Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, better known simply as Paul Gauguin, is one of the premiere French post-Impressionist era artists. Gauguin's work held great influence on the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Toward the end of his life, Gauguin spent ten years in French Polynesia. The majority of his paintings from this time capture the people and landscapes from the region. The original painting was created in 1902, the year before Gauguin's death.
This enlarged map of Kansas City with a scale of 1:500,000 (1 centimeter to 5 kilometers) including a regional breadth of about 150 miles in any direction. The map is in Russian and focuses on infrastructural features in the region including road and railways, oil, gas, and airfields, gas and power lines, and dams and reservoirs amongst other things. The map's title translates roughly to the General Area of Kansas City and had 10-15-I J-15-A Edition 1983 stamped in the upper right-hand corner.
The essence of "sanctuary" pervades the atmosphere of this scene and proves an appropriate title for the work. Splatters of green and yellow paint around the edges materialize into the slender trunks of birch trees at the center. The resulting forest is dense but breaks to provide a passageway to a golden opening on the other side. An interplay of commotion and serenity recreate the energy and yet simultaneous stillness in a forest such as this one. The viewer feels the presence of sanctity in the midst of the foliage but realizes its potential as well in the golden glow ahead.
In this print, a young woman stands before a plot of green corn in a sun hat, scarf, sweater, and red and white checkered dress. She holds the handle of a gardening tool in one hand and a bucket in the other. She looks directly at the viewer and also into the sun causing her eyes to squint. Robert Duncan is an established artist who began his career making Western American art and later shifted his artistic focus to his family and rural life in his home state of Utah, where this painting was likely inspired.
This print focuses on the manuscripts of the Liber Floridus by Lambert of Saint-Omer. The depiction alludes to the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the State University of Ghent and the consequent edits of the manuscripts, a presently famous canon, executed by a number of dedicated scholars such as the one pictured. The Liber Floridus is a compilation of a large and richly illustrated encyclopedia dedicated to Lambert's 12th-century conception of the fields of human knowledge.
This painting reproduction depicts an infused scene of bright floral and green topiary. The original work was painted in an impressionistic style, filling the canvas with different flowers and greenery. One can imagine Coreopsis, Gladiolus, Pansies, Poppies, and different spring time perennials amidst a lush green landscape. Hues of green purple, orange, white, yellow and red predominate through out. The lower right depicts the edge of a pond with three orange fish streaming to the surface. The signature of the artist "Michael Shannon" is located in the lower right corner.
In the pivotal case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially separate facilities, if equal, did not violate the Constitution. Segregation, the Court said, was not discrimination. It wasn’t until May 17, 1954, that the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. The Court ruled that “separate is not equal,” and that segregation violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Sidney J. Hurwitz, born 1932, is an American artist known for bold lines, heavy outlines and splotches of color within his work. The landscape, "Skyline", features distinct artist tenancies from weighty black outlines for the contour of the cityscape, and delicate use of lines to form cross hatching and structural formation. The color of the composition ranges from muted orange tones dedicated for the horizon, and umber hues for the city. Structures are abstract and are subtly alluded to in this work.
In 1940, the Kansas City Southern Lines introduced the Southern Belle passenger train that traveled between Kansas City and New Orleans. It also traveled to Baton Rouge and Lake Charles in Louisiana. In Texas, it traveled to Port Arthur and Beaumont. To advertise the train, they published a song by Cecil Taylor titled Southern Belle for which the lyrics and sheet music can be read on the lower quadrants of the print. The cover page of the sheet music takes up the upper left quadrant where the title "Southern Belle" is scripted across the top above a young woman.
Tomikichiro Tokuriki was known for integrating two printmaking movements in Japan known as shin hanga and sōsaku hanga. Shin hanga were prints that depicted "urban Japanese entertaining themselves to distract from the reality of fleeting existence" and whose production was driven by the vision of the publisher instead of individual artists (taken from -myjapanesehanga.com and the artist's biography). Sōsaku hanga was a revival of shin hanga but was artist-driven, and also integrated more Western artistic movements into their compositions.
