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André Savy ~ Santorini Walkway

French painter André Savy creates inviting scenes featuring the crisp white-washed architecture of Mykonos, Santorini and other Greek islands of the Cyclades against the mythic blues of the Aegean region. These islands and their gentle leisurely pace of life have offered artistic inspiration to the artist on his frequent visits to capture the unique clarity of the Aegean light.
André Savy | French Landscape painter | Santorini Walkway
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John Bradshaw Crandell ~ Pin-Up painter

Crandell [1896-1966] was an american painter and illustrator, was known as the artist of the stars, a glamour painter. Among those who posed for Crandell were Carol Lombard, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Veronica Lake and Lana Turner. In 1921 he began his career with an ad for Lorraine hair nets sold exclusively by F. W. Woolworth.
John Bradshaw Crandell 1896-1966 | American Glamour and Pin-Up painter

Pubblicato il 30/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Edwin Lord Weeks ~ Academic painter

Edwin Lord Weeks [1849-1903] was born at Boston, Massachusetts. He was a pupil of Léon Bonnat and of Jean-Léon Gérôme, at Paris. He made many voyages to the East, and was distinguished as a painter of oriental scenes. Weeks' parents were affluent spice and tea merchants from Newton, a suburb of Boston and as such they were able to accept, probably encourage, and certainly finance their son's youthful interest in painting and travelling.
Edwin Lord Weeks 1849-1903 | American Academic painter | Oriental scenes
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Bruno Di Maio, 1944 | Surrealist Figurative painter

Bruno Di Maio 1944 | Italian Surrealist Figurative painter

Bruno Di Maio, one of the Italy’s best new figurative artists, lives and works in Tuscany, Italy.
His work reflects his great love for Renaissance paintings, yet at the same time a strong desire for expressive autonomy. Di Maio tries, successfully, in his allegorical and surrealistic interpretation of present, to give life to the recollect quality of the past. The originality of his vision is seen in the sumptuous subject matter, the quality of his chiaroscuro and the dramatic light effect on the figures and objects in his paintings.

Bruno Di Maio 1944 | Italian Surrealist Figurative painter

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Bryce Liston, 1965 | Plein air / Figurative painter

Liston’s artistic inspiration comes largely from the late-19th century; he lists John William Waterhouse, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Anders Zorn and William Bouguereau among his strongest influences.
As an artist my career is dedicated to the integrity and quality of representational fine art”, says Liston. “My goal is to regain the traditions of the past along with the standards of craftsmanship and training. By studying the great artists of the past, we artists of today can once again regain a full command of proficiency to create great works of art…art about life”.
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Barbara McCann ~ Landscape painter

Barbara McCann, american painter, began her artistic endeavors with drawing as a child, and then with painting in her teenage years. Upon graduating from high school, she took a four-year apprenticeship in architectural illustration and design, which set the stage for a career in commercial art. McCann moved to Florida in 1973, and for the next 20 years ran her own architectural illustration studio.
Barbara McCann | American Landscape painter
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Alena Plihal ~ Abstract painter

The canadian painter Alena Plihal was born in Czech Republic and lived in Quebec since 1989. With a degree in plastic arts at UQAM, she continued her training in live model workshops of abstract painting workshops. The combination of charcoal, pigment, acrylic and oils gives to Alena an extraordinary freedom of expression.
Alena Plihal | Czech-born Canadian Figurative and Abstract painter
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Martín La Spina, 1973 ~ Surrealist painter

Martín La Spina, Argentine painter, was born in La Plata in 1973. He was graduated as a Professor and Bachelor of Fine Arts -painting orientation- in the Fine Art College with a distinction for his high qualifications. He has participated in many exhibitions, either single or collective. He was also specially invited, in Painting, Drawing and Art in Glass Saloons from the year 1989 until now. He receive many awards and prizes for his artistic work.

