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Ivan Pili, 1976 | Hyperrealist / Genre painter



Ivan Pili, concert musician, composer and visual artist, born in Cagliari, Italy.
His artistic skills emerged from the earliest age, first on the kindergarten benches and then manifested themselves in his early portraiture works at the age of 9 years.
From 1986-1990 he attended painters in Cagliari asking for his presence in their labs to try to improve the technique of the little boy.

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Camille Pissarro | Les paysans / I contadini..



"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing" - Camille Pissarro*.
While the Impressionists* are known for their depictions of city streets and country leisure, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)* covered his canvases with images of the day-to-day life of French peasants. His greatest work joins his fascination with rural subject matter with the empirical study of nature under different conditions of light and atmosphere, deriving from intense study of French Realism.

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Claude Monet | Venice painting, 1908



The canvases Monet* painted during his sole voyage to Venice*, in the fall of 1908, are among the most popular and the best known of his art works. However, their number is relatively small: 37 canvases featuring a dozen different views, taken within short distance of one another.
"Although I am enthusiastic about Venice, and though I've started a few canvases, I'm afraid I will only bring back beginnings that will be nothing else but souvenirs for me", Monet wrote to the art seller Gaston Bernheim on October 25.
According to Monet himself, the painter did only "trials and beginnings" in Venice. Although the canvases were finished afterwards in studio, they do not have the same impasto as other works Monet had struggled with, like the Rouen Cathedral series*.

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Igor Talwinski | Vintage Portrait painter



Igor Talwinski painted portraits and genre*. He was born in 1907 in Varsovie, Poland and died in 1983 in Paris, France 1983.
After the war ended, in 1945, Igor Talwinski moved to Paris, France.
He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1951, this was very successful and he soon became a member, without the usual procedures artists had to go through.

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Irene Sheri Vishnevskaya, 1968 | Romantic Impressionist painter


The daughter of a bulgarian mother and french father, Irene Sheri Vishnevskaya* was born in the Ukraine in 1968. Her art career began when Irene’s older brother, Vasily, was given a set of paints for his 9th birthday.
Told not to touch the paints, they became an obsession. Irene stole them, mixed them, and painted on paper, walls, her dress, and the bodies of her friends. She was 4 years old.

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Enrique Serra y Auque | Romantic Landscape painter



Enrique Serra y Auque (1859-1918) was born in Barcelona where he later attended art school. Due to a scholarship, he was able to move to Rome in 1879 where he studied at the Accademia di San Luca. Soon, Serra established himself as a painter in Rome, recorded first sales success and received several commissions for the Vatican.

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Claude Monet | Impressionist / Plein air painter | Part. 6

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Claude Monet | Impressionist / Plein air painter | Part. 5

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Claude Monet | Impressionist / Plein air painter | Part. 4

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Claude Monet | Impressionist / Plein air painter | Part. 3

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Denis Nolet, 1964 | Night Tango in Paris


Denis Nolet*, Canadian painter*, was born in Quebec. Beginning his study of art at the age of nine, Nolet was able to experiment with various styles of painting early on, finding his own unique genre in a fusion of his influences and establishing himself as an artist by the time he was only twenty.

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Claude Monet | Impressionist / Plein air painter | Part. 2

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;
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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.

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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.


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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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