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Pelle Swedlund | Symbolist painter

Per (Pelle) Adolf Swedlund [1865-1947] was a Swedish painter and curator at Thiel Gallery in Stockholm 1932-1946.
Pelle Svedlund was born, lived and died in Gävle. He was a pupil at the Swedish Academy (1889-92) and completed his education in Paris and Brittany, where he met Paul Gauguin and together they experimented in making woodcuts. His contact with the Nabis circle of painters lead him in 1898 to visit Bruges, a place which was to fascinate and inspire him throughout his career. At the turn of the century, Bruges, which was known as Bruges-La-Morte following Georges Rodenbach’s novel of that title, was a cult gathering place for Symbolist and mystical painters and writers and was particularly significant for certain Swedish painters.
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Kolja Tatic, 1962 ~ Surrealist Digital painter


Born in Jagodina, Serbia, Kolja Tatic was drawn to the arts at an early age. When asked about childhood influences, Tatic replied, "My father was my first teacher, and when I was about 12, I saw for the first time paintings from Giorgio de Chirico and Dali". He went on to say, "...when I first saw "Love Song" and "The Mystery and Melancholy of a Street" from de Chirico and "Premonition of Civil War" from Dali, I saw 'mysterious, enigmatic worlds...'" He said he considers secrecy, mystery, and premonition to be among the most important factors in quality artwork and wishes to create "enigmatic, mysterious, silent places" through his artwork. In this, I believe, he has certainly succeeded.
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Albert Ryder | Tonalist / Symbolist painter


Albert Pinkham Ryder, (born March 19, 1847, New Bedford, Mass., U.S. - died March 28, 1917, Elmhurst, N.Y.), American painter, noted for his highly personal seascapes and mystical allegorical scenes.
About 1870 Ryder settled permanently in New York City, where he briefly studied painting. His formal training, however, did little to affect his early work, consisting largely of naive and idyllic landscapes. He made several short trips to Europe, but the paintings in art museums interested him little. He was an imaginative, solitary painter. His lifework of about 150 paintings was produced slowly; his works are, therefore, difficult to date with certainty.
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Eugène Carrière | Symbolist painter


Eugène Anatole Carrière (1849-1906) was a French Symbolist painter of the Fin de siècle period. His paintings are best known for their brown monochrome palette. He was a close friend of the sculptor Rodin and his work influenced Picasso. Some see traces of Carrière's monochrome style in Picasso's Blue Period.
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Aurélien Bigot / Richard Forestier | Abstract impressionist photography



A photo project titled "The Impressionist Windows" is the fusion between photography and painting, perfectly organic, without any editing. Photographer Richard Forestier collaborated with art director Aurélien Bigot to create “The Impressionist Experience”. The series tries to capture and turn real life into still images.

Bigot uses the key characteristics of famous painters: religious pose, antique drapery, etc.
If we recreate scenes with those elements and shoot them with this special technique that imitates the painting texture, we can bring together Impressionist art and photography creating the first impressionist photographs. This will lead the observer to doubt, unsure if faced with a painting or not, eventually realizing that it is indeed an absolutely unedited photograph”, explains the artist.
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Santiago Rusiñol i Prats ~ Modernist/Symbolist painter


Santiago Rusiñol i Prats (25 February 1861 - 13 June 1931) was a Spanish painter, poet and playwright. He was one of the leaders of the Catalan Modernisme movement.
He influenced Pablo Picasso as a Modern artist, and also left a number of Modernist buildings in Sitges, a town in Catalonia.
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Pietro Canonica ~ Classical sculptor


The aim of the artist is to study truth in its purest form, concentrating the greatest possible emotion on it”, with these words Pietro Canonica declared his predilection for an art capable of idealising and yet at the same time expressing the most secret motions of the soul. In his sculptures he combines the proportions and balance of classical art, the refined models of fifteenth century Florentine work, the lightness of touch of neoclassicism, Romantic disquietude and nineteenth century sensibility. Gifted with an absolute mastery of technique and great ability and speed in working the material, he received commissions from the aristocracy of all Europe, who sought after his refined taste and idealization. Although these were the years of the historical avant guarde, Canonica continued to create “classical” art, remaining faithful to his image of himself and his own instinct to trust in “beauty”.
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Pietro Canonica ~ Classical sculptor | VideoArt