Pubblicato il 29/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Giovanni Boldini | Academic painter | La Belle Epoque

Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)* was an Italian* Genre and Portrait painter, belonging to the School of Paris.
He also became the most fashionable portrait painter in Paris in the late 19th century, with a dashing style of painting which shows some Impressionist* influence but which most closely resembles the work of his contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu.

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Janice Darr Cua | Figurative / Animal / Equine painter

Janice Darr Cua | American Figurative painter | Ladies and horses

Whether exercising her powers to capture the spirit of Arabians, the romance of the Renaissance, classic sensuality of femininity, or the universal bond between mother and child, Cua delivers striking depth and passion. Paintings that radiate a glow that mesmerizes the viewer, a comforting warmth which evokes the passion within all. Her work can be seen in select galleries around the world, with over thirty sell-out shows abroad as well as dozens of American exhibitions. Cua is a sure stock, an intelligent investment as her popularity, technique, and price point increases in favor.
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Fernand Toussaint ~ Post-Impressionist painter | Still Life

Fernand Toussaint (1873-1956) rightfully takes his place among the most important Belgian Post-Impressionist painters of the 20 th century. For biographical notes notes -in english and italian - on Toussaint see Fernand Toussaint ~ Post-Impressionist painter | Portrait and Figure.

Pubblicato il 28/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Haixia Liu, 1962 ~ Impressionist painter

Haixia Liu was born to a family of artists in Hubei Province, China. Encouraged and instructed by his father and grandfather, he began to draw at very early age. He did decorative painting for local businesses at age 12. Between 1981-1983 Liu chose to learn graphic design at the Hubei Industry Institute.
Haixia Liu 1962 | Chinese painter | Urban landscape
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Delphin Enjolras ~ Academic painter

Delphin Enjolras [1857-1945] painted portraits, nudes, interiors, and used mostly watercolours, oil and pastels. He is best known for his intimate portraits of young women performing mundane activities such as reading or sewing, often by illuminated by lamplight. Perhaps his most famous work is the "Young Woman Reading by a Window".
Delphin Enjolras 1857-1945 | French academic painter
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La Fontana di Trevi ~ Roma Barocca e Rococò

La Fontana di Trevi è la più grande ed una fra le più note e più scenografiche fontane di Roma, ed è considerata all'unanimità una delle più celebri fontane del mondo. La settecentesca fontana, progettata da Nicola Salvi e adagiata su un lato di Palazzo Poli, è un connubio di classicismo e barocco. Fu iniziata da Nicola Salvi, il quale vinse il concorso indetto da papa Clemente XII, nel 1732 e completata nel 1762 da Giuseppe Pannini.
La Fontana di Trevi 1732-1762 | Roma Barocca e Rococò

Pubblicato il 27/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Dylan Lisle, 1978 | Figurative painter

Dylan Lisle’s work maintains a contemporary dynamism through his old masterly representations of the female form. Knots and swathes of vibrant, passionate fabric envelope his sensuous figures, or otherwise are the subject of larger studies, which draw upon chiaroscuro, reminiscent of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens.
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Umberto Boccioni ~ Futurist painter

Boccioni nasce [1882-1916] a Reggio Calabria e muore molto giovane a Verona, nel 1916. Formatosi come artista con il Puntinismo, sviluppa ulteriormente le sue capacità indirizzandole sul rapporto tra l'arte visiva e la psicologia. È un artista molto colto ed informato sui movimenti delle prime avanguardie ed è tra i fondatori del Futurismo. Oltre che pittore è anche scultore ed è alla continua ricerca di delicate variazioni formali sostenute da una sostanziosa riflessione estetica. I suoi colori sono gioiosi ed i suoi volumi armoniosi e provocano emozioni.
Umberto Boccioni 1882-1916 | Italian Futurist painter
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The Altamira cave paintings

Prehistoric Cave painting | 35000 years ago | Ancient Art History

Modern painters have been influenced by the Altamira cave paintings.
After a visit, Pablo Picasso* exclaimed "After Altamira, all is decadence"!

