Tag: 20th century

Tsugoharu Foujita (1886-1968) – 1922 Portrait of Emily Crane Chadbourne (Art Institute of Chicago, USA)

Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita was a painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan who applied Japanese ink techniques to Western style paintings. Immediately after graduating secondary school, Foujita wished to study in France, but on the advice of Mori Ogai (his father’s senpai military physician) he decided to study western art in Japan first. In 1910…

Gorky, Arshile (1904-1948) – 1934-42 Head of a Woman (Private Collection)

Oil on canvas on panel; 50.8 x 40.6 cm. Arshile Gorky, original name Vosdanik Adoian (born April 15, 1904, Khorkom, Van, Turkish Armenia [now in Turkey]—died July 21, 1948, Sherman, Conn., U.S.), American painter, important as the direct link between the European Surrealist painters and the painters of the American Abstract Expressionist movement. Gorky’s early…

Jawlensky, Alexei (1864-1941) – 1906 Portrait of the Artist Marianne von Werefkin (Wiesbaden Museum, Germany)

Oil on wood. Russian painter and printmaker, active in Germany. When he was ten, his family moved to Moscow. Following family tradition, he was originally educated for a military career, attending cadet school, and, later, the Alexander Military School in Moscow. However, while still a cadet, he became interested in painting. At the age of…