Edward Portielje (1861-1949)


Edward Antoon Portielje (1861-1949) was born in Antwerp on 8 February 1861. He trained under Charles Verlat (1824-90), who had taught at the Antwerp Academy since 1877 and became director of it in 1885.
Like his father, Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje (1829-1908), a Dutchman, Edward Antoon Portielje devoted himself primarily to genre painting. His elder brother, Gerard Jozef Portielje, also made a name for himself as a painter.
Edward Antoon Portielje died in his native Antwerp in 1949.

John Frederick Lewis (British, 1805-1876)


John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876)


John Frederick Lewis was an British** Orientalist painter specialized in Oriental and Mediterranean scenes. Lewis travelled in Spain and Morocco between 1832-1834.
His very careful and loving representation of Islamic architecture, furnishings, screens, and costumes set new standards of realism, which influenced other artists, including the leading French** Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme** in his later works.

Leonid Pasternak / Леонид Пастернак (1862-1945)


Leonid Osipovich Pasternak /Леони́д О́сипович Пастерна́к, (3 April 1862 (N.S.) - 31 May 1945) was a Russian** post-impressionist painter. He was the father of the poet and novelist Boris Pasternak.
Pasternak was awarded** a medal at the World Fair in Paris (1900) for his illustrations of Tolstoy's novels.
Pasternak was elected a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1905), and also taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

Edmund Blair Leighton | Pre-Raphaelite painter


Edmund Blair Leighton | Pre-Raphaelite painter ⁽²⁾


Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)


Edmund Blair Leighton (21 September 1853 - 1 September 1922) was an British** Pre-Raphaelite  painter of historical genre scenes, specializing in Regency and medieval subjects.
He was educated at University College School, before becoming a student at the Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited annually at the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1920.

Jean-Francois Raffaëlli | Paris painting


Jean-Francois Raffaëlli (1850-1924)



Jean-François Raffaëlli** was a French** realist painter, sculptor, and printmaker who exhibited with the Impressionists**. He was also active as an actor and writer.
Born in Paris, France April 20, 1850 and died in Paris, France February 11, 1924.
Raffaelli trained in the atelier of Jean-Leon Gerome**, and made his debut at the Salon of 1870. He painted portraits, landscapes and genre scenes, deriving much of his inspiration from the Parisian suburbs.
In 1889 he was made an officer of the Legion of Honor**.

Jan Portielje (1829-1908)


Dutch/Belgian painter Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje studied in Amsterdam at the School of Art under J Bing and in Antwerp under Dyckmans.
Jan Portielje enjoyed great acclaim during his lifetime, participating successfully in numerous exhibitions in Holland, Belgium and abroad.

Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje (1829-1908)


Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje was a Dutch / Belgian Academic Classical painter of genre and portraits.
Born in Amsterdam, 29 April 1829 and died in Antwerp, 6 Feb 1908.
Jan Portielje studied in Amsterdam at the School of Art under J Bing and in Antwerp under Dyckmans. Jan Portielje enjoyed great acclaim during his lifetime, participating successfully in numerous exhibitions in Holland, Belgium and abroad.

Hugo Simberg (1873-1917)

The Wounded Angel, 1903

Hugo Gerhard Simberg (24 June 1873 - 12 July 1917) was a Finnish symbolist painter** and graphic artist.
  • Life and career
Simberg was born on 24 June 1873, at Hamina (original Swedish Fredrikshamn), the son of Colonel Nicolai Simberg and Ebba Matilda Simberg (born Widenius). In 1891, at the age of 18, he enrolled at the Drawing School of the Viipuri Friends of Art, and he also studied at the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Association (fi) from 1893-1895, but in 1895 he decided to become the private pupil of Akseli Gallen-Kallela at his wilderness studio Kalela in Ruovesi. He studied under Gallen-Kallela for three periods between 1895-1897.

