Pubblicato il 28/02/12 Aggiornato il

Bill Mack | Relief sculptor



The impact of Bill Mack's art is achieved not only by his dramatic portrayal of the human form, but also by the utilization of a wide variety of materials with which to execute his artistic vision. The final work emerges as a classic example of the interplay of form and materials. For over 35 years, American sculptor Bill Mack has created sculpture in relief and in the round for government, corporate and private collections.

Pubblicato il 27/02/12 Aggiornato il

Auguste Rodin | Impressionist/Romantic/Realist sculptor


Auguste Rodin's works created a new era in sculpture. Known as Auguste Rodin, François-Auguste-René Rodin, was a romantic and realistic french sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although he was never accepted into Paris's foremost school of art. Sculpturally, Rodin possessed a unique ability to model a complex, turbulent, deeply pocketed surface in clay. Many of his most notable sculptures were roundly criticized during his lifetime. They clashed with the predominant figure sculpture tradition, in which works were decorative, formulaic, or highly thematic.

Auguste Rodin ~ Pianist's Hands


Fascinated by the expressive qualities of the hands, French sculptor Auguste Rodin studied them intense. As revealing as a face, they are sometimes capable, on their own, of symbolising an entire of human activity, like the Hand of a Pianist which seems to run along an imaginary piano with nervous energy.

Camille Claudel ~ La donna implorante...

L’Implorante, fa parte del gruppo scultorio L'Âge Mûr - L'età matura, una delle sculture più conosciute della Claudel, sia per lo stile che per la maestosità di cui vi è una versione in gesso ed una in bronzo. Richiestale dallo stesso Auguste Rodin 1840-1917 nel 1895, l'opera fu messa in mostra nella versione gesso nel 1899.
Il gruppo scultoreo fa richiamo al Rodin stesso indeciso fra le sua prima compagna, che poi sposerà e Camille -divenuta sua amante dall'età di 18 anni- che nel gruppo scultoreo è simboleggiata dalla figura che tenta di trattenere il "vecchio" amante che ormai si sta rivolgendo verso la sua futura sposa dimostrando comunque un che di esitante.

Michele Van Cotthem, 1939

Michèle Van Cotthem est née le 5 novembre 1939 à Revin (Ardennes). Ecole des Beaux-arts de Lyon. Première exposition à Lyon en 1962. Sociétaire du Salon d'Automne de Paris. Vice-présidente de la Société Lyonnaise des Beaux-arts.Participe aux principaux salons et obtient les plus grandes récompenses.

Pubblicato il 22/02/12 Aggiornato il

Edgar Degas | Sculpture

Degas’ sculpture stands outside the mainstream of nineteenth-century French sculpture. He was never interested in creating public monuments, and, with one exception, neither did he display his sculpture publicly. The exception was The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. It was shown in the sixth Impressionist exhibition held in Paris in 1881, but the work has little to do with Impressionism. Modeled in wax and wearing a real bodice, stockings, shoes, tulle skirt, and horsehair wig with a satin ribbon, the figure astonished Degas’ contemporaries, not only for its unorthodox use of materials, but also and above all for its realism, judged brutish by some. The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer was not seen again publicly until April 1920.



Edgar Degas | Realist/Impressionist painter and sculptor

Pdgar Degas seems never to have reconciled himself to the label of "Impressionist", preferring to call himself a "Realist" or "Independent". Nevertheless, he was one of the group’s founders, an organizer of its exhibitions, and one of its most important core members. Like the Impressionists, he sought to capture fleeting moments in the flow of modern life, yet he showed little interest in painting plein air landscapes, favoring scenes in theaters and cafés illuminated by artificial light, which he used to clarify the contours of his figures, adhering to his Academic training.

Edgar Degas 1834-1917 | French Impressionist painter

Joaquín Sorolla | Realist /Impressionist painter | Part.1



Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (27 February 1863 - 10 August 1923) was a Spanish painter. Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the sunlight of his native land.

Alain Picard ~ Portrait painter

Alain Picard earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and went on to study at the Art Student's League in New York City. Picard cites Sargent, Degas, and Sorolla among his artistic influences. A love of light and beauty are immediately apparent in his pastel and oil paintings.

Chi non ha pane, ma compera fiori, è un poeta...

