As I’ve been researching gardening in Pittsburgh, especially as the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival quickly approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about Pittsburgh as a muse. Historically Pittsburgh has raised and been the home of many talented artists who must have found inspiration here—artists like Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, George Sotter, and much more. So just for kicks, I decided to look at some of these artists’ depictions of nature and, even if not always relevant, consider the influence Pittsburgh’s natural scene might have had on them. Below is a small compilation.
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Mary Cassatt was born in Allegheny County during the mid 19th century. Widely considered to have been a great impressionist painter, her works often depict women and children in intimate or private spaces.
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in the early 20th century and was a leading figure of the pop art movement. Warhol’s works draw inspiration from many different sources and employ a variety of media including but not limited to painting, silk screening, and photography. He featured a ten-work series of screen printed flowers called his Flower Series.
George Sotter was an American impressionist born in the late 19th century. While born in Pittsburgh, he later moved to Philadelphia where he established himself as a painter and occasionally worked with stained glass.