26/06/14

John Singer Sargent - Madame Ramon Subercaseaux, 1880-81

John Singer Sargent [1856-1925] American painter. - Oil on canvas.
Madame Subercaseaux twenty years old at the time, was the newlywed wife (married 1879) of the Chilean consul to Paris Ramón Subercaseaux [1854-1937].
The following is from her diary.
"…His way of painting was light, as his work showed afterwards. He concentrated on each detail and took great care of the effect of each object and colour. He was a man of great skill who felt secure and at ease while working…"

Philip Wilson Steer | Boulogne Sands, 1888-91


Steer, Philip Wilson (1860–1942), British painter, was born in Birkenhead on 28 December 1860, the youngest of three children (one brother, Henry, one sister, Catherine) of Philip Steer (1810–1871), painter, and his wife, Emma Harrison (1816–1898), daughter of the Revd William Harrison. Philip Steer's family were farmers and shipbuilders, originally from Devon. In the early 1840s he gave painting lessons to his future wife in Bideford. They married in 1853 and settled in Birkenhead, where Philip Steer continued to teach and to paint landscapes and portraits in the manner of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Education and early life
In 1864 the family moved to Apsley House, Whitchurch, near Ross-on-Wye, and the children were taught at home by a governess. Between 1875 and 1877 Philip Wilson Steer followed his brother to Hereford Cathedral school. From 1878 to 1880 he was enrolled at Gloucester School of Art under John Kemp and the following year was spent at the drawing schools of the Department of Science and Art, South Kensington. He was refused entry to the Royal Academy Schools in 1882. He travelled instead to Paris, and from 1882 to 1883 he was registered at the Académie Julian under William Adolphe Bouguereau, and then at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1883, where he studied for one year under Rudolph Cabanel. In Paris he remained securely within a circle of English and American students and was largely unaware of more recent developments in French art. Following the introduction of a French language examination at the École he returned to England the next summer. He acquired a studio in Manresa Road, Chelsea, and began the first of his many summer painting expeditions, at first to Walberswick in Suffolk, a favoured location of plein-air painters such as Walter Osborne. Early paintings such as Girl at a Well (1884; priv. coll.) reflected the influence of the French painters such as Jules Bastien-Lepage and, it has been suggested, of Corot (Laughton, 8).

Isaac Levitan ~ Spring in Italy

© Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. / Isaak Ilyich Levitan,  (born Aug. 18 [Aug. 30, New Style], 1860, Kibarty, Suvalksky province, Russia [now Kibartay, Lith.]—died July 22 [Aug. 4], 1900, Moscow, Russia), Lithuanian-born Jewish painter who was one of Russia’s most influential landscape artists and the founder of what has been called the “mood landscape.”

Sir William Russell Flint | Raquel And Manuela

Sir William Russell Flint (British, 1880-1969) was surely the greatest watercolour painter of the last century. In a lifetime spanning almost ninety years he fulfilled the role of devoted husband and father, medical illustrator, naval officer, etcher and painter. He enjoyed a dedicated following, was honoured and admired by his peers, and knighted by his monarch.

24/06/14

Evariste Carpentier | Love is in the air

Évariste Carpentier, (1845 in Kuurne - 1922 in Liège), was a Belgian painter of Genre scenes and animated landscapes. Over the years, his painting evolved from the academic art to Impressionism. He is, alongside Emile Claus, one of the earliest representatives of Luminism in Belgium.

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