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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes | Symbolist painter

French painter Pierre Cécile Puvis de Chavannes [1824-1898] is known for his mural painting - large-scale decorative painting - in the Symbolism style. Puvis's work is seen as symbolist in nature, even though he studied with some of the romanticists, and he is credited with influencing an entire generation of painters and sculptors, particularly the works of the Modernists. One of his protégés was Georges de Feure. Émile Zola described his work as 'an art made of reason, passion, and will'.

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Vincent Van Gogh | In the springtime a bird in a cage

In the springtime a bird in a cage knows very well that there’s something he’d be good for; he feels very clearly that there’s something to be done but he can’t do it; what it is he can’t clearly remember, and he has vague ideas and says to himself, "the others are building their nests and making their little ones and raising the brood", and he bangs his head against the bars of his cage. And then the cage stays there and the bird is mad with suffering. "Look, there’s an idler", says another passing bird - "that fellow’s a sort of man of leisure".
A primavera un uccello in gabbia sa bene che c'è qualcosa a cui potrebbe servire, sente benissimo che ci sarebbe qualcosa da fare, ma non ci può far nulla, e cos'è questo? Non si ricorda bene, ha idee vaghe e dice: "Gli altri fanno i loro nidi e portano fuori i loro piccoli e li cibano" e poi sbatte il suo capino contro le grate della gabbia. Ma la gabbia resiste e l'uccello impazzisce dal dolore. "Guarda che fannullone", dice un altro uccello che passa lì davanti, "quello è un tipo che vive di rendita".

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Loren D. Adams, 1945 | Surrealist painter

American Loren D. Adams, Jr. was born in Linton, Indiana.
He developed a profound interest in painting at the age of nine years old. One of these very early original Art-works found it's way into a major retrospective exhibition at the prestigious R.W. Norton Art Gallery, a Museum of Early American, European and Contemporary Fine Art in Shreveport, Louisiana in February of 1979.
His first public exhibit was at the Roseville Museum, Roseville, California in 1967. This was the same year he quit his day job as an emergency room L.P.N. to devote full time to his Art. The young Artist began to chase after his dream to become a Master.

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Saffo ~ Passione d'amore

Saffo - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Saffo - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Quei parmi in cielo fra gli Dei, se accanto
ti siede, e vede il tuo bel riso, e sente
i dolci detti e l'amoroso canto!
A me repente,
con più tumulto il core urta nel petto:
more la voce, mentre ch'io ti miro,
su la mia lingua nelle fauci stretto
geme il sorriso.
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Holly Sierra ~ American Magic realism painter

Whether wandering through the forest or exploring an ancient crumbling castle, Holly Sierra finds inspiration all around her. Holly has been drawn to painting things ‘mystical and magical’ for as long as she can remember. After her fine art education at SUNY Purchase in NY, the next decade found Holly living and traveling extensively in Asia. She now blends her marvelous multicultural memories with themes that influence and fascinate her today.
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Roger Suraud ~ French Symbolist painter

French painter and sculptor Roger Suraud, was born in Saint-Étienne the 13th of October 1938.
The Suraud's painting are a grand spectacle where music travels with Sculpture and Architecture.
Suraud is represented in many exposures and international living rooms: Paris, Genève, Monaco, Lyon, Bordeaux, Saint-Tropez.
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Federico Garcia Lorca / Leon Wyczolkowski

Pronunzio il tuo nome
nelle notti scure,
quando sorgono gli astri
per bere dalla luna
e dormono le frasche
delle macchie occulte.
E mi sento vuoto
di musica e passione.

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Pablo Neruda ~ In te la terra

Marc Chagall, 1927

rosa piccina,
a volte,
minuta e nuda,
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Felice Casorati | Magic Realism painter

Born in Novara, Felice Casorati [1883-1963] spent his formative years in Padua, where he developed an interest in music and literature.
He began to paint in 1902, and read law at the University of Padua, graduating in 1906, while frequenting the studio of Giovanni Viannello (1873-1926).
Casorati's early paintings were in the symbolist mode of the Vienna Secession. His adherence to this style was strengthened by seeing Klimt's installation at the 1910 Venice Biennale, where he met the Austrian painter.
Casorati had spent the years 1908-1911 in Naples, where he particularly admired the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, which he saw in the Museo di Capodimonte.

