domenica 5 luglio 2015

Maurice Denis | Nabi/Symbolist painter






Even today Maurice Denis' (1870-1943) place in the history of art remains unspecified. Known as the "Nabi of the beautiful icons", he is celebrated alongside Vuillard and Bonnard as one of the most important Nabi painters, a founder of the movement and its brilliant theoretician.
Everyone remembers his famous dictum of 1890 when he was twenty years old and unknown. "Remember that a painting – before being a battle horse, a nude woman, or an anecdote of some sort – is essentially a flat surface covered with colours, put together in a certain order". This defining statement along with a handful of radical and spectacular works, like Sunlight on the terrace from the Musée d'Orsay, have become associated with him to the point where they have obscured the richness of his Nabi and Symbolist period (1889-1898) and his productive classical revival works of the 1900s. They also cast a shadow over his post-1914 work on the fringes of the Avant-Garde movements. Denis continued to paint until his death, and between the wars he was sought after for decorative projects for both civic and religious buildings.

venerdì 3 luglio 2015

Seung Mo Park, 1969 | Wire Figurative Sculptor



South Korean artist Seung Mo Park 성 명 박 승 모 (朴勝模) creates gorgeous sculptures from tightly wrapped aluminium wire over fibreglass forms.
Park gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Dong A University in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city after Seoul.
Making up Park’s ‘Human’ series, the figures display painstaking attention to detail, from the bone structure and curves of the human bodies, to the delicate strands of hair and the folds and wrinkles of draped clothing.

Richard Stainthorp | Wire Figurative Sculptor


British sculptor Richard Stainthorp captures the beautiful energy and fluidity of the human body using wire. The life-sized sculptures feature both figures in motion and at rest, expressed in the form of large-gauged strands that are densely wrapped around and through one another. By doing this, he gives the work an undeniable presence. Stainthorp also allows the bent wires to shine by keeping their metallic appearance free from any obvious painting or additions.

giovedì 2 luglio 2015

Georges Braque | Fauvist/Cubist painter



Georges Braque, (born May 13, 1882, Argenteuil, France-died August 31, 1963, Paris), French painter, one of the important revolutionaries of 20th-century art who, together with Pablo Picasso, developed Cubism. His paintings consist primarily of still lifes that are remarkable for their robust construction, low-key colour harmonies and serene, meditative quality.

Albert Marquet ~ Fauvist painter | Part. 2



Albert Marquet (1875-1947) was an French painter, associated with the Fauvist movement. For biographical notes on Marquet and earlier works see Part 1.
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