Michelangelo Buonarroti | Archers Shooting at a Herm, 1530-33

The handful of 'presentation drawings' that Michelangelo ⎆ produced during the latter half of his life, and especially around 1530, stand at the very pinnacle of European draughtsmanship. Made as gifts for his closest friends, they were painstakingly worked and often imbued with personal meaning, the nature and full extent of which are not always clear to us.
Despite their intimate nature, most were soon famous through reproduction in engravings, copy drawings, paintings, relief sculpture and carved crystals.

Eugene Delacroix | Frédéric Chopin and George Sand, 1838

The Portrait of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand was an 1838 unfinished oil-on-canvas painting by French artist Eugène Delacroix ⎆.
Originally a double portrait, it was later cut in two and sold off as separate pieces.
It showed composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-49) ⎆ playing piano while writer George Sand (1804-76) sits to his right, listening and smoking a cigar (a favorite activity of hers). The sitters were lovers at the time, and both were close friends of the artist.

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

Eugène Delacroix ⎆ was a French ⎆ romantic painter regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the french Romantic school.
Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement ⎆.

Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)

Annibale Carracci (November 3, 1560 - July 15, 1609) was an Italian painter ‣‣ , active in Bologna and later in Rome. Along with his brothers, Annibale was one of the progenitors, if not founders of a leading strand of the Baroque style ‣‣, borrowing from styles from both north and south of their native city, and aspiring for a return to classical monumentality, but adding a more vital dynamism. Painters working under Annibale at the gallery of the Palazzo Farnese would be highly influential in Roman painting for decades.

Van Gogh | Sunflowers series, 1888

Inspired by Paul Gauguin’s ⎆ impending arrival, Vincent van Gogh was determined to cover the walls of The Yellow House with paintings of sunflowers. August 21, 1888 Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo:
"Now that I hope to live with Gauguin in a studio of our own, I want to make decorations for the studio. Nothing but big flowers. Next door to your shop, in the restaurant, you know there is a lovely decoration of flowers; I always remember the big sunflowers in the window there.
If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels. So the whole thing will be a symphony in blue and yellow".

Nikolaos Gyzis / Νικόλαος Γύζης | Mother and Child, 1896

Nikolaos Gyzis /Νικόλαος Γύζης ⎆ was considered one of Greece's most important 19th-century painters. He was most famous for his genre painting.
Born: March 1, 1842, Tinos, Greece Died: January 4, 1901, Munich, Germany.
Education: Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

For biographical notes -in english and italian- and other works by Nikolaos Gyzis ⎆ see:

Ricardo Sanz, 1957

Spanish painter Ricardo Sanz is a figurative contemporary artist. His artistic vocation was forged thanks to his grandfather, who owned the gallery of art La Perfecta, where he met the great artists of painting: Sorolla ⎆, Zuloaga, Vázquez Díaz, etc.
At the age of 14 he started his education as a painter with the master José Camps, combining this with his studies in History of Art until he graduated from the University of Deusto in Madrid. He continues studying with important contemporary artists in France and Italy.

Gerard Terburg (1617-1681)

Gerard ter Borch (December 1617 - 8 December 1681), also known as Gerard Terburg, was an influential and pioneering Dutch ⎆ genre painter who lived in the Dutch Golden Age.
He influenced fellow Dutch painters ⎆ Gabriel Metsu, Gerrit Dou ⎆, Eglon van der Neer and Johannes Vermeer ⎆.
According to Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., Ter Borch:
"established a new framework for subject matter, taking people into the sanctum of the home"
showing the figures’ uncertainties and expertly hinting at their inner lives. His influence as a painter, however, was later surpassed by Vermeer ⎆.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir | La Promenade, 1875-1876

A young woman shepherds a pair of identically dressed little sisters along the path of a well-maintained public park. All three figures are outfitted for the cold and in the height of fashion. The eldest wears a blue velvet jacket with wide sleeves trimmed with red fox; the little girls wear miniature blue-green jackets trimmed with either swansdown or white mink.
Further up the pathway to the right, Renoir ⎆ has included no fewer than eleven additional figures and two playful dogs.

Gustave Boulanger | Summer Breeze

Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger (25 April 1824 - October 1888) was a French⎆ figure painter known for his classical and Orientalist subjects.
Boulanger was born at Paris in 1824. He studied with Delaroche⎆ and Jollivet, and in 1849 took the Prix de Rome. His paintings are prime examples of academic art of the time, particularly history painting.


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