An ethnic Serb, Alexander Dzigurski was born in the war-torn region of Backa, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. With the support of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Dzigurski attended the School of Art in Belgrade, paying for his education by restoring iconostases at the Monastery Rakovica, and then went on to the Academy of Art in Munich. After serving in the Yugoslav Army during World War II, Dzigurski immigrated to Pennsylvania with his family in 1949, repaying their passage by painting iconostases for Pennsylvania churches. A move to California in the 1950s prompted him to paint the seascapes for...
Created by: Dzigurski, Alexander
Frederick Waughs father, Samuel B. Waugh, was a portrait painter and his mother, Mary Eliza Young, a miniaturist. He and his half-sister became artists as well. After training with Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Waugh studied at the Academie Julian in Paris, but it was a trip to the Channel Islands that imbued him with his love of seascapes. Eventually settling in Provincetown, Massachusetts, he became the most popular marine painter of his time. At the height of his popularity, he was painting 10 canvases a month to met demand, yet also found time to write children's books, design silver and copper objects d'art,...
Created by: Waugh, Frederick Judd
Born in Manchester, England, John Seerey-Lester has become one of the world's best-known wildlife artists since moving to the U.S. in 1982. Though often celebrated for his life-like depictions of more exotic wild animals like tigers and giraffes, Seerey-Lester is also drawn to more domestic subjects which he studies with the same rigor before putting brush to canvas. He explained his choice for this painting: "I'm always fascinated by the way songbirds are attracted to their own reflections. Although the cardinal is particularly well-know for attacking its reflection in spring . . . this is a winter setting, and...
Created by: Seerey Lester, John
This small piece by noted French artist Francois Boucher was done in black, white, and colored chalks on buff paper. Delicately-rendered and classically-inspired voluptuous nudes like these, so-called boudoir art, were among the most popular works he sold to the aristocracy in the last, heady era before the French Revolution of 1789. The son of a lace designer, Boucher was born in Paris and studied briefly with painter Francois Lemoyne before traveling to Italy to study masters like Tiepolo and Rubens whose influence is evident in the lush forms and glowing pastel shades of his works. He was the most...
Created by: Boucher, Francois