02/07/16

Edward Hopper 1882-1967 | American Realist painter

Edward Hopper 1882-1967 | American Realist painter

Edward Hopper 1882-1967 | American Realist painter

Edward Hopper, considerato il migliore pittore realista Americano del XX secolo, è stato un pittore famoso soprattutto per i suoi ritratti della solitudine nella vita americana contemporanea. Il successo ottenuto con una mostra di acquerelli 1923 e con un'altra di dipinti 1924 contribuiscono a fare di Hopper il caposcuola dei realisti che dipingevano la "scena americana". La sua evocativa vocazione artistica si rivolge sempre più verso un forte realismo, che risulta la sintesi della visione figurativa combinata con il sentimento struggente e poetico che Hopper percepisce nei suoi soggetti. Diceva: "non dipingo quello che vedo, ma quello che provo".

Edward Hopper: "Non dipingo quello che vedo, ma quello che provo"!

Edward Hopper 1882-1967 | American Realist painter

John Singer Sargent | Part. 2

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 | American Impressionism

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 | American Impressionism

John Singer Sargent | Part. 3

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 | American Impressionism

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 | American Impressionism

John Singer Sargent | Part.1

John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 | American Impressionism

01/07/16

Edgar Degas | Ballet dancers | Part. 5

Edgar Degas 1834-1917 | French impressionist | Ballet dancers

Edgar Degas 1834-1917 | French impressionist | Ballet dancers

Edgar Degas | Ballet dancers | Part. 4

Edgar Degas 1834-1917 | French impressionist | Ballet dancers

Edgar Degas | Ballet dancers | Part. 3

Edgar Degas 1834-1917 | French impressionist | Ballet dancers

Edgar Degas | Ballet dancers

Among the supreme masterpieces of the century are Degas's pictures of the ballet and its dancers. The impulse towards painting the contemporary scene came to him not only from Gustave Courbet 1819-1877 and Manet 1832-1883 but from his friend, the critic Duranty, the exponent of the aesthetics of naturalism. Yet in the particular direction of his tastes and his conception of design he was entirely individual. To study and convey movement was a chosen task, first undertaken on the race course and then in his many pictures of the Opera, viewed from behind the scenes, in the wings, or from the orchestra stalls during a performance.

Edgar Degas 1834-1917 | French impressionist | Ballet dancers

Edgar Degas | Ballet dancers | Part. 2

Edgar Degas 1834-1917 | French impressionist | Ballet dancers

29/06/16

Romain de Tirtoff | Art Déco painter

Romain de Tirtoff 1892-1990 | Fashion and Art Déco painter

Romain de Tirtoff [Роман Петрович Тыртов] was a russian/french artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, a French pronunciation of initials R.T. Tirtoff was born as Roman Petrov de Tyrtov in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire in a very distinguished family with roots traced back to 1548. His father Pyotr Ivanovich de Tyrtov was a Fleet Admiral. In 1910-1912 Romain moved to Paris to pursue a career as a designer. This decision was made over strong objections of his father, who wanted Romain to continue a family tradition and to become a naval officer. Romain assumed the pseudonym to avoid disgracing the family. In 1915 he got his first significant contract with Harper's Bazaar magazine, and he went on to an illustrious career that included designing costumes and stage sets.

Alphonse Maria Mucha | Master of Art Nouveau

Alphonse Maria Mucha 1860-1939 | Czech Art Nouveau Printmaker

Alphonse Mucha was born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1860 and moved to Paris in 1890 where he became the star of the poster-art movement under the patronage of the Sarah Bernhardt. After World War I he returned to Czechoslovakia and became the father of a slavic arts and crafts movement which combined elements of art nouveau with classic national themes. In addition to commercial art, jewelry design, interior decoration, sculpture and stage design, Mucha experimented with lettering and calligraphy to produce excellent source material for unique typefaces. Mucha's style is virtually synonymous with French Art Nouveau and he is one of the most imitated artists and designers of all time.

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