Posts Tagged ‘American Academy of Arts and Letters’

Artist of the moment…….Lyonel Feininger

Lyonel Feininger was an American born painter renown for his modernist work with the figure. Lyonel Feininger was born in New York City in the year 1871. When he was 16 he left for Germany and studied art abroad. His father was a German violinist and his mother an American singer.

Feininger was a prolific printmaker and painter.

Below a montage of works by Feininger:

The artist was living in Germany when the Nazi’s came to power. The Nazi party called his work degenerate and this caused Feininger to eventually move back to the United States.

Feininger began his art career working with caricatures and comic strips in national magazines. He made the switch from commercial art to fine art in 1907, Feininger was 36 years old at the time.

From my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow, we visit an appraisal for Feininger’s most recurring subject, churches and cathedrals:

The artist taught at the collegiate level joining the faculty at Mills College located in San Francisco, California.

Feininger was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Churches were a recurring theme in the artist’s work.

Lyonel Feininger passed away in 1956.

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The artist had a great sense of design which is apparent in this works celebrating churches and cathedrals. Buildings are seen from multiple angles in a cubist style that also shows the vastness of the buildings.



Artist of the moment……..Zaha Hadid



Zaha Hadid is a wonderful contemporary architect and sculpture artist that has created many well known buildings around the world. Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq  in the yar 1950.

Hadid attended colleges in Lebanon and the United Kingdom where she studied architecture and math.

Zaha Hadid has won many awards for architectural work including the Pritzker Award. This prize is given to the best architect living or dead since 1979. Hadid has been the only female to win this prestigious award.

Price range information: Works in acrylics and lithographs start at $3,000 up to larger works made of glass which can reach $100,000.

In this clip we view buildings and projects created by Zaha Hadid:

The artist has also taught at the collegiate level at Harvard Graduate School.

Here Hadid gives her thoughts and ideas on the creative process involved in architecture:

Hadid now teaches in Austria at the collegiate level and runs her own design firm which employs between 300 and 400 people.

What a great story! We can only hope that the violence ends soon so that Hadid’s designs can be seen all over the Iraqi skyline.


Artist of the moment…..Ronald Brooks Kitaj

Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an America artist whose work was associated with the Pop Art Movement. Ronald Kitaj was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1932. For his artistic education Kitaj attended many school including Cooper Union for Advancement of Advancements of Science and Art. He also attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Vienna, Austria. He also attended the Ruskin School of Drawing at the University of Oxford. Kitaj also attended the Royal College of Art in London, England.

In this clip the artist talks about finding inspiration from Paul Ceazze:

And from the Jewish Museum in Berlin we view a show featuring the work of RB Kitaj:

To close with I wanted to take a look at a work that Ronald Brooks Kitaj painted named Self Portrait as a Mondrian. Mondrian refers to Piet Mondrian, the famous Dutch abstract painter. I enjoy when artists make reference to other artists that have inspired their own work.


Ronald Brooks Kitaj was elected a member of the Royal Academy in England in 1985.

Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Participated in the Venice Biennale winning the Golden Lion award.

Ronald Brooks Kitaj passed away in 2007.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $430,000.