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Leonardo da Vinci ~ Pittore che disputa col poeta

Trattato della Pittura - Parte prima /14
Qual poeta con parole ti metterà innanzi, o amante, la vera effigie della tua idea con tanta verità, qual farà il pittore?
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Marty Bell | Vintage style painter

With her passion for beauty, color and style, American painter Marty Bell [1931-2003] was a prolific and influential artist. Her work has been internationally collected and she enjoyed the respect of both her peers and fine art collectors.
In her lifetime, Marty painted more than 3,000 oil paintings ranging from old English cottages and California landscapes to impressionistic pieces and colorful still lifes.

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Leon Richman ~ Figurative sculptor

Beginning in medium to large-scale marble figures, his passion to explore the beauty of the human form in all dimensions soon led him to a more pliable medium, allowing more freedom in the creative process. The result has been an inspired body of work, each piece possessing its own unique spirit and personality.
Leon Richman is a California artist with a formal education from the renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and years of practical experience in the field of commercial art, but his soul and passion have always been deeply rooted in the finer arts. He has almost as many years experience in drawing and painting as he’s been living and breathing. Now he has directed his creative ambitions towards the art of sculpture.
Chosen to study under the tutelage of the internationally acclaimed sculptor Richard MacDonald, Leon Richman has since become even more skillful at the physical interpretation of the human spirit, not settling for a simple duplication of a posing body, but instilling his sculptures with the same passion he feels in their creation.
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Eva Gonzalès ~ Impressionist painter

French painter Eva Gonzalès (1849-1883) began her professional training and took lessons in drawing in 1865, from the society portraitist Charles Chaplin, who was also Mary Cassatt's teacher. She met Édouard Manet in 1869 and was to become his student, colleague and model. Manet is said to have begun a portrait of her at once which was completed on 12 March 1870 and exhibited at Salon in that year.
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Martin Johnson Heade | Hudson River School

Martin Johnson Heade (August 11, 1819 – September 4, 1904) was an American painter known for his salt marsh landscapes, seascapes, portraits of tropical birds such as humming birds, as well as lotus blossoms and other still lifes. For biographical notes and works by Martin Johnson Heade parts 1-2.

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Albert Carrier-Belleuse | Chryselephantine sculpture

Carrier-Belleuse is the name used by this sculptor -born Carrier de Belleuse- on his mature pieces, after initially signing works "A. Carrier". His career began firmly in the applied arts, with his apprenticeship at thirteen to a Parisian ciseleur today known as Bauchery (or Beauchery), and he did subsequent work for Jacques-Henri Fauconnier and Fannière Frères. His formal education took place at the Petite Ecole - chosen after an unhappy stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1840 under the direction of David d'Angers, his official master.
While at the Petite Ecole in the 1840s, Carrier-Belleuse began his lifelong practice of providing commercial houses with models for edition, as statuettes or as ornament for functional pieces. Around 1850, the sculptor moved to England as a designer for Minton China Works, at Stoke-upon-Trent, as well as for Wedgewood, Coalbrookdale Ironworks, and Graham Jackson furniture makers.
Even after returning to Paris in 1855, he continued to send models to British firms throughout his life.
He began to garner acclaim as a fine-arts sculptor after ten years of showing in the Salon, beginning with two portrait medallions in 1850 and a flurry of busts and groups with mythological or historical subjects between 1857-1861, the latter of which earned him a third-class medal.

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La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi /The fountain of the four rivers, 1651

Quattro enormi allegorie sedute in pose contrastanti agli angoli delle rocce in marmo bianco che rappresentano i maggiori fiumi di ciascuno dei quattro continenti noti, secondo le cognizioni geografiche del XVII secolo:
  • Il Danubio per l'Europa, scolpito da Antonio Raggi;
  • Il Gange per l'Asia di Claude Poussin;
  • Il Rio della Plata per l'America di Francesco Baratta;
  • Il Nilo per l'Africa di Antonio Fancelli.
La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi 1651 | Roma Barocca e Rococò

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Will Barnet | Abstract painter

American painter and printmaker Will Barnet (1911-2012) has lived through every major artistic school in modern American art.

He can remember watching John Singer Sergent paint murals on the ceiling of the Boston Public Library in the 1920s, and being the printmaker in New York for Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco.
He remembers the explosion of Abstract Expressionism that would come to define the so-called New York School of artists.

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Alda Merini / Michelangelo ~ Bambino..

Bambino, se trovi l'aquilone della tua fantasia legalo con l'intelligenza del cuore.
Vedrai sorgere giardini incantati
e tua madre diventerà una pianta
che ti coprirà con le sue foglie.
Fa delle tue mani due bianche colombe
che portino la pace ovunque
e l'ordine delle cose.
Ma prima di imparare a scrivere
guardati nell'acqua del sentimento...

