Four Artists Around the World
January 27 is a significant for four artists around the world. Hendrick Avercamp was baptized on January 27, 1585; Arkhip Kuindzhi was born on January 27, 1842; Seison Maeda was born on January 27, 1885; and Rita Angus died on January 27, 1970. A little about each of these talented artists:
Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634) was known as "de Stomme van Kampen," or "the mute of Kampen," because he was deaf. The Dutch landscape painter was greatly popular during his lifetime and is still collected today. Queen Elizabeth II apparently possesses an "outstanding collection of his works" that is displayed at Windsor Castle.
The Russian painter Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842-1910) developed a strong work ethic at a young age, due to a personal tragedy: both his parents died when he was 6. He was "forced to make his living" through a variety of odd jobs, mostly manual labor. In his 20s, he worked for several years as a photo retoucher. By the late 1800s, Kuindzhi was a professor at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts but was fired in 1897 for supporting student protests.
Shown is Kuindzhi's "The Ladoga Lake," available larger here.
Seison Maeda (1885-1977) was born Maeda RenzÅ; his art teacher bestowed the name "Seison" on him when Maeda was 17. Although Maeda toured Europe, viewing the art in Rome, Florence, and Paris, he continued to paint in traditional Japanese styles of painting. He went on to become one of the most respected Japanese artists, selected to decorate a hall in the Imperial Palace and to assist in the restoration and preservation of ancient frescoes. Upon his death, he was honored with a 13-story pagoda at a temple for his grave.
Shown is Maeda's "Yoritomo in a Cave," available larger here.
The New Zealand painter Rita Angus (1908-1970) signed many of her paintings as Rita Cook, having been married to fellow artist Alfred Cook for 9 years (of which they were separated for 5). She changed her surname to McKenzie, her paternal grandmother's name, after discovering that her ex had remarried. As a result, her paintings may be signed Rita Cook, R. Mackenzie, R. McKenzie, or Rita Angus. Over the course of her career, Angus painted 55 self-portraits, which showed the passing years and her changing emotions.