smART Collecting – The Best Art Collectors

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Collecting Fine Art – The Best Art Collectors. People collect art for many different reasons. The best collectors acquire art for its esthetic significance. These collectors discover and develop themselves through their collections; they acquire art as a means of expanding, enriching and cultivating their personality.

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Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Birthday June 7

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Day of the God (Mahana no Atua), 1894 oil on canvas (Chicago Art Institute) (1848-1903) France, Post-Impressionist paintings, Tahiti For more information about Paul Gauguin and to see samples of his work visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art website at http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId=%7BC9AAB34A-859E-11D5-93FE-00902786BF44%7D. For more Art Collecting Tips and Resources, be sure to visit our website and follow us […]

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smART Collecting – Baroque Artistic Style

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  Apollo and Daphne, 1622-1625, (Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy) Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) Baroque is the name given to the vigorous style that dominated art and architecture in the 17th century. Baroque art in its purest form was produced only in Catholic countries, often as part of the decoration of churches. Italy, France, Spain and Flanders, which at […]

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Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926), Birthday May 25

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(1844-1926) Pennsylvania/France Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt is best known for her mother and child compositions and also for her color prints, based on Japanese woodblock techniques and that combined dry point, etching, and aquatint.  From 1890, she had her own printing press at her home.  Born in 1844 in Allegheny City (now part of Pittsburgh), […]

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Franz Josef Kline (1910-1962), Birthday May 23

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(1910-1962) New York, Action Painting, Abstract Expression Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Franz Kline became one of the most prominent 20th-century American artists working in abstract and non objective styles. His name is most associated with large-scale black and white paintings, and these linear abstractions brought him his first notable public attention in 1950 when they […]

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smART Collecting – Sculpture

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Sculpture was the first and most ubiquitous form of artistic expression. The earliest sculptures appear to have been created by modifying found objects that suggested either animal or human forms. As tools and technologies developed, artists progressed from carving bone, wood, and stone to manipulating and firing clay, then to casting in bronze. Sculpture is […]

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Jasper Johns (b 1930), Birthday May 15

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(b 1930) New York, Mod Flags-Pop Symbols, Sculptor  Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Jasper Johns became one of America’s best-known post-Abstract Expressionists and Minimalists.  His name is most associated with pictorial images of flags and numbers, Pop-Art subjects that he depicted in Minimalist style with emphasis on linearity, repetition, and symmetry.  Johns completed his first flag […]

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smART Collecting – Composition

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The Punished Son, 1778 (Musee Du Louvre, Paris, France) Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805) Composition refers to how the artist has arranged the elements of the work of art and it is a dominant contributor to the subject matter of the piece. To achieve a successful composition, the image has to work as an integrated whole, whether […]

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Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Birthday Apr 24

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(1904-1997) New York, Abstract Expressionist Painting, Figurative Willem de Kooning, one of the recognized masters of abstract expressionism, was a founder of the New York School of action painting.  Born in Rotterdam in 1904, de Kooning received a solid background in the applied arts as an apprentice, first for a commercial art firm and then […]

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