Sunday, July 31, 2011

Charonton, Enguerrand

The Coronation of Mary
Oil n panel, 183 x 220 cm
Hospice, Villeneuve-les-Avignon

Enguerrand Charonton (c. 1410 – c. 1466) was a French painter and manuscript illuminator whose few surviving works are among the first masterpieces of a distinctively French style, very different from either Italian or Early Netherlandish painting.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chardin, Jean Siméon

The Silver Tureen
c. 1728
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 1/2 in. (76.2 x 108 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Yor

Jean Siméon Chardin (1699 – 1779)
French painter.
He was one of the supreme artists of the eighteenth century and probably the greatest master of still life in the history of painting.
Carefully balanced composition, soft diffusion of light, and granular impasto characterize his work.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Maclise, Daniel

A Scene from 'Undine'
Oil on canvas
45 x 61 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

Maclise, Daniel (1806 - 1870)
Irish painter.
He became the leading history painter of his period.
He was handsome, charming, and popular with fellow artists. Grandiose history painting was only one side to his talent, however, for he also excelled as a caricaturist, and is particularly noted for a series of character portraits of literary men and women.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Compe, Jan ten

Haarlem: View of the Town Hall
Oil on panel
29 x 37 cm
Private collection

Dutch painter
Compe, Jan ten (1713 - 1761)
He produced mostly views of country houses and townscapes.
His works were very popular, one painting sometimes fetching as much as 2000 florins.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dürer, Albrecht

Self-Portrait at 26
Oil on panel
52 x 41 cm
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

Dürer, Albrecht (1471 – 1528)
Albrecht Dürer was a German painter.
Dürer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, have secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance.
This is reinforced by his theoretical treatises, which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dürer, Albrecht

Self-Portrait at 28 (Self-Portrait in Furcoat)
Oil on panel
67 x 49 cm (26 1/4" x 19 1/4")
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) was a German painter.
His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Everdingen, Caesar van

Joueuse de Cistre
Before 1678
Musée des beaux-arts de Rouen

Everdingen, Caesar van (1617 - 1678)
Dutch Golden Age portrait and history painter.
He was born in Alkmaar and educated in Utrecht.
Many of his pictures are to be seen in the museums and private houses of the Netherlands, with several on display at the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bazille, Frederic

Bazille's Studio; 9 rue de la Condamine
Oil on canvas
38 1/2 x 50 1/2 in. (98 x 128.5 cm)
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Jean Frédéric Bazille (1841 – 1870).
He was born in Montpellier, France, into a wealthy Protestant family.
He became interested in painting after seeing some works of Eugène Delacroix.
Many of Bazille's major works are examples of figure painting in which Bazille placed the subject figure within a landscape painted en plein air.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Modigliani, Amedeo

Portrait of Jeanne Hébuterne
Oil on canvas
46 × 29 cm (18.1 × 11.4")
Private collection, Paris

Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884–1920) .
Italian artist who worked mainly in France.
Primarily a figurative artist, he became known for paintings and sculptures in a modern style characterized by mask-like faces and elongation of form.
He died in Paris of tubercular meningitis, exacerbated by poverty, overwork and addiction to alcohol and narcotics.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille

c. 1866
Oil on canvas
132.8 x 97.6 cm (52 1/4 x 38 3/8 in)
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille (1796-1875).
French painter.
Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century.
He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gentileschi, Artemisia

Self-Portrait as a Female Martyr
c. 1615
Oil on panel
12 1/2 x 9 3/4 in (31.8 x 24.8 cm)
Private collection

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 –1652)
Italian Early Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation influenced by Caravaggio.
In an era when women painters were not easily accepted by the artistic community, she was the first female painter to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fra Angelico

The Virgin of the Annunciation
Museum of San Marco, Florence.

Angelico, Fra (c. 1400-55).
Florentine painter, a Dominican friar.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Leighton, Frederic

The Music Lesson
oil on canvas
92.7x95.2 cms
Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London

Leighton, Frederic (1830-96)
English painter and sculptor.
His works depicted historical, biblical and classical subject matter.
After his death, his house in Holland Park, London has been turned into a museum, the Leighton House Museum.
It contains a number of his drawings and paintings, as well as some of his sculptures.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Delvaux, Paul

Óleo sobre tabla
99,5 x 124 cm
Colección del Estado Belga. Bruselas

Paul Delvaux (1897 – 1994).
Belgian painter, famous for his surrealist paintings of female nudes.
The paintings Delvaux became famous for usually feature numbers of nude women who stare as if hypnotized, gesturing mysteriously, sometimes reclining incongruously in a train station or wandering through classical buildings.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fra Angelico

The Annunciation and Life of the Virgin (in the predella)
c. 1426,
tempera on wood
194 x 194 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Angelico, Fra (c. 1400-55).
Florentine painter, a Dominican friar.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fra Angelico

c. 1437-1446
Museo San Marco, Florence

Angelico, Fra (c. 1400-55).
Florentine painter, a Dominican friar.
Angelico was a highly professional artist, who was in touch with the most advanced developments in contemporary Florentine art and in later life traveled extensively for prestigious commissions.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Everdingen, Caesar van

Portrait of a Girl as a Huntress
c. 1665
Oil on canvas
126 x 106 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Everdingen, Caesar van (1617 - 1678)
Dutch Golden Age portrait and history painter.
Many of his pictures are to be seen in the museums and private houses of the Netherlands.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Parrish, Maxfield

oil on panel
26 1/2" x 43 1/2"
privately owned

Maxfield Parrish (1870 – 1966)
American painter.
He is known for his distinctive saturated hues and idealized neo-classical imagery.
His work defies categorization since he was part of no traditional movement or school, and developed an original and individual style. However, his work has been highly influential.
The Elton John album Caribou has a Parrish background.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tanguy, Yves