Pietro Canonica (March 1, 1869 - June 8, 1959) was an Italian sculptor, painter, opera composer, professor of arts and senator for life. For biographical notes on Pietro Canonica see part 1.
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Claude Monet ~ Snow Effect | Winter landscapes

Claude Monet - Snow Effect, The Street in Argentuil
Claude Monet - Amsterdam in the Snow

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Charles Leickert | Romantic Dutch Landscape painter


Landscapes and cityscapes were a very popular art form in the Netherlands during the nineteenth century.  After the end of the French occupation in 1815, a new sense of pride emerged in all things Dutch.  In the fine arts, many artists rejected the more classical French landscape, aiming instead for Dutch landscape with rivers and windmills and looked back to the ‘Golden Age’ of the seventeenth century for inspiration. Charles Leickert (1816-1907) worked during this period and became known for his landscape and cityscape paintings.
- "He painted the cluttered banks of the Amstel River, a picturesque embankment near a ferry to the city of Dordrecht, and ice scenes with Dutch windmills and skaters. He nevertheless succeeded in evoking a highly Romantic mood by drenching some of his paintings in an almost supernatural light and, by his sublime rendering of the evening sun". (Harry J. Kraaij, Charles Leickert 1816-1907: Painter of the Dutch Landscape, Schiedam, The Netherlands: Scriptum Signature, c. 1996, pg. 10)
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Robert Antoine Pinchon | Post-Impressionist painter


Claude Monet referred to him: "As a surprising touch in the service of a surprising eye".
Among Robert Antoine Pynchons' important works are a series of paintings of the River Seine, mostly around Rouen and landscapes depicting places in or near Upper Normandy.
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Albert Lebourg ~ Landscape Impressionist / Post-Impressionist painter


The French painter Albert-Marie Lebourg (1849, Montfort-sur-Risle - 1928, Rouen) was an landscape Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painter of the École des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Member of the Société des Artistes Français, he actively worked in a luminous Impressionist style, creating more than 2,000 landscapes during his lifetime. The artist was represented by Galerie Mancini in Paris in 1896, in 1899 and 1910 by Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, 1903 and 1906 at the Galerie Paul Rosenberg, and 1918 and 1923 at Galerie Georges Petit.
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Julio Larraz, 1944 ~ Surrealist/Figurative painter


Julio César Ernesto Fernandez Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba, on March 12 1944. The son of a newspaper editor, he began drawing at a very early age. In 1961 his whole family moved to Miami, Florida. In 1962 they moved to Washington, DC and in 1964 to New York. There he began to draw political caricatures that were published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and Vogue magazine, among others.
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Eliseo Meifrén y Roig | Impressionist painter


Spanish painter Eliseo Meifrén y Roig was born in Barcelona on December 24, 1858 and died in the same city on February 5, 1940. He began his studies of painting in the school of fine arts of the Lonja from Barcelona under the direction of Antonio Caba. At the conclusion of his studies in this Center in 1870, moved to Paris, where making contact with Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas and participate with them in the concerns of modernism (in fact, to participate in the modernist party to the first organized in Sitges), subsequently, goes to Italy, where he will reside until 1881. On his return, he settled in Sitges.
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Osamu Obi, 1965 | Figurative/Portrait painter


Japanese painter 小尾 修 Osamu Obi was born in Kanagawa, Japan.
1988 - Graduated from Musashino Art University, Department of Oil Painting;
1990 - Completed Master's Degree Program in Oil Painting, Musashino Art University;
1991 - Exhibition of Grand Prize Paintings, Tokyo Central Museum. Awarded Grand Prize;
1993 - Participated in Yasui Prize Exhibition;
1996 - Participated in Exchange Exhibition between South Korean and Japanese Oil Painters (Yokohama and Seoul);
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Carol Ann Waldron, 1948 ~ Abstract painter


"As an artist I strive to paint what I “feel” rather than what I “see”. I want to touch the soul of the viewer and bring him along the pathway of my dream through an atmosphere of mystery and light. Through the medium of paint, I endeavour to write the poetry of my soul on the canvas of life. So whether it is a half forgotten street corner, a turbulent seascape or a peaceful landscape, I hope to capture the essence and spirit of the scene and lift the soul of the viewer" - Carol Ann Waldron.
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Simeon Larson ~ Romantic Landscape painter


