Archive for July, 2009

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp is a notable French artist who was most often associated with the Surrealist and Dadaist art movements. Duchamp’s works are not merely composed of paintings but also through interestingly unique and sometimes controversial art installations and sculptures. Although he made a relatively few artworks, he became a noted and highly regarded artist during his time, helping to influence Western art and how people perceive it during this period. Early LifeMarcel Duchamp was born on July …

Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon was a French Symbolist painter, graphic artist and draftsman. He became famous for his quite mysterious painting compositions that is said to reflect an exploration of the artist’s internal feelings and thoughts. He was more noted as one of the outstanding figures in Symbolist art. Early LifeOdilon was born Bertrand-Jean Redon on April 20, 1840 in Bordeaux, Aquitaine in France. His nickname “Odilon” came from his mother who was named Odile. He was born from a prosperous family. His …

John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse is an English Pre-Raphaelite painter. He became famous for his paintings of female characters taken from mythology and literature. He was also a draftsman, sculptor and a teacher. Painter ProfileJohn William Waterhouse was born on April 6, 1849 in Rome, Italy. He was born to William and Isabela Waterhouse who were both painters. John had started training in the arts at quite an early age with his father providing him with training until he entered the Royal Academy school…

111 Huntington Ave

111 Huntington Avenue is a common name for one of Boston’s newest skyscrapers. It is beside the taller Prudential Tower and is a part of the Prudential Center complex in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. It is also unofficially known as the R2-D2 building, so called because its upper dome and structure looks similar to the popular robot character in Star Wars when seen from a distance.  Building ProfileThe building stands 169 meters tall and houses 36 floors. Its characteristic round open dome …

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum is considered as Canada’s largest museum of world culture and natural history. Also known as the ROM, it is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the fifth largest museum in North America. It contains over six million items housed on the museum’s more than 40 galleries. Building ProfileThe Royal Ontario Museum was first opened in the early 1900’s. The early building was of Italianate Neo-Romanesque architectural design that was designed by Frank Darling and John A. …