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Artist Biographies
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Eakins, Thomas (United States, 1844-1916)
Eakins studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy and then traveled to Europe. He returned with a dedication to paint only realistic facts and not works of imagination. His paintings, which include The Gross Clinic and The Biglin Brothers Racing, reflect his great interest in the human figure. Eakins also painted many careful and accurate portraits of his friends.

Eames, Charles (United States, 1907-1978)
Eames is best known for his innovative furniture designs using molded plywood, and later cast aluminum and fiberglass. He also became well known for his exhibition designs, the design of his own house, and experimental films.

Eberle, Mary Abastenia St. Leger (United States, 1878-1942)
Eberle's sculptures were based on direct observation of people and are noted for their sense of motion. She believed that artists have a responsibility to heighten the public's social awareness. Many of her works were inspired by her interest in poor people, especially women and children, who lived in urban slums.

Edgerton, Harold (United States, b.1903)
Edgerton is known as the inventor of extremely high-speed photography with use of an electronic flash (strobe light). He worked on many refinements of the technique which enabled him to photograph previously unseen things such as the impact of a speeding bullet and the exact forms made by a single drop of milk as it splashes.

Eilshemius, Louis (United States, 1864-1941)
Eilshemius' paintings reflect his interest in impressionistic techniques and ability to use them in a dramatic style. His interest in dramatic landscapes was stimulated, in part, by his travels to Europe, Africa, and the South Sea Islands.

El Greco (Crete, 1541-1614)
The artist Domenikos Theotocopoulos was born in Crete. As a young man he moved to Italy to study art. Later he moved to Spain, where he spent the rest of his life. Called El Greco, the artist is known for his strong personal style. His works are intensely emotional. They convey a strong sense of movement and color, and they often include elongated figures.

Ensor, James (Belgium, 1860-1949)
Ensor worked in several styles but is best known as a leading expressionist painter whose use of bright colors and thick paint, applied quickly with a palette knife, helped to create a feeling of emotional intensity in many works. His subject matter ranged from city scenes and interiors to fantastic carnival themes and grotesque figures.

Erickson, Arthur (Canada, 20th century)
Erickson's designs reveal his concern for the symbolism of architecture and the beauty of land and water. For example, he designed a museum based on architecture of the Northwest Indians. It houses large totem poles and is oriented to the mountains and the water of Howe Sound. He has also designed a major civic center for downtown Vancouver, which includes many park-like terraces and tiers of waterfalls.

Escher, M.C. (Maurits Cornelius) (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 1898-1972)
Escher's prints are designed as optical illusions with manipulated perspectives and negative-positive patterns. His thoroughly planned and mathematically precise work is surrealistic in that it makes the impossible appear to be real. It is also related to the style called Op Art, in which optical illusions are the major theme.

Escobar, Marisol ( b. 1930, Paris, France; United States)
Marisol, born in France of Venezuelan parents, was brought to the United States early in her life. She became well-known for her carved and assembled sculptures of people to which she often added ordinary objects, such as necklaces and umbrellas, as accessories or props. Some of her life-sized figures are satirical portraits of well-known people. These works are related to the Pop Art style.

Escobedo, Helen (Mexico, b.1934)
Escobedo creates sculptures from a variety of natural and industrial materials. Her works are specifically designed to integrate various elements in the surrounding environment. She uses color, space, and light to subtly transform the sites of her sculptures.

Estes, Richard (United States, b.1936)
Richard Estes is a master of the urban scene. His buildings, windows, and vehicles sparkle with the brilliance and clarity of a rain-washed day. People are generally absent or an insignificant part of the scene because the shine and reflection of chrome and glass surfaces produce plenty of life and interest. Estes attitude is derived from Pop Art, but his technique and style are much more sophisticated.

Exekias (Greece, 6th century B.C.)
Exekias of Athens was a master of a style in which black silhouetted figures are painted on red pots. Details are then painted in red or white or scratched through the black to reveal color underneath. Exekias expertly adapted his subjects to fit the form of the vase.


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