A native of Dover, Delaware, Robert was the only child of Frank James Zahn and Jenny Louise Starkweather Zahn. His half sister, Gertrude Lobert, came from his father's first marriage. To contribute to the family finances, Robert ran morning and afternoon paper routes. He also delivered Liberty Magazine. On Sundays the family attended St. John's Episcopal Church. Robert loved big band music and saw famous bandleaders such as Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and others when they played at Cornell University. Robert meanwhile played tenor saxophone in the high school band, and even formed a band with students from Ithaca College Conservatory of Music. To read the entire biography please click the link above.
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Though dedicated to our more typically "masculine" artists, we welcome both sexes to explore the world of men who not only enjoyed the wild, but sometimes became an active part of it.
While we celebrate our independence, we like to celebrate those who won it and those who preserved it for us.
To understand the history of Western art, it's important to begin at the beginning and that's what we do in this tour.
All artists perfect their own techniques to create a unique aesthetic. This month visitors will explore just how that happens, examining particular works closely to see how the artists composed them.
From the Permanet Collection: Giverny, le seule et la rosarie by Blanche Hoschede-Monet
The poet and critic Charles Baudelaire was the champion of two great art movements of the 19th century - the Barbizon School and Impressionism. It was he who gave the Impressionists their motto, il faut etre de son temps, which translates roughly as "it is necessary to be of one's own time." As architects like Gustave Eiffel saw a new age dawning for invention and design, their art caught the same excitement, seeking immediacy, painting the life they witnessed all around them. The Impressionists chose to depict, not some idealized (like the Neo-Classicists) or romanticized (obviously, like the Romantics) reality, but the world they actually lived in, whether scenes from nature like Monet's landscapes, or the scandalous lives of the Paris demi-mondaine like Manet's Olympia. During a century of almost continual political upheaval, they were uninterested in drawing morals from history or proposing the benefits of religion. In fact, they eliminated the importance of the subject as such. Their paintings were not about a person, a place, or an event; they were about color, light and atmosphere. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
Works from Long Island's Guild Hall Comes to the Norton
Shreveport, LA--The East End of Long Island, has long lured artists to recreate its vistas in oil, watercolor, and other media. Since the late 19th century it has thrived as a retreat and cultural center for artists and art lovers. Its reputation grew even more when the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York opened in 1931 as a museum, visual and performing arts center and meeting place for the entire community. Now, 73 works of that museums permanent collection have come to R.W. Norton Art Gallery. From February 5 to March 31 you can visit the essence of that museum at our museum when Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts, Selections from the Permanent Collection settles in for a nearly two-month run.