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Hera’s Compassion. Finally finished.

Gouache painting, 9″x12″ on illustration board. 

The story is that Zeus saw the young goddess Hera and fell in love with her. To win her, he changed himself into a distressed cuckoo and flew into her arms. She cradled the bird until she found herself holding Zeus the god, and they were married. One of her main symbols is the peacock, due to her bodyguard whose entire body was covered in eyes, whom she then put on a bird to honor him.

Here is an amazing portrait of American Sculptor: SELMA BURKE with her bust of Booker T. Washington by the photographer: PINCHOS HORN taken in 1935.

Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930, in Harlem, New York City) is an African-American artist, best known for her painted story quilts.
During the 1960s, Ringgold painted flat, figural compositions that focused on the racial conflicts; depicting everything from riots to cocktail parties,which resulted in her “American People” series, showing the female view of the Civil Rights Movement.The 1970s mark her move into the sculptural figures that depicted fictional slave stories as well as contemporary ones. Ringgold began quilted artworks in 1980; her first quilt being “Echoes of Harlem."She quilted her stories in order to be heard, since at the time no one would publish her autobiography."Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima?” (1983) is a quilt showing the story of Aunt Jemima as a matriarch restaurateur.Ringgold modeled her “story quilts” on the Buddhist Thangkas, lovely pictures painted on fabric and quilted or brocaded, which could then be easily rolled up and transported. She has influenced numerous modern artists, including Linda Freeman, and known some of the greatest African-American artists personally, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Betye Saar.

Monday’s Much-loved Works of Art:

“Untitled (Mother and Child)” (c. 1950) by Selma Burke