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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:06 PM

Happy Friday Afternoon Challenge, DUers: “Manly Pursuits!”

Here are six such “pursuits.” Who are the artists?

..and please do observe the no cheating rule, folks...

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Reply Happy Friday Afternoon Challenge, DUers: “Manly Pursuits!” (Original post)
CTyankee Apr 2012 OP
jberryhill Apr 2012 #1
CTyankee Apr 2012 #4
jannyk Apr 2012 #2
CTyankee Apr 2012 #3
lumberingbear Apr 2012 #5
CTyankee Apr 2012 #9
aquamarina Apr 2012 #6
aquamarina Apr 2012 #7
CTyankee Apr 2012 #10
11 Bravo Apr 2012 #8
CTyankee Apr 2012 #11
11 Bravo Apr 2012 #18
CTyankee Apr 2012 #19
Art_from_Ark Apr 2012 #44
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #45
Art_from_Ark Apr 2012 #56
CTyankee Apr 2012 #51
joeybee12 Apr 2012 #12
CTyankee Apr 2012 #14
PotatoChip Apr 2012 #35
CTyankee Apr 2012 #37
PotatoChip Apr 2012 #38
CTyankee Apr 2012 #50
IcyPeas Apr 2012 #13
CTyankee Apr 2012 #15
IcyPeas Apr 2012 #16
CTyankee Apr 2012 #17
IcyPeas Apr 2012 #24
CTyankee Apr 2012 #25
Bluerthanblue Apr 2012 #20
CTyankee Apr 2012 #21
Bluerthanblue Apr 2012 #30
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #22
CTyankee Apr 2012 #23
CTyankee Apr 2012 #26
jberryhill Apr 2012 #47
ellisonz Apr 2012 #27
CTyankee Apr 2012 #28
ellisonz Apr 2012 #29
CTyankee Apr 2012 #32
Bluerthanblue Apr 2012 #40
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #41
Bluerthanblue Apr 2012 #53
CTyankee Apr 2012 #54
Bluerthanblue Apr 2012 #55
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #31
CTyankee Apr 2012 #33
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #34
CTyankee Apr 2012 #36
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #39
burrowowl Apr 2012 #42
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #43
ErikJ Apr 2012 #46
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #48
CTyankee Apr 2012 #52
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #49
CTyankee Apr 2012 #57

Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:15 PM

1. Well, none of them is Thomas Kinkade

...or you'd have a flamewar on your hands.

One of them has gotta be Winslow Homer.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:27 PM

4. Trust me, Kinkade would never be on one of my Challenges...

see below for your Homer...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:24 PM

2. #6 The Boat Builders - Winslow Homer

Now for a confession....I had this in Paint by Numbers years ago.

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Response to jannyk (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:26 PM

3. Awww...well, if you had to have Paint by Numbers, it's not a bad one for kids to do!

I think it is charming...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:42 PM

5. No 4 looks like a Edward Hopper

????

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Response to lumberingbear (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:19 PM

9. It is not Hopper but...

Last edited Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:08 PM - Edit history (1)

there is a reason that it looks like a Hopper...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:49 PM

6. No. 6 Boat Builder by Winslow Homer - one of my favorite painters

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Response to aquamarina (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:49 PM

7. Sorry - Boat Builders

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Response to aquamarina (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:19 PM

10. of course!

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:52 PM

8. I really don't know squat about art, but I do remember that Winslow Homer gave us "Breezing Up" ...

and #6 reminds me of that painting. So this is my official WAG (Wild Ass Guess).

(And I have no freaking idea why I remember that Winslow Homer painted "Breezing Up", I just do.)

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:20 PM

11. great guess! You are right!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:21 PM

18. I promise that I didn't read any other responses before I responded!

The most art-ignorant person on DU is now 2 for 2 on the Art Challenge! (I recognized a photo of Monte Cassino a while ago.)

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #18)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:34 PM

19. Hey, that's great. I remember posting that photo. Quite remarkable...

So glad you joined in! And you don't sound art ignorant at all. If anything, you are art appreciative! That makes you a true art lover and that's wonderful!

Do you have any other guesses? I'd love to know what you think!

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:30 AM

44. If you were ever a stamp collector, you might remember Breezing Up

from this stamp that was issued in 1962:

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #44)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:45 AM

45. Cool!

I love our unionized USPS and its workers and I love the variety--and quality--of the stamp series the post office issues.

Thanks for posting that.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #45)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:43 AM

56. Here's another one for you--

"Jerked Down", by Charles M. Russell. This stamp was issued in 1964.



Eleven years after this stamp was issued, I got to see the original at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:36 AM

51. It's really famous. Also, it is a beautiful work.

I think people like just the thought of it, some kind of American icon.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:26 PM

12. Is one....

Alfred Sisley?

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:01 PM

14. No, but...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:12 PM

35. Any other hints for #1?

I don't know who Sisley is, but can you say whether the style is or is not Impressionist?

Not that it helps me a whole lot, as I know next to zilch about artist styles- But, I've seen, and liked pics of Renoir and Monet paintings who were Impressionists (I think- pretty sure)

Not saying it is either one of them (or even if I guessed the style properly) but it looks very similar to my untrained eye.

