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Marc Chagall ~ Le Cirque, Paris 1967



Marc Chagall: "For me a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world.
A circus is disturbing. It is profound These clowns, bareback riders and acrobats have themselves at home in my visions.
Why? Why am I so touched by their make-up and their grimaces? With them I can move toward new horizons. Lured by their colors and make-up, I can dream of painting new psychic distortions. It is a magic word, circus, a timeless dancing game where tears and smiles, the play of arms and legs take the form of a great art!
Marc Chagall 1887-1985 | Le Cirque, Paris 1967

Michail Kudinow, 1961


Michail Kudinow painter and graphic was born in 1961.
Education:
1977-1981 Lugansk Fine Art School, Faculty of Painting.
1986 -1993 Academy of Fine Arts Saint-Petersburg, Faculty of Painting.
Lives and works in Saint-Petersburg.
Michail Kudinow 1961 | Russian painter

Walter Girotto, 1953


Born under Taurus in a small northern Italian town called Rovigo and it was May 4th when his family moved to Turin (Italy) to seek their fortune.
The only things he likes to remember about his town of origin are the branches of the weeping willow in the small garden, two tin soldiers and a picture of a whale, drawn at nursery school when he was 4, under the incredulous gaze of a nun who was unaware that her admiring glance was to decide his life as a painter.

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Salvador Dali | Surrealist / Dadaist / Cubist painter and sculptor


Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí Domènech, marchese di Púbol è stato un pittore Spagnolo, scultore, scrittore, cineasta e designer. Dalí era un abile disegnatore tecnico, ma è celebre soprattutto per le immagini suggestive e bizzarre delle sue opere surrealiste. Il suo peculiare tocco pittorico è stato spesso attribuito all'influenza che ebbero su di lui i maestri del Rinascimento. Realizzò la sua opera più famosa, La persistenza della memoria nel 1931.
Il talento artistico di Dalí ha trovato espressione in svariati ambiti, tra cui il cinema, la scultura e la fotografia, e lo ha portato a collaborare con artisti di ogni tipo. Faceva risalire il suo "amore per tutto ciò che è dorato ed eccessivo, la mia passione per il lusso e la mia predilezione per gli abiti orientali" ad una auto-attribuita "discendenza araba", sostenendo che i suoi antenati discendevano dai Mori. Dalí fu un uomo dotato di una grande immaginazione ma con il vezzo di assumere atteggiamenti stravaganti per attirare l'attenzione su di sé. Tale comportamento ha talvolta irritato coloro che hanno amato la sua arte tanto quanto ha infastidito i suoi detrattori, in quanto i suoi modi eccentrici hanno in alcuni casi catturato l'attenzione del pubblico più delle sue opere.


Paul Serusier ~ Post-Impressionist painter


Paul Sérusier [1864-1909] was a French painter who was a pioneer of abstract art and an inspiration for the avant-garde Nabis movement. He studied at the Académie Julian and was a monitor there in the mid 1880s. In the summer of 1888 he traveled to Pont-Aven and joined the small group of artists centered there around Paul Gauguin 1848-1903. While at the Pont-Aven artist's colony he painted a picture that became known as The Talisman, under the close supervision of Paul Gauguin 1848-1903. The picture was an extreme exercise in Cloisonnism that approximated to pure abstraction. He was a Post-Impressionist painter, a part of the group of painters called Les Nabis. Sérusier along with Paul Gauguin 1848-1903 named the group. Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis became the best known of the group, but at the time they were somewhat peripheral to the core group.

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Julio Romero de Torres


Spanish painter Julio Romero de Torres 1874-1930 was born and died in Córdoba, Spain, where he lived most of his life. His father was the famous painter Rafael Romero Barros and his mother was Rosario de Torres Delgado. Julio learned about art from his father who was the director, curator and founder of Córdoba's Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes and an Impressionist painter. He took an interest in art at a young age and started studying at the School of Fine Arts when he was 10. He went to Madrid to work and study in 1906. He also traveled all over Europe to study and he picked up a Symbolist style, for which he is best known.

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Mélanie Bourget ~ Figurative sculptor


Mélanie Bourget’s work focuses on the human being. She creates Figurative sculptures in a contemporary yet a little offbeat style, oscillating between Realism and Fantasy. Then she subjects them to the raku technique. Big busts of women with crazy hairstyles, mysterious and dreamy little characters are in a few words the poetic and fragile characters that live in her world. These creatures are alive; they transmit deep and mixed feelings. And through the cracks of glaze we can see with accuracy the human soul…
Mélanie Bourget | French Figurative sculptor

Jose Roosevelt, 1958 ~ Surrealist painter



"I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1958. An autodidact, I held my first exhibition at the age of twenty, in Brasilia. Already, my compositions were full of dream-like and symbolic images. In 1988, I had the opportunity to show my paintings and drawings in Europe. Two years later, I set up my atelier in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since then, I have shown my art in several countries: Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and the United States. But painting is not my only activity: I have illustrated many books notably Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll written and drawn some graphic novels, drawn a Tarot card deck, and published two catalogues of drawings and one of paintings".

