Saturday, April 30, 2011
View of Delft
c. 1660-61 Oil on canvas
96.5 x 115.7 cm
Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, The Hague
Jan or Johannes Vermeer van Delft (1632 - 1675).
Dutch genre painter who lived and worked in Delft, created some of the most exquisite paintings in Western art.
His works are rare.
Of the 35 or 36 paintings generally attributed to him, most portray figures in interiors.
All his works are admired for the sensitivity with which he rendered effects of light and color and for the poetic quality of his images.
Posted by merryhaha at 02:03
Friday, April 29, 2011
Portrait of a Nude Woman (the 'Fornarina')
Oil on panel
85 x 60 cm
Galleria Nazionale, Rome
Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520)
Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop, and despite his death at thirty-seven, a large body of his work remains.
He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.
After his death, the influence of his great rival Michelangelo was more widespread until the 18th and 19th centuries, when Raphael's more serene and harmonious qualities were again regarded as the highest models.
Posted by merryhaha at 03:57
Thursday, April 28, 2011
A Woman in the Sun
1961, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches,
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Hopper, Edward (1882-1967). American painter.
He painted American landscapes and cityscapes with a disturbing truth, expressing the world around him as a chilling, alienating, and often vacuous place.
Everybody in a Hopper picture appears terribly alone.
Hopper soon gained a widespread reputation as the artist who gave visual form to the loneliness and boredom of life in the big city.
Posted by merryhaha at 03:42
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Angel of Death
Oil on canvas, 146 x 113 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Vernet, Horace (1789 - 1863)
He was one of the most prolific of French military painters, specializing in scenes of the Napoleonic era.
He remained an ardent Bonapartist, and his chief work was the huge Gallery of Battles at Versailles, painted for Louis Philippe.
He also did animal and Oriental subjects.
Posted by merryhaha at 11:32
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand
oil on canvas
32 x 23.5 inches (81 x 60 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)
French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.
Posted by merryhaha at 02:53
Monday, April 25, 2011
Oil on canvas, 212 x 112 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina (1475? - 1536)
He was one of the most important early Renaissance painters in Spain.
Of morisco origin, he went to Italy to study art, in the process becoming familiar with the work of Leonardo da Vinci.
Upon his return to Spain, he collaborated with Hernando de los Llanos on a number of pieces.
Posted by merryhaha at 09:59
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The Jewish Bride
Oil on canvas, 121,5 x 166,5 cm
Rembrandt, Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 - 1669)
He was born in Leiden on July 15, 1606.
His family life was marked by misfortune.
Between 1635 and 1641 Saskia(his wife) gave birth to four children, but only the last, Titus, survived; her own death came in 1642- at the age of 30.
Hendrickje Stoffels, engaged as his housekeeper about 1649, eventually became his common-law wife and was the model for many of his pictures.
His personal life, continued to be marred by sorrow.
His beloved Hendrickje died in 1663, and his son, Titus, in 1668- only 27 years of age.
Eleven months later, on October 4, 1669, Rembrandt died in Amsterdam.
Posted by merryhaha at 06:46
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Still-Life with an Aquamanile, Fruit, and a Nautilus Cup
Oil on canvas, 111 x 84 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Kalf, Willem (1622 - 1693)
One of the most celebrated of all sill-life painters.
His pictures have often been compared with those of Vermeer because of his masterly handling of texture and his ability to manipulate warm and cool colours (he frequently contrasts the reddish browns in a carpet with the yellow of a peeled lemon and the blue and white of porcelain).
Posted by merryhaha at 03:11
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis
Oil on canvas
David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825), French painter.
He was painter to the king, Louis XVI, who had been the purchaser of his principal works, and his popularity was soon immense.
At the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789, David was carried away by the flood of enthusiasm that made all the intellect of France believe in a new era of equality and emancipation from all the ills of life.
