Sunday, February 27, 2011

Munch, Edvard

Eye in Eye, 1894
Oil on canvas
136 x 110 cm
Munch Museum

Munch, Edvard (1863 – 1944)
Norwegian Symbolist painter, printmaker and an important forerunner of expressionist art.

Dalí, Salvador

Protect her from Fortune’s Mistakes-Marquis de Sade
Hand signed in 1969
25 5/8" x 19 5/8" on archival paper.

Dalí, Salvador (1904 – 1989)
Prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fragonard, Jean Honore

The Love Letter
Oil on canvas
67 x 83.2 cm
(26.38" x 32.76")
Metropolitan Museum of Art (Manhattan, New York, United States)

Fragonard, Jean Honore (1732-1806)
French painter and printmaker whose late Rococo manner was distinguished by remarkable facility, exuberance, and hedonism.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Velazquez, Diego Rodriguez de Silva

Prince Baltasar Carlos as Hunter
Oil on canvas
103 x 191 cm
(3' 4.55" x 6' 3.2")
Museo del Prado (Madrid, Spain)

Velazquez, Diego Rodriguez de Silva (1599-1660)
Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tiziano, Vecellio

The Venus of Urbino
before 1538
Oil on canvas, 119 x 165 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Tiziano, Vecellio (c. 1488/1490 – 1576)
Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school.
His painting methods, particularly in the application and use of color, would exercise a profound influence not only on painters of the Italian Renaissance, but on future generations of Western art.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cranach, Lucas the Elder

Cupid Complaining to Venus
Oil on wood, 81,3 x 54,6 cm
National Gallery, London

Cranach, Lucas the Elder (1472 - 1553)
German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving.
He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Giorgione, Giorgio da Castelfranco

Venus Asleep
c. 1510
Oil on canvas
108 x 175 cm
Gemaeldegallerie Alte Meister, Dresden

Giorgione, Giorgio da Castelfranco (c. 1477/8 – 1510)
Italian painter of the High Renaissance in Venice.
Giorgione is known for the elusive poetic quality of his work, though only about six surviving paintings are acknowledged for certain to be his work.
The resulting uncertainty about the identity and meaning of his art has made Giorgione one of the most mysterious figures in European painting.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Redon, Odilon

Porträt der Violette Heymann
72 × 92 cm
Museum of Art Cleveland (Ohio)

Redon, Odilon  (1840–1916) 
French Symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Picasso, Pablo

La Vie (Life)
Oil on canvas
196.5 x 128.5 cm
Zervos I, 179
The Cleveland Museum of Art

Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)
Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor who lived most of his adult life in France.

Friday, February 18, 2011

van Eyck, Jan

Madonna with the Child Reading
Oil on wood
19.5 x 26.5 cm
(7.68" x 10.43")
National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia)

van Eyck, Jan (1395-1441)
Flemish painter active in Bruges and considered one of the best Northern European painters of the 15th century.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hopper, Edward

Western Motel
Oil on canvas
Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Connecticut, United States)

Hopper, Edward (1882-1967)
Prominent American realist painter and printmaker.
While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching.
In both his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

COROT, Jean-Baptiste Camille

Farm at Recouvrière...
oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

A Girl at a Window
Oil on oak
66 x 82 cm
(25.98" x 32.28")
Dulwich College (London, United Kingdom)

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606- 1669)
Dutch painter and etcher.
He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history.
His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.
Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships.
Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters.
Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible.
His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bruegel, Pieter the Elder

The Tower of Babel
Oil on oak panel
114 x 155 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna

Bruegel, Pieter the Elder (1525?-1569)
Flemish Renaissance painter and printmaker known for his landscapes and peasant scenes.
He is sometimes referred to as "Peasant Bruegel" to distinguish him from other members of the Brueghel dynasty, but is also the one generally meant when the context does not make clear which "Bruegel" is being referred to.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Murillo, Bartolome Esteban

Two Women at a Window
 c. 1670
Oil on canvas
41 3/4 x 50 in (106 x 127 cm)
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Murillo, Bartolome Esteban (1617-82)
Spanish Baroque painter.
Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a considerable number of paintings of contemporary women and children.
These lively, realist portraits of flower girls, street urchins, and beggars constitute an extensive and appealing record of the everyday life of his times.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Millet, Jean-François

Oil on canvas, 86 x 111 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Millet, Jean-François (1814 – 1875)
French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France.
Millet is noted for his scenes of peasant farmers; he can be categorized as part of the naturalism and realism movements.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Constable, John

The White Horse
Oil on canvas
51 3/4 x 74 1/8 in. (131.4 x 188.3 cm)
Frick Collection, New York

Constable, John (1776 – 1837)
English Romantic painter.
Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as "Constable Country"—which he invested with an intensity of affection.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Botticelli, Sandro

The birth of Venus
c. 1485
Tempera on canvas
172.5 x 278.5 cm (67 7/8 x 109 5/8 in.)
Uffizi, Florence

Botticelli, Sandro (c. 1445-1510)
Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance (Quattrocento).
After his death his reputation was eclipsed longer and more thoroughly than that of any other major European artist.
His posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TURNER, Joseph Mallord William

Quillebeuf, at the Mouth of Seine
Oil on canvas, 88 x 120 cm
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

TURNER, Joseph Mallord William (1775 – 1851)
English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker.
Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated  landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chagall, Marc

Dedicated to my Fiancée
Oil on canvas
196 x 114.5 cm
Kunstmuseum, Berne

Chagall, Marc (1887-1985)
Belarusian (that time Russian Empire) French artist, associated with several key art movements and was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Gogh, Vincent van

The Starry Night
Oil on Canvas
72 x 92 cm (29 x 36 1/4 in)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Gogh, Vincent van (1853-1890)
Generally considered the greatest Dutch painter and draughtsman after Rembrandt.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Perrault, Léon Bazile

The Apple Picker
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 103.5 cm
(30" x 3' 4¾")
Private collection

Perrault, Léon Bazile (1832-1908) was a French painter. A student of William Bouguereau and François-Edouard Picot.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gogh, Vincent van

Oil on canvas
92 x 73.5 cm (36 1/4 x 29 in)
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

Gogh, Vincent van (1853 - 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Holbein, Hans

The Virgin and Child with the family of Burgomaster Meyer
Altar-painting; oil on wood
146.5 x 102 cm (57 5/8 x 40 1/8 in.)
Schlossmuseum, Darmstadt

Hans Holbein (c.1498-1543) was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.
He also produced religious art, satire and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

David, Gerard

The Rest on the Flight to Egypt
c. 1510
Oil on panel
17 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (45 x 45 cm)
National Gallery of Art, Washington

David, Gerard (c. 1460-1523)
Netherlandish painter, born in Oudewater.
He was the leading painter in Bruges following the death of Memling.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spilliaert, Leon

The Posts
Indian ink wash and crayon
65 x 50 cm
Spilliaert, Leon (1881-1946)
Private collection