Artiste Spelled with a V. July

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And FWOOSH forward again for the last time (not really I will write more about lady artists for some reason or another). Present day! Ta-Da!

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Miranda July.

She’s legit ladies and gents. You may have seen her in an episode of Portlandia (two girls two shirts). Or maybe you’ve seen one of her films. Me and You and Everyone We Know(2005), or The Future(2011). She writes and directs herself in these things and is very ‘Lena Dunham before Lena Dunham’. But guess what, they’re friends (in real life) so that’s even cooler. Here are some pillowcases. Nifty.

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I might have a big artsy crush on Miranda. I have a book of her short stories (No One Belongs Here More Than You)and love it, and she even does installation art like The Hallway (theres a video you can watch here) or these cool interactive sculptures that you can put your finger in, or hug strangers on, or plead guilty by. If I have piqued your interest you can go to her website and explore. 

 She is so fantastic I want to SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS. She does so many kinds of art its all over the place, so I feel like my art can relate in that way. Between tables, and theatre, and painting, and writing. I can only hope that someday there are young lady artists that look up to me in the same way that I have to all of these fantastic women who you can read about in my previous short-sweet-blog-posts.

Artiste spelled with a V. Berthe

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Flash forward again!

Lets not forget the French impressionists...

Oh yeah. Hot steamy artsy romance between Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet. "An affair to remember" is a common phrase used to describe them. Well I dunno about how much the hot steamy part is accurate but they're French right? Berthe’s first showing at the Salon de Paris (similar concept to the academy) was when she was 23. Damn, shes on a role. EGGROLL (sounds like Hey-girl)

Though it’s a  "chicken or egg" question, it was a two way street for the two painters. They both developed their own styles and characteristcs in painting, but that didn’t meant they wouldn't try the ideas or techniques of the other. Call me sappy, but its like a symbiotic relationship of paint. HAWT. 

Factoid: If you have read or heard of the book Sacre Bleau by Christopher Moore, she hung out with a bunch of the folks that had work hanging in the impressionist gallery scene. Pissaro, Renoir, and Sisley, she also hung out with Degas. Lucky tart.

Artiste Spelled with a V. Vigee

 

Fast forward a little bit. Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun. 

 

This is a name you may have heard before. She was a Rococco [late baroque] portrait painter, though she painted landscapes too.

She was the court painter for Marie Antoinette. Yeah there’s a reputation that goes along with that, but I did a series referencing her work so shes something worth mentioning. My collages may seem more satirical but referencing a woman painter is what I was doing.

She learned to paint from her dad. So did Artemisia[see previous post]. My dad did not teach me how to paint. That would be something to see.

Anyway, Elizabeth Louise was painting portraits professionally when she was a teenager. Lucky French lady.

 

She had to flee France during the Revolution[for fear of having her head cut off, same old same old], so maybe not so lucky. BUT she was accepted to an academy in France, and then she travelled to Italy and Russia where her work was selling like hotcakes, and she was accepted to academies in both countries! Yo. Lady painters fo life.

 

Facoid: She painted over 600 portraits. Shoot me now.