Author name: Geoff Collins

Oscar Gieberich

Born March 25, 1886 in New York City, Gieberich was known for a mix of modernist landscapes, seascapes and still life paintings. This picture, “Composition No.2 of New York City”, combines two of those three features. He was very active in Cape Cod, forming the Provincetown Art Association there, and many of his works feature …

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Henry Farrer

Born 23 March 1844 in London, Farrer was the younger brother of Thomas, a well-known pre-raphaelite painter. Unlike Thomas, Henry was largely self-taught. In his late 20s, his landscape work shifted to the tonalist style for which he is best remembered. He was a co-founder of the American Watercolor Society and, unusually for the time, …

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Hans Hofmann

Born March 21, 1880 in Weissenburg, Germany, Hofmann was a highly influential Abstract Expressionist painter. He was active in the early twentieth-century European avant-garde movement taking a deep understanding and synthesis of Symbolism, Neo-impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism with him when he emigrated to the United States in 1932. Hofmann was also one of the most …

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Schomer Lichtner

Born March 18, 1905 in Illinois, Lichtner was another beneficiary of Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s. He worked in the sober tones of the social-realist style typical of the austere 1930s, and this painting: Potato Planting, is a classic example of the genre.

Gregory Orloff

Born 17 March in Kyiv, Ukraine, Orloff began his early art training with painter Vyacheslav Korenev at the Kyiv Academy of Art. He then continued his studies in the United States, first in New York and later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the city where he came to prominence. He exhibited portraits and …

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Holland Foster

Born 15 March 1906 in Iowa, Foster came to the artist world’s knowledge as a result of Roosevelt’s New Deal public works program. The program contained an Art Project, and this painting: Pipe Works, was one of its products.

Charles Warren Eaton

Born February 22 1857, in Albany, New York, Eaton was primarily a lanscape painter, with two distinctive styles. The first subject, intimate,and tonalist in style, typically contained pasture, trees and sometimes a small patch of water or stone fence. The second subject, grander in manner, was a landscape with a grouping of tall pine trees, …

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Buffie Johnson

Born 20 February 1912 (according to multiple reputable sources, or it could be Feb 12th if you prefer Wikipedia, but the website quoted on Wiki provoked my virus checker – so who knows?) in New York City, Johnson was associated with the Abstract Imagists. She received many awards and was featured in Peggy Guggenheim’s 1943 …

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Max Beckmann

Born February 12, 1884 in Leipzig, Beckmann was one of many German artists to be classified as degenerate in the 1930s as a result of Hitler and the Nazi’s hatred of modern art. He personally disliked the concept of Expressionism, and did not want to be so classified, instead he joined with the New Objectivity …

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Ida Abelman

Born February 12, 1910 in New York, Abelman is usually described as a Social Realist. Known for her graphic work, particularly murals, she was very active during the Depression years. She was heavily influenced by Constructivism, Surrealism and Social realism, with her work often combining mechanical parts with human or organic forms to convey both …

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