The Cave of Altamira (Spanish: Cueva de Altamira; pronounced: [ˈku̯e.βa ðe al.ta.ˈmi.ɾa]) located near the historic town Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, is renowned for its numerous parietal cave paintings featuring charcoal drawings and polychrome paintings of contemporary local fauna and human hands, created between 18,500 and 14,000 years ago during the Upper Paleolithic by Paleo human settlers. The earliest paintings in the cave were executed around 35,600 years ago.

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Leo Putz | Impressionist / Expressionist painter

Leo Putz (18 June 1869, in Merano - 21 July 1940, in Merano) was a Tyrolean painter. His work encompasses Art Nouveau, Impressionism* and the beginnings of Expressionism. Figures and landscapes are his predominant subjects.
Leo Putz was born in Merano in South Tyrol, Italy, in 1869. His artistic career began in 1885 under the aegis of his stepbrother. This was Robert Poetzelberger (1856-1930) who was a professor at the Munich Academy and who taught him drawing.

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Roman Romanov, 1966 ~ Landscape painter

Роман Романов nasce in Siberia, nella città di Kazan Kemerovo. Ha finito Art College in Tatarstan Repubblica. In seguito ha ottenuto un istruzione superiore tecnica. Dopo aver prestato servizio nell'esercito, dove ha organizzato la prima mostra, ha lavorato come designer industriale e progettista auto. Dal 2000 si dedicò completamente alla pittura.
Roman Romanov 1966 | Russian Landscape painter

Pubblicato il 26/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Gaetano Previati ~ Symbolist painter

Gaetano Previati 1852-1920 | Italian Symbolist painter
Previati [1852-1920], celebre pittore del '900 italiano, nasce a Ferrara. I suoi studi artistici si svolgono a Ferrara, ma presto egli si trasferisce a Milano, dove frequenta l’Accademia di Brera. E’ nel capoluogo lombardo che Previati inizia la sua attività artistica, spiccando subito per modernità e innovazione. Il pittore ferrarese è universalmente considerato come l’iniziatore delle istanze divisioniste in Italia.
Gaetano Previati 1852-1920 | Italian Symbolist painter

Pubblicato il 25/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Anna Homchik, 1976

Анна Хомчик è nata in Ucraina, a Kiev. Si è laureata presso la Facoltà di Design Art di Chernivtsi. Vive e lavora a Leopoli. Partecipa attivamente a mostre in Ucraina ed all'estero. Le opere dell'artista si trovano in collezione privata in Ucraina ed all'estero.
Анна Хомчик 1976 | Ukrainian Still life painter | The sweet moments
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Paul Cézanne | The Bather series

The Bathers were another of Paul Cézanne's (1839-1906) themes.
Women bathers are usually presented in large pyramidal groups, overlapping, mostly with their backs to the viewer.
His men generally face forward, almost in a frieze.
They are individuals in the same scenery, neither interacting nor overlapping.
There is no eye contact between any of them. Cézanne's only real passion was his art, but that passion was never revealed on the canvas itself.

Paul Cézanne 1839-1906 | The Bather's series

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Paul Cézanne | Post-Impressionist painter

Paul Cézanne [1839-1906] was a Post-Impressionist, whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. 
Paul Cézanne 1839-1906 | French Post-Impressionist painter
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Giorgio De Chirico | The Metaphysical Art Movement

Giorgio de Chirico, (born July 10, 1888, Vólos, Greece - died Nov. 19, 1978, Rome, Italy), Italian painter who, with Carlo Carrà and Giorgio Morandi, founded the style of Metaphysical painting.
After studying art in Athens and Florence, de Chirico moved to Germany in 1906 and entered the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. His early style was influenced by Arnold Böcklin’s and Max Klinger’s paintings, which juxtapose the fantastic with the commonplace.