Egron Lundgren (1815-1875)


Egron Sellif Lundgren (18 December 1815, Stockholm - 16 December 1875 Stockholm) was a Swedish watercolor painter.
He studied at the Academy of Stockholm, and afterwards in Paris under Cogniet.
He sojourned in Italy, 1841-49, devoting himself to watercolors.
From there he went to Spain and then to England, where he was commissioned by Queen Victoria to paint ceremonial pictures.

Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914)


Charles Sprague Pearce (October 13, 1851 - May 18, 1914) was an American artist**.
Pearce was born at Boston, Massachusetts. In 1873 he became a pupil of Léon Bonnat in Paris, and after 1885 he lived in Paris and at Auvers-sur-Oise. He painted Egyptian and Algerian scenes, French peasants and portraits, and also decorative work, notably for the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress at Washington.

Laurits Andersen Ring (1854-1893)


Danish artist Laurits Andersen Ring was born on 15 August 1854 and died on 10 September 1933.
He was one of the finest Danish painters of his generation, a golden generation that established Danish painting in the eyes of the world, numbering amongst his contemporaries his friend Harmmershoi (1864-1916), Holsoe (1863-1935), Ilsted (1861-1933) and Monsted (1859-1941).

Albert Lynch (1851-1912)


Albert Lynch (Trujillo, 1851 - Monaco, 1912) was a Peruvian painter.
He settled in Paris, where he studied at l'École des Beaux-Arts. Lynch showed his artwork in the Salon in 1890 and 1892 and in the Exposition Universelle of 1900 during which he received a gold medal**. His work maintained the spirit of the Belle Époque.

Bernard Pothast | Genre painter


Dutch** /Belgian painter** Bernard Jean Corneille Pothast was born in Hal, Belgium. He was a student at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 1904-1907.
He lived and worked in Amsterdam until 1911 and then he moved to Laren.
The artist is best known for his interior scenes with mothers and children.
He often painted his own family.
His style is a little impressionistic and he follows in the tradition of the Hague School.

Bernard Pothast (1882-1966)


Ary Scheffer | Romantic painter


Ary Scheffer (10 February 1795 - 15 June 1858) was a Dutch**-French** Romantic painter.
  • Life
Scheffer was the son of Johan Bernard Scheffer (1765-1809), a portrait painter born in Homberg upon Ohm or Kassel who had moved to the Netherlands in his youth, and Cornelia Lamme (1769-1839), a portrait miniature painter and daughter of the Dordrecht landscape painter Arie Lamme, after whom Arij (later Ary) was named. He had two brothers, the journalist and writer Karel Arnold Scheffer (1796-1853) and the painter Hendrik Scheffer (1798-1862).

George Richmond 1809-1896


George Richmond RA (28 March 1809 - 19 March 1896) was an English painter** and portraitist. In his youth he was a member of The Ancients, a group of followers of William Blake**. Later in life he established a career as a portrait painter, which included painting the portraits of the British gentry, nobility and royalty.
He was the son of Thomas Richmond, miniature-painter, and was the father of the painter William Blake Richmond** as well as the grandfather of the naval historian, Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond.
A keen follower of cricket, Richmond was noted in one obituary as having been "an habitué of Lord's since 1816".

Jan Frans Portaels | A Sicilian Bride,1861


Jean-François Portaels (3 April 1818 - 8 February 1895) was a Belgian** orientalist painter and director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
Portaels was born in Vilvoorde. His father, a rich brewer, sent him to study at the Royal Academy, whose director, François Navez, took him on soon after in his own workshop. About 1841 Portaels went to Paris, where he was well received by Paul Delaroche**.

Frederic Shields 1833-1911


Frederic James Shields (Hartlepool, 14 March 1833 - 26 February 1911, London) was a British artist**, illustrator and designer closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelites through Dante Gabriel Rossetti** and Ford Madox Brown**.

Louise Rayner 1832-1924


Louise Ingram Rayner (21 June 1832 - 8 October 1924) was a British** watercolour artist.
  • Family
Rayner was born in Matlock Bath in Derbyshire. Her parents Samuel Rayner and Ann Rayner (née Manser) were both noted artists, Samuel having been accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy when he was 15. Four of Louise's sisters - Ann ("Nancy"), Margaret, Rose and Frances - and her brother Richard were also artists.

