Artistic Memories 2 March: Berthe Morisot

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Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

Artist: Berthe Morisot

Dates: 14 January 1841 – 2 March 1895

Nationality: French

Title of Piece: Child in the Rose Garden

 

Child in the Rose Garden by Berthe Morisot

Child in the Rose Garden by Berthe Morisot

Brief Biography: Morisot was a French Impressionist painter. Gustave Geffroy considered her one of les trois grandes dames of Impressionism. As a student and under the influence of Camille Corot she utilised the plain air method of painting. Morisot’s subjects were those of daily life and reflect the cultural restrictions of her class and gender.

Artistic Memories 23 February: Tom Wesselmann

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Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann

Artist: Tom Wesselmann

Dates: 23 February 1931 – 17 December 2004

Nationality: American

Title of Piece: Still Life #30

 

Still Life #30 by Tom Wesselmann

Still Life #30 by Tom Wesselmann

Brief Biography: Wesselmann was an artist associated with the Pop Art movement. His series of painting, The Great American Nude, were restricted to the three colours of the Stars and Stripes and one or two other patriotic colours such as khaki or gold. Wesselmann was experimental in what mediums he used and developed techniques using metals such as steels as well as lasers.

Parnassian Moments 23 February: John Keats

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John Keats

John Keats

 

Poet: John Keats

Dates: 31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: His Last Sonnet

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art! –
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature’s patient sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors –
No -yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillowed upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever -or else swoon to death.

 

Brief Biography: Keats was a poet. He was a central figure of the second generation of of Romantic poets alongside Shelley and Byron. Keats’ work was in publication just four years before his death but by the end of the 19th Century he was one of England’s best loved poets.

Classical Memories 23 February: George Frideric Handel

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

Composer: George Frideric Handel

Dates: 23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759

Nationality: German

Title of Piece: Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah

 

Brief Biography: Handel was a Baroque composer and took British citizenship in 1727. He started three opera companies to brig Italian opera to the British nobility. Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era. When he died he was a respected man and at his funeral was given full state honours and burial at Westminster Abbey.

Classical Memories 23 February: Edward William Elgar

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Edward William Elgar

Edward William Elgar

Composer: Edward William Elgar

Dates: 2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934

Nationality: English

Title of Piece: Enigma Variations – Nimrod

 

Brief Biography: Elgar was an English composer. His orchestral works include marches, concertos, symphonies and choral works. Elgar was the first composer to take the gramophone record seriously.

Artistic Memories 22 February: Hajime Sorayama

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Hajime Sorayama

Hajime Sorayama

Artist: Hajime Sorayama

Dates: 22 February 1947

Nationality: Japanese

Title of Piece: Dragon

 

Dragon by Hajime Sorayama

Dragon by Hajime Sorayama

Brief Biography: Sorayama is an artist and illustrator best known for his precisely detailed erotic depictions of women and feminised robots and fantasy art. He is considered by the White Dunk Project as one of the most inspiring Japanese artists. Sorayama currently lives in Tokyo.

Parnassian Moments 22 February: Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Dates: 22 February 1892 – 19 October 1950

Nationality: American

Title of Poem: Night Is My Sister, And How Deep In Love

Night is my sister, and how deep in love,
How drowned in love and weedily washed ashore,
There to be fretted by the drag and shove
At the tide’s edge, I lie—these things and more:
Whose arm alone between me and the sand,
Whose voice alone, whose pitiful breath brought near,
Could thaw these nostrils and unlock this hand,
She could advise you, should you care to hear.
Small chance, however, in a storm so black,
A man will leave his friendly fire and snug
For a drowned woman’s sake, and bring her back
To drip and scatter shells upon the rug.
No one but Night, with tears on her dark face,
Watches beside me in this windy place.

 

 

Brief Biography: Millay was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and playwright. She was also known for her feminist activism as well as many love affairs. Preferring to use her middle name, Vincent, Millay, was independent and her out-spokeness did not always sit well with critics or authority. It is said she wrote some of the best sonnets of the 20th century.

Artistic Memories 22 February: Peter Hurd

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Peter Hurd

Peter Hurd

Artist: Peter Hurd

Dates: 22 February 1904 – 9 July 1984

Nationality: American

Title of Piece: Lyndon B Johnson

 

Lyndon B Johnson by Peter Hurd

Lyndon B Johnson by Peter Hurd

Brief Biography: Hurd was a painter and illustrator. He was also a war correspondent for Life magazine during WW2. In 1959 he was appointed to the US Commission of Fine Arts by President Eisenhower.

Artistic Memories 22 February: Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Artist: Andy Warhol

Dates: 6 August 1928 – 22 February 1987

Nationality: American

Title of Piece: Marilyn Monroe

 

Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

Brief Biography: Warhol was an artist. He was a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. Warhol’s work explored the relationship between artistic expression, advertisement and the celebrity culture.

Artistic Memories 22 February: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Artist: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Dates: 17 July 1796 – 22 February 1875

Nationality: French

Title of Piece: Woman Reading in a Landscape

 

Woman Reading in a Landscape by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Woman Reading in a Landscape by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Brief Biography: Corot was a landscape and portrait painter. He was a pivotal figure in landscape painting simultaneously referencing Neo-classical tradition and the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.

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