And if Impressionist, (since I know of only those 2), could it be Renoir? All of the Monet things I've seen seem to be about more 'genteel' subjects.

Yeah, I'm really going out on a limb here, I know, but...

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Response to PotatoChip (Reply #35)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:15 PM

37. Ok not what you have identified, but this artist is an impressionist but with a realist's touch.

I see him more as a contemporary of Manet, if that helps...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #37)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:38 PM

38. Doesn't help at all. But

I'm thrilled that I even got the impressionist part right, lol! --

Yeah, I'm *that* bad at this, but I love your challenges anyway. I never sense a hint of condescension or ridicule every time I've ever played, even though I'm almost always wildly off the mark. This, embarrassingly enough, is the closest I've ever come.

Still, it's fun and I am slowly learning from you and some of the other more artistically inclined DUer's. So thanks!!! I look forward to seeing all of the correct answers.

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Response to PotatoChip (Reply #38)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:33 AM

50. But you trusted your instincts and you are right.

I'm just aware of some of the finer points, not because I'm so smart but because I read a lot about art all the time. I'm retired so I can spend time rummaging around my local library and through our inter-library system. I couldn't do too much of that while I was still working. What you see here in my Challenges is a result of all that rummaging...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:37 PM

13. number 2 is

thomas hart benton - he always has that swirly, almost caricature, comic style (at least that's how I see it). I've seen this or something of his in person somewhere.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:02 PM

15. Yipee, Icy Peas! It is called "The Kentuckian" and it was a gift to the Los Angeles Museum

of Art (LACMA) by Burt Lancaster!

I just love it!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #15)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:12 PM

16. maybe i saw it at lacma then

i live in la

yippee i o ki aye

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:16 PM

17. I loved it when I first visited about 10 years ago. I want to go back when I visit my

daughter and grandson, but our museum time is limited. I have loved the Getty and tried to get to the Norton Simon when I visited last November but alas, the only free day I had was the day it was CLOSED, ack!

BTW, I may live in New England, but I LOVE Los Angeles...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #17)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:16 PM

24. yes, the Getty is huge and would take some time

to see the entire thing and the grounds are nice too - it would take days to see the entire thing. The original Getty villa is gorgeous too and you have to make an actual reservation to get in - they only let so many people in at a time.

The Norton Simon is a great little gem. It's small with some nice paintings. The two exhibitions I have seen there were Jawlensky and Bonnard. I was surprised at how small some paintings are - when I see them in books for some reason I imagine them to be a lot larger than they are. Especially Bonnard... he gets so much color and pattern into little canvases. I like him (plus I had an art instructor who told me I painted like him LOL)

can't wait to see the rest of the answers.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #24)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:43 PM

25. Bonnard is a wonder, isn't he? I love his wife bathing treatments. I find them so

tender and sad.

My little story about the Getty is that I flew to L.A. to see Costanza by Bernini, when she made her debut there a few years ago. I had missed her in Italy and was convinced I would die before seeing her and then one fine day I opened up my NYT and there she was! Wow, I thought, then saw she'd not be going to the NY Met but the Getty. So I called my dtr there and said "I'm coming!" She was good about it but joked that I went because of the bust of Costanza, not her...

I did see her again a couple of years later in the Bargello in Florence, but only after an argument with a guard (Costanza was in a closet due to lack of guards that day). My bad Italian probably convinced her it was better to shut me up than continue arguing..."Sono venuto fin qui per vederla..." said with a bit of a "sob" in my voice ("I have come all this way to see her!)...how sad is that...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:51 PM

20. is no. 5

N.C. Wyeth?

It makes me think of his work.

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Response to Bluerthanblue (Reply #20)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:53 PM

21. you are right! Which work did you have in mind? And I'd be interested in how you knew it

was his...I find that information fascinating...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #21)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:03 PM

30. my Gram used to have

prints from Treasure Island on the walls of the room where we kids slept when visiting.

Something about the mountains and his wonderful use of colors and the way he put such personality in his figures reminded me of him.

I love the Wyeth's art, especially NC's.

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Response to Bluerthanblue (Reply #20)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:01 PM

22. Good thinking--it's 'The Prospector'

I found it after you provided the artist's name.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #22)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:08 PM

23. Isn't it great? I love it...what Americana it is...

but, upon closer reflection, what a mirage. We thought all was so bright and wonderful in the 19th century, particularly after the Civil War, but it wasn't all that great, was it?

N.C. Wyeth is an interesting character, tho. And I think his works are quite good. They are of that genre in the late 19th, early 20th century where the heroic was heralded. Who knew that those two upstarts in Paris, Picasso and Bracque, would start doing their thing?

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:46 PM

26. MAJOR HINT: #s 3 and 4 are of the same "school."

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #26)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:17 AM

47. Art Institute of Chicago

Or whatever that thing was on matchbooks

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:50 PM

27. I got nothing.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #27)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:52 PM

28. but what about my hint?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #28)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:59 PM

29. Well it doesn't appear to be Hudson River School...

...but taking a shot in the dark. I think #4 with the bar might be Norman Rockwell, but I'm probably wrong.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #29)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:05 PM

32. No, not Rockwell. And no, not the Hudson River School. But there is another, urban one...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #32)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:44 PM

40. ahhhh.....

