14/03/15

Tiziano Vecellio ~ Mars, Venus and Cupid, 1546

Tiziano Vecellio [Italian High Renaissance painter, ca.1485-1576], known as Titian in english, one of the greatest painters of the world, and in particular the typical representative of the Venetian school, was commonly called during his lifetime "Da Cadore", from the place of his birth, and has also been designated "Il Divino".
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Allan Douglas Davidson ~ The Lovers

Allan Douglas Davidson (1873-1932) was born at Marylebone, London on 14 May 1873, son of Thomas Davidson and his wife Charlotte Douglas née McHeath. He studied at St. John’s Wood School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, being awarded a silver and bronze medals, and at L'Academie Julian, Paris. Figure and portrait painter and a teacher at London County Council, Central School of Arts and Crafts. He married at Hampstead in 1903, Kate Beryl Skeffington and in 1911, a 37 year old artist living at 9 Lyndale Avenue, Childs Hill, Hendon, London with his 30 year old wife Beryl, born Kensington and their 1 year old son Roland, born Hampstead and retained a nurse and an indoor servant.

11/03/15

John Joseph Enneking ~ Venice at Night, 1874

John Joseph Enneking  was born in Ohio in 1841 and was orphaned at a young age.  He began to paint at the age of five and developed a natural talent before travelling East to New York and Massachusetts.  He trained in Germany, Italy and France and he was the first American to return from Paris in 1874 after having painted with Claude Monet, Pissarro and Renoir in Monet’s gardens at Argentueil (where Enneking painted Monet’s wife and child).
Because Enneking was an influential Boston painter, he spoke to many artists about the innovations of the French Impressionists and because of him hundreds of Boston area painters sailed for Paris to study in France.
Although he exhibited all over the U.S. and Europe, Enneking was his own man and did not like becoming a member of clubs or organizations that promoted artists.  He became one of the most sought after American landscape painters in the U.S. and was Boston’s Park Commissioner for many years.  In 1916, before his death in Boston, a dinner in his honor was attended by hundreds of artists, and he was crowned with a wreath of laurel.
Enneking is called “the painter of New England sunsets”, probably because he is one of the only painters who can effectively paint sunsets in a realistic manner. However, he commonly painted En plein aire on locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York and critics have claimed his canvases are so refined that it looks as if “he painted with crushed jewels".

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