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Pauline Gagnon, 1955 | Enigmatic eyes

Pauline Gagnon is originally from Quebec Canada, but she has travelled extensively throughout Asia, thus influencing her artistic style.
Although she focuses mainly on painting today, she has been very versatile in her interest, studying silkscreen, steel sculpture, jewelry and theater in Montreal; and stone sculpture in Italy.
As to her painting, after spending two decades in the nonfigurative style, she has adopted the portrait as the major genre of her work. The artist has had over 40 exhibitions in various international continents.

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Ancient Egypt / La Civiltà Egizia

Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now the modern country of Egypt. It is one of six civilizations to arise independently.
Egyptian civilization followed prehistoric Egypt and coalesced around 3150 BC (according to conventional Egyptian chronology) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh Narmer (commonly referred to as Menes).

Ancient | Egyptian painting and sculpture

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Jack Vettriano, 1951 | Realist / Figurative / Genre painter

Born in Fife, Scotland, Jack Vettriano🎨 left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer.
For his twenty-first birthday, a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolour paints and, from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint.
In 1989, he submitted two paintings to the Royal Scottish Academy’s annual exhibition; both were accepted and sold on the first day.
The following year, an equally enthusiastic reaction greeted the three paintings, which he entered for the prestigious Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy and his new life as an artist began from that point on.
Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano’s work has grown consistently. There have been sell-out solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong and New York.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo | Mannerist painter

The bizarre works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo🎨, especially his multiple images, were rediscovered in the early 20th century by Surrealist artists🎨 like Salvador Dali🎨.
Arcimboldo🎨 was born in Milan in 1527, the son of Biagio, a painter who did work for the office of the Fabbrica in the Duomo. Arcimboldo was commissioned to do stained glass window designs beginning in 1549, including the Stories of St. Catherine of Alexandria vitrage at the Duomo.
In 1556 he worked with Giuseppe Meda on frescoes for the Cathedral of Monza.
In 1558, he drew the cartoon for a large tapestry of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which still hangs in the Como Cathedral today.

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Wassily Kandinsky | Abstract / Expressionist painter

Wassily Kandinsky🎨 / Василий Кандинский (born December 4 [December 16, New Style], 1866, Moscow, Russia-died December 13, 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France), Russian-born artist, one of the first creators of pure Abstraction in modern painting.
After successful avant-garde exhibitions, he founded the influential Munich group Der Blaue Reiter ("The Blue Rider"; 1911-14) and began completely abstract painting🎨.
His forms evolved from fluid and organic to geometric and, finally, to pictographic (e.g., Tempered Élan, 1944).

  • Early years

Kandinsky’s mother was a Muscovite, one of his great-grandmothers a Mongolian princess, and his father a native of Kyakhta, a Siberian town near the Chinese border; the boy thus grew up with a cultural heritage that was partly European and partly Asian.
His family was genteel, well-to-do, and fond of travel; while still a child he became familiar with Venice, Rome, Florence, the Caucasus, and the Crimean Peninsula.
At Odessa, where his parents settled in 1871, he completed his secondary schooling and became an amateur performer on the piano and the cello. He also became an amateur painter, and he later recalled, as a sort of first impulse toward abstraction, an adolescent conviction that each colour had a mysterious life of its own.

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Peter Demetz, 1969 | Figurative wood sculptor

Peter Demetz was born in Bolzano-Italy and lives and works in Ortisei (BZ).
After completing his studies at the Ortisei Art Institute, Peter Demetz began an apprenticeship under Maestro Heinrich Demetz and earned his Master's Degree in sculpture. In the years since, he has participated in a number of exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including Austria, Germany, the United States, Belgium, and Turkey.
From 1999-2001, Demetz studied education, teaching, and the psychology of learning and development, and has been teaching courses and seminars on wood carving since 2001.
From 2002-2006, he was Head Teacher for the Art Sculpture Course at Germany's Lignea University of Zwickau, as well as the Schneeberg's Faculty of Applied Arts and the Daetz-Centrum in Lichtenstein.

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Claude Monet | Promenades / Le passeggiate

With Manet's🎨 assistance, Monet🎨 found lodging in suburban Argenteuil in late 1871, a move that initiated one of the most fertile phases of his career.
Impressionism evolved in the late 1860s from a desire to create full-scale, multi-figure depictions of ordinary people in casual outdoor situations. At its purest, impressionism was attuned to landscape painting, a subject Monet favored.
In Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son, his skill as a figure painter is equally evident. Contrary to the artificial conventions of academic portraiture, Monet delineated the features of his sitters as freely as their surroundings.

Claude Monet🎨 | The Promenade, Woman with a Parasol, 1875

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Love Letter from Auguste Rodin to Camille Claudel, 1886

"My ferocious friend".... "Mia feroce amica"...

Thus begins Rodin’s🎨 desperate cry of love to Camille Claudel🎨 in the early years of their relationship. Rodin was soon captivated by this pupil who became his assistant, mistress and muse, while Claudel outwardly remained in complete control of her feelings.
Consumed and tormented by an obsessive love, he implores her - “on his knees” - to ease his suffering from beginning to end of this letter, written in a muddled style, with erroneous syntax and imperfect spelling.

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Igor Levashov [Игорь Левашов] 1964 | Flower painter

Born near Moscow in 1964, Russian painter Игорь Левашов entered the School for Young Painters in 1997 and the world-famed Sourykoff Institute in Moscow in 1984. He finished his formal training at the Royal Academy of Modern Art in the Hague in 1996. In this age he discovered his love and passion for flowers.
His detailed paintings are done in oil in a one-time-session.
They were exhibited at the National State Galleries in Russia; Museum of the Hague, Holland; Private Art Gallery, Athens, Greece; International Flower Exhibition Center in Aalsmeer, Holland; Kunstpassage, The Hague, Holland.
A number of Levashov’s paintings have been published as art prints in Europe and North America. They have also been popular on various licensed products.

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James R. Eads and Chris McDaniel | Illusions in gif

The result of a collaboration of artist James R Eads and animator Chris McDaniel, Illusions, is a rare example of visionary art being translated beautifully between two mediums.
Two artists - one painter and one animator - have collaborated on a series of digital Gif works that seem to suck viewers into their computer screens. colorful and vibrant illustrations by James R. Eads have been brought to life Chris McDaniel, known as "the glitch". These looped sequences see Van Gogh -like strokes swirl and coil into seemingly living, breathing compositions, expressing vivid motifs soured from the sky, stars, universe and beyond.

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