venerdì 12 febbraio 2016

Antonio Fontanesi | Aprile (Sulle rive del lago del Bourget, in Savoia), 1864






Antonio Fontanesi (1818-1882) is considered one of the most important Italian painters of the XIX century. His landscapes influenced several Italian painters of the symbolist generation as well as the 20C Futurist Carlo Carrà.
For biographical notes -in english and italian- and other works by Fontanesi see Antonio Fontanesi | Barbizon School painter.

Antonio Fontanesi | Barbizon School painter




Antonio Fontanesi (23 February 1818 - 17 April 1882) was an Italian painter who lived in Meiji period Japan between 1876-1878. He introduced European oil painting techniques to Japan, and exerted a significant role in the development of modern Japanese yōga (Western style) painting. He is known for his works in the Romantic style of the French Barbizon school.

Camille Pissarro | Snow Effect




Paint the essential character of things.
Dipingi il carattere essenziale delle cose.
At fifty, that is in 1880, I formulated the idea of unity, without being able to render it. At sixty, I am beginning to see the possibility of rendering it.
A cinquant'anni, nel 1880, ho formulato l'idea di unità, senza essere in grado di realizzarla. A sessant'anni sto cominciando a vedere la possibilità di realizzarla.

Claude Monet | The Rouen Cathedral series, 1892-1894




The Rouen Cathedral series was painted in the 1890s by French impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings in the series each capture the façade of the cathedral at different times of the day and year, and reflect changes in its appearance under different lighting conditions.
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The Rouen Cathedral paintings, more than thirty in all, were made in 1892-1893, then reworked in Monet’s studio in 1894. Monet rented spaces across the street from the cathedral, where he set up temporary studios for the purpose. In 1895, he selected what he considered to be the twenty best paintings from the series for display at his Paris dealer’s gallery, and of these he sold eight before the exhibition was over. Pissarro and Cézanne visited the exhibition and praised the series highly.

giovedì 11 febbraio 2016

Domenico Purificato | Neorealist painter




Domenico Purified (Fondi, 1 November 1915 - Rome, 6 November 1984) was a Italian painter, protagonist of "Neorealismo".
In the first part of his career he joined the defined current Roman, initiated by Scipione (Gino Bonichi) and Mario Mafai , shared with Raffaele Wheats. A multifaceted artist, from 1940 to 1943 he was editor of the magazine Cinema.
After the war he was the protagonist in Rome of Neorealism, capturing in his paintings some of the people, country figures and scenes of everyday life.

Claude-Marie Dubufe | Portrait painter




Claude-Marie Dubufe, born in Paris, is said to have studied with Jacques-Louis David. Known for his skilled draughtsmanship, especially of portraits but also of genre and historical paintings, Dubufe exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1810 and 1863. His work is held in a number of regional collections in France as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery, London. | © National Portrait Gallery

mercoledì 10 febbraio 2016

Odoardo Borrani | Macchiaioli Art Movement




Odoardo Borrani (22 August 1833 - 14 September 1905) was an Italian painter associated with the Macchiaioli group.
He was born in Pisa. The Borrani family moved to Florence, where Odoardo enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1853. There, he studied under Gaetano Bianchi, Giuseppe Bezzuoli and Enrico Pollastrini. However, he became independent of the academic styles.
His first painting while at the Academy was titled Un veglione di maschere alla Pergola. In 1859, he painted Lorenzo the Magnificent Saves Himself From Being Murdered in the Sacristy of the Cathedral, an episode of the Pazzi Conspiracy.

Édouard Bisson | Academic /Genre painter




Fanciful ideas and flowing line characterize Édouard Bisson's (1895-1939) studies of graceful feminine types. Distinguished by a certain charm, they agree with Delacroix that the first quality in a picture is to be a delight for the eyes.
Born in Paris in 1856, Édouard Bisson studied art under one of the most successful of French artists, Jean Leon Gerome.
He exhibited regularly at the Salon of French Artists of which he was a member.
He was awarded Honorable Mentions in 1881 and 1889, a Third Class Medal in 1897, and a Bronze Medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900.

martedì 9 febbraio 2016

Karen Offutt, 1967 | Impressionist Figurative painter




Karen Offutt was born and raised in Dallas, Texas by a creative family who encouraged her to explore her artistic talent from an early age. Her father is an artist and her mother is a designer and owner of a needlepoint company. Throughout her formative years, Karen excelled in art classes and participated in several art exhibits. She studied at North Texas State University in search of a more formal fine arts education. As a young adult she sought a more serious outlet for her talent.
The turning point in her career came when she made the decision to study abroad and committed herself to becoming a fine artist.

Olivier Massebeuf, 1963 | Figurative painter




Olivier Massebeuf was born in Lyon, attended the Paris Beaux Arts Academy in the 1980’s and took pleasure in studying the work of graphic artists such as Hugo Pratt and Jacques Tardi but did not feel inclined to devote himself entirely to painting as a way of life.
In those days, he made a few acrylic paintings in black and white.
Between 1983-1987 he concentrated on his British studies but continued to draw and to indulge his fascination with the comic strip as an art form. With his sister Pascale he carried out a project called "Rosa". This involved the writing of a story which inspired the accompanying illustrative cartoon.