Monthly Archives: February 2014

No 264 Balthus

“Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.” Balthus who was born on February 29, 1908, in Paris, France. I saw this painting on a recent visit to MoMA in New York.  

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No 263 Carel Fabritius

“Thus did this Phoenix, to our loss, expire, In the midstand at the height of his powers, But happily there arose out of the fire Vermeer, who masterfully trod in his path.” This stanza from a poem by Arnold Bon is … Continue reading

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No 262 Honore Daumier

“I have my art to comfort me, but what have these wretched men and women to live for?” Honore Daumier, who was born on February 26, 1808.

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No 261 Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.” Pierre-Auguste Renoir who was born February 25, 1841.  

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No 260 Richard Hamilton

“Pop art is Popular (designed for a mass audience), Transient (short-term solution), Expendable (easily forgotten), Low Cost, Mass Produced, Young (aimed at youth), Wicked, Sexy, Gimmicky, Glamorous, Big Business.” Richard Hamilton, so called ‘Father of Pop Art’, who was born … Continue reading

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No 259 L S Lowry

“You don’t need brains to be a painter, just feelings.” L S Lowry who died on 23 February 1976.  

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No 258 Eric Gill

“Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.” Eric Gill, English sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter and printmaker, who was born on February 22, 1882, in Brighton.  

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