Thomas Hart Benton was at the forefront of Regionalist art movement. Benton's paintings portrayed a fluid motion to both landscape and sculpted figures, capturing every day scenes in his North American visual narratives. Benton was born on 1889 in Neosho, Missouri, and spent much of his adolescence in this state. These Midwestern roots can be seen strongly within the context of his work. Benton studied both within the United States, attending the The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and later he traveled abroad to France, studying at the Académie Julian in Paris.
An air of honor and foundation resonates from this corner of the Vermont State Capitol Building. Red fabrics define the composition of this photograph. As the heavy velvet of the couch below the cabinet anchors the lighter fabrics of the flags inside, a visual metaphor is created for what the flags once represented and the ideologies that grounded them. Davis is most well known for his curatorial accomplishments in photography, but his personal content is notable for its striking compositions and architectural orientation.
This photograph features a cabinet of Civil War-era flags representing the Vermont Brigade Guidon and its Sixth Infantry Division. The flags are hung in the cabinet at various heights and planes, creating a collaged sense of depth that encourages reminiscence and memory. In contrast to the ornamented white walls, the cabinet and the ornamented couch below balance the photograph with darker hues that altogether emphasize the flag at the center of the photograph. The flag represents the First Vermont Calvary Regiment Flag, stylized similarly to that of the nations.
This abstract original print finds an aesthetic balance of form and design through the use of basic shapes and color. Cubist elements are significant to this work by artist Sonia Aimee Hansen that were typical of the early twentieth century. Hues of blue are prevalent to signify the ground, horizon, and apparent automobile that appears in the foreground. Black is the additional part of the color composition, forming the architectural structure in the background and it accentuates portions of the automobile. A combination of blue and black are used to cross hatch the ground.
Depicted here are men of a rural town gathered around to hear a campaigning politicians speak. In this iteration of the work, the speaking politician's figure transcends the crowd, further sticking out amongst the working men with his white suit coat and hair. He is in the process of responding to an inquiry from a gentleman before him in the crowd leaning on a cane with tattered clothing. The painting was part of Bingham’s Election Series, which depicted the still-evolving democratic political cycle in the United States in the mid-19th century.
This print evokes the feelings associated with with the sunset in its yellow background and the shadows that come in the black trailing splotches. The sun in the upper right-hand corner of the piece is surrounded by a scarlet ring to emphasize its glow and warmth. Beneath it is evidence of buildings that form a cityscape behind what appears to be a figure turned up at the sun. Its head, rendered as a crescent with an eye, reflects a similar form on the other side of the composition that is a black crescent surrounding a circular eye shape within it.
This photograph appears to pronounce the institutions of knowledge, art, and architecture in featuring an antique bookcase, marble bust, and doric column as its subjects. Filled with rich brown, leather-bound books and comprising nearly half of the photograph, the bookcase suggests knowledge as the prominent value of this corner.
Christiaan Karel Appel, born April 25th, 1921, was a multi disciplined Dutch artist. Appel was a talented painter, sculptor, and poet. Appel began painting at the age of fourteen and attended the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. Appel was one of the founders of the 1948 avant-garde movement CoBrA. Appel's talent as a sculptor achieved international fame, having works featured in MoMA and other museums worldwide. Appel derived much inspiration from primitive art and children’s drawings.
This drawing illustrates a street view of the New England Building located in downtown Kansas City designed by the architectural firm Bradlee, Winslow and Wetherell from Boston, Massachusetts. The building consists of seven stories and rendered in a Renaissance Revival style with ornate detailing on the facade, two-story oriel, stone masonry, and arched entryways. Kansas City also utilized the Renaissance Revival style in designing many downtown buildings.
"The County Election" was an oil painting created by Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham in 1852. This work depicts the civilian experience of democracy with a critique of the developing political system, a theme frequented by Bingham throughout his career. Accordingly, the civilians gathered in this work do so around the front steps of the courthouse from which the politician speaks, but is not seen. Meanwhile, a line forms to cast their ballot under a banner that reads "The Will of The People the Supreme Law".