Artist Birthdays, July 29: ROBERT REID, EASTMAN JOHNSON

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ROBERT REID (July 29, 1862 – December 2, 1929)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Impressionism
  • ARTiFact: His murals adorn the North Corridor of The Library of Congress – four circular panels on the north wall entitled Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge and Philosophy, and octagonal paintings in the ceiling vault representing The Five Senses.
  • Important Artwork (shown below): The Violet Kimono, 1910.

Robert Reid. The Violet Kimino (detail). 1910.

EASTMAN JOHNSON (July 29, 1824 – April 5, 1906)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Realism, Genre Painting
  • ARTiFact: His artwork was so influenced by the naturalistic style of the Dutch masters that he was known in his day as “The American Rembrandt.”
  • Artist Quote: “I have been for some time past in a state of such lassitude that I do nothing whatever that I am not obliged to, and avoid every physical and especially mental effort that is possible.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Negro Life at the South, 1859.

Eastman Johnson. Negro Life at the South. 1859.

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