When Life Hands You a Lemon, Paint It

Lucian Freud (German-born British, 1922-2011): Still Life with Lemon, 1946. Oil on panel, 6 x 3-3/4 inches (17 x 9.5 cm). Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London, UK. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles. “Everything is autobiographical and everything is a portrait” (Lucian Freud) … Continue reading When Life Hands You a Lemon, Paint It

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The 100-year-old artist, Carmen Herrera

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/reviews/media/156896/ THE WORLD IS FINALLY CATCHING UP WITH CARMEN The film-maker Alison Klayman’s latest subject was for many years a marginalised artist, arguably because her work was ahead of its time, but perhaps even more so because of her gender and ethnicity. Cuban-born Carmen Herrera, who turned 100 in May, had to wait until she … Continue reading The 100-year-old artist, Carmen Herrera

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON

Kenneth Harper Finton

Born AprilUnknown 26, 1785,  John James Audubon was birthed in what is now Haiti on his father’s sugar plantation. His birth name was Jean-Jaques, named after his father Jean who was a French privateer, commonly known as pirates. His father had the rank of Lieutenant in the French navy and his mother was a 27-year-old chambermaid from Les Touches, Brittany. His mother’s name was Jeanne Rabines and lived as a mistress with his father, Jean. She got a tropical disease and died on the island when her son wad just a few months old.

Audubon grew up in France, but when he was 18 his father got him a false passport to escape the Napoleonic wars and the family moved to America. After the death of his mistress, his father had a number of children of mixed race with several native women. In 1789 his father sold part of his…

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