Indefinite Divisibility
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 88.9 cm (40 x 35 in)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Tanguy, Yves (1900-55).
French-born American painter.
Originally a merchant seaman, he was impelled to take up painting after seeing pictures by
Chirico and in 1925 joined the Surrealist group.
His paintings have a unique, immediately recognizable style of nonrepresentational surrealism. They show vast, abstract landscapes, mostly in a tightly limited palette of colors, only occasionally showing flashes of contrasting color accents.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Fra Angelico

Presentation in the Temple
158 x 136 cm
Cell 10, Convent of San Marco, Florence

Angelico, Fra (c. 1400-55).
Florentine painter, a Dominican friar.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Everdingen, Caesar van

Young Woman Warming her Hands over a Brazier
ca. 1650 (1644-1652)
Oil on canvas
97 × 81 cm (38.2 × 31.9 in)
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Everdingen, Caesar van (1617 - 1678)
Dutch Golden Age portrait and history painter.
He was born in Alkmaar and educated in Utrecht.
Many of his pictures are to be seen in the museums and private houses of the Netherlands, with several on display at the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Winterhalter, Franz Xaver

Portrait of Leonilla, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
oil on canvas
56 × 83 1/2 in
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), German painter, the most successful court portraitist of his period.
Concerning Winterhalter’s method of working, it is thought that, practiced as he was at drawing and representing figures, he painted directly onto the canvas without making preliminary studies. He frequently decided upon the dress and pose of the sitter. His style was suave, cosmopolitan and plausible.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Overbeck, Friedrich

Italia and Germania
after 1828
Oil on canvas
95 x 105 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

German painter (1789 - 1869)
He painted in a consciously archaic style, clear and sincere but rather pallid, based on the work of Perugino and the young Raphael.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Raphael Sanzio

Portrait of Maddalena Doni
Oil on panel, 63 x 45 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

Raphael (1483 – 1520) was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings and drawings.

The composition of the portraits resembles that of the Mona Lisa: the figures are presented in the same way in respect to the picture plane, and their hands, like those of the Mona Lisa, are placed on top of one another.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Winterhalter, Franz Xaver

The First of May 1851
Oil on canvas, 107 x 130 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

German painter (1805 - 1873)
This picture shows the Duke of Wellington offering a gift to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Prince Arthur, in a scene resembling the Adoration of the Magi.
The painting was commissioned by Queen Victoria to commemorate the 1st of May 1851, which held a threefold significance: it was the first birthday of Prince Arthur, the eighty-second birthday of prince's godfather the Duke of Wellington, and the opening day of the Great Exhibition. Prince Arthur holds Lily-of-the-valley, a traditional 1st of May gift said to bring good luck. The Crystal Palace can be seen in the background.

Correggio, Antonio

Noli Me Tangere
c. 1525
Oil on panel transferred to canvas
130 x 103 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Antonio Allegri da Correggio (c. 1489 – 1534), usually known as Correggio, was the foremost painter of the Parma school of the Italian Renaissance, who was responsible for some of the most vigorous and sensuous works of the 16th century.
In his use of dynamic composition, illusionistic perspective and dramatic foreshortening, Correggio prefigured the Rococo art of the 18th century.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fra Angelico

Noli Me Tangere
180 x 146 cm
Cell 1, Convent of San Marco, Florence

Angelico, Fra (c. 1400-55).
Florentine painter, a Dominican friar.
Although in popular tradition he has been seen as `not an artist properly so-called but an inspired saint' , Angelico was in fact a highly professional artist, who was in touch with the most advanced developments in contemporary Florentine art and in later life travelled extensively for prestigious commissions.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Altdorfer, Albrecht

The Battle of Issus
Oil on canvas
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Altdorfer, Albrecht (c1480-1538)
Altdorfer is one of the most important representatives of the Danube School of Painting, which was dominated by an interest in landscape.
His most important work is the Battle of Issus. This work, which gives a sense of infinity through its use of panoramic landscape and thousands of minute figures, was a new development in battle painting.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Caffi, Ippolito

Snow and Fog on the Grand Canal
c. 1840
Oil on canvas
16 x 42 cm
Museo d'Arte Moderna, Ca' Pesaro, Venice

Caffi, Ippolito. Italian painter (1809 - 1866)
He is a highly fascinating artist and romantic figure, among the greatest and most original vedutisti of 19th-century Italy.
During his short yet intense lifetime he achieved great fame and admiration.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bernard, Emile

Huile sur toile
61 cm x 91 cm
Peint en 1890
Albi, musée Toulouse-Lautrec

Emile Bernard (1868 - 1941)
French painter.
Known as a Post-Impressionist painter.
Most of his notable work was accomplished at a young age, in the years 1886 through 1897.
Less known is Bernard's literary work, comprising plays, poetry, and art criticism as well as art historical statements that contain first hand information on the crucial period of modern art to which Bernard had contributed.

Picasso, Pablo

Family of Saltimbanques
oil on canvas
212.8 x 229.6 cm (83 3/4 x 90 3/8 in.)
Chester Dale Collection

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Spanish painter.
He used the circus performers to refer to the artist's alienation and outsider image, particularly the image of a modern artist breaking new ground.
This painting depicts Picasso and his acquaintances(artist friends and girlfriend) dressed as acrobats from a circus.
It serves as an allegory of the position of an artist outside of mainstream society.
There is a certain level of somberness, but it ultimately showcases dignity in their choice of lifestyle.

Family of Saltimbanques is a major painting by Picasso from this time, with the height and width measuring more than two meters.