July celebrates not only the birth of the American nation, but also that of many notable artists from various time periods and artistic movements. As the month draws to a close, here’s a quick look at some important figures and their works which have passed through the galleries of the de Young and Legion of Honor.
July 9th: David Hockney (1937)
Image courtesy of © David Hockney
The de Young presented David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, from October 26, 2013 through January 20, 2014. Assembled by Hockney exclusively for the de Young, this exhibition marked the return to California of the most influential and best-known British artist of his generation.
The #mysterymuse is known as Schiava Turca (Turkish Slave) but it was a case of mistaken identity. Her balzo was confused for a turban and her gold wrist chain was seen as a symbol of captivity. Scholars now believe she was a poet. #onview in Gallery 5 beginning Saturday
"I don’t paint to live, I live to paint." - Willem de Kooning
A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, famed artist Willem de Kooning was born on this day in 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Happy birthday, Willem de Kooning! Learn more about Untitled XX, a collection highlight, in this archived blog post. NOTE: This work is currently not on view.
Some of the most satisfying, well-deserved wins in Oscar history.
#ThrowbackThursday to our recently closed exhibition, The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, which featured the stunning emerald necklace adorning Elizabeth Taylor in this picture!
Unfortunately Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter closes this weekend, two weeks before Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss your chance to experience Sweden’s best kept secret and one of John Singer Sargent’s greatest rivals.
Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter closes this Sunday, February 2.
Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860—1920). In Alhambra Park, 1887. Watercolor. Zornmuseet, Mora. Photograph by Lars Berglund