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.

mercoledì 1 luglio 2015

Sandro Botticelli | The Birth of Venus, 1485

"The Birth of Venus" is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous and appreciated works of art. Painted by Sandro Botticelli between 1482-1485, it has become a landmark of XV century Italian painting, so rich in meaning and allegorical references to antiquity.
The theme comes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a very important oeuvre of the Latin literature. Venus is portrayed naked on a shell on the seashore; on her left the winds blow gently caressing her hair with a shower of roses, on her right a handmaid (Ora) waits for the goddess to go closer to dress her shy body. The meadow is sprinkled with violets, symbol of modesty but often used for love potions.

martedì 30 giugno 2015

Moïse Kisling ~ Surrealist painter | School of Paris

Moïse Kisling, born Mojżesz Kisling (January 22, 1891 – April 29, 1953), was a Polish-born French painter. He moved to Paris in 1910 at the age of 19, and became a French citizen in 1915, after serving and being wounded with the French Foreign Legion in World War I. He emigrated to the United States in 1940, after the fall of France, and returned there in 1946.
Born in Kraków, Austria-Hungary, he studied at the School of Fine Arts in Kraków. His teachers encouraged the young man to go to Paris, France, considered the international center for artistic creativity in the early 20th century.

lunedì 29 giugno 2015

Roman Zakrzewski | Figurative painter

Polish painter Roman Zakrzewski (1955 in Oświęcim - 25 December 2014) attended the public secondary school of fine arts in Bielsko-Biała. Then he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, where he received a degree from Jerzy Nowosielski’s studio in 1985. Since he was very young, the artist has shown interest in portraits, which have become the main theme of his artistic work.
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