Johnny was born on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River near Ripley, Tennessee to John Nelson Flack and Zimpthey Lovelace Flack. His father, whom he describes as "very, very poor", farmed cotton and corn as a sharecropper. It was a "rough life; very, very rough life," he recalls of his youth in a family of seven children. The island, called "Island 26", was about four miles long and two and a half miles wide with "very, very good, fertile soil" that the river inundated every year. He began his education in a one-room schoolhouse that he attended for five years, always taught by Nell Covington. When he was four, the family received electricity, consisting of one naked light bulb hanging from the middle of the ceiling of their four-room home. To read the entire biography please click the link above.
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The Norton is proud to house these students’ pieces throughout the month of August. Our education department has joined with George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, LAA+ Schools, and South Highlands Magnet Elementary School to encourage arts integration in cross-curricular learning. Don’t miss this brief chance to view Louisiana students’ art on display!
Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland already boasted editions with wonderful, iconographic illustrations by both John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham when a publisher had the brilliant idea of teaming one of the world’s most famous surrealist artists with one of literature’s most surrealistic novels. In 1969, the Maecenas Press (a Random House imprint) offered a large-scale edition of Alice illustrated by Salvador Dali (1904–1989).
A large part of the Norton’s Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection is dedicated to first-hand accounts of American history. The first Eyewitness to History exhibit features reports and stories from the American Revolution by those who actually participated and/or witnessed the events they describe. From scholarly accounts of the issues involved to stirring depictions of actual warfare, these works provide a “you were there” sense of history and remind us that what we think of as the natural course of events could, in fact, have had many outcomes.
In honor of Labor Day, we wanted to explore the changing attitude toward labor and its depiction in Western art through time. For centuries, art was concerned with the leisurely life of the aristocracy or dramatic moments from major figures in history. The "little people" were relegated to the background, if seen at all. But, beginning with the genre paintings of the old Masters, a new attitude toward labor began to emerge that saw the importance of the individual worker to the maintenance of the greater society.
After a short visit to our "Origins of Western Art" gallery to see the inspiration of genuine classical art, we'll explore Renaissance, 18th, 19th, and 20th century works inspired by the historical and mythological figures of the classical age, along with the stories surrounding these key figures of Western Civilization.
From the Permanent Collection:
Portrait of Alexei Iacovleff
by Gleb Alexander Ilyin
The subject of this painting, found in our The Journey to Modernism Gallery, was himself an artist Alexander Evgenievich Iacovleff, whose name has been variously rendered as Alexandre Evgenevich Yakovlev, Alexander Yevgenievich Jacovleff, and, of course, Alexei Iacovleff. In any case, Alexandre, or Alexi was born in St. Petersburg in 1887, the son of a naval officer. He attended the Imperial Academy of Art, where he may have initially encountered the artist of this portrait, Gleb Alexander Ilyin, who also studied there at around the same time. His formidable gifts evident early on, Iacovleff was given the title of Academician at the time of his graduation and also became a member of the Union of Russian artists and the prestigious art movement, Mir Iskusstva, a group of artists centered around a significant art journal of the same name. Like many artists, he also became involved in the theater, collaborating with the director Meyerhold, whose portrait he painted in 1911. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
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Brugmansia (Angel trumpet) are large shrubs or small trees with semi-woody, often many-branched trunks. They can reach heights of 1015 feet. They come in shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, green, or red. Most have a strong, pleasing fragrance that is most noticeable in the evening. Flowers may be single or double. Brugmansia are native to tropical regions of South America, along the Andes from Venezuela to northern Chile, and also in southeastern Brazil. They are grown as ornamental container plants worldwide, and have become naturalized in isolated tropical areas around the globe, including within North America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Most Brugmansia are fragrant in the evenings and attract pollinating moths. Brugmansia are easily grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade, and in frost-free climates. They begin to flower in mid-to-late spring in warm climates and continue into the fall, often continuing as late as early winter in warm conditions. In cool winters, outdoor plants need protection from frost, but the roots are hardy, and may sprout again in late spring. Most Brugmansia may be propagated easily by rooting cuttings taken from the end of a branch during the summer. Here in the Norton gardens, we have several in the color bed behind the building.