Alda Merini 1931-2009, Poetessa e Scrittrice italiana
Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564 | La Madonna di Bruges 1503-1505
Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564 | La Madonna di Bruges 1503-1505
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Edgar Allan Poe ~ Il Corvo | Poesia illustrata da Manet

Il Corvo - The Raven - ed altre poesie è una raccolta di poesie scritte da Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, scrittore, poeta, critico letterario, giornalista, editore, storyteller e saggista statunitense, considerato tra le figure più importanti della letteratura americana, inventore del racconto poliziesco, della letteratura horror e del giallo psicologico, finisce per diventare anche uno dei rappresentanti maggiori del racconto gotico.
Il Corvo fu pubblicato per la prima volta il 29 gennaio 1845, sul New York Evening Mirror. Famoso per la sua musicalità e l'atmosfera sovrannaturale, racconta della misteriosa visita di un corvo parlante -che dice solo “Mai Più”- ad un amante turbato, tracciando la sua discesa nella pazzia.
Il Corvo di Poe venne illustrato dai grandi dell'epoca, nel 1875 da Édouard Manet 1832-1883 per l'edizione francese della racolta, da Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, dal famoso illustratore Gustave Doré 1832-1883, da George Hazelton ecc.
Édouard Manet 1832-1883 - Illustration for The Rave by Edgar Allan Poe
Édouard Manet 1832-1883 | Illustration for The Rave by Edgar Allan Poe
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Richard Baxter, 1966

Richard Baxter is an Australian painter, photographer and digital artist. These three aspects of visual art constantly interweave for me, and I don't like to create borders between them as they all enhance each other in different ways. The main, simple message in all my recent work is that life is joyous and explosive, here and now in the present, amidst the ordinary, amongst the flowers and the garbage. This joy is found right wherever you are, at any time, you don't have to search, you don't have to attend monasteries for years on end, you don't need large amounts of money, or knowledge.
2002 - First Prize in the International Art Contest; Realism section 2001 Online graphic design and digital imaging for Nairam Multimedia Corporation, Toronto.
Richard Baxter 1966 | Australian Oil on canvas and Digital painter
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Yannick Bouchard, 1982 | Surrealist / Symbolist painter

I am not claiming myself as a "surrealist artist", but my art is undeniably marked by their influence.
I was also very impressed by some notable fantasy artists, as well as erotic artists; the way they depict beauty and sensuality, and how they bring grandiose imaginary worlds to life.
Overall, my paintings are more or less a mixture of all those types; surrealism, fantasy with a touch of symbolism and even sometimes macabre.
But most of all, my paintings are images resulting of my inner thoughts and feelings; they are the expression of my love for the human body, the inspiring curves of femininity, as well as the superphysical side of the human mind, the mystical and the magical, or just very simple little things, like textures, colors and nature.
They are not intellectual pieces. They don't depict sophisticated and complicated opinions and cryptic theories.
Their essence is to stimulate the imagination and guide viewers where only they want to go. Mostly, I paint for myself; I paint what I want, I paint what I like, what moves me, what I feel and what I am.

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Kent R. Wallis | Romantic Impressionist painter

Kent R. Wallis, born in Ogden, Utah, began his formal art endeavors rather late compared to most other artists.
He received his Bachelors' and Masters' degrees from Utah State University in Business Administration in 1969; after which he was employed by the B. F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio.
He worked for six years in the fields of marketing and finance. During that 6-year experience, personal feelings kept reoccuring that his career was not fulfilling his creative needs.
With his sense of frustration growing, in January of 1975 he renewed an old hobby that had been abandoned years earlier but which he had enjoyed during his young life--drawing and painting. He did so in an effort to sharpen his creative faculties and give more purpose to his free time.

