Pubblicato il 31/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Abiodun Olaku, 1958 | Waterscape/Cityscape painter

Born in Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria, Abiodun Olaku has his roots in Abeokuta, Ogun state. In his third decade of avid, dedicated and progressive art practice since graduating from the prestigious Yaba College of Technology, Lagos as a painter in 1981, under the supervision and guidance of Prof. Yusuf Grillo, Kolade Oshinowo and late Dr. Isiaka Osunde. Abiodun Olaku has crystallized into one of the ‘exclusive’ masters of his generation.
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Nikita Manokhin, 1989 | Palette knife painter

Nikita Manokhin Anatolyevich was born in Mariupol, Donetsk region, Ukraine, in the artists` family. In 2005 graduated from the Mariupol City Lyceum, language faculty, English speciality. In 2011 graduated from the Architectural faculty of Donbass National Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
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Archip Ivanovič Kuindži | Landscape painter

Архип Иванович Куинджи [1842-1910] is considered one of the most talented Russian landscape painters of his generation. Born in Ukraine, he was associated during the second half of the 1870s with a group of Russian Realist painters known as the Wanderers
In the 1890s, he was hired to teach landscape painting at the Academy of Fine Arts but was later dismissed for sympathizing with student agitators. He ultimately founded his own painting society.

Pubblicato il 30/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Mosè Bianchi | Genre/Macchiaioli painter

Mosè Bianchi - Statua a Monza
Mosè Bianchi (Monza, 1840-1904) was an Italian painter and printmaker. Bianchi's family moved from Monza to Milan and he enrolled at the Brera Academy. Having interrupted his studies to serve in the second war of independence, he returned to attend the school of painting directed by Giuseppe Bertini.

Pubblicato il 29/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Lionel Walden | Seascape painter

A famous painter of seascapes and marine scenes, Lionel Walden (1861-1933) was born in Connecticut in 1861. He first became interested in art in Minnesota, where the family moved when his father became rector of an Episcopal Church there. As a young man Walden moved to Paris where he studied with E. A. Carolus-Duran.

Pubblicato il 28/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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François-Auguste Ravier | Romantic landscape painter

François-Auguste Ravier (1814 - 1895) was born in Lyons in 1814. His father, a confectioner, wanted him to pursue a career as a notary, and the young Ravier went off to Paris in 1832 to study law. His spare time was taken up with drawing and painting, and he has been said to have attended the studios of Jules Coignet (1798-1860) and Aligny (q.v.). But according to Nathalie Favier, an expert on this painter, it is possible that Ravier received advice from a number of artists without having pursued any traditional artistic training. In 1837-38 he painted in the Paris area, in the forest of Fontainebleau, and in the Dauphiné and the Bugey, a region to the east of Lyons. In Royat, in 1839, he met Corot (q.v.), whom he revered the most. Between 1840-1847, no doubt following Corot's advice, Ravier went on a number of lengthy trips to Italy to draw and paint in the Roman countryside.
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Henriëtte Ronner-Knip | The painter of cats life and cats character

Born in Amsterdam in 1821, Dutch painter Henriëtte Ronner-Knip came from an artistic family and she studied art under her father, the well-known Neo-Classical painter Joseph Augustus Knip.
After selling her first painting at the age of fifteen she produced an outstanding body of work which is now on display in many European museums, including the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Dordrecht Museum.

Pubblicato il 27/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Arthur Braginsky, 1965 ~ Fantasy/Figurative painter | Part 2

Marlene Dietrich 1901-1992 
Arthur Braginsky is an Ukrainian painter, known for working in the Fantasy Figurative style. For biographical notes and earlier works by Arthur Braginsky see Part 1.

Pubblicato il 26/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Johannes Vermeer | The Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665

Girl with a Pearl Earring is Vermeer’s most famous painting. It is not a portrait, but a ‘tronie’ - a painting of an imaginary figure. Tronies depict a certain type or character; in this case a girl in exotic dress, wearing an oriental turban and an improbably large pearl in her ear.
Johannes Vermeer was the master of light. This is shown here in the softness of the girl’s face and the glimmers of light on her moist lips. And of course, the shining pearl. | © Mauritshuis.
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John Bramblitt, 1971 | Palette Knife painting from a blind artist

John Bramblitt is a blind painter living in Denton Texas. He began painting after losing his sight in 2001 after a series of severe seizures. His art has been sold in over twenty countries and he has appeared internationally in print, TV and radio. He has appeared on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, ABC, and BBC Radio, and he's been featured in The New York Times and Psychology Today. He's the subject of the award winning documentary shorts "Line of Sight' and "Bramblitt". His work has received much recognition including the ‘Most Inspirational Video of 2008′ from YouTube and three Presidential Service Awards for his innovative art workshops.

