Saturday, February 7, 2009

Gene Davis


Gene Davis (August 22, 1920 - April 6, 1985) was an american painter known especially for paintings of vertical stripes of colour as a member of the group of abstract painters in Washington DC during the 1960s known as the Washington Color School.

Davis was born in Washington DC in 1920 and spent nearly all his life there. Before he began to paint in 1949, he worked as a sportswriter and journalist. His first art studio was in his apartment on Scott Circle, and later he worked out of a studio on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Washington painters were among the most prominent of the mid-century color field painters.


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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lucy Bacon

Lucy Angeline Bacon (July 30, 1857 – October 17, 1932), was a Californian artist who studied in Paris under the famous Impressionist, Camille Pissarro (who was friends with Paul Cézanne), and was the only known California artist to have studied under any of the Great French Impressionists.

Mary Cassatt introduced her to Pissarro.

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Mary Cassatt


Mary Cassatt (1844 - 1926) was the daughter of an affluent Pittsburgh businessman, of French ancestry. In 1861, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was required to draw copies of prints and plaster casts before she was allowed to paint. Between 1865 and 1869 she travelled and studied throughout Europe. In 1868, Cassatt had her first painting accepted by the Paris Salon.

Cassatt embraced more radical art in the mid-1870s, when she discovered the works of the Impressionists. She was the only American to exhibit with the Impressionists.



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