Category: Artist of the Day

Frontispiece of A Christmas Carol by John Leech

John Leech was born on August 29, 1817.  He was a caricaturist, illustrating particularly for humorous magazines and satirical literature.  Lithograph work and wood engraving were his specialties. Perhaps some of his most loved (and most lovable!) work is found …

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Ship on the Scheveningen Beach by Jacob Maris

Jacob Maris was born on August 25, 1837.  He was a Dutch painter, and he is remembered for his landscapes and his portraits of the Royal House of Orange especially.  Particularly striking in his work is his depiction of clouds, …

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The Spirit of ’76 by Archibald Willard

Archibald Willard was born on August 22, 1836 in Bedford, Ohio.  He fought in the Civil War, and he captured many of his experiences through painting.  Some of his work ended up in Washington Court House in Ohio, and many …

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Le Pont de l’Europe by Gustave Caillebotte

Le Pont de l’Europe (or The Bridge of Europe) is by Gustave Caillebotte, who was born on August 19 of 1848 in Paris.  He was known as an impressionist, though his work certainly has a realist flair to it!  His …

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Knitting for the Soldiers by George Luks

George Luks was born on August 13, 1867 in a coal mining region of Pennsylvania.  He knew poverty as he grew up in this setting, and his first exposure to art was from his mother, who was a musician and …

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The Angler and the Little Fish by Thomas Bewick

Thomas Bewick was born on August 12, 1753 in England.  He is known as an engraver and author of natural history.  Some of his most renowned works include his illustrations of Aesop’s Fables (for example, the print above) and his …

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Peter Rabbit Illustration by Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is known especially for her beloved children’s books, particularly The Tale of Peter Rabbit. What she doesn’t get as much credit for are her illustrations, of which she created many for her books.

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Cadmus Sowing the Dragon’s Teeth by Maxfield Parrish

July 25 is the birthday of Maxfield Parrish from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Featured here is his illustration, “Cadmus Sowing the Dragon’s Teeth,” from the Greek myth. Parrish was particularly known for the vibrant colors he used in his artwork, and the hue …

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Joan of Arc by Alphonse Mucha

“Joan of Arc,” by Alphonse Mucha. Mucha was originally from the Austrian Empire (now the Czech Republic) and studied in Paris. He became successful with his illustrations after producing a poster for a play featuring Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous …

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The Mobile by Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder of Pennsylvania was born on July 22 in 1898. He is the inventor of the mobile, a type of installation art which is widely displayed in a variety of settings–from art museums to children’s bedrooms. Like many other potential …

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