Archive for October, 2008

I.M. Pei

I. M. Pei is a notable Chinese American architect who is considered as the last in the line of masters of high modernist architecture. His works primarily deal with the use of the abstract form as well as the use of stone, concrete, steel and glass. A Pritzker Prize awardee, I.M. Pei also considered as one of the most successful and notable architects to come out of Asia in the 20th Century. His works and designs can be found in many structures built all around the world. Early LifeI.M. Pei, whi…

The Basics of Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a fairly new painting method where artists make use of acrylic paints instead of the oil based variety. Acrylic paints first became commercially available during the 1950’s. They were first produced as house paints that were water based. Soon enough, a number of artists started to explore and use acrylic paints for their art works. Hence, acrylic painting started. AdvantagesOne of the advantages of using acrylic paint is that it dries fairly quickly. This allows artists to pa…

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Only few people would not recognize the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is a freestanding bell tower located behind the cathedral in Pisa, a city in Italy. Its unique feature is also not unheard of- the Tower has been leaning a bit on its southeast side for decades now. In fact, if it were not for this critical building flaw, no one would have ever bothered looking up this strange bell tower in some quaint Italian city. But then, its flaw became its most notable feature and hence became known a…

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian born French painter closely associated to the modern movements that followed after Impressionism. He was born on July 7, 1887 in Liozno, Vitebsk on what is now part of Belarus. He was of Jewish descent and the eldest of nine siblings. His mother’s name was Feige-Ite while his father was Khatskl Shagal, who worked as a herring merchant. Marc grew up in a closely knit and devout Jewish family. Early CareerMarc started studying painting sometime in 1906 under the directi…