Art Blurbs

Historical Art Blurbs

This spot opens the opportunity for Art Blurbs – short descriptions, text exerpts, poems, or just a paragraph about someone significant, interesting, quirky in Art History. When looking for inspiration, these “blurbs” can provoke interest or questions.


Tristan Tzara 1896-1963, born Samuel Rosenstock in Moinesti, Romania, on April 16,1896, changed his name to Tristan Tzara, while still in his teens and wrote, “Life is sad but it’s a garden still’. Art Blurb - Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara means trist in Tzara in Romanian, meaning “sad in the country”. The “country” may have been Moinesti, which was no bigger than a village, or Bucharest, or Romania, or the Balkans, a place, in any case, at the margins of Europe, surrounded by Russia, just freed from Turkish domination, and uncertain of its identity.

Tristan Tzara was an a artist known for starting the Dadaist movement.

By Saundra



To overcome the loss of his lover Alma Mahler, Oskar Kokoschka ordered a dollmaker to fabric a life-size doll designed after Alma Mahler’s looks.

He then drove around in public with his doll, took her out to restaurants, cafes and even to the opera. He dressed her, painted her lips and used her as a model for his paintings, too. So he transformed the object of his love into a real object. His obsessive love probably could not completely be cured that way, but the doll obviously helped him to survive.

Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) was an Austrian painter, graphic artist and writer of expressionism.

By Andrea