Art History

Happy Birthday Georges Seurat!

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Happy Birthday Georges Seurat!

Today is painter Georges Seurat’s birthday! Georges was born on December 2, 1859 in Paris, France. He was best known for a painting technique called “pointillism.” Georges painted with  small dabs and dots of paint on his canvas instead of broad brushstrokes.   Learn more about Georges Seurat by reading The Primary Kids Meet Georges Seurat  with your kids. Happy Birthday Georges and thank you for starring with The Primary Kids in their first book! It makes a great holiday gift! Who is your child’s favorite...

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Primary Kids!

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Primary Kids!

  The Primary Kids wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

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A visit to the Rodin Museum

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A visit to the Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia houses the largest collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures outside of Paris. Jules Mastbaum, a native of Philadelphia who made his fortune in the burgeoning movie theater business, founded the museum. Mastbaum began collecting works by Rodin in 1923, with the intention of leaving the works to his beloved city. In 1926, Mastbaum commissioned French architects Paul Cret and Jacques Greber to design the Rodin museum. The museum was inaugurated on November 29, 1929, after Mastbaums death.   A visit to the Rodin Museum   According to the website: In the 1920s the City of Philadelphia was in the midst of creating the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as a great civic space. The Free Library of Philadelphia opened its central Logan Square location in 1927, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building was opened to the public the following year. Nestled between these two public destinations on the Parkway, the intimately scaled Rodin Museum opened in November 1929. A unique ensemble of Beaux-Arts architecture and a formal French garden in which to experience the sculpture of Auguste Rodin, the Museum was designed by French architect Paul Cret (1876–1945) and French landscape designer Jacques Gréber (1882–1962). Its founder, the entrepreneur and philanthropist Jules E. Mastbaum, gave the Museum to his native city as a gift and it was immediately embraced and celebrated, drawing over 390,000 visitors in its first year. Today, it is one of the defining icons of the city, housing one of the most comprehensive public collections of work outside Paris by one of the world’s most renowned sculptors. The museum concluded a 9 million dollar renovation in 2012, reopening the glorious museum 3 years after it closed for the renovation to bring it back to it’s original 1929 condition. The Museum houses over 140 bronzes, marble, and plaster artworks, spanning Rodin’s career. Can’t visit the museum anytime soon? The website of the Rodin Museum has a fantastic collection gallery on view. Over 140 images of the collection are featured, including pertinent information about the work.  The website also curates the collection on it’s section entitled, “Explore Collection Themes.” The themes on the website are “About Auguste Rodin,” “Bronze casting”, “Museum History,” and “The Gates of Hell.” The Rodin Museum also has a fantastic app for the iphone or ipad with images of the sculptures from the museum. The app contains audio to educate the viewer about some of Rodin’s most famous sculptures. Did I mention that the app is FREE?         Click here for the link to the free Rodin Museum app. This is a great way to visit the museum without leaving your home!   What do you think about Rodin’s sculptures?...

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Quote of the Week Wednesday!

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Quote of the Week Wednesday!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo...

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Meet Henri Rousseau

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Meet Henri Rousseau

My name is Henry Rousseau and I was born on May 21, 1844 in Laval, France. I didn’t attend art school but taught myself how to paint. My most famous painting is The Sleeping Gypsy painted in 1897. Three interesting facts about me: 1. I won many awards for my drawings when I was in high school. 2. I never visited a real jungle but it was my favorite subject to paint. 3. I had many different jobs though the years and I didn’t start painting seriously until I was over 40 years old. I died on September 2, 1910 in Paris, France. Quote: “Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I...

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Meet Georges Seurat

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Meet Georges Seurat

My Name is Georges Seurat and I was born on December 2, 1859 in Paris, France. I went to art school at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. My most famous painting is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte painted from 1884 to 1886. Three interesting facts about me: 1. I was very interested in science. 2. I invented a special style of painting called Pointillism. I painted pictures using tiny dots of paint color instead of regular brush strokes and solid areas of color. 3. I painted seven wall-sized paintings and 60 smaller paintings and drawings during my life. I died on March 29, 1891 in Paris, France. Quote: “Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.”   ...

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