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Cristiano Banti | Macchiaioli painter

Cristiano Banti (4 January 1824 - 4 December 1904) was an Italian genre and landscape painter. He was a leading figure in the Macchiaioli movement of Tuscany.
Banti was born into a middle class family in Santa Croce sull'Arno. A scholarship enabled him to study at the Accademia di belle arti di Siena with Francesco Nenci.
At this time, he worked in the Neo-Classical style and produced what is perhaps his best-known work, Galileo Facing the Inquisition.
In 1854, he moved to Florence and became an habitué of the Caffè Michelangiolo, an important meeting place for local artists.
It was here that he had his introduction to the Macchiaioli movement.


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Theodor von Hörmann | Impressionist / Genre painter

Theodor von Hörmann (1840-1895) is regarded as the first and only Austrian impressionist painter.
He was born on December 13, 1840 in Imst in Tyrol. He set out to pursue a career as a military officer and taught gymnastics, fencing and freehand drawing in various military schools.
In 1869 Hörmann’s first artistic attempts began with copies of color prints.
He soon turned to painting in oil. In 1872, already 33 years old and totally self-taught, Hörmann began art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Eduard von Lichtenfels.
Among his classmates were the younger students Hugo Darnaut and and Hugo Charlemont. Hörmann gained access to Emil Jakob Schindler, the most important Austrian landscape painter of the period.


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Timoleon Lobrichon | Genre painter

Timoléon Marie Lobrichon (1831-1914) was a French genre scenes and portrait painter.
He received a formal artistic training with François Edouard Picot at the Paris Beaux-Arts Academy.
In 1859, he started exhibiting at the French Artists Salon and was awarded a first class medal in 1868. Lobrichon became one of the most sought after and praised painter for his portraits of children.


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George Sand racconta Chopin

"Lei era appoggiata al pianoforte, e il suo sguardo ardente come brace era su di me. La mia anima aveva trovato un porto.
Mi prese una sorta di languore, nondimeno mi ritirai dal pianoforte con soggezione.
L’ho rivista in seguito altre volte nel suo salotto, con persone dell'aristocrazia francese.
Poi un’altra volta che si trovava sola.
Mi ama, Aurora è un nome magico. La notte è sparita".

Con queste parole, il compositore polacco Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) descriveva nel suo diario, il 10 ottobre 1838, l'incontro a Parigi con la scrittrice Francese George Sand, orgoglioso di essere oggetto non solo del desiderio, ma anche delle attenzioni e delle tenerezze di una donna che, a Parigi, era già considerata una celebrità.

Eugène Delacroix | Portrait of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand, 1838 (unfinished)

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Eugène Girardet | Orientalist painter

Eugène Alexis Girardet (1853-1907) was a French Orientalist painter of Swiss ancestry.
He came from a Swiss Huguenot family. His father was the engraver Paul Girardet. His siblings, Jules, Léon, Paul Armand, Théodore and Julia Antonine (1851-1921), all became artists.
After learning engraving from his father, he studied at the École des Beaux-arts and in the studios of Jean-Léon Gérôme, who encouraged him to visit North Africa in 1874.
He also spent some time in Spain.
In all, he made eight trips to Algeria after 1879 (some with Jules and Léon), especially to the south, around the oases of Biskra, El Kantara and Bou Saâda, where he worked with Étienne Dinet.


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Legge di Murphy: "Il governo si espande fino ad assorbire tutti i redditi e poi ancora un po'!"

Della Murfologia Applicata alla Contabilità | Capitolo Ottavo

Illusione di Frothingham
Il tempo è denaro

Legge di Crane
Niente è gratis.

Prima legge di Parkinson
Il lavoro si espande fino ad occupare tutto il tempo disponibile;
più è il tempo e più il lavoro sembra importante e impegnativo.

Seconda legge di Parkinson
Le spese aumentano fino a raggiungere le entrate.

Legge di Parkinson sulla dilazione
La dilazione è la forma più letale di diniego.

Legge di Wiker
Il governo si espande fino ad assorbire tutti i redditi e poi ancora un pò.

Vincent van Gogh | Sower at Sunset, 1888 | Kröller-Müller Museum

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Karl von Blaas | Academic Classicism painter

Karl von Blaas (28 April 1815 in Nauders - 19 March 1894 in Vienna) was an Austrian painter known for his portraits and religious compositions executed on canvas as well as in the form of frescoes.

Karl Von Blaas was born to a peasant family at Nauders in the Tyrol on 28 April 1815.
He is best known as a history painter and painter of portraits. His first art lessons were in Innsbruck, where he received an education as a writer.
But he was more interested in art, and so, like many painters at the time, he aspired to visit Italy to realize his goal of an in-depth art education. His uncle, a judge in Verona, recognized his talent and gave him financial support for study in Venice, which he undertook in 1832.


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Theodor Josef Ethofer | Genre painter

Theodor Josef Ethofer (October 29, 1849 in Vienna - Leopoldstadt; † October 24, 1915 in Baden near Vienna) was an Austrian painter, known for Figure, genre and Austrian native costume painting.
Theodor Ethofer studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under Carl Wurzinger.
He spent the period from 1872-1887 in Italy, visiting Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sicily, Spain and Tunis, among other places. After a stay in Vienna, he settled in Salzburg in 1898, where he owned a studio in the Künstlerhaus.