15/11/14

Myron G. Barlow - Apples, 1914

Myron G. Barlow [1873-1937] was raised in Detroit, Michigan and remained deeply associated with that city even after he moved to France, where he lived for most of his life. His artistic career began during his teen years, when formal art training at the Detroit Museum School and at the Chicago Art Institute. He then traveled to Europe and enrolled in the Ecole des Beau-Arts, Paris in the atelier of Jean-Leon Gerome. Evidently, beginning early in his career, Barlow favored genre subjects in general, and he showed a number of these at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he exhibited almost every year from 1903 to 1910. Similarly, he showed paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1907 and 1916. His Parisian experience was enhanced by study at the Academie Colarossi and, in 1898, by the first of many trips to Holland. Copying paintings in the Rijksmuseum, Barlow discovered Vermeer, from whose work he derived much inspiration. Like Vermeer, one of Barlow's favorite artistic themes became the depiction of figures, often female and usually set in an interior; frequently isolated and motionless, surrounded by a dream-like atmosphere rendered in a single, dominant tonality, often blue. Certainly some of these considerations pertain to many of Barlows paintings including, "A Quiet Moment; Knitting in the Garden". The artist's sensitivity to subtle human emotion is apparent as the woman, casually strolling through the garden, is caught in a moment of thoughtful reverie. The traditional aspects of the work contrast not only with the looser, more modern brushwork that surrounds the figure but also with the very shape of the canvas itself, which is square. The isolation of this young woman and that of many of Barlow's subjects was a reflection of the artist's own life. Around 1900, he discovered the French vilage of Trepied in the Artois and moved there, living alone for many years. He transformed a peasant's house into his studio and took to posing his models against a background of poppies in the bright sunlight of his garden. By 1914, it was noted that he was one of the oldest members of the expatriate colony in Trepied.

Robert Kemm - The Artist's Model

Robert Kemm was a British painter who lived in London from 1837 until 1895. He was considered a Romantic painter of Genre scenes, especially Andalusia landscapes and figures. This artwork called "Admiring the Painting" was painted in oil and is a highly staged piece of work.
The room setting could easily be the artists studio, with the easel, palette and assortment of props. In the 19th century Orientalist themes were very popular and Robert Klemm might have used a local model and dressed her up in garments from the Orient.
Artists would often bring home souvenirs from their travels to use later as props in paintings and to add visual interest to the setting.

Alphons Spring - Violin Player, c. 1890


14/11/14

Constance Marie Charpentier - Melancholy, 1801

Constance Marie Charpentier (born 1767 Paris, France - 3 August 1849 France) was a French painter. She specialized in genre scenes and portraits, mainly of children and women. She was also known as Constance Marie Bondelu.
Records of Charpentier's training are unclear, but she might have studied with numerous artists. She is typically believed to have studied with the acclaimed French painter Jacques-Louis David, but may also have been a pupil of François Gérard, Pierre Bouillon, Louis Lafitte, and either Johann Georg Wille or his son, Pierre-Alexandre Wille.
In 1788 she received a 'Prix d'Encouragement'. From 1795 to 1819 she exhibited approximately thirty painting at various Salons, winning a gold medal in 1814 at the Paris Salon and a silver medal in 1821 at the Salon at Douai.
It is believed that some of Charpentier's works were incorrectly attributed to her teacher, David. The well-known painting Young Woman Drawing (1801) was incorrectly attributed first to David, then to Charpentier, and is now believed to be the work of Marie-Denise Villers. Based on surviving, positively identified works by Charpentier, she is considered one of the finest portrait painters of her era.

Andreas Achenbach - Fisher Couple on the Beach, 1910


Jean-Honoré Fragonard - A Young Scholar


Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun - Allegory of the Genius of Alexander


Paul Cezanne, "il greco della Belle Epoque"

"L'artista più attaccato, più maltrattato, da quindici anni, dalla stampa e dal pubblico, è Cézanne. Non c'è epiteto offensivo che non venga accostato al suo nome, e le sue opere hanno ottenuto un successo d'ilarità che dura ancora. Cézanne appare come un greco della belle époque; le sue tele hanno la calma, la serenità eroica dei dipinti e delle terrecotte antiche, e gli ignoranti che ridono davanti ai Bagnanti, per esempio, mi fanno l'effetto di barbari che criticano il Partenone. Cézanne è un pittore, e un grande pittore. Quelli che non hanno mai preso in mano un pennello o una matita hanno detto che non sapeva disegnare, e gli hanno rimproverato "imperfezioni" che non sono che una raffinatezza ottenuta grazie a un'enorme abilità. So bene che, nonostante tutto, Cézanne non può avere il successo dei pittori alla moda ma la sua pittura ha l'inesprimibile fascino dell'antichità biblica e greca, i movimenti dei personaggi sono semplici e grandi come nelle sculture antiche, i paesaggi hanno una maestà imponente, e le sue nature morte così belle, così esatte nei rapporti tonali, hanno, nella loro verità, qualcosa di solenne. In tutti i suoi dipinti, l'artista commuove, perché egli stesso prova, davanti alla natura, un'emozione violenta che l'abilità trasmette alla tela" - Georges Riviere (1855-1943), scrittore e critico d'arte francese.