Sir William Blake Richmond 1842-1921


Sir William Blake Richmond KCB, RA, PPRBSA (29 November 1842 - 11 February 1921), was a British** portrait painter and a designer of stained glass and mosaic, whose works include mosaic decorations below the dome and in the apse of St Paul's cathedral in London.
He was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford from 1879-1883.

Vincent van Gogh | Drawings


Vincent van Gogh drew thousands of images to better his skills and to fulfill leisure time. He completed over 1,000 drawings, which are known of, from 1877-1890.
Van Gogh saw drawing as a necessary task to build a foundation as an artist and to study form and movement.
However, as he describes, in many of his letters, he also used drawing as an outlet for his depression. | © Van Gogh Gallery

August Von Siegen 1850-1910


August von Siegen (1850-1910) was a German painter** who specialized in cityscapes of in the style of European and "Oriental" -Eastern Mediterranean cities.
He lived in Munich but also lived and worked in Vienna. He travelled across Europe to Holland, Venice and Rome painting the architectural landscapes of cities and towns.
He also travelled to Ismir in Turkey and produced a number of Orientalist paintings. His works are highly popular with crisp, architectural details as in this fine example.

Herman Richir | Academic painter


Herman Jean Joseph Richir (1866-1942) was an Belgian** academic painter and pastelist of foremost high society portraits and figures.
Herman Richir was born on November 4th in the Belgian city of Elsene in 1866. First he studied at the Academy of Sint-Joost-ten-Node ltaught by Gustave Biot and Charles Hermans, then he went to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussel from 1884-1889 led by Jean Portaels.

Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1909

  • "To draw you must close your eyes and sing".
  • "I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else".
  • "I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money".
  • "It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction".
  • "The hidden harmony is better than the obvious".
  • "We don't grow older, we grow riper".
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973)

Claude Monet | The Rain (La pluie), 1886-1887


  • "Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment".
  • "I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint.."

Georges de la Tour | The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds, 1635 | Musée du Louvre


The only diurnal painting by Georges de La Tour in the Louvre along with the Saint Thomas, the Cheat illustrates a theme that was frequently taken up in the wake of Caravaggio**
The young man is subjected here to three major temptations according to 17th-century moral standards: gambling, wine and lust. 
Another version with notable variations is known to exist, the Cheat with the Ace of Clubs (Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum).

Diego Rivera | Portrait of a Spaniard, 1912


The illustrious Salon d’Automne - from its inception the world’s leading avant-garde venue along with the Salon des Artistes Indépendants - opened its annual exhibition at the Grand Palais on October 1, 1912.
Displaying over seventeen hundred paintings and sculptures to an expectant Parisian public, it included a portrait section of nineteenth century paintings all executed by French artists** and, most notoriously, a gallery of increasingly scandalous and rejected Cubist works such as La Maison Cubiste, a three dimensional installation that housed works by Duchamp**, Léger, Gleizes and others.

Diego López García | Sevillana en su patio, 1918


Diego López García (Seville, February 22, 1875 - ibid, June 23, 1969) was a Spanish painter**. López García work in realistic style with techniques of impressionist** painting.

Jean Metzinger | Cubist painter | Woman with a Mirror, 1916


Femme au miroir / Woman with a Mirror, Femme à sa toilette or Lady at her Dressing Table, is a painting by the French artist** Jean Metzinger**.
This distilled synthetic form of Cubism exemplifies Metzinger's continued interest, in 1916, towards less surface activity, with a strong emphasis on larger, flatter, overlapping abstract planes.
The manifest primacy of the underlying geometric configuration, rooted in the abstract, controls nearly every element of the composition.

Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1908

  • All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
  • Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.
  • Youth has no age.
  • Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
  • Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973)

Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1907


  • There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
  • I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
  • Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
  • Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
  • He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973)

Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1906


  • Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.
  • He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
  • I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.
  • It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.
  • Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
  • I do not seek. I find.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Joan of Arc / Giovanna d'Arco, 1882


This word had Merlin said from of old:-
That out of the Oak Tree Shade,
In the day of France's direst dule,
God's hand should send a Maid.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Pre-Raphaelite painter | Drawings ⁽⁴⁾


This is part 4 of 4-part post on the Drawings-study and Sketches** by Dante Gabriel Rossetti** (12 May 1828 - 9 April 1882) - British** poet, illustrator, painter and translator.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Pre-Raphaelite painter | Drawings ⁽³⁾


This is part 3 of 4-part post on the Drawings-study and Sketches** by Dante Gabriel Rossetti** (12 May 1828 - 9 April 1882) - British** poet, illustrator, painter and translator.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Pre-Raphaelite painter | Drawings ⁽²⁾


This is part 2 of 4 part post on the Drawings-study and Sketches** by Dante Gabriel Rossetti** (12 May 1828 - 9 April 1882) - British** poet, illustrator, painter and translator.

Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1905

  • Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
  • Action is the foundational key to all success.
  • All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
  • An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.
  • Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
  • Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973)

Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1903-1904

  • C'è solo un uomo a Parigi che sappia vestirsi, è Modigliani [...] È un fatto molto curioso: da ubriaco, non lo si vede mai sul boulevard Saint-Denis, ma sempre all'angolo tra boulevard Montparnasse e Raspail.
  • Dio in realtà non è che un altro artista. Egli ha inventato la giraffa, l'elefante e il gatto. Non ha un vero stile: non fa altro che provare cose diverse. Dio, quell'altro artigiano.
  • Dipingere non è un'operazione estetica: è una forma di magia intesa a compiere un'opera di mediazione fra questo mondo estraneo ed ostile e noi.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973)


Pablo Picasso | Artworks by year | 1901-1903

  • Give me a museum and I'll fill it.
  • The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
  • It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
  • Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
  • Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.
  • Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Pre-Raphaelite painter | Drawings


Drawings-study and Sketches by Dante Gabriel Rossetti** (12 May 1828 - 9 April 1882) - British** poet, illustrator, painter and translator.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Pre-Raphaelite painter | Portraits


"Love, which is quickly kindled in the gentle heart, seized this man for the fair form that was taken from me, the manner still hurts me. Love which absolves no beloved one from loving, seized me so strongly with his charm that, as thou seest, it does not leave me yet!"

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (12 May 1828 - 9 April 1882) British poet, illustrator, painter and translator

Charles Amable Lenoir | Academic Figurative painter


Charles-Amable Lenoir** (22 October 1860 - 1926) was a French painter**.
Like his mentor, William-Adolphe Bouguereau**, he was an academic painter and painted realistic portraits as well as mythological and religious scenes.
His artistic career was so prestigious that he won the Prix de Rome twice and was awarded** the Légion d'honneur.

Orazio Gentileschi | Danaë, 1623


Danaë is a circa 1623 oil on canvas painting by the Italian artist Orazio Gentileschi**. It is an example of Italian Baroque painting and is now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
The painting was commissioned in 1621 by Giovanni Antonio Sauli who had invited Gentileschi to Genoa. Gentileschi's painted a number of works for Sauli besides the Danäe, including a Penitent Magdalen and a Lot and his Daughters.

Gaspar van Wittel | The Darsena, Naples, ca. 1700-1718


Title: The Darsena, Naples.
Author: Gaspar van Wittel (Amersfoort, 1652/53-Roma, 1736).
Date: ca. 1700-1718.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 74 x 171.8 cm.
Current location: Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Inv. no. (CTB.1996.36).

Theodor von Holst | The Bride, 1842


Theodor Richard Edward von Holst (3 September 1810 - 14 February 1844) was a British** Romantic painter.
Von Holst was born in London, the fourth of the five children of Matthias and Katharina von Holst. Von Holst's drawing talents were noticed by the artist Henry Fuseli and Sir Thomas Lawrence. Lawrence even bought drawings from the ten-year-old Von Holst.

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