Claude Monet with some of his waterlilies paintings
Japanese Footbridge by Monet
Week 1 - Claude Monet (1840-1926) FRANCE Painting of the Week - Japanese Footbridge Monet’s paintings are much loved now, but they weren’t when he first painted them. People complained they looked unfinished, like only an “impression” of a scene. This gave Monet and his friends the name, Impressionists. Links for Monet in the classroom
A self-portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Renoir
Week 2 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) FRANCE Painting of the Week - Luncheon of the Boating Party Renoir was one of the leading painters of the Impressionist group, along with Monet. His paintings celebrate beauty. He was so passionate about painting that he continued when he was old and suffering from severe arthritis which crippled his hands. Renoir then painted with a brush tied to his wrist. In spite of the arthritis, Renoir never lost his love for life and painting. He painted a picture of flowers on the day he died. He left behind over two-hundred paintings. Links for Renoir in the classroom
American artist, Grant Wood's self-portrait.
Grant Wood's famous painting, American Gothic.
Week 3 - Grant Wood (1891-1942) U.S.A. Painting of the Week - American Gothic By painting simple scenes of the land and people he knew best, Grant Wood helped create an important, all-American style of art (Regionalism). Grant Wood’s paintings show the love he had for the people and customs of the Midwestern United States. Grant Wood particularly loved the farmland of Iowa. His paintings were popular during the Great Depression. Grant also painted pictures of famous American legends. Links for Grant Wood in the classroom
Week 4 - Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) Netherlands Painting of the Week - Return of the Prodigal Son Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in history. Many of his paintings are self-portraits, portraits of other people, or Biblical scenes. Rembrandt, a Baroque period artist, is known for his use of chiaroscuro -- using darks and lights for dramatic effect. Links for Rembrandt in the classroom
Week 5 - Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1996) USA Painting of the Week - Red Poppy Georgia O’Keeffe was a pioneer of Modern Art and was one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century. She is known for her large scale paintings of natural forms and flowers at close range. After the death of her husband, she moved to New Mexico. The stark landscapes and stunning vistas there inspired her to paint the area, and she is also admired for her art of the Southwest. Links for Georgia O'Keeffe in the classroom
Week 6 - Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) German American
Albert Bierstadt was a German-American known for his lavish, sweeping landscapes of the American West. "Picturesque" describes a particular type of landscape that is striking and evokes awe and amazement in the viewer. Bierstadt was one of the American landscape painters who popularized this concept in their stunning, expansive views of areas in our country that had never been seen before by most Americans. He was also considered part of the Hudson River School of painters in New York and the Rocky Mountain School.
Week 7 -Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Japan Painting of the Week - The Great Wave of Kanagawa Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Hokusai is best known for his woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. His book ofmanga, sketches or caricatures that influenced the modern form of comics known by the same name, was published in 1814. Links for Hokusai in the classroom
Week 8 - Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) Germany Painting of the Week - Young Hare
Albrecht Durer was a brilliant painter, and many consider him to be one of the greatest draftsmen. Probably his biggest artistic impact was through the medium of printmaking. His vast body of work includes religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, copper engravings, woodcuts, and watercolors. The featured painting of the week is Durer's watercolor, Young Hare, a masterpiece of observational art. Links for Albrecht Durer in the classroom
Week 9 - Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italy Painting of the Week - Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Da Vinci was a genius and a true Renaissance Man. His small portrait painting, Mona Lisa, is probably the most famous painting known today. Links for Leonardo da Vinci in the classroom