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Today’s Classic: Famous Painters in their own Sudios

1. Pablo Picasso

2. Claude Monet

3. Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger

4. Frida Kahlo

5. Edvard Munch

6. Salvador Dalí

7. Alphonse Mucha

8. Mark Chagall

In honor of my first book signing tonight at The Studio Museum in Harlem (144 W. 125th Street - 6 to 8pm!) I am showcasing classic Black art legends. This is Lady Bird Cleveland, mother of legendary model Pat Cleveland photographed by Carl Van Vechten on November 16, 1954 with her painting in oil of Eartha Kitt. Now known as Lady Bird Strickland, she is still painting today. She told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2013 that her calling is “to paint black history from the heart.” Photo: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 

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“The most freeing feeling is when I’m just moving the brush and making those strokes—when I’m completely lost in there. There’s that sense that I can express any kind of movement I want in there.”
—Artist Eddie Martinez on his approach to painting, in a film from the ART21 New York Close Up series

WATCH: Eddie Martinez Whistles While He Works

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up film, Eddie Martinez Whistles While He Works. © ART21, Inc. 2012.

Life class, The Sydney Art School (Julian Ashton Art School), 1931. Harold Cazneaux (Australian, 1878-1953). Gelatin silver photograph. Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The Sydney Art School (also known as the Julian Ashton Art School), which Australian artist and teacher Ashton established in 1890 as the “Academy Julien” (perhaps a reference to the Académie Julian in Paris), has been an influential art school in Australia.