Simeon Marcus Larson (5 January 1825 - 25 January 1864) was a Swedish Romantic Landscape painter from Åtvidaberg, Östergötland. He has been recognized as "one of Sweden's foremost 19th-century painters" and labeled as "the most outstanding of the Swedish Düsseldorf painters". His paintings were known for being dramatic and primarily depicted rivers under violent skies as well as shipwrecks in storms.
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Lidia Wylangowska ~ Figurative painter


Polish born painter Lidia Wylangowska works from her workshop in Illinois, and holds regular exhibitions at the Polish Museum of America, Chicago.
"My art tells my story. It's a story of my world, of my thoughts and emotions entwined in an internal dialogue. And some of it can be expressed only through painting. It is incredible, how fairy-tales I heard once-upon-a-time, in my childhood actually influenced my life and defined who I am. As an adult, I still believe in happy endings and that good will prevail.
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George Inness ~ Tonalist painter | The Hudson River School


George Inness [1825-1894] came of age during the formation of the Hudson River School, whose artists viewed nature as a manifestation of the divine and strove to represent it as faithfully as possible. However, Inness distinguished himself from this group in the profound degree to which philosophical and spiritual ideas inspired his work. Ultimately, he became the leading American artist-philosopher of his generation.
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John Pototschnik, 1946 ~ Plein air painter


'My artistic influences are diverse, ranging from the Barbizon painters of Corot, Daubigny and Millet to the American tonalist, George Inness. I believe all I need to know of the principles of art are to be found in the works of the masters. My paintings are not flamboyant, mysterious, trendy or shocking but I am interested in depicting the truth about life, as I see it, in a naturalistic way free of frills and bravado. I enjoy depicting simple, common, everyday life and its objects as things of beauty and worth. I intend to show the dignity and value of the subjects I paint – just as my artistic influences have. Through continued hard work I want to give to society paintings that transcend the culture and it’s ever changing tastes. . . paintings that speak to the heart' - John Pototschnik.
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John Porter Lasater IV ~ Plein air painter


John Porter Lasater the Fourth developed a love for art working as a designer and illustrator for a division of Hallmark Cards. Fine art was a natural transition after years of study and practice. John now paints full time, both from his studio in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and on the road painting “En plein air”. He also teaches workshops.
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Nikolay Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky ~ Genre academic painter

Hикола́й Петро́вич Богда́нов-Бе́льский (1868-1945) was an Russian academic, portrait and landscape painter. Nikolay Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky graduated from Petersburg Academy of Arts where he studied at J. Repin.
At the beginning of the XX th century the pictures of N. Bogdanov-Belsky are exhibited at the established museums of Russia and obtained by them. He also had a flair for portrait painting-he painted the Russian tsar Nikolay II, prince Sergey Alexandrovich and Emperess Maria Fyodorovna.
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Jason Sacran, 1980 ~ Plein air painter


Jason Sacran has a BFA in painting from Tennessee Tech University, and credits towards an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Jason and his family live in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he was the curator for the Fort Smith Art Center for almost three years. In 2010 Jason became a full-time artist/painter, and part-time instructor for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Jason is also the Arkansas state ambassador for the Portrait Society of America.
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Laila Bell ~ Figurative sculptor


Laila Bell is a Danish born artist working and teaching in Byron Bay Australia.
Laila was born north of Copenhagen, Denmark. From an early age she knew the path in her life would be too express herself in some form of art. This desire brought her to study full time for 5 years at Copenhagen Art School, examining many different mediums and learning the classical way of drawing and studying the figure.
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Johan Christian Dahl ~ Romantic painter


Born in Bergen Norway, and trained at the Copenhagen Academy, Johan Christian Clausen Dahl [1788-1857] nonetheless spent most of his working career in Germany. He is thus claimed by all three schools for their own, although it was his influence on the latter that was more important, as from 1824 until his death he held the senior professorship of art at the Dresden Academy. His memories of his homeland, however, provided him with themes that he reused throughout his career, but it was his attention to nature and use of the plein-air sketch that earned him the Dresden appointment in preference to Friedrich.
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