Archive for Painters

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Posted in Green-Wood Cemetery with tags , , on January 23, 2017 by Cade

basquiat1December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a significant neo-expressionist artist in the late-70s/early-80s New York City pop-cultural scene. Rising to notoriety as a street artist (he comprised half of the graffiti-art duo, SAMO), Basquiat eventually found a following in various galleries in Manhattan. His work consisted of both image and text, highly influenced by juxtaposition and dichotomy. Basquiat also created experimental music with his band, Gray (a nod to Gray’s Anatomy, the reference book that heavily influenced his work throughout his life – not the ABC television show that debuted 17 years after he died.) Through his art and music, he spoke out against institutionalized racism and power structures and made commentary on issues such as class struggle and heritage. Professionally, he collaborated with musicians like David Bowie and artists such as Andy Warhol. His relationship with Warhol was particularly important and when Warhol died in 1987, Basquiat – who was already deep into a herioin addiciton – spiraled into a depression that he never recovered from. He died of an overdose the following year at the age of 27.

Burial

Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY

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Specific Location

Section 176; Off of Sassafras Avenue in the cemetery’s Southern portion, Jean-Michel is buried in a double row of modest graves designated as “Lot 44603.” As you walk from Sassafras Ave. his grave is in the left row about 60 graves in (he is in grave 342).

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Norman Rockwell

Posted in Stockbridge Cemetery with tags , on July 27, 2015 by Cade

February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978

Norman Rockwell was a painter and illustrator who’s definitive style portraying every-day life in 20th Century America is instantly recognizable to generations of people. He spent nearly 50 years creating covers for The Saturday Evening Post, a weekly magazine that could be found in homes all across the country as well as countless other publications, books and stand-alone pieces. Rockwell’s ability to capture the “simple” life with humor and poignancy made him immensely popular. His ubiquitous work can still be seen today in doctors’ offices, during the holidays or in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Personal note: There was a copy of No Swimming in our guest room when I was growing up for as far back as I can remember.

Point is, Rockwell’s work is celebrated…and everywhere. In all, he produced more than 4,000 original pieces of art. Though many of his most famous works are comic and whimsical, Rockwell himself often had bouts of depression. He worked regularly into his 80’s before succumbing to emphysema at the age of 84.

Burial

Stockbridge Cemetery – Stockbridge MA

Specific Location

Once you actually find your way into the cemetery, the Rockwell family plot is toward the northwest corner surrounded by a hedge.

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Winslow Homer

Posted in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with tags , on February 24, 2014 by Cade

homer1February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910

A self-taught master of oils and watercolors, Winslow Homer was a New Englander through and through. He began his career as an illustrator for popular magazines like Harper’s Weekly. He continued to fine tune his craft and fixated on subjects that were considerably more common and less “picturesque” than much of the art that was popular at the time. Homer spent time in France and England before returning to New England and holing up in coastal Maine. His love of the sea and water is obvious in many of his works. Despite his time in Europe, he chose to remain true to his rough but realistic works instead of expanding to the increasingly-popular Impressionist movement. Winslow Homer was something of a hermit, but nonetheless was able to see the success of many of his paintings like Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) and Fox Hunt become reality. He was also able to make a living  on his paintings alone by the end of his life. A rarity back then. He painted until the end of his life and died in his cabin in Maine at the age of 74, leaving a number of unfinished works.

Burial

Mt. Auburn Cemetery – Cambridge, MA

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Specific Location

Lily Path; Follow Lily Path south up the hill from the intersection of Poplar Ave. and Willow Ave., Homer is buried with his family on your left

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Georges Seurat

Posted in Père Lachaise Cemetery with tags , on December 17, 2013 by Cade

seurat1December 2, 1859 – March 29, 1891

The father of the post-impressionist movement known as “pointilism”, Georges-Pierre Seurat is one of the most recognizable French impressionist painters. His masterworks like A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886) and Bathers at Asnières (1883) stand as monuments to the late 19th century French collection as much as any Monet or Cézanne piece. His direct impact on the world of art was confined to a mere 31 years. Seurat died at that age of undisclosed causes in Paris. His legacy lives well beyond his brief life, though. His artwork is central to post-impressionist collections around the world. His influence still can be seen today. Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim wrote a musical based on La Grand Jatte and Seurat’s obsession with creating it. Not bad for a guys who only spent roughly 15 years creating some of the world’s most important art.

Burial

Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, FRANCE

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Specific Location

Division 66; On the south side of Avenue des Peupliers just northwest of its intersection with Chemin d’Ornano; the small Seurat family mausoleum is right behind a tree.

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