'I fiori della primavera sono i sogni dell'inverno raccontati, la mattina, al tavolo degli angeli'.
Kahlil Gibran

Vladimir Kush

Rusudan Petviashvili, 1968

Rusudan Petviashvili started to paint when she was one year and ten months old. The first personal exhibition was held when she became 6. Up to the hundred of her graphic and colour pictures were exhibited: the large-formatted, highly complicated one-touch drawings, mostly. Scholars, as well as the wide society, were bewildered to see an amazing skill of the child. In the age of 8, Petviashvili held two personal exhibitions in Moscow.

Pubblicato il 21/02/12 Aggiornato il

Benozzo Gozzoli ~ Late Gothic and Renaissance painter

Benozzo Gozzoli [1421-1497] è stato un pittore italiano. Nacque intorno al 1421 nel villaggio di Sant'Ilario a Colombano, presso la Badia a Settimo, Scandicci.

Pubblicato il 20/02/12 Aggiornato il

Max Weber ~ Cubist painter

Max Weber [1881-1961] was a jewish-american painter who worked in the style of cubism before migrating to Jewish themes towards the end of his life. Born in a polish city of Białystok, then part of Russian Empire, he immigrated to America with his parents at the age of 10. He studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn under Arthur Wesley Dow.
Max Weber 1881-1961 | Cubist american painter

Rembrandt van Rijn | Baroque painter



Rembrandt van Rijn, in full Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Rembrandt originally spelled Rembrandt (born July 15, 1606, Leiden, Netherlands-died October 4, 1669, Amsterdam), Dutch Baroque painter and printmaker, one of the greatest storytellers in the history of art, possessing an exceptional ability to render people in their various moods and dramatic guises. Rembrandt is also known as a painter of light and shade and as an artist who favoured an uncompromising realism that would lead some critics to claim that he preferred ugliness to beauty.

Alexander Saidoff, 1970

Saidoff was born in Pavlovsk, Dagestan, Russia. Alexander’s family belonged to a clan which at one point ruled the mountainous region in Dagestan, but which eventually dissipated through a long series of feuds with other clans. His family abounded with artistic talent; many of its members were dancers, singers, musicians, and painters.

Pubblicato il 19/02/12 Aggiornato il

Charles Chaplin ~ Academic painter

Charles Joshua Chaplin [1825-1891] was a French - academic painter and engraver. His father was british and his mother french, and he only became a naturalized Frenchman in 1886, although he worked in France all his life. He was a pupil at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1840, and he regularly visited the studio of Michel-Martin Drolling, whose pupils included Paul Baudry, Jean-Jacques Henner and Jules Breton. 

Georgia O'Keeffe | The Mother of American Modernism

For several decades Georgia O'Keeffe* was a major figure in American art* who, remarkably, maintained her independence from shifting artistic trends. She painted prolifically, and almost exclusively, the flowers, animal bones, and landscapes around her studios in Lake George, New York and New Mexico, and these subjects became her signature images.
She remained true to her own unique artistic vision and created a highly individual style of painting, which synthesized the formal language of modern European abstraction* and the subjects of traditional American pictorialism.

Nicoletta Tomas 1963 ~ Figurative painter

I was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1963. I am a self taught painter, and started my artistic career in Valencia (Spain) 1990, using in depth the pastel technique. I concentrated on diferent themes such as indoor motifs, city views and bullfighting scenes. At this time and since 1998 I have given my paintings a new turn, centered on the human body. I am in a constant search for new ways of artistic expresions, both in style and means.
Nicoletta Tomas 1963 | Spanish Figurative painter

Georgia O'Keeffe | Abstract painter


Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American painter*. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Beginning in 1929, when she began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico - which she made her permanent home in 1949 - O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism.

Pubblicato il 18/02/12 Aggiornato il

Alex Levin 1975 ~ Surrealist painter

Levin comes from Kiev, Ukraine, where he was born and later on attended Art Academy, which he graduated with honors. In 1990 Alex Levin immigrated to Israel, where he continues to live in a city of Herzeliya. With most productive and hectic schedule, Alex Levin finds additional time to grow as an artist and studies new techniques with Professor Baruch Elron who was the Chairman of Israel Artist Association.
The main painting styles are Surrealism and Realism. Artworks of Levin admired worldwide and were purchased for numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States of America, Israel, France, Italy, Ukraine, Switzerland and Belgium.

