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03/06/2021

Born on this day in 1853, Howard Pyle was a native of Wilmington, Delaware, where he resided throughout his life, spending his last year in Florence Italy, where he died in 1911. He was one of the most popular illustrators and children’s book authors of his day and a teacher of great influence on a generation of illustrators. ⁣

As a young man he spent a period of study in Philadelphia before moving to New York, where he took classes at the Art Students League to strengthen his skills. Pyle truly launched his career in 1878 with the drawing, “Wreck in the Offing,” published by Harper’s Weekly. Returning to Wilmington soon after to establish a studio, his career flourished. ⁣

Pyle’s main achievements were his dynamic illustrations of scenes from American history, pirate lore and the middle ages, which he prepared for in-depth by consulting books on American history and history painting, pirate illustrations, wigs, costumes, and architecture. This thirst for historical accuracy, combined with a rich imagination, resulted in a celebrated and prolific career in which he produced numerous illustrated books, magazine pieces, published pictures and decorations. Pyle is perhaps best known for the children’s books that he wrote and illustrated, including “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” (1883); “Otto of the Silver Hand” (1888); “Jack Ballister’s Fortunes” (1895); and his own folktales, “Pepper & Salt” (1886); “The Wonder Clock” (1888), and “The Garden Behind the Moon” (1895). ⁣

As a teacher Pyle imparted in his students the importance of putting drama in the picture, making the viewer feel as if they were in the midst of the action. He advised his pupils to “throw your heart into the picture and then jump in after it.” His students and, subsequently, their students have come to be known as 'The Brandywine School.” Among Pyle’s many illustrious students were N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Jessie Willcox Smith, Harvey Dunn, Violet Oakley, Ellen Bernard Thompson Pyle, and Elizabeth Shippen Green. Both the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Museum of Art contain large collections of Pyle’s work. ⁣

🎨: Howard Pyle (1853 - 1911), The Nation Makers, ca. 1902. bit.ly/3sKAeS0

There’s A Stunning Van Gogh Exhibition Heading To Philadelphia This Summer
03/01/2021
There’s A Stunning Van Gogh Exhibition Heading To Philadelphia This Summer

There’s A Stunning Van Gogh Exhibition Heading To Philadelphia This Summer

Step into artistic masterpieces by the Vincent Van Gogh at this that’s coming to Philadelphia this summer. Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life in a that’ll illuminate and transform the physical space into a fully immersive exhibit. You’ll see V...

02/28/2021

Hosted at the The Art Institute of Chicago and extended until June 14th 2021, the exciting exhibit "Monet and Chicago" is bound to make you feel like you're in Paris admiring some of Monet's best work even if just for a bit 😉 The Art Institute of Chicago was actually the first American Museum to purchase a painting by Impressionist master Monet in 1903, and in the years to follow the collection has grown vastly 🖼 Now here's your chance to explore this amazing connection between Impressionist great Monet and the wonderful city of Chicago 🏙

For more information visit ➡️ bit.ly/MonetandChicago

🎨 Claude Monet, The Artist's House at Argenteuil, 1873, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

The Frick Savors the Opulence of Emptiness
02/25/2021
The Frick Savors the Opulence of Emptiness

The Frick Savors the Opulence of Emptiness

No barriers. No texts. No heavy gold fabric. At the museum’s two-year sublet of the Breuer building on Madison Avenue, it’s just you and the masters.

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02/25/2021

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George Washington Carver Was An Artist Long Before He Became A Peanut Scientist
02/24/2021
George Washington Carver Was An Artist Long Before He Became A Peanut Scientist

George Washington Carver Was An Artist Long Before He Became A Peanut Scientist

George Washington Carver wasn’t just a peanut scientist, but a skilled artist as well. One of his paintings was even shown at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. And in 2024, a new exhibit will highlight how his science and art careers intersected.

Patrick Angus’s Honest Images of Gay Life
02/23/2021
Patrick Angus’s Honest Images of Gay Life

Patrick Angus’s Honest Images of Gay Life

With their Fauvist hues and Pop-inflected renderings, Angus’s drawings and paintings, made amid the AIDS crisis, intrinsically q***r the Western canon.

Kara Walker | Artist Profile, Exhibitions & Artworks
02/21/2021
Kara Walker | Artist Profile, Exhibitions & Artworks

Kara Walker | Artist Profile, Exhibitions & Artworks

View exhibitions and artworks by Kara Walker and enquire about works available for sale. Read our contemporary artist biography and browse related content.

Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras
02/20/2021
Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras

Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras

For more than 150 years the city of New Orleans has been known for the theatricality and extravagance of its Mardi Gras celebrations. Allison C. Meier looks at the wonderfully ornate float and costume designs from Carnival's "Golden Age" and the group of New Orleans artists who created...

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