13/11/14

Andreas Achenbach - Fischmarkt in Ostende

Andreas Achenbach [1815-1910] was a German landscape painter, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting and born in Kassel. He began his art education in 1827 in Düsseldorf under Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow at the Düsseldorf Academy of Painting. He studied at St Petersburg and travelled in Italy, Holland and Scandinavia. In his early work he followed the pseudo-idealism of the German romantic school, but on removing to Munich in 1835, the stronger influence of Louis Gurlitt turned his talent into new channels, and he became the founder of the German realistic school.

Luigi Rossi - Symbolist/Genre painter


A Swiss painter Luigi Rossi (1853-1923) was born in Cassarate, Lugano. Having studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Giuseppe Bertini, Rossi made his artistic debut in 1871, inaugurating a repertoire of Genre scenes with a subtle vein of social criticism that was to be a distinctive feature of his work.

12/11/14

Joshua Burbank - Mixed media on wood panel


Originally from California, Joshua Burbank graduated from San Francisco art school in the year 2000. As an apprentice he worked under the noted sculptor Al Farrow, whose artwork adorns the cover of 2013 David Bowie single The Stars. He has exhibited once with The Outsiders, at 2013's solo exhibition.

Sandro Botticelli - Madonna of the Pomegranate, 1487

The Madonna of the Pomegranate (Madonna della Melagrana) is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, circa 1487. It is housed in the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy.
Several copies of the work exist, currently held at the Berlin State Museums, the Wernher Collection in London and the Aynard Collection at Lyon.

11/11/14

Sandro Botticelli - The Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate



Lucas Cranach the Elder - Renaissance painter


Lucas Cranach the Elder embodies the ideals of Renaissance man active not only as a painter and printmaker, but also as an entrepreneur and politician. Little can be stated with any certainty about his early life except that he was born in the town of Kronach in Northern Franconia as one of four children to the painter Hans Maler and that his mother's maiden name was Hübner. His exact birth date is unknown, but it was probably in the year 1472. A portrait from 1550 (now in the Uffizi, Florence) bearing an authentic inscription that claims the sitter to be Cranach the Elder aged 77, provides evidence which corresponds with the accounts of the artist's cousin and first biographer, Matthias Gunderam in 1556.

Hugo Salmson - Something in the air


Ambrosius Benson - Italian/Flemish Renaissance painter


Ambrosius Benson (c. 1495/1500, Ferrara or Milan - 1550, Flanders) was an Italian painter who became a part of the Northern Renaissance.
While many surviving paintings have been attributed, there is very little known of him from records, and he tended not to sign his work. He is believed to be responsible for mainly religious art, but also painted portraits on commission. He sometime painted from classical sources, often setting the figures in modern-dress, or a contemporary domestic setting. In his lifetime he was successful; he had a large workshop, his work was sold internationally and he was especially popular in Spain.

Georges de La Tour [1593-1652]

The Penitent Magdalene, 1625-1650, Wrightsman Collection

Albrecht Dürer - The Madonna with the Iris


09/11/14

Angelo Barabino [1883-1950]

Angelo Barabino (Tortona, 1º gennaio 1883 - Milano, 6 novembre 1950) è stato un pittore Italiano, dapprima Divisionista-simbolista, poi esponente della corrente sociale, allievo di Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo. Amico del Pellizza, fu uno dei suoi allievi più fedeli, e come tale seguì il maestro anche nel suo passaggio dalla corrente Divisionista a quella sociale. Nel 1907, dopo la morte del Pellizza, completò un dipinto da lui incompiuto, Il girotondo.

Ambrogio Alciati [1878-1929] - The kiss


Ambrogio Alciati - Convegno, 1918


Ambrogio Alciati [1878-1929]

di Palma Bucarelli, © Treccani, Enciclopedia Italiana - ALCIATI, Antonio Ambrogio. - Nato a Vercelli il 5sett. 1878, studiò pittura a Vercelli con G. Costa, nell'Istituto di Belle Arti, poi a Milano con V. Bignami e C. Tallone all'Accademia di Brera, dove più tardi tenne la cattedra di figura. Dopo alcuni quadri di un verismo sentimentale e nebuloso - tra T. Cremona e E. Carrière - si dedicò particolarmente al ritratto con una tecnica impressionistica facile e a largo impasto (Ritratto della signorina Binda,premiato a Brera nel 1914). Partecipò alle Biennali veneziane dalla VII alla XII. Eseguì affreschi in chiese e ville della Lombardia (villa Pirotta a Brunate). Opere sue si conservano nelle Gallerie d'arte moderna di Milano (Ritratto della madre, pastello) e di Roma (Ritratto della signorina Pirotta), nel municipio di Vercelli (La vedova) e in numerose collezioni private. Morì a Milano il 7 marzo 1929.

Ulisse Caputo (1872-1948)

Ulisse Caputo (Salerno, 1872-1948) was an Italian painter who resided in Paris. He studied under Domenico Morelli and was a collaborator of Gaetano Esposito. He first exhibited in the 1900 Venice Biennale. He paints Genre subjects, often finely dressed and in intimate familial situations. He also painted oriental subjects.

Odilon Redon - Still Life

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