Artist Trivia: Eric Hopkins

Art Trivia: Who is this artist? An Aries, this artist is well known for depicting aerial views. A native of the Pine Tree State, they were born in this state’s Queen City. This artist studied at various colleges in Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island earning their degree in 1976. Early in their career and while […]
Eric Hopkins, Spring Islands Marguerite Zorach, Eden, 1917, Wool hooked on burlap backed with linen, on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum in 2021 James Fitzgerald, Bendin' the Fors'l, Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum

Artist Trivia: Vera Bock

Question:  This artist was born in Russia in the early years of the 20th century. During the Russian Revolution, their family escaped via a circuitous route to the United States. Trained in painting and drawing, the artist studied woodcut relief printmaking, manuscript illumination, printing, and photogravure in England with additional studies in art in Europe. […]
Vera Bock, From a selection of works by Vera Bock including archival materials, original artwork, proofs from the originals and illustrated books and book jackets, Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum

Artist Trivia: Maurice Prendergast

Question:  This artist had a twin and was born in the mid 19th century in a current province of modern day Canada. Later, the family moved to this hub of commerce in New England. In this artist’s youth, they were apprenticed to a commercial artist and as they matured were inspired by Childe Hassam. They […]

Artist Trivia: Elaine de Kooning

QUESTION: Considered by some the voice of Abstract Expressionism, this artist was an articulate defender of the movement. She wrote numerous insightful pieces about her fellow artists. As a critic for ARTnews, she reviewed the work of Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, David Smith, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Josef Albers, among others. In numerous series […]

Artist Trivia: Childe Hassam

QUESTION: Considered the pioneer of American Impressionism, this artist painted works of New York City street scenes that earned him the reputation as “our street painter par excellence” around the turn of the 19th century. Considered the pioneer of American Impressionism, he was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and after studying in France from 1886 to […]

Artist Trivia: Will Barnet

Question: This artist’s professional career spanned nearly nine decades, beginning in the 1930s at the Art Students League in New York, where he taught from 1936 through 1980. He is best known for his distinctively flat, stylized aesthetic, and his paintings often feature solitary figures in meditative or enigmatic settings. In 1971, the artist fell […]