It’s Carnival time ~ The history of celebration

Il nome Carnevale deriva dal latino carnem levare, togliere la carne, privazione della carne, ha un origine altomedievale che designa il giorno o i giorni che precedono il principale periodo di penitenza previsto dal cristianesimo: la quaresima. Data l'eminenza di un cosi' lungo periodo di privazioni, che investono tutti i campi, quello alimentare, sessuale, giochi, diventa presto un periodo di durata variabile, da pochi giorni a molte settimane fra gennaio e marzo. In questo periodo si cerca di esaltare tutto cio' che in quaresima non sarà piu' possibile fare: abbondanza alimentare, sospensione di una serie di divieti, in alcuni casi violenza gratuita contro terzi.

Pubblicato il 17/02/12 Aggiornato il

Maria Jose Aguilar Gutierrez ~ Symbolist painter

Maria José Aguilar was born in the city of Sevilla in 1964, in the centre’s San Lorenzo district. She spent her childhood and early adolescence among her native city, the bay of Cadiz and the Jaén mountains. From early on she showed artistic leanings and gifts fed by appropriate surroundings. She grew up with a passion for the great spanish masters, especially Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán and Valdés Leal, etc.

Ralph Hedley ~ Realist painter

Ralph Hedley [1851-1913] was a realist painter, woodcarver and illustrator, best known for his paintings portraying scenes of everyday life in the North of England. Born in Richmond, Yorkshire, Hedley and his family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1850.

Alain Bonnefoit, 1937 ~ Sumi-e style painter

In his forty year career Alain Bonnefoit has experimented with the most varied means of expression: mixed techniques on canvas paper, oil painting, original lithography and engraving, his elegant sumi-e and sculpture.

Pubblicato il 16/02/12 Aggiornato il

Viktor Shvaiko 1965 | Academic landscape painter

Born in Altai, one of Russia's most remote and off-the-beaten-track towns, Shvaiko grew up surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness. Shvaiko's natural inclination for Fine arts and his strong urge to share his vision of nature drove him to find a way into the Novoaltaisk Artistic School, one of the two best schools for the arts in the former Soviet Union.

Vadim Suljakov 1960 ~ European landscapes

Вадим Суляков was born in the cultural center of Moscow. His parents gave him an excellent home education and he began painting at the age of seven. He continued with Russia's most rigid and traditional art education. The schools were very strict and difficult, and only a few were chosen to go on to the next level. The union of his traditional education and his personal creative style helped him become the versatile master artist he is today. Vadik Suljakov is a master Russian artist who brings his visions of Europe to the world. From cafes and canals, to the narrow alleyways and stairs, Suljakov paints the beloved cities of the world in their timeless beauty.

Morgan Weistling, 1964 | Portrait Romantic painter



Morgan studied art at an early age with his father, a former art student. His parents both met at art school. His father, Howard, a POW in Germany, entertained his fellow American prisoners in Stalag 1 with a daily comic strip that he created and drew to keep morale up. Drawn on scraps of paper found on the prison grounds, he crafted a humorous world of characters that managed to bring a smile to imprisoned soldiers. In the last days of the war and feeling the Russians would be coming, his talents with painting saved his life. Using some paints supplied by the Geneva Convention, he painted a American Flag on the shoulder of his prisoner uniform so that the Russians invading Germany would identify him and not shoot him. It worked.

Henri Fantin-Latour ~ Still life

Ignace Henri Jean Fantin-Latour [1836-1904], was a French painter, born in Rhone-Alpes, France, studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is best known for his flower paintings and group portraits of his friends Parisian artists and writers. His work strongly influenced the Symbolist movement of the late 19th Century. Whistler brought attention to Fantin in England. In addition to his paintings, Fantin-Latour created ingenious lithographs demonstrating the music of some of the great classical composers. In 1876 he married a fellow painter, Victoria Dubourg, after which he spent his summers on the country estate of his wife's family at Bure, Orne in Basse-Normandie, where he died of lyme disease. He was interred in the Cimetiere du Montparnasse, Paris, France. Today, his paintings can sell for as much as $ 2.5 million each.

Pubblicato il 15/02/12 Aggiornato il

The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is a triumphal arch in Paris, France. It is located on the Place du Carrousel, just to the west of the Louvre. It was originally surmounted by the famous horses of Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice, captured by Napoleon, but these were returned to Venice in 1815. They were replaced by a quadriga sculpted by Baron François Joseph Bosio, depicting Peace riding in a triumphal chariot led by gilded Victories on both sides.