Pubblicato il 25/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Emma Ekwall | Genre/Portrait painter

Emma Amalia Ekwall (1838-1925) was an Swedish painter;Birthdate: 18 Gennaio 1838;
Birthplace: Säby församling (F-län), Jönköpings län (på Gransbo);
Death: Died 1 Febbraio 1925 in Gustav Vasa församling, Stockholms län;
Parenti stretti: Daughter of Nils Fredrik Ekwall e Emilia Bernardina Carolina Carolina Ekwall;
Sister of painter Knut Alfred Ekwall.
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Edgar Payne | Plein Air painter

Edgar Alwin Payne (1 March 1883 - 8 April 1947) was an American Western landscape painter and muralist. Payne was born in Washburn, Barry County, Missouri, in the heart of the Ozarks. Washburn is in southwest Missouri, only nine miles from the Arkansas border. But that wouldn't stop this turn-of-the-century Missouri teenager from seeing the world. Before Edgar was done he would crisscross the United States, travel to Mexico, Canada, and Europe and even spend the summer in the Alps. But, like John Muir before him, and Ansel Adams after, it was the American West that most appealed to his heart.

Pubblicato il 23/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Konstantin Gorbatov | Post-impressionist painter

Kонстантин Иванович Горбатов [1876-1945) was a Russian post-impressionist painter.
Gorbatov was born in the small Volga river town of Stavropol. After initially studying architecture at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, he transferred to the painting department where he studied under Nikolai Dubovskoy and Aleksandr Kiselev, though he was most influenced by Ilya Repin and Arkhip Kuindzhi. In 1911, Gorbatov was officially granted the title of Artist and awarded a gold medal at an international exhibition in Munich.
The following year he traveled to Europe on scholarship, stopping in Capri to visit Gorky.
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Oswald Achenbach | Düsseldorf school of painting

Oswald Achenbach portrait by Ludwig des Coudres
Oswald Achenbach (2 February 1827 - 1 February 1905) was a German painter associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. Though little known today, during his lifetime he was counted among the most important landscape painters of Europe. Through his teaching activities, he influenced the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His brother, Andreas Achenbach, who was twelve years older, was also among the most important German landscape painters of the 19th century. The two brothers were humorously called "the A and O of Landscapes" (a reference to their initials matching a common German reference to the Alpha and Omega).

Pubblicato il 19/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Sanford Robinson Gifford | Hudson River School

Sanford Robinson Gifford was born in Greenfield, New York, in 1823. He attended Brown University from 1842-1844 and moved to New York City in 1845 where he studied drawing, perspective and anatomy under the direction of the British watercolorist and drawing-master, John R. Smith. He also studied the human figure in anatomy classes at the Crosby Street Medical college and took drawing classes at the National Academy of Design. In 1846 he visited the Berkshire Hills and the Catskill Mountains, sketching from nature.

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Franz Richard Unterberger | Romantic landscape painter

Austrian painter Franz Richard Unterberger [1838-1902], a Romantic style painter of waterscapes, landscapes, architecture and Genre, was born in Innsbruck, in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, on 15th August 1838, one of eleven children of a wealthy bourgeois family. He decided to pursue a career as an artist at a relatively young age and enrolled in the Academy in Munich. Here he studied with Albert Zimmerman [1808-1888] a professor and landscape painter at the Academy and with Julius Lange [1817-1878]. It was as a painter of Alpine landscapes that Unterberger first drew recognition, views particularly set in his native Tyrol. In 1860 Unterberger continued his studies in Düsseldorf; in what was to be a particularly significant period he was much taken by the work of Oswald Aschenbach [1827-1905] a landscape painter and his brother Andreas [1815-1910] also a landscape painter who worked extensively in Scandinavia before moving to Italy in the 1870’s.

Pubblicato il 16/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Alexei Butirskiy, 1974 | Symbolist cityscape painter

Born in Moscow, Russian painter Алексей Бутырский entered Moscow Art College in 1992. In 1996 he completed his studies at the Art College and graduated with an Excellence Diploma. In 1998 he graduated from the Russian Academy of the Arts where he studied under respected professor, L.S. Hasyanova.