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Ottone Rosai | Futurist painter

Ottone Rosai 1895-1957 | Italian Futurist painter

Ottone Rosai (1895-1957) was an Italian painter* born in Florence.
Rosai graduated from the Florence Academy of Fine Arts in 1912, a period in which he was closely associated with the Lacerba group of Florentine Futurists and especially Ardengo Soffici, with whom he held a joint exhibition at the Galleria Sprovieri, Rome, in 1914.
Having returned to Florence after World War I, he adapted to the climate of the return to order and devoted himself to the study of early Italian painters*.

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Giovanni Fattori ~ Macchiaioli Art Movement

Giovanni Fattori 1825-1908 | Italian painter | Verismo/Realism movement

Italian painter Giovanni Fattori (1825-1908) was one of the leaders of the group known as the Macchiaioli. He was initially a painter of historical themes and military subjects. In his middle years, inspired by the Barbizon school, he became one of the leading Italian plein-airists, painting landscapes, rural scenes, and scenes of military life. After 1884, he devoted much energy to etching.
Fattori was born in modest circumstances in Livorno. His early education was rudimentary and his family initially planned for him to study for a qualification in commerce, but his skill in drawing persuaded them to apprentice him in 1845 to Giuseppe Baldini (1807-1876), a local painter of religious themes and genre subjects. The following year he moved to Florence where he first studied under Giuseppe Bezzuoli and, later in the year, at the Accadèmia di Belli Arti. At that time, however, his energies were directed less toward the study of art than to reading the historical novels (especially those with medieval themes) of such authors as Ugo Foscolo, Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi and Walter Scott.

Pubblicato il 23/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Gregg Chadwick ~ Figurative painter

Chadwick has exhibited his artworks in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. He earned a Bachelor's Degree at UCLA and a Master’s Degree at NYU, both in Fine Art. Currently I paint in an old airplane hangar in Santa Monica, California. The recurring sound of airplane take-offs and landings from the active airport runaway outside my studio reminds me of my own history of travel. After I finished my Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art at UCLA and my Master’s Degree in Fine Art at NYU, my wanderings took me from the U.S. to Asia to Australia to Europe and back, again and again. These wanderings have helped provide a series of spaces that appear within my paintings.
One could say we all create paintings as we distill meaning from the rush of life. Experiences, thoughts, moments, memories, and dreams mix together and overlap to bring understanding to our everyday life. My paintings echo this cognitive-emotional process. My artworks evolve through a series of painting sessions in which colors and images overlap, merge, and flow.

Gregg Chadwick | American Figurative painter

Pubblicato il 22/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King

I have a dream - Ho un sogno - è la frase con cui viene identificato il discorso tenuto da Martin Luther King il 28 agosto del 1963 davanti al Lincoln Memorial di Washington al termine di una marcia di protesta per i diritti civili.
Sì, è vero, io stesso sono vittima di sogni svaniti, di speranze rovinate, ma nonostante tutto voglio concludere dicendo che ho ancora dei sogni, perché so che nella vita non bisogna mai cedere.
Se perdete la speranza, perdete anche quella vitalità che rende degna la vita, quel coraggio di essere voi stessi, quella forza che vi fa continuare nonostante tutto.
Ecco perché io ho ancora un sogno...
Ho il sogno che un giorno gli uomini si rizzeranno in piedi e si renderanno conto che sono stati creati per vivere insieme come fratelli.

I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King 1929-1968 | Le citazioni
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Herbert James Draper ~ Classicist painter

Herbert James Draper [1863-1920] was an british painter whose career began in the Victorian Era and extended through the first two decades of the 20th century. In 1894 was the beginning of Draper's most productive period. He focused mainly on mythological themes from ancient Greece. His painting "The Lament For Icarus" from 1898 won the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 and was later bought for the Tate Gallery by the Chantrey Trustees.
Herbert James Draper 1863-1920 |  British Classicist painter
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Pierre Deval | Figurative painter

Pierre Deval 1897-1993 | French Figurative painter

Pierre Jean Charles Deval (1897-1993) was a French painter* of the 20th century. He began to study art seriously in Paris as student of painter Émile-René Ménard and Lucien Simon. Deval had his first show of drawings, portraits of young women, at the Lyon salon of 1918.
In 1921, he became a friend of the french surrealist poet Jacques Rigaut, who introduced him into the circle of the Dadaism, and of Tristan Tzara, and writers André Breton and Louis Aragon.

