2000-12-09 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio...

From The Artists Studio...


“Beach 116 Street” – oil painting – by Kevin Callaghan.
“Beach 116 Street” – oil painting – by Kevin Callaghan.

By Susan Hartenstein

Control yourself – you will have to wait just a few seconds longer for those answers. First, a correction. Two, actually. Last week in this spot you found the photograph of a studious young fellow named for a famous painter. We received calls from both the painter and the namesake for misspelling their monikers. Rembrandt was not pleased that van Rijn had been printed incorrectly. Rembrandt, on the other hand, was not pleased that his nickname was spelled incorrectly. It is "Remy" not "Remie". Apologies to both gentlemen. And thanks to photographer Louanne Arnheiter for the wonderful picture.

Without further ado…

Answers to The Fourth (or is it Fifth?) Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz:

  1. The American bald eagle. (How diligently have you been watching "Antiques Roadshow"?) The wild turkey was Ben Franklin’s choice to be the official symbol of the United States. The eagle was the bird of the Greek god Zeus. Through the ages a symbol of power, it was said that the eagle could stare at the sun without blinking.
  2. Pablo Picasso painted "Guernica."
  3. The Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Guernica was a town in the north of Spain. The painting commemorates its 1937 destruction by German bombers aiding Franco in the war.
  4. The Statue of Liberty was given to the U.S. by France in 1886 on our 100th birthday. The lady stands 151 feet tall.
  5. Rembrandt (the artist) was Dutch. Rembrandt (the greyhound) has not yet revealed his country of origin to me. He does, however, speak seven languages fluently.
  6. Fellow Dutchman Frans Hals (1580/85-1666) was also a great portraitist. According to art historian H.W. Janson, Hals’ last portraits exhibit a great emotional depth reminiscent of Rembrandt.
  7. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was the Renaissance genius who created both "The Last Supper" and the "Virgin of the Rocks." "Sfumato", the fine haze found in the latter painting, is also evidenced in the "Mona Lisa", where the technique using layers of glazes is brought to an incredibly high level of perfection.
  8. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed his home, "Taliesin." Early in his career, Wright designed Chicago area suburban houses called "Prairie Houses." Their low, horizontal lines were designed to blend with the flat land surrounding them.
  9. Georges Seurat (1859-91) painted "A Sunday on the Grande Jatte." Much is written of Seurat’s use of "pointillism." But if you can, take a book out of the library or better yet try to find an exhibit, of his conte crayon drawings. They are a revelation. Powerful images of shadow and light, they cause one to realize that Seurat’s paintings are as much about the strength of geometric shapes and value as they are about color theory.
  10. The Grande Jatte, or big jetty, is an island in the Seine near Paris.

How did you do? Did you look things up? Remember, I told you a long time ago you could (after giving it a shot on your own first, that is). Hope you enjoyed it. I did. We’ll do this again some time.

Many thanks to Barbara Buffolino, Loretta Maher and the Saint Camillus Home School Association for being so gracious to RAA last weekend at their holiday boutique. We had a great time again this year. A lot of folks were interested in our artwork and in the work we are doing in the community. Best of all it was in a good cause. Congratulations to Martha Killian for another terrific job of organizing our display. Thanks also to the artists who brought their work and sat at the display. RAA’s a great team.

See you Monday night at T-149, Fort Tilden for the RAA holiday party. Remember to bring those grab bag exchange gifts, your latest work and your friends. As always, all are welcome. Join us for art, fun and celebration.


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