Digital Resource of the Week: the Mucha Foundation

 

Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)
Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)

Alphonse Maria Mucha was a Czech painter in the late 1800s. He is best known for his French Art Nouveau style illustrations for theatrical posters. The Mucha Foundation was established in 1992 and is devoted to teaching and sharing his art.

The Foundation’s website is an excellent source of reading and imagery about Mucha. The Timeline section places Mucha in political and cultural contexts. The Gallery has over 300 works available for online viewing. Browse all the works or by themes. For fun, there are Color Your Own Mucha downloadable pdfs.

There is also an excellent bibliography on Mucha to help you further your research. Learn more about him at the UArts Libraries. Search for his name as a subject and as an author.  Read a biography on Oxford Art Online (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus) and view images in ARTstor (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus).

Oxford Art Online: Have You Used It?

Have you used Oxford Art Online yet? Check it out! Oxford Art Online is a fantastic reference source that combines four Oxford University Press titles — Dictionary of Art (a 34-volume encyclopedia, called Grove Art Online in the online version), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (4 volumes), Oxford Companion to Western Art, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms — into one electronic source. It’s a great place to start research for artists or any art-related topic. Oxford Art Online includes clickable images and links to ARTstor, plus links to museums that hold particular works or examples of a style of work. You can e-mail your search results to any e-mail address, and there’s even a button that will show you how to properly cite your item. Here’s an example article on Surrealism from Grove Art Online. Note all the cross-references that are linked. (If you just need a quick definition, take a look at Surrealism in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.)

There are lots of other features: from the Oxford Art Online home page, click on Tools and Resources, then Grove Art to see Thematic Guides, Timelines of World Art, and MoMA/Grove Art Resources for Educators. Fabulous! And if you like the image of the diagram of the zodiac above, check out the article, “Diagrams in Medieval Art”, for more info.

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Arthur B. Carles

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Arthur B. Carles to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"Still-Life with Flowers" 1935

Arthur Beecher Carles was an American artist who lived from 1882-1952. He attended and eventually taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts here in Philadelphia, where he began his start as a well-received Modernist painter.

"Torso" 1922

He is known for his use of bright colors and painterly style. As his work progressed, he began to add elements of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism while he moved away from more traditional subject matters.

 

If you would like to see more work by Carles, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Nude" 1930

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Edward Burra

"Photo of Edward Burra" c. 1973

Visual Resources recently added works by British artist Edward Burra to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

Edward Burra was a British artist who lived from 1905-1976. The height of his popularity occurred in Europe during the 1920s and 30s. Burra drew inspiration from Dada and Surrealism, which is clear in his work.

"The Two Sisters" 1929

Over the course of his career, his paintings’ subject matters and styles changed, making him more closely related to British Modernism.
His art includes everything from landscapes to political pieces to caricatures.

He worked primarily in England, but also traveled to Spain, which is where his art took on darker and more political themes.

If you would like to see more works by Burra, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Super Cinema" 1934
"The Tunnel" 1966

Library staff recommendation: Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings 1948-2010

Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings 1948-2010
Edited by Marla Prather and Michael Semff
741.0924 K295s Greenfield Open Stacks

This book is a beautiful exploration of Kelly’s plant drawings from the last 60 years. He distills the visible world into simplified, abstracted forms that are delicate and, at the same time, quite powerful.

He says about his work: “I want to point out the negative space between the curves. Through my drawings I have learned that negative space is just as powerful as the space of the object; that you have to always think about it.”

This is a joyful and meditative body of work that takes the viewer to a place of quiet contemplation and deep reverence for natural forms.

Recommended by Barb Danin

Digital Resource of the Week: The Morgan Library and Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum is a terrific collection of art, music, and literature. Located in New York City, their website offers online exhibitions, music manuscripts, videos, and more.

Manāfi˓-i al-ḥayavā (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian. Persia, Maragha, between 1297 and 1300, for Shams al-Dīn Ibn Żiyā˒ al-Dīn al-Zūshkī
Manāfi˓-i al-ḥayavā (The Benefits of Animals), in Persian. Persia, Maragha, between 1297 and 1300, for Shams al-Dīn Ibn Żiyā˒ al-Dīn al-Zūshkī

Exhibitions of the library and museum holdings are diverse – from In the Company of Animals to Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Paintings to Auld Lang Syne: The Story of a Song. Many of the exhibitions have an online version with an essay and additional resources. You can also browse through highlights of the collection including Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, music manuscripts, and paintings and sculpture.

There are videos available on topics such as the famous Dutch manuscript, The Hours of Catherine of Cleves and Princeton professor Cornel West discussing Jane Austen.

Jean de Brunhoff's Histoire de Babar Maquette
Jean de Brunhoff's Histoire de Babar Maquette

The Morgan Library and Museum has an active blog highlighting different items in the collection. New at the Morgan showcases new acquisitions by the Library and Museum. Secrets from the Vault, another theme of the blog, includes posts about interesting items like John Ruskin’s Puppet Show and Death or Castration? The Pains of Circus Management.

If you like the collection, check out Pierpont Morgan Library (Pierpont Morgan was an avid collector in the late 1800s) as an author in the UArts Libraries catalog.