Albert Einstein / King of Physics Art Outsiders Giclee on Canvas by Tennessee Loveless tells of the life of the most famous, important physicist of our time.
Albert Einstein’s importance isn’t relative, it’s universally without question. One of the most lauded, celebrated brains in history, he made many discoveries, but he is most well known for his theory of relativity and his equation E=MC2, which was a precursor to the development of atomic power. He won the Nobel Prize in 1921, and is considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.
Born March 14, 1879, in Ulm Germany, into a middle class family, Einstein struggled with speech challenges in school, but was tutored by a family friend who introduced him to a children’s science text that inspired him to consider the nature of light. This led to Einstein writing his first major paper in his early teens, “The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields”. He dropped out of school in his late teens, and ultimately gained admission to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, almost exclusively due to his high physics and math entrance exam scores. He didn’t like working with teachers, but preferred studying on his own, which made it hard to get a position upon graduation. He started working as a clerk in a Swiss patent office. During his time there, he was able to cement his theories on relativity.
In 1933, Einstein took a position at the Institute for Advanced Study At Princeton in New Jersey. Adolf Hitler was gaining prominence in Europe, and as a jew, his work was labeled by other scientists as “Jewish physics”. Jewish citizens were barred from university work and Einstein was targeted to be killed. He left Europe and never returned. He spent the rest of his career at Princeton and focused on a unified field theory. He became a US citizen, and raised millions of dollars for the military by auctioning off some of his manuscripts. In 1939, he and fellow physicist Leo Szilard warned president Roosevelt of the Nazi plan to create an atomic bomb, and urged the US to create its own weapons program. Although Einstein did not want to take part because of his pacifist beliefs, the country began the Manhattan Project. After the bombing of Hiroshima, Einstein became involved in work to curtail use of atomic weapons.
In the 1940s, he focused more on the ideas surrounding unified field theory, including the possibility of time travel and travel through space. This led to a distancing of himself from the rest of the physics community, and him becoming more of a loner. He also became a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), believing there were parallels between the way jews were treated in Germany and African Americans were in the United States. He campaigned for civil rights, calling racism a disease in a 1946 speech.
On April 18, 1955, he died from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, after denying surgical treatment. He said “I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.”
ABOUT TENNESSEE LOVELESS:
Tennessee Loveless is an artist who passionately delves into the subjects that speak to him, and has been increasingly noticed and well-received for doing so, skyrocketing in success and notoriety in only a few years. He’s been tailoring how he expresses his unique voice through a number of passion projects, which fortunately have been embraced by collectors around the world. Though he chooses Chicago as his home, he’s lived and created around the world, including Paris, Berlin, and LA. He started of his career painting drag queens in San Francisco, worked at Disney in licensing and production development, and moved on to become an official Disney interpretive artist. He is now building a variety of unique collections, including his Drag Landscapes and The Art Outsiders, and now the American Flag series. He is severely colorblind, but that hasn’t stopped him. In fact, it has led him to a visual style based in color psychology and layered with meaning. He is grateful knowing what some would see as an impediment has offered him a unique, artistic way of viewing the world. Find him at tennesseeloveless.com and artoutsiders.net, and all his available art for sale at artinsights.com