In Artist Birthdays

HENRY MOORE (July 30, 1898 – August 31, 1986)

  • Nationality: English
  • Field: Sculpture, drawing
  • Art Movement: Modernism
  • ARTiFact: At eleven years old, he consciously decided to become a sculptor after hearing of Michelangelo’s achievements.
  • Artist Quote: “All art should have a certain mystery and should make demands on the spectator.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Reclining Figure, 1951.


JULIAN ONDERDONK (July 30, 1885 – October 27, 1992)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Impressionism
  • ARTiFact: Nicknamed “The Bluebonnet Painter” in recognition of his lush signature landscapes featuring fields of the Texas state flower.
  • Artist Quote: “I long to get out in the open air with my palette in one hand and brush in the other and be able to smear paint over the whole landscape.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): A Bluebonnet Field, 1912.

Julian Onderdonk. A Bluebonnet Field. 1912.

GIORGIO VASARI (July 30, 1511 – June 27, 1574)

  • Nationality: Italian
  • Field: Painting, architecture
  • Art Movement: Mannerism
  • ARTiFact: As the first Italian art historian, he authored one of the most important books on the history of art ever written, The Lives (Le Vite), in which he coined the term “Renaissance.”
  • Artist Quote: “I know that our art consists first and foremost in the imitation of nature but then, since it cannot reach such heights unaided, in the imitation of the most accomplished artists.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Justice, 1542.

Giorgio Vasari. Justice. 1542. Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice.

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