Photo I:After the Harvest, 1888, 18 1/8 x 30 1/4 inches (46 x 76.8 cm), Oil on canvas, Signed and dated lower left: Kenyon Cox /1888 // Photo II: Kenyon Cox, 1896 // Photo III: Nude study in graphite; preparatory drawing for the allegorical figure of Romance in The Arts mural at the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. Drawing created 1896, digitally restored. — Kenyon Cox Born: October 27, 1856, Warren, Ohio, USA Died: March 17, 1919 (aged 62), New York NY, USA - in his home from pneumonia. Parents: Jacob Dolson Cox and Helen Finney Cox. He was an American painter, illustrator, muralist, writer, and teacher. Cox was an influential and important early instructor at the Art Students League of New York. He was the designer of the League’s logo, whose motto is’ Nulla Dies Sine Linea’ or ‘No Day Without a Line’. “… art is not a luxury, it is a civilization.” - Kenyon Cox, The Nation, 1889, quoted in Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994 — www.thursdayfile.com —- Q - If you had the money would you buy one of Cox’s work?
An interesting fantasy I found visiting an auction, only a very monochromatic lithograph mind you, yet a lot for the eye to read here.
Charles Bunnell (1897 – 1968), an American painter, printmaker, and muralist, .developed a love for art at a very young age. As a child in Kansas City, Missouri, he spent much of his time drawing. When he was unable to find paper he drew on walls and in the margins of textbooks for which he was often fined. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1915 and was thereafter associated with that city. He served in World War I and later used his GI Training to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy (later renamed the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center) during 1922 and 1923. In 1922, he married fellow student, Laura Palmer. He studied with Ernest Lawson in 1927-1928 and, in the winter of 1928-1929, he served as Lawson’s assistant. As a WPA artist from 1934 to 1941 he executed many commissioned murals in a sturdy, somewhat abstracted figurative style. He was also noted for his colorful Western landscapes. Later he become particularly known for bold abstracts in a cubist-influenced idiom, tending eventually toward abstract expressionism, the style in which he worked from about the 1950s until his death. . Marika Herskovic’s American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s : an Illustrated Survey (New York School Press, 2003), provides an accounting of this period in Bunnell’s stylistic evolution. His work can be seen in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Taylor Museum in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Denver’s Kirkland Museum, and others. He died in Colorado, aged 71.
Hildreth Meière (American; 1892–1961) Design for Sand-Blasted Glass Mural: Mercury Gathering Air Waves Amidst Planets and Stars Executed for A Century of Progress (1933 World’s Fair, Chicago, Illinois) Brush and white gouache, black wash, graphite on tan paper, 1932 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York