Ary Scheffer | Romantic painter

Ary Scheffer (10 February 1795 - 15 June 1858) was a Dutch**-French** Romantic painter.
  • Life
Scheffer was the son of Johan Bernard Scheffer (1765-1809), a portrait painter born in Homberg upon Ohm or Kassel who had moved to the Netherlands in his youth, and Cornelia Lamme (1769-1839), a portrait miniature painter and daughter of the Dordrecht landscape painter Arie Lamme, after whom Arij (later Ary) was named. He had two brothers, the journalist and writer Karel Arnold Scheffer (1796-1853) and the painter Hendrik Scheffer (1798-1862).

George Richmond 1809-1896

George Richmond RA (28 March 1809 - 19 March 1896) was an English painter** and portraitist. In his youth he was a member of The Ancients, a group of followers of William Blake**. Later in life he established a career as a portrait painter, which included painting the portraits of the British gentry, nobility and royalty.
He was the son of Thomas Richmond, miniature-painter, and was the father of the painter William Blake Richmond** as well as the grandfather of the naval historian, Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond.
A keen follower of cricket, Richmond was noted in one obituary as having been "an habitué of Lord's since 1816".

Jan Frans Portaels | A Sicilian Bride,1861

Jean-François Portaels (3 April 1818 - 8 February 1895) was a Belgian** orientalist painter and director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
Portaels was born in Vilvoorde. His father, a rich brewer, sent him to study at the Royal Academy, whose director, François Navez, took him on soon after in his own workshop. About 1841 Portaels went to Paris, where he was well received by Paul Delaroche**.

Frederic Shields 1833-1911

Frederic James Shields (Hartlepool, 14 March 1833 - 26 February 1911, London) was a British artist**, illustrator and designer closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites through Dante Gabriel Rossetti** and Ford Madox Brown**.

Louise Rayner 1832-1924

Louise Ingram Rayner (21 June 1832 - 8 October 1924) was a British** watercolour artist.
  • Family
Rayner was born in Matlock Bath in Derbyshire. Her parents Samuel Rayner and Ann Rayner (née Manser) were both noted artists, Samuel having been accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy when he was 15. Four of Louise's sisters - Ann ("Nancy"), Margaret, Rose and Frances - and her brother Richard were also artists.

Sir William Blake Richmond 1842-1921

Sir William Blake Richmond KCB, RA, PPRBSA (29 November 1842 - 11 February 1921), was a British** portrait painter and a designer of stained glass and mosaic, whose works include mosaic decorations below the dome and in the apse of St Paul's cathedral in London.
He was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford from 1879-1883.

Vincent van Gogh | Drawings

Vincent van Gogh drew thousands of images to better his skills and to fulfill leisure time. He completed over 1,000 drawings, which are known of, from 1877-1890.
Van Gogh saw drawing as a necessary task to build a foundation as an artist and to study form and movement.
However, as he describes, in many of his letters, he also used drawing as an outlet for his depression. | © Van Gogh Gallery

August Von Siegen 1850-1910

August von Siegen (1850-1910) was a German painter** who specialized in cityscapes of in the style of European and "Oriental" -Eastern Mediterranean cities.
He lived in Munich but also lived and worked in Vienna. He travelled across Europe to Holland, Venice and Rome painting the architectural landscapes of cities and towns.
He also travelled to Ismir in Turkey and produced a number of Orientalist paintings. His works are highly popular with crisp, architectural details as in this fine example.

Herman Richir | Academic painter

Herman Jean Joseph Richir (1866-1942) was an Belgian** academic painter and pastelist of foremost high society portraits and figures.
Herman Richir was born on November 4th in the Belgian city of Elsene in 1866. First he studied at the Academy of Sint-Joost-ten-Node ltaught by Gustave Biot and Charles Hermans, then he went to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussel from 1884-1889 led by Jean Portaels.

Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1909

  • "To draw you must close your eyes and sing".
  • "I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else".
  • "I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money".
  • "It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction".
  • "The hidden harmony is better than the obvious".
  • "We don't grow older, we grow riper".
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973)

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