Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitsky, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants who had settled in Philadelphia. In his early twenties he changed his name -- after years of being taunted because of its foreign sound. Ray's talents were obvious even in childhood. He was skilled at building, repairing, in
The father of Impressionism was introduced by his first instructor, Eugene Boudin, a local Normandy artist, to the unusual practice of carrying paints and canvas into the open air. This experience of working directly from the observation of nature set the young Monet on a course he followed for th
"Since the age of the cave-dwellers, art has done nothing but degenerate." So said Joan Miro, one of the most unique painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. Miro's statement, aside from revealing his views on the history of art, also says something about his own artistic aims. He wanted to br
Kahlo began painting at 18 while recovering from injuries she received in a trolley accident that left her scarred for life; her spine was broken in 17 places and her reproductive organs were damaged by a shaft of metal that impaled her pelvis.
Her early paintings were academic portraits of frien