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Artist Biographies
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Fantin-Latour, Henri (France, 1836-1904)
Fantin-Latour is noted for his luxurious paintings of flowers, still lifes, and group portraits of artists of his day. Some of his paintings also interpret mythological subjects, a popular theme among nineteenth century artists.

Fay, Patricia J. (United States, 20th century)
Fay's artworks range from small, free hanging mosaics to wall-size installations. She uses tile, wood, marble, metal, and glass to create works with a variety of textures and colors.

Feelings, Thomas (United States, b.1933)
Feelings, an African American, has illustrated more than twenty books of stories based on his travel in Africa and contemporary African-American experiences. He has received two Caldecott Awards and many other honors. In the 1950s he wrote and illustrated a weekly comic strip for children on African-American history.

Finn, Marvin (United States, 20th century)
Finn, an African American, is a self-taught artist who lives in Kentucky. He learned a few techniques for shaping wood from his father, but started making decorated sculptures as toys for his children. Most of his recent work is inspired by trips to the zoo and sold to collectors of folk art.

Fish, Janet (United States, b.1938)
Fish paints close-up views of still life arrangements. She studies the effect of light on the appearance of translucent, liquid-filled glass objects and their reflections. Her later works include elements such as flowers, landscapes, and human figures.

Flannagan, John B. (United States, 1895-1942)
Flannagan studied painting but became well-known for his sculpture. He preferred to work with field stones, which he personally chose because their forms suggested to subject for a final sculpture. His approach to sculpture, known as direct carving, was to modify the existing form, letting the idea and plan be determined by the natural form of the material.

Flavin, Dan (United States, 1933-1996)
Instead of paint and canvas, Dan Flavin uses fluorescent lights as his medium. He forms fluorescent lights into abstract geometric shapes, which he then mounts on the walls, floors or ceilings of his environments. His light sculptures are best viewed in a darkened environment to sense the original glowing character envisioned by the artist.

Forbes and Rosen, John and Jeanne (United States, 20th century)
Forbes and Rosen create designs in glass by using techniques such as sandblasting, etching, painting, and bending. They have completed a variety of original commissions for murals, skylights, domes, and cabinets.

Fra Angelico (Italy, 1400-1455)
Fra Angelico lived in Italy during the Renaissance. Although he became a brotherr-he was also an artist. While living at the Monastery of San Marco in Florence, Fra Angelico painted many beautiful frescoes of religious scenes. He was also a master of landscape painting. One of his most famous frescoes is The Annunciation.

Fragonard, Jean-Honoré (France, 1732-1806)
Fragonard's early paintings included landscapes and historical events. His later lighthearted images of children and family scenes were painted in the Rococo style and characterized by bright, light, colors and spontaneous brushstrokes.

Francis, Sam (United States, b.1923)
Sam Francis pours freely applied thin colors onto the canvas. The colors spread, stain, and overlap, creating luminous transparent layers. In his early works, the shapes are clustered in the top part of the gigantic canvas. In later works, the vivid color blobs are arranged around the edges of the canvas and almost slip out of sight. His dripping paints, cut-off edges of shapes, and open areas of white negative space create a sense of movement in and out of the picture plane as if the artist has given us only a part of a larger subject.

Francisco de Zurbarán (Spain, 1598-1664)
The Baroque artist Zurbarán worked in the important city of Seville, Spain. His paintings often show a single figure placed against a dark, solid background and lit from a single source. Zurbarán also created several still-life paintings with the same dramatic light. Among his best-known works are St. Francis in Meditation and Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose.

Frank Lloyd Wright (United States, 1867-1959)
Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect who disregarded conventional construction. His primary concern was to create a compatible relationship between the structure and its location so that the building would seem to grow out of its environment. The Kaufmann House at Bear Run, Pennsylvania, is popularly known as 'Falling Water' because it is built over a waterfall. It is considered to be the perfect marriage between structure and site. Wright's work evolved throughout his life. At the height of Modernism, he continued to do ground-breaking work. One example is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Frankenthaler, Helen (United States, b.1928)
Helen Frankenthaler is one of the major contributors to Color Field Painting, particularly Large Field Painting. She is noted for using the technique of stain painting, which forced other artists to think about and use color in a very new way. Many of her huge abstracts are painted on unprimed canvas that are stapled to the floor. She works in a spontaneous way, pouring and spreading the stains and paints onto the canvas. Working with such improvisation is difficult for many artists, but Frankenthaler achieves wonderful results with it.

Fuller, R. Buckminster (United States, 1895-1983)
Fuller was an architect who sought to make use of inexpensive, easily manufactured materials in his constructions. Fuller is best known for his geodesic dome, like the innovative United States Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. Geodesic refers to a form of solid geometry that is the basis for structures built of interlocking polygons.

Furness, Frank (United States, 1839-1912)
Furness, like many architects of his era, was fascinated by styles of art from many cultures. He is best known for his eclecticism-borrowing style elements from different times and cultures-to create highly decorative and imaginative sculptural facades, often with colorful bricks, textures, stone and other contrasting elements.


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