Pubblicato il 15/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Viatcheslav Plotnikov, 1962 | Glamour of Monte Carlo

Viatcheslav Plotnikov was born in Russia. Since a young boy, Plotnikov knew which road his professional life would take. He couldn't of course have foreseen the good fortune he would have, but was however reassured and encouraged by his teachers of the art school: they recognised in him a great pictorial energy and sensed his talent.
Plotnikov was sustained by an intense desire to know and by an unshakeable will to perfect his work: he knew how important it was to master every technique and every style, because from this knowledge he would have been able to germinate a new art.
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Caravaggio | Baroque Era painter | Quotes /Aforismi

'Prendo in prestito dei corpi e degli oggetti, li dipingo per ricordare a me stesso la magia dell'equilibrio che regola l'universo tutto. In questa magia l'anima mia risuona dell'Unico Suono che mi riporta a Dio'.
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Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret | The petit Savoyard eating in front of an entrance to a house, 1877

Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (January 7, 1852 - July 3, 1929), was one of the leading French artists of the Naturalist school.
He was born in Paris, the son of a tailor, and was raised by his grandfather after his father emigrated to Brazil. Later he added his grandfather's name, Bouveret, to his own.
From 1869 he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Alexandre Cabanel and Jean-Léon Gérôme. In 1873 he opened his own studio with a fellow student Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois.

Pubblicato il 13/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Alexandre-Auguste Hirsch | Academic painter

Auguste-Alexandre Hirsch (Lyon 1833 - Paris 1911) was an French Academic painter. Hirsch's artistic career was marked by diversity. Beginning in 1857, when Hirsh debuted at age twenty-four, the artist's early submissions to the Paris Salons included portraits as well as religious, Genre and historical subjects. A visit to Morocco in 1870 inspired his mature period and its focus on the women in and around the community of Tetuán. This study of "exotic" women may have informed the present work of an alluring figure stretched across a gauzy white cloud, her jet-black hair flowing across a midnight-blue sky, her alabaster skin shimmering with reflected starlight.
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Andre Dluhos, 1940 ~ Abstract Palette Knife painter | Part. 2

Andre Dluhos is an Czech painter, known for working in the Abstract style. For biographical notes on Dluhos and his earlier works see Part 1.
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John Joseph Enneking | Tonalist/Impressionist painter

John Joseph Enneking (1841-1916) was born on an Ohio farm and orphaned as a teenager. Enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. Severely wounded in action and discharged from service. Went to New York and then to Boston to take art lessons. Spent most of his life in Boston and New England area. Trained in lithography and study in Europe. 1872, went abroad for four years. Studied landscape painting at Munich Academy in Germany and figure painting in Paris.

Pubblicato il 10/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Olga Boznanska | Impressionist painter

Polish painter Olga Boznańska (April 15, 1865 - October 26, 1940) was a notable female painter in Poland and Europe and was stylistically associated with the French impressionism.
Boznańska was born in Kraków during foreign partitions of Poland. She was the daughter of a railway engineer, Adam Nowina Boznański, and Eugenia née Mondan. Boznańska learned drawing first with Józef Siedlecki and Kazimierz Pochwalski locally. She studied at the Adrian Baraniecki School for Women. She débuted in 1886 at the Kraków Association of Friends of Fine Arts exhibition.

Pubblicato il 09/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Hans Zatzka | Madonna with the Infant Jesus, 1930

Austrian artist Hans Zatzka was born in 1859 in Vienna. He spent his childhood in the 19th district of Vienna, Braytenzeer Strasse, 2. His artistic talent was noticeable at an early age. From 1877-1882 Hans Zatska studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, his teacher was Professor Blaas. Hans Zatska achieved great success and in 1880 was awarded a gold medal. After graduation, he made several research trips to Italy, and later studied fresco painting in churches and portraits. Hans Zatska’s favourite genre of painting is ideal images of women and cupids.
For the life of Hans Zatska earned a religious painting, the painting of churches and altars. He lived in his home studio, absorbed in his work. Hans Zatska never took pupils. Hans Zatska died on the 17th of December 1945.

Pubblicato il 06/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Kazimir Malevich | Cubist/Geometric abstract painter

Kazimir Severinovič Malevič | Казимир Северинович Малевич, (born Feb 23 [Feb. 11, old style], 1878, near Kiev-died May 15, 1935, Leningrad), Russian painter, who was the founder of the Suprematist school of Abstract painting.
Malevich was trained at the Kiev School of Art and the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts. In his early work he followed Impressionism as well as Fauvism, and, after a trip to Paris in 1912, he was influenced by Picasso and Cubism. As a member of the Jack of Diamonds group, he led the Russian Cubist movement.

Pubblicato il 05/03/15 ed aggiornato il

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Marie Bracquemond | Les grandes dames de l'Impressionnisme

Marie Bracquemond (1840-1916) was a French Impressionist artist described retrospectively by Henri Focillon in 1928 as one of "Les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. However, her frequent omission from books on women artists is attributable to the efforts of her husband, Félix Bracquemond, who sought to thwart her development and recognition as an artist. His objections to her career were not based on gender but on the style she adopted-Impressionism.
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