Ashcan?

think I got this one finally-
Bellows'
the Big Dory?

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Response to Bluerthanblue (Reply #40)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:24 PM

41. Nice job getting 'The Big Dory' for #3

And the Ashcan School. I stumbled my way to the answers behind you (and thanks only to your original lead).

Congratulations again--I think you win this Challenge!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #41)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:13 AM

53. naa-

I couldn't find the Wyeth one, only thought it was him. You got it-

I love these challenges, especially when they get me searching through good art with fervor, rather than all the depressing news stories.



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Response to Bluerthanblue (Reply #40)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 09:14 AM

54. I had considered one of Bellows' prizefighting works which are truly exciting

but they are so easily googled I decided on this one instead. I used Bellows in a past Challenge, his work entitled "Night Excavation" which he sketched out and painted while Penn Station (the original) was under construction. To me, it is a fine work.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #54)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 10:00 AM

55. I was really surprised that it was him-

because of the fighting pictures, but when I saw this one, I could see it being him-

http://www.royal-painting.com/largeimg/Bellows,%20George/50388-Bellows,%20George-Fisherman's%20Family.jpg


Thank you so much for doing this CTyankee- I don't always get a chance to participate but really enjoy it when I can.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:04 PM

31. #4: McSorley's Bar, John Sloan nt

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #31)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:05 PM

33. there you go, Pinboy! How did you get that?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #33)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:09 PM

34. Just by searching for paintings of bars and taverns

I really didn't have a clue about it, and I'm not familiar with the artist.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #34)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:13 PM

36. Well, it is famous! And rightly so. I love it. I think it is wonderful for its use of chiarascuro.

I love the waiter's bright white apron and the rest in such dark. I love the imprecation of clubby-ness, the "men's thing" of it, as repressive as it was. And I like that is looms out of darkness. I love works that do that...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #36)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:43 PM

39. It reminds me of the tavern my grandfather went to when I was little

The tavern, in an Irish neighborhood of Chicago (Mayor Daley's 'hood), had that same men-only clubbiness--and intimacy. Besides the local VFW for the WWII vets, the tavern and the church were main gathering places for the men.

When I visited my grandparents years later, while they were still alive, the tavern was still part of grandpa's ritual (along with serving as head usher at the Catholic church every sunday for more than 50 years). He'd have two whiskeys and head home, just a quarter block down the street. But this time he was always accompanied by his terrier, so when he wound up on his ass when he tried to step off the curb, his little companion would provide just enough help to get him back to his feet.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:08 AM

42. Can't wait for all the answers

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:21 AM

43. #1 remains unsolved; answers and solvers so far:

#2 The Kentuckian, Thomas Hart Benton (IcyPeas, Post #13)
#3 The Big Dory, George Bellows (Bluerthanblue, Post #40)
#4 McSorley's Bar, John Sloan (pinboy3niner, Post #31)
#5 The Prospector, N.C. Wyeth (Bluerthanblue, Post #20)
#6 The Boat Builders, Winslow Homer (jannyk, Post #2)

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #43)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:13 AM

46. #1 is Gustave Caillebotte - Swimmers

I thought for sure it was a Renoir at first but cheated and looked for images of Renoir and then looked closely at the bottom signature and could make out a Ca and then remembered the name Cal something So I looked at a list of Impressionists to help me. Sorry.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #46)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:00 AM

48. Just checked--and you are CORRECT

And you didn't cheat--cheating is using Google goggles. You solved it honestly and you have nothing to be sorry about.

Congratulations on solving the last remaining item in the challenge!

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #46)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:47 AM

52. I honestly thought that the Caillebotte would have been guessed first, even tho the

signature is thin and scraggly. But Caillebotte is largely unknown to the public, and I don't quite know why. he's good. I guess there were so many Impressionists doing their thing in Paris in those days that there was a "glut on the market" so to speak.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:09 AM

49. ALL SOLVED: Answers here:

#1 Swimmers, Gustave Caillebotte (ErikJ. Post #46)
#2 The Kentuckian, Thomas Hart Benton (IcyPeas, Post #13)
#3 The Big Dory, George Bellows (Bluerthanblue, Post #40)
#4 McSorley's Bar, John Sloan (pinboy3niner, Post #31)
#5 The Prospector, N.C. Wyeth (Bluerthanblue, Post #20)
#6 The Boat Builders, Winslow Homer (jannyk, Post #2)

Congratulations DUers on meeting the challenge!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #49)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:16 PM

57. Thanks for listing the winners!

My husband got really sick last night and I was up with him for a while and earlier this morning. So I knew I wouldn't be able to do much with the Challenge today.

However, he's getting better (it was one of those sudden viruses that hit him like a ton of bricks).

I'll see you next Friday, if you are around. I think you'll get a kick out of the Challenge I have planned. Have a great week!

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