20/02/17 Aggiornato il:

Nguyen Tuan, 1963 | Figurative sculptor

Born in Vietnam, Nguyen Tuan experienced the fall of Saigon in 1975, survived a failed escape attempt from his native land in 1988, witnessed the death of his close friend in the same escape attempt, and was then cast into a concentration camp.
Almost miraculously, he escaped the camp and fled to the United States where he became captivated with sculpting.
In 1995, Tuan Nguyen received his fine art degree from the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach, CA.

Ousmane Sow | The Auguste Rodin of Senegal

Ousmane Sow, Sculptor of Larger-Than-Life Figures, Dies at 81
By William Grimesdec. 1, 2016 © The New York Times, December 2, 2016

Ousmane Sow, often called the Auguste Rodin* of Senegal, who earned an international reputation for his expressive sculptures of the Nuba, Masai and other African peoples, died on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal. He was 81.
Mr. Sow (pronounced So) spent much of his life as a physical therapist but in his 50s became a full-time sculptor.

19/02/17 Aggiornato il:

Vala Ola, 1962 | Figurative sculptor

Vala Ola was born and raised in Iceland in 1962. She has lived in the US since 1994. After 8 years in Santa Fe, NM, she relocated to Arizona. Vala Ola's artistic talent was apparent at age 4, and from the age of thirteen she attended classes drawing models from life. Graduating from the College of Hamrahlid, she furthered her studies at the Icelandic College of the Arts, and later graduated from The Arts Institute in Bournemouth, England.

Claude Monet | Nymphéas / Water Lilies / Le ninfee | Painting series

Water Lilies / Nymphéas is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926)*.
The paintings depict Monet's flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of Monet's artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.
Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.

18/02/17 Aggiornato il:

La Mano del Desierto / The Hand of the Desert, 1992

The "Mano de Desierto", or "Hand of the Desert", or "Mano del Desierto" is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, 75 km to the south of the city of Antofagasta, on the Panamerican Highway. The nearest point of reference is the "Ciudad Empresarial La Negra", La Negra Business City.
The sculpture was constructed by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal* at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. Irarrázabal used the human figure to express emotions like injustice loneliness, sorrow and torture. Its exaggerated size of is said to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness. The work has a base of iron and cement, and stands 11 metres (36 ft) tall. Funded by Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local booster organization, the sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992.

17/02/17 Aggiornato il:

Jimmy Law, 1970 | Abstract portrait painter

Jimmy Law is a self-taught artist and painter of expressive portraits and resides in Cape Town, South Africa.
'- I was born in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State on 26 September 1970. I matriculated in 1989.
In 1990 I enrolled to study a three year Graphic Design Diploma course at the Technicon of the Orange Free State.
After my studies I was conscripted for National Service in the South African National Defence Force for one year'.

16/02/17 Aggiornato il:

George Bodine | Figurative / Cityscape painter

George Bodine paints landscapes, cityscapes and people. Recently, he has been travelling extensively in Europe, and his paintings reflect his unique vision here and abroad. He paints almost exclusively in oils, many of which are from small, niche manufacturers. George often hand stretches Belgian linen sized with rabbit-skin glue and primed with white lead, techniques dating from the 16th. century.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Bal du moulin de la Galette, 1876

Author: Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Title: Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette
Date: 1876
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H. 131; W. 175 cm
Current location: © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Bal du moulin de la Galette [Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette] is doubtless Renoir's* most important work of the mid 1870's and was shown at the Impressionist* exhibition in 1877.

15/02/17 Aggiornato il:

Ed Sandoval | Romantic Impressionist /Expressionist painter

Ed Sandoval was born in Nambe, New Mexico, to a prominent Spanish family. Hespent the childhood with a foot in two worlds; on his family’s ranch in Nambe and in Los Alamos, where his father worked as an engineer. Benefiting from a great education both Academically and in the Arts, Ed graduated from Los Alamos High School, before earning his B.A in Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir | La Balançoire / L'altalena, 1876 | Art in Detail

Author: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)*
Title: La balançoire [The Swing]
Date: 1876
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: H. 92; W. 73 cm
Current location: © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
A young man seen from the back is talking to a young woman standing on a swing, watched by a little girl and another man, leaning against the trunk of a tree.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881 | Art in Detail

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Year: 1880-1881
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 129.9 cm × 172.7 cm (51 in × 68 in)
Location: The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1923
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-Auguste Renoir* remains the best known and most popular work of art at The Phillips Collection, just as Duncan Phillips imagined it would be when he bought it in 1923.

14/02/17 Aggiornato il:

Rabindranath Tagore | Stay in front of my eyes / Rimani davanti ai miei occhi

Laurie Blank

Stay in front of my eyes, and let
that your eyes inflame my songs.
Remains one of your stars, and their light
let me turn on my worship.
The land remains on hold
the roadside of the world;

13/02/17 Aggiornato il:

Claude Monet | The Houses of Parliament, 1900-1905 | Painting series

Claude Monet* painted a series of oil paintings of the Palace of Westminster, home of the British Parliament, in the fall of 1899 and the early months of 1900 and 1901 during stays in London. All of the series' paintings share the same viewpoint from Monet's window or a terrace at St Thomas' Hospital overlooking the Thames and the approximate canvas size of 81 cm x 92 cm (32 in x 36 3/8 in). They are however painted during different times of the day and weather circumstances.

12/02/17 Aggiornato il:

History of Valentine's Day, 14th February

St. Valentine - Stained glass window at Basilica in Terni, Italy

Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Roman saint widely celebrated on February 14 and commonly associated with "courtly love".
At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city.

11/02/17 Aggiornato il:

Lindsey Kustusch | Cityscape painter

Lindsey Kustusch - "I am an oil painter based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. My ambition is to try and capture the fleeting moments in life using this medium as an opportunity to see the world with a more interesting and colorful perspective. To stay present and aware by seeing the extraordinary in the mundane, challenging the insignificant versus the significant, and at the end of the day creating a deeper connection with the world around me".

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