Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock was an American artist who was born in 1812 in Wyoming. He grew up with several brothers. He is known for making huge paintings by splattering, throwing, and dripping paint onto canvas. His style of painting is called “Abstract Expressionism.” However, Jackson liked to call it “Action Painting” because he used a lot … Continue reading Jackson Pollock

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was an American painter, even though he was born in Florence, Italy and he died in London, England. He painted all sorts of things in different mediums. Sargent worked in between Impressionism and Expressionism, and he broke the tradition of drawing on the canvas with a pencil first, preferring to use … Continue reading John Singer Sargent

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell was born just before the 20th century in New York City. Most of the kids in his neighborhood were tougher and more athletic. Norman Rockwell was not like them though. Norman Rockwell was an artist. When he was younger, he would listen as his father read stories at the dinner table and draw … Continue reading Norman Rockwell

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania in 1844. She became a well-known Impressionist at a time in which female painters were not widely recognized. She studied in Pennsylvania, in Paris, and in Italy. She was greatly influenced by Edgar Degas, who taught Cassatt how to use pastels. Cassatt produced many works portraying realistic scenes of … Continue reading Mary Cassatt

James Abbott McNeil Whistler

James Abbott McNeil Whistler (1834-1903) was an American artist who first developed an interest in art as a child living in Russia. Whistler was born in Massachusetts, but his family moved to Russia when he was eight years old. He returned to the United States in 1849 after his father died. Since his art career … Continue reading James Abbott McNeil Whistler

Frederic Edwin Church

Frederic Edwin Church (May 4, 1826 – April 7, 1900) was an American landscape painter and a central figure of the Hudson River School. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His father was a successful silversmith and businessman, so Church had time and supplies to pursue art as a career. When he was eighteen, he began … Continue reading Frederic Edwin Church

Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Stuart (December 3, 1755 – July 9, 1828) was born in Rhode Island Colony. He is the most well-known portraitist of his time, producing more than a thousand portraits of all kinds of people during his lifetime. He studied in England under American artist Benjamin West, who you can read about in Marguerite Henry’s … Continue reading Gilbert Stuart

Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt was born in Germany in 1830. He came to the United States with his parents while he was still a baby. He was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He returned to Düsseldorf to study painting as a young adult. When he was twenty-seven, he returned to the United States to travel the western … Continue reading Albert Bierstadt

Winslow Homer Picture Study

Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) painted landscapes and made prints. Often he used his working vacations to produce new art in either oil paint or in watercolors. Eventually, he was employed as a commercial illustrator for popular magazines. Homer studied art on his own, and he developed new skills and techniques. You … Continue reading Winslow Homer Picture Study