John Singer Sargent - Madame Ramon Subercaseaux, 1880-81

John Singer Sargent [1856-1925] American painter. - Oil on canvas.
Madame Subercaseaux twenty years old at the time, was the newlywed wife (married 1879) of the Chilean consul to Paris Ramón Subercaseaux [1854-1937].
The following is from her diary.
"…His way of painting was light, as his work showed afterwards. He concentrated on each detail and took great care of the effect of each object and colour. He was a man of great skill who felt secure and at ease while working…"

Philip Wilson Steer | Boulogne Sands, 1888-91

Steer, Philip Wilson (1860–1942), British painter, was born in Birkenhead on 28 December 1860, the youngest of three children (one brother, Henry, one sister, Catherine) of Philip Steer (1810–1871), painter, and his wife, Emma Harrison (1816–1898), daughter of the Revd William Harrison. Philip Steer's family were farmers and shipbuilders, originally from Devon. In the early 1840s he gave painting lessons to his future wife in Bideford. They married in 1853 and settled in Birkenhead, where Philip Steer continued to teach and to paint landscapes and portraits in the manner of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Education and early life
In 1864 the family moved to Apsley House, Whitchurch, near Ross-on-Wye, and the children were taught at home by a governess. Between 1875 and 1877 Philip Wilson Steer followed his brother to Hereford Cathedral school. From 1878 to 1880 he was enrolled at Gloucester School of Art under John Kemp and the following year was spent at the drawing schools of the Department of Science and Art, South Kensington. He was refused entry to the Royal Academy Schools in 1882. He travelled instead to Paris, and from 1882 to 1883 he was registered at the Académie Julian under William Adolphe Bouguereau, and then at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1883, where he studied for one year under Rudolph Cabanel. In Paris he remained securely within a circle of English and American students and was largely unaware of more recent developments in French art. Following the introduction of a French language examination at the École he returned to England the next summer. He acquired a studio in Manresa Road, Chelsea, and began the first of his many summer painting expeditions, at first to Walberswick in Suffolk, a favoured location of plein-air painters such as Walter Osborne. Early paintings such as Girl at a Well (1884; priv. coll.) reflected the influence of the French painters such as Jules Bastien-Lepage and, it has been suggested, of Corot (Laughton, 8).

Isaac Levitan ~ Spring in Italy

© Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. / Isaak Ilyich Levitan,  (born Aug. 18 [Aug. 30, New Style], 1860, Kibarty, Suvalksky province, Russia [now Kibartay, Lith.]—died July 22 [Aug. 4], 1900, Moscow, Russia), Lithuanian-born Jewish painter who was one of Russia’s most influential landscape artists and the founder of what has been called the “mood landscape.”

Sir William Russell Flint | Raquel And Manuela

Sir William Russell Flint (British, 1880-1969) was surely the greatest watercolour painter of the last century. In a lifetime spanning almost ninety years he fulfilled the role of devoted husband and father, medical illustrator, naval officer, etcher and painter. He enjoyed a dedicated following, was honoured and admired by his peers, and knighted by his monarch.

Evariste Carpentier | Love is in the air

Évariste Carpentier, (1845 in Kuurne - 1922 in Liège), was a Belgian painter of Genre scenes and animated landscapes. Over the years, his painting evolved from the academic art to Impressionism. He is, alongside Emile Claus, one of the earliest representatives of Luminism in Belgium.

Richard Bergh | Nordic summer's evening

Nordic summer's evening, 1899-1900
Swedish painter Sven Richard Bergh was born in Stockholm at the end of 1858. He was the son of the Johan Edvard Bergh, who formerly spent time as a lawyer before devoting his life to his landscape painting and becoming an art teacher. His mother was also an artist and so their son was introduced to art at a very early age. The family were wealthy and mixed with the cultural elite of Stockholm. Sven Berg studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm. He travelled on many occasions to France, often to escape the exacting academicism of that art establishment, where he visited the artist’s colony at Grez-sur-Loing just south of Fontainebleau. The colony was modelled on another famous Parisian artist colony at Barbizon, which was set up some thirty years earlier. Grez-sur-Loing was the home of En Plein Air painters and artists from around the world descended on this colony. The 1880’s saw the arrival in the colony of many Scandanavian artists. It was whilst in France that Berg was strongly influenced by the French En Plein Air method of painting and the French Symbolist movement. Berg became an established portrait painter but was equally praised for his landscape works. In the 1890′s he was in the forefront of Swedish Romanticism movement in art. He went on to set up an art academy and wrote many books on the subject of art. He became director of the National Museum of Art in Stockholm in 1915. Sven Richard Bergh died in 1919 aged 60.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 Les Grands Boulevards, 1875

Portrait of Edouard Manet - Carolus Duran, 1880

Portrait of Édouard Manet, 1880 - Paris, Musée d'Orsay

Portrait of Édouard Manet, 1880

Claude Monet | Irises in the Garden at Giverny, 1900

With his garden, Monet was able to manipulate nature to his needs. In order to paint nature with the most vibrant colors, he was able to hand pick the plants and flowers in nature. If one petal was too dirty, Monet was able to clean it.

