Google's doodle has the Love bug for Valentine's Day

Love is in the air today and Google are joining in with the feeling as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new doodle dedicated to Robert Indiana.

Indiana was born September 13th 1928 and as an artist was considered a part of the ‘Pop Art’ movement which was spearheaded by the iconic Andy Warhol. Google’s doodle is based on his ‘Love’ Sculpture which has been an attraction in the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1975, and replicas of the classic image have been reconstructed all over the world, including one on Sixth Avenue, New York City and one outside Taipei 101 in Taiwan (which was the tallest building in the world until 2010).

The unique, lop-sided ‘O’ gives the image its distinctive look, and it has been translated into various languages including Hebrew, Chinese, Italian and Spanish.

Robert Indiana, originally named Robert Cark hails from New Castle, Indiana and he first drew the ‘Love’ logo as a Christmas card design. Since then it has cropped up just about everywhere from postage stamps to footwear, and of course, very fittingly as Google’s doodle today.

At 82 years of age Indiana is still working as a designer and artist. Later in life he turned his attention to the stage where he designed sets and clothing; although he did offer a reworking of ‘Love’ in 2008 when he presented ‘Hope’.  The proceeds of sales went towards funding Barrack Obama’s campaign trail to the White House, raising in excess of $1,000,000 through reproductions on T-shirts, keyrings, pins, bumper stickers and various other paraphernalia.

Google’s homepage is a also a timely reminder to all those who have forgotten their loved ones today, but if you’re going to get them a gift; at least really think about it and don’t just dive into the nearest florist or confectioners.

Show them you care, and that you’ve thought about them.

Please share your thoughts on the new doodle by leaving a comment.

See other google logos like Thomas Edison, Jules Verne, Paul Cezanne, Jane Austen and Robert Burns.

images: americanart.si.edu, google.com

Google celebrates Paul Cézanne’s birthday with a doodle

Google is today celebrating the birthday of Paul Cézanne with yet another colourful doodle.  Cézanne was a French artist and considered one of the greatest post-impressionists, a movement which followed on from the work of such esteemed artists as Paul Gaugin and Vincent Van Gogh.

Paul Cézanne was born January 19th, 1839 and lived to the ripe age of 67, passing away on October 22nd, 1906.  The French painter and – according to may – father of the Post-Impressionist movement, laid the foundation for new movements in the art world, as his work spanned genres, taking in impressionism and paving the way for cubism which followed in the early 20th century.

Cézanne’s self-created style took the pioneering art of Gaugin and Van Gogh to a new level, and his use of plains of colour built up with small brush strokes is still as unmistakable as ever.

Cézanne was the bridge between fine art and the dawning age of radically expressive art. His influence has lived on, and in the 1960’s a certain Andy Warhol picked up the baton and continued in a similar vein. Had it not been for Cézanne, the world would never have been introduced to Warhol’s ‘Pop Art.’

Cézanne’s work is a master class in design, colour, tone, composition and draftsmanship. His paintings often seem repetitive, but his sensitive and exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable.

A phrase once used to describe Matisse has also been attributed to Cézanne, that being, “he is the father of us all.”

Despite a lack of detail at first glance, closer inspection of Cézanne’s work reveals an artist who studied his subject matter at great length, and his desire to express what the eye, the mind and the heart see are captured harmoniously on each canvas.

Check out Google today for samples of Cézanne’s work and more information.

Let us know your thoughts on the latest Google doodle by leaving a comment.

Read about previous doodles like The Fintstones, Scooby Doo, John Lennon, Dizzy Gillespie, X Rays, New Year and Christmas.

images: gardenofpraise.com, google.com