Otto Müller ~ Expressionist painter

The Die Brücke Group, The Bridge, was a group of german expressionist artists formed in Dresden in 1905, after which the Brücke Museum in Berlin was named. Founding members were Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Later members were Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Otto Mueller.

William Powell Frith | Victorian Era painter


Frith [1819-1909] was an British painter, specialising in Genre subjects and panoramic narrative works of life in the Victorian Era.
He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1852.
He has been described as the "greatest British painter of the social scene since Hogarth.

Victor Wang ~ Symbolist painter

I grew up amongst the sunflower fields in northern China. In my childhood years, I played under the bright, yellow sunflowers with my brothers everyday. China’s Cultural Revolution played an important part in my life.

Frans Hals | Dutch Golden Age painter

Frans Hals [1580-1666] was a Dutch Golden Age painter especially famous for portraiture. He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals was also instrumental in the evolution of 17th century group portraiture.


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Jacques-Laurent Agasse

Born at Geneva, Agasse [1767-1849] studied in the public art school of that city. Before he turned twenty he went to Paris to study in veterinary school to make himself fully acquainted with the anatomy of horses and other animals. He seems to have subsequently returned to Switzerland.

Bogdan Prystrom | Digital photomontage art

"I'm a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers. I used to be a chairman of Warmia and Masuria Photographic Association. I live in the north of Poland, in a pretty town of Olsztyn.
At present, i use computer methods to take photos with digital techniques only. Pictures that I create, are the extention of what I was doing earlier tradition using photographic methods.. The theme of my work is usually a man and his portrait. The method I use is a digital fotomontage. I treat my photos totally different from those created by techniques of photographic materials producers. I try to do every work with my own 'particular method'.

Scott Mattlin, 1955

American painter Scott Mattlin is an artist with a deep and passionate appreciation for beauty in the natural world and within the human spirit. This enthusiastic and sensitive joy is reflected strongly in his artwork. His work is executed in a vibrant, impressionistic style, which - while still retaining its representational roots, incorporates abstract elements, resulting in a uniquely contemporary union.

Lord Frederic Leighton | Victorian-era painter


Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton*, also called (1886-96) Sir Frederic Leighton, Baronet (born Dec. 3, 1830, Scarborough, Yorkshire, Eng.-died Jan. 25, 1896, London), academic painter of immense prestige in his own time.
After an education in many European cities, he went to Rome in 1852, where his social talents won him the friendship of (among others) the English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, the French novelist George Sand, and the English poet Robert Browning.

Johan-Laurents Jensen ~ Still life

Jensen's work has been largely influenced by the great 18th century Dutch Master, Jan Van Huysum. Jensen, Danish painter, was born on March 8, 1800, in Gjentofte, near Copenhagen. He began his formal art training at the age of 14, studying under Fritzsch at the Copenhagen Academy, where he won medals in 1817-1818.

Pubblicato il 13/02/12 Aggiornato il

Vladimir Hozatski, 1955

Well-known in his native Russia, as well as abroad, Hozatski has received numerous accolades for his work. One of the major commissions he received was a request, in 1985, from then-President Mikhail Gorbachev for Hozatski and his father Guenrich to paint the interior walls of the President's Black Sea summer dacha in the Crimea.

Émile Friant | Realist painter



Émile Friant (1863-1932) carries out primarily portraits and scene paintings of the everyday life. Its fabrics draw their instantaneous character in the photographic process.
Émile Friant is born in Dieuze in 1863. Its family, of modest origin, settles in Nancy at the time of the annexation of the Alsace-Moselle. Émile Friant begins his formation at the School of the Art schools of Nancy and exposes as of the fifteen years age to the local Show. Friant continues his studies in Paris in the workshop of the painter Alexandre Cabanel and becomes at twenty years second price of Rome. Paris where the Friant young person finds other Lorraine artists like Aimé Morot, Jules Bastien-Lepage and Victor Prouvé.

Pubblicato il 12/02/12 Aggiornato il

Lovers in Art ~ Painting and sculpture

Ti amerò finchè il cielo non avrà più lacrime da piovere,
ti amerò finchè le stelle si tufferanno dal cielo dritte dritte nelle nostre tasche...
Jim Morrison

Marc Chagall 1887-1985
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