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Momix Ballet

Conosciuta nel mondo intero per le sue opere di eccezionale inventiva e bellezza, Momix è una compagnia di ballerini, diretta dall'americano Moses Pendleton. Sin dalla fondazione ha acquisito grande notorietà per la sua capacità di evocare un mondo di immagini surreali utilizzando il corpo, costumi, attrezzi, luci e giochi d’ombra.
Momix Ballet | Gli scatti suggestivi di Max Pucciariello e Pedro Arnay
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The Vigeland Sculpture Park

Il Parco delle sculture di Vigeland, un'area di circa 320 ettari, si trova all'interno del Frognerparken di Oslo, l'antica Kristiania, in periferia della capitale norvegese.
E' dedicata all'esposizione permanente di sculture, bassorilievi e opere in ferro battuto dell'artista norvegese Gustav Vigeland. Disseminate nel Parco Vigeland oltre 200 sculture che ritraggono scene di vita quotidiana.
Il tema di fondo dell'intero parco, il ciclo della vita, dalla nascita e della morte, si articola in cinque aree: Il Cancello, Il Ponte, La Fontana, La Terrazza del Monolite e la Ruota della Vita.
Tutti i sentieri del Parco Vigeland portano all’obelisco, monolite granitico si staglia in cielo per 17 metri, con scolpiti 121 corpi avvinghiati. Vigeland si occupò anche del design e della progettazione architettonica del parco.

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Mark Mawson | Conceptual photographer

Mark Mawson is a London based photographer with 25 years experience of producing creative and inspiring images.
He specialises in shooting liquids and his colourful liquid work, titled "Aqueous", has become very well known and collectable. An Aqueous video was projected onto the walls of Buckingham Palace for The Queen's diamond jubilee concert.
Mark also enjoys shooting underwater fashion and beauty and his non commissioned personal work shows a love of atmospheric, cinematic work.
His work is held in many private collections around the world.

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Ronit Baranga, 1973 | Surrealist sculptor

An Israeli artist with a head full of memories. Memories that might come from childhood, confronting the hands of an adult? An art that creates mysterious characters, images of women hiding behind their masks, or objects that have a life of themselves, and some human presence.

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Miriana Mitrovich | Abstract photographer

Miriana Mitrovich | Bulgarian-born Canadian Abstract photographer | Four Dozen Roses

Miriana Mitrovich is Bulgarian-born Canadian artist, born in Sofia. As a daughter of a ballerina and a sculptor, she was enrolled in a classical ballet and piano lessons by the age of six and sculpting portraiture under the guidance of her father. At the age of ten, she was accepted as one of twenty-eight children from across the country into a nine-year program at the National Ballet School in Sofia.

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La Galleria degli Uffizi di Firenze

Piazza della Signoria - Fontana del Neptune
La Galleria degli Uffizi (1560-1580), un’imponente ed armoniosa struttura del Cinquecento fiorentino, uno dei musei più conosciuti al mondo, è sito nel Piazzale degli Uffizi a Firenze. Fù realizzata dall'architetto Giorgio Vasari su disposizione di Cosimo I, il quale volle riunire tutti gli uffici amministrativi della città in un solo grande edificio. La costruzione del palazzo iniziò nel 1560 per terminare nel 1580, quando Giorgio Vasari era già morto. L’opera fu portata a termine dagli architetti Alfonso Parigi e Bernardo Buontalenti, che mantennero il disegno originale.

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David Tutwiler ~ American Railroad Art

Renowned for his firsthand knowledge of Trains and Railroads, David Tutwiler is considered to be one of the leading experts of Railroad Art in the United States today. His artistic technique, coupled with his eye for accuracy and attention to detail, result in paintings that evoke the warmth and timelessness of his subjects.
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Concerto di Capodanno di Vienna, 2014

La Filarmonica di Vienna ha invitato a Daniel Barenboim per guidare il Concerto di Capodanno del 2014. Questo è un riconoscimento a 25 anni di collaborazione musicale dell’orchestra col Direttore Generale Musicale dell’Opera di Stato Berlinese, qui ha diritto il suo premier Concerto di Capodanno con la Filarmonica di Vienna nel 2009, e per tutti gli apporti artistici, in aggiunta al riconoscimento mondiale del suo coraggio personale per costruire dei ponti e riconciliare quello ch’è irreconciliabile.

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Tanti auguri di Buon 2014 !

Il giorno nasce con un nuovo raggio di sole,
la vita nasce con un nuovo amore
ed il tuo anno nuovo con i miei migliori auguri.
            Auguri di Buon Anno!

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Dal 1939 la Wiener Philarmoniker in concerto

Evento di fama mondiale, perla della tradizione musicale viennese, il Concerto di Capodanno di Vienna rappresenta per gli appassionati del genere un appuntamento irrinunciabile. Trasmesso dalla Goldener Saal -Sala d'Oro- del prestigioso Musikverein, per l’occasione addobbata con opere d’arte floreali di matrice sanremese, l’esibizione dell’orchestra dei filarmonici annovera un pubblico di oltre un miliardo di spettatori e vanta la messa in onda di emittenti televisive di oltre quaranta paesi.