Posted by merryhaha at 06:16
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Oil on oak panel, 26 x 37 cm
Flemish painter (1587 - 1633)
Born and raised in Antwerp, Martin Ryckaert traveled to Italy and then became a member of the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke.
His work was characterized by rocky forest landscapes, often with waterfalls, ruins, and architecture, in what was then regarded as, and called, the "Italian manner."
Due to a birth defect, he had only one arm.
Posted by merryhaha at 03:45
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Oil on canvas
32 x 25 1/2 in (81.3 x 65 cm)
J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California
Renoir, Pierre Auguste (1841-1919)
He seems to have had the enviable ability to see anything as potentially of interest.
More than any of the Impressionists, he found beauty and charm in the modern sights of Paris.
He does not go deep into the substance of what he sees but seizes upon its appearance, grasping its generalities, which then enables the spectator to respond with immediate pleasure.
Posted by merryhaha at 07:23
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Girl in the Woods
Oil on canvas
Vincent Willem van Gogh (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.
He suffered from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness throughout his life and died, largely unknown, at the age of 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Tragically, Van Gogh died not knowing the acclaim his art would receive.
Today his legacy is immortal and he will be forever known as one of the greatest artists of the modern era.
Posted by merryhaha at 07:49
Monday, April 18, 2011
Portrait of a Woman
Oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm
Marastoni, Jakab (1804 - 1860)
Hungarian painter of Italian descent.
He was one of the most productive Hungarian painters of his age.
The delicate touch, the warm colours and the harmonic composition made him popular with the public.
Posted by merryhaha at 09:22
Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Old Tower in the Fields
Oil on Canvas on Cardboard
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) is generally considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, though he had little success during his lifetime.
His fame grew rapidly after his death especially following a showing of 71 of van Gogh's paintings in Paris on March 17, 1901 (11 years after his death).
Posted by merryhaha at 16:25
The Thames at Westminster (Westminster Bridge)
Oil on canvas
47 x 72.5 cm (18 1/2 x 28 1/2")
Collection Lord Astor of Hever; National Gallery, London
Claude Monet (French, 1840 –1926), was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.
Posted by merryhaha at 02:02
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Woman in a Fur Coat
Oil on canvas, 95 x 63 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Tiziano, Vecellio (1490 - 1576)
Titian was recognized as a towering genius in his own time
and his reputation as one of the giants of art has never been seriously questioned.
He was supreme in every branch of painting and his achievements were so varied - ranging from the joyous evocation of pagan antiquity in his early mythologies to the depths of tragedy in his late religious paintings that he has been an inspiration to artists of very different character.
Posted by merryhaha at 16:03
Oil on panel, 49 x 73 cm
Dutch painter, Haarlem school (1628 - 1686).
Five of Frans Hals's sons were painters.
Harmen Hals, Frans Hals the Younger (1618-1669) and Reynier Hals (1627-1671) were all genre painters, while Nicolaes Hals specialized in landscape printing, and Johannes Hals (1635-74) painted portraits, genre and history subjects.
Posted by merryhaha at 06:24
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Young Redhead in an Evening Dress
Oil on canvas
Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA
Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920)
He developed a unique style.
Today his graceful portraits and lush nudes at once evoke his name, but during his brief career few apart from his fellow artists were aware of his gifts.
Modigliani had to struggle against poverty and chronic ill health, dying of tuberculosis and excesses of drink and drugs at the age of 35.
Posted by merryhaha at 10:57
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Siege of Cosel
Oil on canvas, 202 x 305 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich
German painter (1766 - 1853).
He developed his father(landscape painter)'s style of landscape painting as well as producing a number of battle pictures.
Stylistically, Kobell based his work on Dutch art.
He spent time in Paris, but evaded the influence of the theatrical battle scenes in vogue there.
Posted by merryhaha at 03:12
Monday, April 11, 2011
Pauline Eleanore de Galard de Brassac de Bearn, Princesse de Broglie
Oil on canvas
47 3/4 x 35 3/4 in
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique (1780-1867).
