopper paid homage to the commonplace life, often depicting scenes of working class people and drab surroundings, as well as being able to capture the look of sunlight on a building, which he claimed gave him great joy.