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Frida Kahlo ~ Surrealist painter


Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was an Mexican painter who produced mostly small, highly personal self-portraits using elements of fantasy and a style inspired by native popular art. Kahlo was born in Coyoacán, Mexico, near Mexico City. While a student at Mexico City's National Preparatory School in 1925, she sustained severe injuries in a bus accident. During her recuperation, Kahlo taught herself to paint. After three years she took some of her first paintings to the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, who encouraged her to continue her work.
Kahlo and Rivera married in 1929. Influenced by Rivera's work, Kahlo adopted his use of broad, simplified color areas and a deliberately naive style in her paintings. Like Rivera, she wanted her paintings to affirm her Mexican identity, and she frequently used technical devices and subject matter from Mexican archaeology and folk art. The impact of her work is enhanced by techniques such as the inclusion of fantastic elements, a free use of space, and the juxtaposition of incongruous objects.


Kahlo primarily depicted her personal experience. She frequently focused on the painful aspects of her life, using graphic imagery to convey her meaning. The turbulence of her marriage is shown in the weeping and physically injured self-portraits she painted when she felt rejected by Rivera.
She portrayed her physical disintegration, the result of the bus accident, in such works as The Broken Column (1944, Collection of Dolores Olmedo Foundation, Mexico City), in which she wears a metal brace and her body is open to reveal a broken column in place of her spine.
Her sorrow over her inability to bear children is revealed in paintings such as Henry Ford Hospital (1932, Collection of Dolores Olmedo Foundation), in which objects that include a baby, a pelvic bone, and a machine hover around a hospital bed where she lies having a miscarriage. Kahlo had three exhibitions during her lifetime.
The exhibitions in New York City in 1938 and in Paris in 1939 were organized through her contact with the French surrealist poet and essayist André Breton.
In 1953 she had her first exhibition in Mexico, at a gallery in Mexico City. The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait was published in 1995.
Her home in Coyoacán is now the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Johannes Vermeer | Baroque Era painter


Johannes Vermeer [1632-1675] was a Dutch painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours, sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow.
Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675 | Dutch Baroque painter

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Eugène Delacroix ~ Romantic painter


Delacroix [1798-1863] was a French romantic painter regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the french Romantic school. Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement.


Odilon Redon | Symbolist / Colorist painter


Odilon Redon (born April 20, 1840, Bordeaux, France - died July 6, 1916, Paris) French* Symbolist painter, lithographer and etcher of considerable poetic sensitivity and imagination, whose work developed along two divergent lines.
His prints explore haunted, fantastic, often macabre themes and foreshadowed the Surrealist* and Dadaist movements.
His oils and pastels, chiefly still lifes with flowers, won him the admiration of Henri Matisse* and other painters as an important colourist.





Antonio Mancini ~ Academic painter


Mancini [1852-1930] dimostra una tale e precoce abilità artistica che, appena dodicenne, viene ammesso all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli dove è allievo di Morelli, di Palizzi e di Stanislao Lista. Si dedica al ritratto e alla pittura di genere aneddotico con notevoli risultati. 

Antonio Mancini 1852-1930 | Italian Academic painter

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Edvard Munch ~ Norwegian Symbolist/Expressionist painter


Edvard Munch [1863-1944] was a norwegian Symbolist painter, printmaker, and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His best-known composition, The Scream is one of the pieces in a series titled The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of life, love, fear, death, and melancholy.

Allan R Banks ~ Plein Air/Figure painter



A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Allan R. Banks is a highly accomplished artist whose credentials speak for themselves. He was the recipient of the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Fellowship in 1972 and 1973, the Stacey Award in 1974 and later, an Ohio Arts Council Award.
Comprehensive classical training under Richard Lack and later R.H. Ives Gammell at his private studios in Williamstown, Massachusetts, contributed substantially to the development of Banks’ work.  Visits to Europe brought about a further development in the direction of his art and a rediscovery of the role of Plein-Air painting.

Istvan Sàndorfi | Drawing



István Sándorfi was born in Budapest in 1948 and died in 2007. His father was director of the American company, IBM, in Hungary. Because of this association he served five years in Stalinist prisons during the Communist regime and his family was deported to an isolated Hungarian village. At the time of the 1956 uprising the Sandorfi family fled the country and became expatriates, first in Germany, then in France. Greatly affected by the violence of the revolution and by the aberration of political systems in general, Istvan took refuge in drawing, and then, at the age of 12, in oil painting.
For more biographical notes and works by Hungarian/French artist, see István Sándorfi - Part 1.

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Marc Chagall ~ Le vetrate


Famose in tutto il mondo, le magnifiche fiabesche vetrate policrome, della misura di metri 4 per 2,8 circa, sono state realizzate dal grande artista in due anni di lavoro, tra il 1960-1961. La prima vetrata fu montata nel 1967, mentre le ultime vennero installate nel 1985, lo stesso anno in cui Chagall morì all'età di 98 anni. Si trovano nella sinagoga del centro medico universitario Hadassah di Gerusalemme e nell'atrio aperto al pubblico del Palazzo delle Nazioni Unite ONU a New York, NY, Stati Uniti d'America.
Marc Chagall 1887-1985 | Le vetrate

Marc Chagall 1887-1985 | Le vetrate

Henri Matisse ~ Drawings


Henri Matisse [1869-1954] was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve wild beast, by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.































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