French painter, the son of a minor painter and sculptor.
He is a puzzling artist and his career is full of contradictions.
He was a bourgeois with the limitations of a bourgeois mentality, but as Baudelaire remarked, his finest works `are the product of a deeply sensuous nature'.
Posted by merryhaha at 09:21
Sunday, April 10, 2011
View of Dresden from the Loessnitz Heights
Oil on canvas, 103 x 156 cm
Thiele, Johann Alexander (1685 - 1752)
German Baroque painter and etcher.
From 1729 he was court painter in Arnstadt, then from 1738 court painter in Dresden.
He specialized in landscape painting.
Thiele was perhaps the first to carry the art to perfection in Germany.
Posted by merryhaha at 01:48
Saturday, April 9, 2011
The Fountain of Youth
Lime panel, 122,5 x 186,5 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553) was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving.
He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced with enthusiasm, becoming a close friend of Martin Luther.
Posted by merryhaha at 13:04
Friday, April 8, 2011
Oil on canvas, 56 x 43 cm
Veerendael, Nicolaes van (1626 - 1691)
He was a member of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke by 1657. Apart from some allegorical scenes with monkeys in the style of Jan Breughel the Elder and David Teniers the Younger, van Veerendael painted flower-pieces.
Posted by merryhaha at 08:38
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Arab Tent
Oil on canvas, 154 x 226 cm
Wallace Collection, London
Landseer, Sir Edwin Henry (1802 - 1873)
English painter, sculptor, and engraver of animal subjects.
He was the favourite painter of Queen Victoria and his friends included Dickens and Thackeray.
Posted by merryhaha at 09:31
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Boy with a Lute
Oil on canvas
28 3/8 x 23 1/4 in. (72.1 x 59.1 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Frans Hals (the Elder) (c. 1580 – 1666) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.
He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art.
Hals was also instrumental in the evolution of 17th century group portraiture.
Posted by merryhaha at 09:38
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Femme se promenant dans une foret exotique (Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest)
Oil on canvas, 99.9 x 80.7 cm (39 3/8 x 31 3/4 in)
The Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania
Rousseau, Henri, known as Le Douanier Rousseau (1844-1910).
French painter, the most celebrated of naïve artists.
His character was extraordinarily ingenuous and he suffered much ridicule (although he sometimes interpreted sarcastic remarks literally and took them as praise) as well as enduring great poverty.
However, his faith in his own abilities never wavered.
Posted by merryhaha at 06:58
Monday, April 4, 2011
Le Bouddha (The Buddha)
Pastel on paper
98 x 73 cm (35 1/2 x 28 3/4 in)
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Redon, Odilon (1840-1916).
French painter and graphic artist, one of the outstanding figures of Symbolism.
He remained virtually unknown to the public until the publication of J.K. Huysmans's celebrated novel A Rebours in 1884; the book's hero, a disenchanted aristocrat who lives in a private world of perverse delights, collects Redon's drawings, and with his mention in this classic expression of decadence, Redon too became associated with the movement.
Posted by merryhaha at 08:02
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Grapes
Oil on canvas
38.5 x 46.5 cm (15 1/8 x 18 1/4 in)
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg; No. 3KP 1580.
Formerly collection Bernhard Koehler, Berlin
Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) , one of the creators of modern art, was called the ``solidifier of Impressionism''.
And indeed he does not draw his picture before painting it: instead, he creates space and depth of perspective by means of planes of color, which are freely associated and at the same time contrasted and compared.
Posted by merryhaha at 08:07
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
Oil and gold on canvas
138 x 138 cm
Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement.
His major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Oil on canvas, 108 x 82 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Belgian painter (1764 - 1840)
Van Dael trained at the Academy in Antwerp, winning prizes for architecture in 1784 and 1785.
He began his career as a decorator of buildings.
Under the influence of his contemporaries, he turned to flower painting, a speciality in which he achieved great success.