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Valeriy Kot, 1958 ~ Surrealist painter

Валерий Кот holds a degree in architecture and used to work in architectural firms throughout Kiev, Ukraine. In 1985 changes his vocation and starts dealing with art, lead by ideas of surrealism he is so fascinated by, from his earlier years. In 1977 performs his first art works in surrealism genre. His first show took place on April 1979. Since 1986 artist exhibits and participates in various shows in Kiev on a permanent basis. Artist exhibits in EuroCenter Berlin, Germany in 1991 Belgium in 1995 and 1997. The concept of artist’s work is uncontrolled play of subconscious associations, philosophy and inscrutability of the images and themes, connection of natural with surreal, reality with fiction.
Valeriy Kot 1958 | Ukraina | Surrealist painter

Pubblicato il 21/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Paul Martin, 1948 ~ Symbolist painter

Paul Martin was born in 1948 and studied Painting and Printmaking at Birmingham College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools between 1967 and 1973. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Art, Paul Martin has exhibited regularly over the years, his last show at Bourne Fine Art was in 2001. Paul Martin’s paintings are large in scale and theme, figurative and multi layered. There is much symbolism and a multiplicity of references in the work of Paul Martin, born 1948. His are beautiful, lyrical paintings comprising many rich layers of paint -often pure pigment which is applied to the surface, sometimes board and sometimes copper or aluminium sheets. The technique that this artist employs gives his work an unusual depth and luminosity.

Paul Martin 1948 | British Symbolist painter
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Audrey Kawasaki, 1982 ~ The women on wood

Kawasaki's works are oil paintings painted directly onto wood panels, and her style has been described as a fusion of Art Nouveau and Japanese manga.
Kawasaki studied fine art painting for two years at the Pratt Institute in New York City, but left after two years without completing her degree. She cites the emphasis in the New York art scene on conceptual art, an approach at odds with her figurative, illustrative style, as among the reasons she left.
Audrey Kawasaki 1982 | American painter | The women on wood
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Daiva Staškevičienė, 1968 ~ Symbolist painter

Daiva Staškevičienė was born in Vilnius. In 1986 graduated from secondary school in Vilnius. 1993-1995 Daiva studied at Justinas Vienožinskas art school in Vilnius. In 1995 entered Vilnius Academy of Arts to study stenography, however after a year and a half once and for all she was attracted by graphic arts specialty. Daiva studied graphic arts leaded by professor Leonas Lagauskas.
Daiva Staškevičienė 1968 | Lithuanian Symbolist / Figurative painter
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Karol Bąk, 1961 | Fantasy Figurative painter

Karol Bąk was born on 30 May 1961 in Koło in the Wielkopolska Region. He graduated from the Fine Arts High School of Poznań with a degree in Interior Exhibition Arrangement. In 1984, he was admitted to the Graphics Department of the State College of Art (currently the University of Arts in Poznań). He already knew what direction he wanted to take in his studies - painting, graphics and sculpture were perceived as a prestigious pursuit of "searching for pure art". He was confident he had made the best choice. He graduated in 1989 with distinction, with two degrees in Graphics, under Prof. Tadeusz Jackowski, and Drawing in the studio of Prof. Jarosław Kozłowski.

Pubblicato il 20/07/12 ed aggiornato il

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Kris Lewis, 1978 | Pop-Surrealist painter

Kris Lewis born in Ocean County, NJ, is a New Jersey Shore based artist whose influences include Alfonse Bouguereau, Andrew Wyeth, Hans Holbein, Albrecht Durer, Hieronymus Bosch, Gustav Klimt and Jules-Bastien LePage.
His reverence for masters of old is apparent in his depiction of the human figure, which he uses as a vector for hidden stories, delicate emotion and finding truth.

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