Pubblicato il 31/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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Armand Guillaumin ~ French Impressionist painter

While Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927) was an French painter, known for working in the Impressionist style.
Armand Guillaumin is best known for his landscapes and bold colors. One of his paintings of the river Seine was the basis for his good friend Paul Cézanne's first lithograph. Other than members of the Impressionist group, Guillaumin also formed a strong friendship with artist Vincent van Gogh and his brother.
Born in Paris, Guillaumin worked at his uncle's lingerie shop while attending evening drawing lessons. He also worked for a French government railway before studying at the Académie Suisse in 1861. There, he met Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro with whom he maintained lifelong friendships. While he never achieved the stature of these two, his influence on their work was significant. Cézanne attempted his first etching based on Guillaumin paintings of barges on the River Seine.
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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'.

Pubblicato il 30/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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Vincent Van Gogh | In the springtime a bird in a cage /A primavera un uccello in gabbia..

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 ~ Visionary / Surrealist painter

American Loren D. Adams, Jr. was born in Linton, Indiana on September 28th, 1945. 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.
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Carlo Carrà | Futurist painter

Carlo Carrà (1881-1966) was a leading figure of the Futurist movement that flourished in Italy during the beginning of the 20th century. In addition to his many paintings, he wrote a number of books concerning art. He taught for many years in the city of Milan.
Carrà was born in Quargnento, near Alessandria, Piedmont. At the age of 12 he left home in order to work as a mural decorator.

Pubblicato il 29/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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.

Pubblicato il 28/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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.

Pubblicato il 27/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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.

Pubblicato il 24/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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.

Pubblicato il 21/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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 to 1911 in Naples, where he particularly admired the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, which he saw in the Museo di Capodimonte.

Pubblicato il 20/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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?

Pubblicato il 19/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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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Henri Le Sidaner ~ Intimist painter

Henri Eugene Augustin Le Sidaner [1862-1939] was an French painter, known for working in the Intimist style [1900-1914].
Le Sidaner began his career around 1880 as a young apprentice of Alexandre Cabanel at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Soon he was seduced by the Parisian artistic fervour, particularly the works of both the Impressionists and the post-Impressionists. After a few months, repressed by the academic milieu, the painter abruptly decided to settle in Étaples, a small village near Pas-de-Calais, where he finished his training in solitude.

Pubblicato il 17/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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Larissa Morais, 1966 ~ Figurative painter

Larissa Morais [Лариса Морейс] was born and raised in Moscow. She has been painting since she was in high school, however her first love was not the brush but the keys of a piano. The replacement of a teacher changed her vision from music and into the world of art. While helping her sister one afternoon with her art homework something sparked her passion for painting and perhaps she stumbled upon her destiny.
Larissa became a graduate from BFA, Moscow Theatrical Arts Institute, and attended the Graduate School of Restoration and conservation where throughout the years she took courses in conservation and restoration of 15th-and 16th-century paintings.
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Victor Ostrovsky ~ Best selling author

Victor Ostrovsky is the best selling author, and screenplay writer, of four books which were a worldwide phenomenon. His expertise on Judaism, Islam and security issues, made him a thought after speaker. Victor has appeared on Larry King Live, The ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News, Prime Time Live, and dozens of other media venues worldwide.
His book "By Way of Deception" was banned for one week, but was overturned by the appeals court. "The Israeli government, which won the temporary restraining order Wednesday, failed to prove that its agents' lives were endangered," said a statement by a four-judge panel of the New York Appellate Division.
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Julian Onderdonk ~ Impressionist painter

Impressionist painter Julian Onderdonk [1882-1922] is "the father of Texas painting". President George W. Bush decorated the Oval Office with three of Onderdonk's paintings. The Dallas Museum of Art has several rooms dedicated exclusively to Onderdonk's work. His art studio currently resides on the grounds of the Witte Museum.
Julian Onderdonk was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, a painter, and Emily Gould Onderdonk. He was raised in South Texas and was an enthusiastic sketcher and painter. As a teenager Onderdonk was influenced and received some training from the prominent Texas artist Verner Moore White who also lived in San Antonio at the time. He attended the West Texas Military Academy, graduating in 1900.

Pubblicato il 16/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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.

Pubblicato il 15/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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Hubert Robert ~ Rococo Era painter

Hubert Robert, (born May 22, 1733, Paris, France—died April 15, 1808, Paris), French landscape painter sometimes called Robert des Ruines because of his many romantic representations of Roman ruins set in idealized surroundings.
Robert left Paris for Rome in 1754 and studied at the French Academy there. He also met the French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard in Rome, and in 1760 they traveled together with the Abbé de Saint-Non through southern Italy on a drawing expedition.
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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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John Burden, 1943

Visual arist P. John Burden is a classically trained Canadian and British subject. Burden's work includes original acrylic paintings, watercolour paintings, and traditional and modern artist’s prints. His art is symbolic or surrealist, using representational skills from a lifetime of drawing, painting, design. John Burden also illustrates books for all ages and has work in collections worldwide.

Pubblicato il 13/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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.

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Cesare Lapini | Figurative /Allegorical sculptor

Cesare Lapini (1848-1893) was born in Florence. He became one of the leading sculptors of his generation producing works in marble including allegorical works, copies after the Antique, genre subjects and portrait busts.

Pubblicato il 10/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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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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Les Nabis Group, 1891-1899

Ambitious decorative painting enjoyed a resurgence in Europe from the late 1880s through the early twentieth century. In Paris, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis and Édouard Vuillard were among the most influential artists to embrace decoration as painting’s primary function.
Their works celebrate pattern and ornament, challenge the boundaries that divide fine arts from crafts, and, in many cases, complement the interiors for which they were commissioned.
Disaffected with the rigidly representational painting methods taught at the Académie Julian, Bonnard and Denis joined with other like-minded students in the fall of 1888 to form a brotherhood called the “Nabis”, a Hebrew word meaning “prophets”.
The group was spearheaded by Paul Sérusier, who had visited Paul Gauguin in Pont-Aven over the summer and was now spreading an aesthetic message based on his interpretation of Gauguin’s Symbolism. Sérusier sought to free form and color from their traditional descriptive functions in order to express personal emotions and spiritual truths. As evidence of Symbolism’s liberating possibilities, he offered a nearly abstract sketch produced under Gauguin’s guidance.

Paul Sérusier - The Bois d'Amour à Pont-Aven / The Talisman (Le Talisman), 1888, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Maurice Denis - Homage to Cézanne, 1900 - Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Pubblicato il 09/01/14 ed aggiornato il

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Luciano Ventrone, 1942 ~ Hyperrealist painter

"Lo studio della pittura non è la mera rappresentazione dell'oggetto ma è colore e luce: i giusti rapporti fra le due cose danno la forma nello spazio. Il soggetto non va visto come tale ma astrattamente" - Luciano Ventrone.
Luciano Ventrone 1942 | Italian Hyperrealist painter
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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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Duffy Sheridan, 1947 ~ Realistic Figurative painter

Duffy Sheridan, American painter, has been painting since he was a child. His father, also an artist, encouraged him to learn to paint anything and everything. He has traveled the world and dedicated his artistic life to the discovery and expression of beauty as he sees it.
Duffy Sheridan 1947 | American Realistic Figurative painter
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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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