Michael Tolleson | Abstract Palette Knife painter

"My art travels between two paths; one more realistic and the other more abstract and soul based.
Examining my ability to paint; every stroke is instinctual since I have no training, and I rely on the use of the huge amount of stored information my Aspergers mind has observed and retained. Each painting a now create, regardless of size, is painted in less than 1 hour. When photographed during the process of creating a finished piece of artwork, my hand appears as a blur due to the movement of my hand and quickness of the application of paint to the canvas. This is the genius of a mind with Aspergers. In many ways I feel possessed during the actual act of painting, and I am reluctant to take credit for the finished work resting on the easel when I am done. What I do know is that the exploration of using a palette knife last year released me, and my use of brushes has now become less calculated and exact which allows the results to be much more impressionistic. I can now freely use both a palette knife and a brush while painting to get the desired results. The finished outcome is always a surprise to me".

Anke Merzbach | Surrealist photographer

Anke Merzbach è una fotografa Tedesca.
"Vorrei far diventare immaginifiche le cose che effettivamente non sono o non possono essere immaginifiche. Spesse volte lo sono i sentimenti della notte. Se si definisce il Surrealismo come irrealtà o visione, allora è molto importante per me".
"Mi faccio ispirare da me e dalla mia vita, se vuole anche per caso, da incontri con uomini o anche oggetti. Così si creano immagini nella mia testa che forse prima erano nella pancia. Vedo qualche cosa, e poi appare l’immagine che aspetta di essere creata. Qualche volta deve aspettare a lungo".

Oskar Kokoschka ~ The Elbe Near Dresden, c.1921

 - The Elbe Near Dresden, c.1921

Natalie Shau ~ Pop Surrealism Digital painter

Natalie Shau is illustrator and photographer from Vilnius, Lithuania. Her digital masterpieces have graced the pages of the French Vogue Magazine during a Lydia Courteille jewellery campaign and her extensive client list of music labels includes Island Def Jam, Sony Music Entertainment (formerly “Sony BMG”) Century Media and Nuclear Blast.
Gothic horror fiction, fairy tales and Russian classics (e.g. Dostoevsky and Gogol) are among the influences she lists for her surreal and strange creations. Shau uses a range of media, mixing photography, digital painting and 3D. The quality she seeks is “at once fragile and powerful”.
Natalie Shau è una illustratrice e fotografa di Vilnius, Lituania. Lavora principalmente con supporti digitali, le sue opere sono infatti una miscela di fotografia, pittura digitale e elementi 3D. Le piace creare creature surreali e strane, fragili e potenti allo stesso tempo. Lo stile di Natalie è molto influenzato dalle immagini religiose, delle illustrazioni delle fiabe della letteratura classica russa e horror, da classici come Fyodor Dostoevsky e Nikolai Gogol. Natalie Shau lavora costantemente alle sue creazioni personali, ma realizza anche illustrazioni su commissione di gruppi musicali, stilisti e scrittori. Le sue illustrazioni per la campagna dei gioielli Lydia Courteille sono state pubblicate nella rivista francese Vogue. Nell’elenco dei cliente di Natalie ci sono molte etichette discografiche e agenzie di pubblicità come Island Def Jam, Ogilvy Mather, Sony BMG, Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Trisol e molti altri.

Claude Monet ~ The Japanese Footbridge

Japanese Footbridge is an oil painting by Claude Monet. It was painted in 1899. It measures 81.3 x 101.6 cm (32 x 40 in.) It hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
In the last decades of Monet's life, his prized water garden at Giverny became a subject the artist explored obsessively, painting it 250 times between 1900 and his death. Eventually, it was his only subject. He began construction of the water garden as soon as he moved to Giverny, petitioning local authorities to divert water from a nearby river. The resulting landscape was Monet's invention entirely, and he used it as his creative focus and inspiration.

