Following the war he would study in Paris and his work would focus on idyllic rural scenes including his work The Country School which he painted in 1871 at the age of 35. The Country School is an oil on canvass painting measuring 21.25 inches by 38.25 inches. The painting shows a New England one room school house and its inhabitants of the time. Homer would have drawn on his experiences as a student in a classroom similar to the one featured in his painting. Many of his works from this period expressed his desire to return to a simpler more peaceful time in his life after the horrors he witnessed during the war.
Thomas Hart Benton was born in the familiar, small town of Neosho, Missouri. He was named after his granduncle, the famed and prominent pre-American Civil War senator. First Thomas Hart Benton studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and then lived in beautiful Paris for three years. When he came back he moved to New York City after 1912 he turned away from his usual style, modernism, and gradually developed a rugged naturalism that affirmed traditional rural values. By the 1930’s Benton was riding a tide of popular acclaim along with his fellow regionalist Grant Wood, who was responsible for American Gothic, and John Steuart Curry, who was responsible for The Tragic Prelude.
Frank Lloyd Wright helped out Joseph Lyman Slilsbee. Frank Lloyd Wright was a master builder, a rebel, and a worshipper of nature. Wright was named chief assistant to architect Louis Sullivan after college. Wright went to college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Wright in many summers worked on the farm in his teen years.
From 1897 to 1899 Frost studied at Harvard, but left without receiving a degree. He moved to Derry, New Hampshire, working there as a cobbler, farmer, and teacher at Pinkerton Academy and at the state normal school in Plymouth. In 1912 Frost sold his farm and took his wife and four young children to England. There he published his first collection of poems, “A Boy’s Will” (1913) followed by “North Boston” (1914), which gained international reputation. The collection contains some of Frost's best-known poems: "Mending Wall," "The Death of the Hired Man," "Home Burial," "After Apple-Picking," and "The Wood-Pile."
Cole’s works were often made people feel like they needed to go out in nature and discover the inspiring world of mother earth. Thomas Cole, born on February 1, 1801 in Lancashire, England, found himself at fourteen working as a textile printer and wood engraver in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Cole returned to his parents in 1819 in Ohio; this is were he learned how to oil paint and how to use different kinds of oil painting techniques under the supervision of a portrait painter, Stein. Cole was very impressed and impacted by the landscapes of the “new world” and how magnificent they were compared to where he came from, which was England. Cole found that art came naturally to him and eventually taught himself how to observe nature and still life.
He discovered the Symbolists and Lafarge. He was in editor of the Harvard Advocate, a literary magazine. In 1911-14 he was in graduate student in philosophy at Harvard. In 1914 he settled in England where his poems came to the attention of the American poet Ezra Portland. He studied at the University of Marbury, Germany, cut off by war.
In addition to Walt assisting on the newspaper routes he attended Benton Grammar school and on the weekend attend the Kansas Art Institute to cultivate his creative skills. Shortly after Walt graduated from Benton Grammar School, the family moved back to Chicago, where Walt attended high school and joined the school newspaper staff contributing by drawing cartoons for it. Walt attended McKinley High School for a brief time before deciding to join the Red Cross Ambulance Corps. In 1919 Walt moved back to Kansas City after a brief stay in Chicago after serving for the Red Cross Ambulance Corp. In Kansas City Walt began working for the Kansas City Slide Company developing advertisements, gaining animation experience, then eventually left to start his own company Laugh O-Graham Films.
Paul Jackson Pollock was born January 28, 1912, in Cody, Wyoming. He grew up in Arizona and California and in 1928 began to study painting at the Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles. In the fall of 1930, Pollock moved to New York and studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. Benton encouraged him throughout the succeeding decade. By the early 1930s, Pollock knew and admired the murals of José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.
Warhol made his way from a Pittsburgh working class family to an American legend. Andy Warhol the American artist, photographer and filmmaker was born in 1930 in Pittsburgh as the son of Czechoslovak immigrants. His father was as a construction worker and died in an accident when Andy was 13 years old. Andy showed an early talent in drawing and painting. After high school he studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh.
In 1916 Alfred Stieglitz, the well-known New York photographer and a major proponent of modernism, exhibited some of Georgia O'Keeffe's abstract drawings. In 1924 O'Keeffe and Stieglitz were married. Georgia O'Keeffe began her training early with private art lessons at home. She continued to pursue art through high school, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 1907, enrolled in the Art Students League in New York City. Moving to Texas in 1912, O'Keeffe accepted a position as supervisor of art in the public schools of Amarillo.