The leading poet of Russian Revolution of 1917 and of the early Soviet period, one of the founders of Russian Futurism movement. Originally Mayakovsky planned to become an artist. His early poems have strong painterly visions and sequences in many of his works recall film techniques. Mayakovsky was d
After his fiftieth birthday Eugene Atget limited his diet to milk, bread, and bits of sugar; he honed in on his hygiene and lived to perfect his art. Peculiar in his habits and devoted to the development of photography, Atget struggled unnoticed for most of his life. It wasn't until his death that hi
The unwavering, demented gaze of a stray dog captures the detached observation that characterizes the raw, unsettling work of photographer Daido Moriyama. The dog is caught in strong shadows against a high-contrast background, highlighting its whitened eyes and its angular, rangy pose. "Stray Dog," M
In 1963, the Puerto Rican painter Francisco Rodon began his series of works on Argentinian writer Jorges Luis Borges, who said, "It's the best portrait ever painted of me." Lest Rodon become too flattered, Borges added, "It's the only one so far."
Rodon began to make art at age nine, when he sketc