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Art of the Day – 02/22/17 (Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down), Jean-Leon Gerome)

Daily Artwork — “Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down), Jean-Leon Gerome, 1872”

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1872 — Pollice Verso (Thumbs Down).  Oil paint on canvas.  Academic Art style. Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1901).  Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Daily Art

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/22/17 (“The Romance of a People”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “The Romance of a People, 1942”

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I love the details you can see in the products displayed here.  And imagine having this shop and all these goods on display when you think about what was happening in Europe at this exact moment in 1942!  It’s an absolute testament to the freedoms we’ve always enjoyed here in America.

August 1942. “New York. Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broome Street.” Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. 

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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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How The 50 States Got Their Names — Infographic

How the 50 States Got Their Names

Each state is unique in so many ways, including their names!  While the origins of some are rather obvious, others have pretty interesting backstories and truly reflect the cultures and geography of the region.  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Infographics

 

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Art of the Day – 02/21/17 (Collins St., 5 P.M., John Brack)

Daily Artwork — “Collins St., 5 P.M., John Brack, 1955”

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In the early 1950s, John Brack adopted the urban Melbourne environment as his subject, recording the shops, bars and workplaces of the city with an ironic edge. This painting is among the most iconic of this period. Here, Brack depicts Melbourne’s financial centre hub at the end of the working day, uniformly dressed office-workers stream homeward. Inspired by his own experience employed by a city-based insurance company, Brack points to the enduring presence of the individual by personalising each figure, despite the formal repetition and universally muted palette enchancing the over-arching sense of drudgery of nine-to-five office life. (Museum Card)

1955 — Collins St., 5 P.M.  Oil paint on canvas. Expressionism style. John Brack (1920-1999).  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Daily Art

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/21/17 (“Tent of Flies”, 1936)

Daily Photo — “Tent of Flies, 1936”

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Before I even noticed the swarm of flies around the tent and the children, I caught sight of the old Wrigley’s Spearmint box in the lower right of the tent.

November 1936. “Children and home of migratory cotton workers. Migratory camp, southern San Joaquin Valley, California.” Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. 

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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Mummy Brown and Other Historical Colors — Infographic

Mummy Brown and Other Historical Colors

Throughout time, we have always been making art and then looking for colors to create art that was more and more realistic.  There have been unique combinations of chemicals and materials in the past that have created some interesting colors, not to mention some that when you think about what they’re made of can be downright creepy or dangerous.  Check out some of these historical colors, many of which are no longer made for a variety of reasons.  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Infographics

 

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Art of the Day – 02/16/17 (So She Moved Into the Light, Eric Fischl)

Daily Artwork — “So She Moved Into the Light, Eric Fischl, 1997”

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1997 — So She Moved Into the Light.  Oil paint on canvas. Contemporary Realism style. Eric Fischl (1948-).  Private Collection.

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Daily Art

 

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