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Happy July

Monday, July 8, 2019 | Karl Cole

What better way to celebrate a new month than with examples by one of the pioneers of the American Poster Renaissance (my term, covering the period from ca. 1890–1920, others call it the “ ...

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Letters Are Beautiful

Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Karl Cole

I learned long ago how venerated calligraphy is in some cultures, and we speak of that in many of our Davis books. A short while ago as I was reading about contemporary Iranian artist Parastou Forouha ...

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Vacation Time

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | Karl Cole

I was on vacation recently in Provincetown and, being an art history nerd, thought I would give some visual explanations. ...

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A True "Renaissance" Person

Monday, August 8, 2016 | Karl Cole

I was recently reading about Herbert Bayer (1900–1985, US, born Austria) and realized what a treasure this artist has been! I always appreciated his Bauhaus years and his contributions to graphi ...

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The Expanded Toulouse-Lautrec

Friday, June 17, 2016 | Karl Cole

Last week I was a jaded art historian. This week I am a socially responsible one. I always feel it is unfortunate when appreciators of art only know one genre of the work of a certain artist. Everyone ...

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Winter

Monday, January 11, 2016 | Karl Cole

Well, it’s winter. Instead of ruefully awaiting spring, I prefer to look at works of art that evoke the idea of winter, one way or another. It’s always interesting to me how artists can ca ...

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German American Heritage Month

Monday, October 5, 2015 | Karl Cole

The more things change, etc. I get really irritated with people who say in speeches that immigrants to the US should “speak American.” For one thing, “American” isn’t a l ...

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It's Spring!

Monday, March 24, 2014 | Karl Cole

Really, my sinuses are driving me crazy, and I’m yearning for SPRING. What better image to feature this week than springs? ...

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An Ode to "Swiss"

Monday, November 18, 2013 | Karl Cole

I just returned from a week in Switzerland to visit family. Walking through their churches—stripped of all sculpture, painting, and Biblical stained glass because of the Reformation’s frow ...

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American Poster Design

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | Karl Cole

Did you know that the second half of the nineteenth century saw more printed matter produced than ever before? The last two decades of the nineteenth century was the last era during which printed matt ...

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