Augustus John (1878-1961)

Augustus John, in full Augustus Edwin John  (born January 4, 1878, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales-died October 31, 1961, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England), Welsh painter who was an accomplished portraitist, muralist, and draughtsman.
John studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1894-1898. By age 20 he had won a reputation as one of the most brilliant draughtsmen in England. His portraits and other paintings done around 1900 gained attention for their vigour and skillful technique. John was greatly influenced by the work of Old Master painters, especially Peter Paul Rubens, as can be seen in the strong and sensuous Smiling Woman (c. 1908), a portrait of John’s second wife, Dorelia. John was known as a colourful personality who adopted an individualistic and bohemian lifestyle. Intrigued by gypsy culture and the Romany language, he spent periods traveling with gypsy caravans over Wales, Ireland, and Dorset. He based much of his work on these experiences, such as the painting Encampment on Dartmoor (1906). John was more modern in his approach to landscape painting, as seen in the bright palette and loose brushwork of paintings such as Llyn Trewereyn (1911-12) and The Little Railway, Martigues (1928).
After World War I, John’s creative vitality declined even as his reputation continued to grow. He painted portraits of many of the leading European personalities, politicians, society ladies, and literary figures, in a slick and somewhat superficial style, occasionally recapturing his former boldness and integrity of form. His most significant portraits include those of novelist James Joyce, playwright George Bernard Shaw, cellist Guilhermina Suggia, and poets Dylan Thomas and William Butler Yeats. John’s sister, Gwen John, was also a highly regarded artist who worked with the painter James McNeill Whistler and the sculptor Auguste Rodin. /The Encyclopædia Britannica/

Julie Ford Oliver ~ Still Life

An illustrator for more than 25 years, I returned to fine art after my last child graduated from college. I currently paint in a variety of media allowing the subject matter to guide my choices. I work out of a spacious studio situated next to my house in  Las Cruces, New Mexico, and another studio on Main Street, downtown Las Cruces. This also where I teach painting. I have found that I am happiest when I am at the easel, with both my daily painting discipline or passing on what I know to the talented artists who join me in the adventure of life long learning.
In addition to a one-woman show at the Americana Museum, El Paso, Texas, my work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in many shows including the book and exhibition Desert Echo Woman’s Museum, Dallas, Texas, and Along The Rio Grande at the Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, and The Museum of the Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.

Ruth and Naomi, 1886

Philip Hermogenes Calderon
Philip Hermogenes Calderon  (1833-1898) was an British painter of French birth (mother) and Spanish (father) ancestry who initially worked in the Pre-Raphaelite style before moving towards historical genre. He was Keeper of the Royal Academy in London.

Antonio Frilli ~ Sweet Dreams, 1892

Antonio Frilli [1880-1920] - Sweet Dreams, Nude Reclining in a Hammock, 1892

Thomas Sully ~ Portrait painter

Thomas Sully 1783-1872 was an British-born American painter, one of the finest U.S. portrait painters of the 19th century. Sully’s parents moved to the United States in 1792, settling in Charleston, S.C. He was a pupil of Gilbert Stuart in Boston (1807) and of Benjamin West in London (1809) and was influenced by the portrait artist Sir Thomas Lawrence. After 1810 he made Philadelphia his home, although in 1838 he visited London to paint a full-length portrait of the young Queen Victoria for the Society of the Sons of St. George of Philadelphia. His masterpiece in portraiture is “Col. Thomas Handasyd Perkins” (1831–32; Boston Athenaeum); his best known painting is “The Passage of the Delaware” (1819; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).
Sully was an industrious painter who worked rapidly; he left about 2,000 portraits, a number of miniatures, and more than 500 subject and historical pictures. His paintings are elegant and romantically warm, emphasizing an economy of form and of colour, but his later work suffered from the sentimentality of the mid-19th century. /Encyclopædia Britannica/

Pat Brennan ~ Surreal Fantasy

Having been a traditional artist all my life, in the last two years I have discovered a great affinity for digital artwork in all its forms. A gift from my daughter of a computer complete with software started me on a path of discovery. In March 2006, I joined Deviant Art. Being a part of this community encouraged me to further my knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter9. I now work with a digital brush as easily as a real one.

Sir William Fettes Douglas 1822-1891

Woman in Shawl with Roses
Sir William Fettes Douglas (1822-1891) was a Scottish painter and art connoisseur, rising to be President of the Royal Scottish Academy.

John Gulich ~ A Violin Concerto, 1898

Frank Markham Skipworth

Zora, a Dancing Girl, 1889

Sidney Harold Meteyard (1868-1947)

I am Half-Sick of Shadows - Said the Lady of Shalott, 1913

Thomas Alexander Ferguson Graham | Alone in London, 1904

Alone in London, 1904

Thomas Alexander Ferguson Graham (1840-1906) was born in Kirkwall, Orkney but moved to Edinburgh after the death of his father.
In January 1855 he enrolled as a student at the Trustees' Academy where he was a pupil of Robert Scott Lauder (1803-1869).
Fellow students under Lauder included William McTaggart, William Quiller Orchardson, John Pettie and George Paul Chalmers.

Richard Westall ~ Helen of Troy and Paris

 - The Reconciliation of Helen and Paris after his Defeat by Menelaus, 1805


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