Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Episode 65: Poster Art: The Belle Epoque

The Belle Epoque was an era of influence in France and much of the world. We look back at that time now and refer to it as a "Golden Age". There was so much going on in the art world between 1871 and 1914 from Impressionism to Art Nouveau, it was an age of new ideas. In the design world color lithography had just been perfected making mass produced art work possible. Artists like Alphonse Mucha, Toulouse-Latrec, Jules Cheret and Eugene Grasset made a name for themselves creating posters for plays and advertising products. Color lithography brought prices down, and for the first time in forever the average Joe could purchase a piece of art. To this day poster from the Belle Epoque Era is still highly collectible.





Jules Cheret

Jules Cheret

Jules Cheret


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Episode 64: Northern Baroque: The Basics

This is the second installment of our "The Basics" Series with Lauren and Chloe.

After the Reformation instigated by Martin Luther's 95 Thesis, the Dutch Republic was predominantly Calvinist though there were still many Catholics in the country and grouped together and lived in what was called the Papist Corner of Delft.

The Protestant reformation brought on a wave of iconoclasm (the destruction of religious imagery believed to be a form of idolatry). And in the North, in the Netherlands at least, Protestants shied away from religious symbols. Because of this genre and interior scenes became very popular.

Unlike other parts of Europe at this time the Netherlands had a newly emerging middle class influencing the art of the day. Because of this Baroque art in the North was very different than Baroque art found in Italy.

Vermeer, Girl with a Red Hat, 1668

Vermeer, Woman with a Water Jug, 1662

Frans Hals, The Laughing Cavalier, 1624

Frans Hals, Regents of the St Elizabeth Hospital of Haarlem,1641

Pieter de Hooch, The Courtyard of a House in Delft, 1677
Pieter de Hooch, Women Drinking with Soldiers, 1658


Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer, 1653

Rembrandt, The Night Watch, 1642

And from the Flemish Baroque:

Rubens, The Elevation of the Cross, 1610

Rubens, The Three Graces, 1635
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Episode 63: Zombie Art

Megan and Jo talk about Zombies, where they came from, how they evolved through history and where they are now.

Next Wednesday Lauren and Chloe talk about Northern Baroque. 
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

BONUS Episode: Ancient Pueblo Culture

The Ancient Pueblo Culture existed between AD 100 and 1600 in the area of the United States known as The Four Corners (New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado)

They were also known as the Anasazi, a Navajo word meaning 'Ancient Enemy'. Today the word is more commonly interpreted to mean 'Ancient Ones' or 'Ancient People'. The modern Pueblo tribes include the Zuni, Hopi, Laguna and Acoma.

Pueblo Bonito

Pueblo Bonito

Mesa Verde
Digital Painting of a portion of Mesa Verde, by Julia Allen

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Episode 62: Monet

Chloe and Johanna discuss the life and work of Claude Monet who is considered to be the "Father of Impressionism." Monet had a long and interesting career spanning a very exciting time period as far as art history in concerned. From his more realist paintings to his later work that feels almost abstract, Monet's career spans one of the most exciting time periods of art history. 

Impression, Sunrise,  1872-1873, Monet
It was from a comment about this painting by an art critic that the Impressionists got their name.

Rouen Cathedral Series, 1890's, Monet
Monet painted over thirty paintings for this series. The series is a perfect example of how much light changes depending on time of day, weather, or season. 

Water Lilies, 1919, Monet

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Short but Sweet: Camera Obscura

We apologize for not having our usual full length episode today. The episode on Monet will go up at a later date, but a bonus episode will be posted on Friday. We hope you enjoy learning more about the Camera Obscura.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Episode 61: Italian Baroque: The Basics

Today we are really excited to start what is going to be a really great mini series all about Baroque art. We have divided up the period by region and are starting off today with Italian Baroque with Julia and Chloe! 

It would be impossible to talk about Baroque art with out mentioning the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. The art from the period, especially the art produced in Italy, was heavily influenced by the Council of Trent.

There were two branches of Italian Baroque: the Carraci brothers and the students of their academy, and Caravaggio and the Caravaggisti who were the stylistic followers of Caravaggio. Caravaggisti, isn't that a great word! To learn more about Caravaggio listen to Episode 15

Bargellini Madonna, 1588 Lodovico Carraci
Farnese Ceiling, Triumph of Bacchus, 1597-1600, Annibale Carracci
Massacre of the Innocents, 1611, Guido Reni
Santa Maria della Pace, 1657, Pietro de Cortona
Rape of the Sabine Women, 1627-29, Pietro da Cortona
The Calling of St. Matthew, 1599, Caravaggio
Doubting Thomas, 1601, Caravaggio

Besides all of the wonderful painters, there were also some amazing sculptors and architects like Bernini and Borromini. Episode 41 is all about them and the rivalry that build Rome.  

Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 1652, Bernini
Apollo and Daphne, 1621, Bernini
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, 1630, Borromini

Come back next week, Jo and Chloe will be discussing Monet.

If you have any topics in art history you are interested in hearing more about, please email us at uvu.artsandfacts@gmail.com.

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