18/11/14

Arturo Ferrari - Via San Bernardino in Milano, 1912

Arturo Ferrari (Milan, 1861-1932) was an Italian painter.
Initiated into artistic studies by his father Cesare, an associate of Luigi Scrosati, and the painter Mosè Bianchi from Lodi, Arturo Ferrari completed his training at the Brera Academy under the guidance of Giuseppe Bertini from 1877-1884 while working in the studio of Gerolamo Induno at the same time. He made his debut at the Esposizione di Belle Arti di Brera in 1879 with a view of the interior of Milan Cathedral, thus inaugurating the repertoire of Milanese perspective views that was to be a constant feature of his vast production of oil paintings and watercolours. He soon became the guiding spirit of a poetic and sentimental evocation of "Old Milan" during the phase of transition to the 20th century, when the face of the city changed radically through wholesale rebuilding. A regular participant in all the major exhibitions until 1932, the year of his death, he was the recipient of numerous marks of official recognition and enjoyed considerable success with the public as well as the esteem of conservative critics.

Edouard Joseph Dantan - A Restoration, 1891


Caravaggio - The Lute Player, 1595-1596


William Bouguereau - L'Italien à la mandoline


Pierre-Auguste Renoir - The Lovers, 1875


Albert André [French Post-Impressionist painter, 1869-1954]

Albert André - The Terrace At Laudun
Albert André - Port Of Marseille, 1918

Louis de Trinquesse - After the Soirée, 1774

Louis de Trinquesse [ca.1746-1800] was a French painter. He was a student at the Académie Royale from 1758 to at least 1770 and worked both as a portrait painter and a Genre painter. His portraits are usually gentle and uncomplicated likenesses painted in pastel colours, for example the Young Girl (1777; Paris, Louvre). When dealing with older male sitters, however, his style could be grander and more sober, as in the portrait of the Abbé Gentil (1783; Bagnols-sur-Cèze, Musées Bagnols-sur-Cèze) and the Portrait of an Architect (formerly identified as Jacques-Denis Antoine; 1780; private collection), the most ambitious of Trinquesse's known works, showing the architect as if measuring a drawing.
Trinquesse's Genre paintings are in the gallant and bourgeois tradition of Frédéric Schall and Louis-Joseph Watteau de Lille, depicting scenes of love and dalliance in parks and gardens, for example the Offering to Venus (1786; Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts) and the Declaration of Love (1786; private collection). Such works are thoroughly artificial, with a smooth porcelain-like finish; they demonstrate the painter's enjoyment of the depiction of rich materials.
Trinquesse was well known among contemporary collectors for his very assured drawings, mostly in red chalk, many of which depict young artists at work, such as the Drawing Class (Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts). He failed twice to become an Academician and exhibited instead at the Salon de la Correspondance organized by Pahin de la Blancherie.

17/11/14

Gioia Cordovani - Portrait painter


Gioia Cordovani is an talented Italian painter born in Tanzania. Lives and works in Rome. Since the 80s and up to 2006 she worked as a fashion designer and costume designer. Cordovani like to dig souls characters, leaving the viewer task to find the source through which the inner world of the woman comes out: look, shadow, light, or any other part of her image. The artist expresses himself through mixed techniques, more often, on the basis of acrylic.

16/11/14

Leopold Schmutzler - La vendangeuse


Bartholomeus van der Helst - The Musician, 1662


Adolph von Menzel - Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim in Concert, 1854


Alfred Stevens - In the Studio, 1888

Alfred Émile Léopold Stevens (1828-1906), Belgian painter, was born in Brussels on the 11th of May 1828. His father, an old officer in the service of William I, king of the Netherlands, was passionately fond of pictures, and readily allowed his son to draw in the studio of François Navex, director of the Brussels Academy. In 1844 Stevens went to Paris and worked under the instruction of Camille Roqueplan, a friend of his father's; he also attended the classes at the École des Beaux Arts, where Ingres was then professor. In 1849 he painted at Brussels his first picture, A Soldier in Trouble, and in the same year went back to Paris, where he definitely settled, and exhibited in the Salons.

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