Today we celebrate the birthday of famous artist and illustrator Charles Dana Gibson! He created the iconic “Gibson Girl” style in the late 1800s which soon influenced fashion and society. He became fairly wealthy and was sought after by a variety of publications and marketing groups.
Gibson was born right here in Massachusetts! He was born in Roxbury. His talent in art was clear from when he was young and he attended the Art Students League in New York City.
He illustrated books. He created images for Life, Collier’s, and many other magazines. He did oil paintings. The Gibson Girl was found on a wide variety of products.
He eventually ended up being the owner of Life! So his talents ranged far beyond drawing and painting.
Here are a few books that feature Gibson illustrations:
Books with Gibson Illustrations
Here’s an exhibition at the Library of Congress –
Charles Dana Gibson Exhibition
Happy Birthday to Jan Brueghel the Younger! He was born on September 13, 1601. He was born into a painting family. He and his brother were heavily encouraged by their father, Jan Brueghel the Elder, to continue the family business.
Jan II was born in Antwerp and took over the family business once his father passed away. He was well respected by the aristocracy of the time. He then trained his own sons in painting.
The family is most known for their landscapes.
Paintings by Jan Brueghel the Younger
Happy Birthday to Man Ray! He was born on August 27, 1890. He was famous not only for his photography but also for photograms, which is when light-sensitive paper is used without a camera. Man Ray wasn’t satisfied just calling his “photograms” though. He called his works of art “Rayographs” after himself.
He was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Pennsylvania but in Paris he re-invented himself. He was reborn as a new person.
Here is one of Man Ray’s rayographs. He lived in Paris for most of his life and loved the surrealism freedom. In addition to his wildly abstract works he also created highly acclaimed portrait photos of many of the luminaries of the time – James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and so on.
Man Ray even explored light painting! He would leave his camera exposure open and then move around in front of it with glowing items. He signed his name on one photo.
One of his most famous quotes is:
“There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it.”
Man Ray at the Museum of Modern Art