James Tissot | A visit to the yacht, c. 1873

James-Joseph-Jacques Tissot was French painter and graphic artist. Early in his career he painted historical costume pieces, but in about 1864 he turned with great success to scenes of contemporary life, usually involving fashionable women. Following his alleged involvement in the turbulent events of the Paris Commune (1871) he took refuge in London, where he lived from 1871-1882. He was just as successful there as he had been in Paris and lived in some style in St John's Wood; in 1874 Edmond de Goncourt wrote sarcastically that he had 'a studio with a waiting room where, at all times, there is iced champagne at the disposal of visitors, and around the studio, a garden where, all day long, one can see a footman in silk stockings brushing and shining the shrubbery leaves'.

Max Nonnenbruch | Genre/Portrait painter

A painter of striking seductiveness of style is Max Nonnenbruch, of Munich. After winning recognition by his earlier works of domestic genre, he devoted himself almost entirely to idyllic and semi-classical subjects, akin in feeling to "The Favorite", in which he found the true direction of his talent, and by which he is represented in the greatest private collections of Germany.
Nonnenbruch received his formal art training at the Academy in Dnsseldorf and Munich. In Paris, he studied at the l'Ecole de Beaux-Arts and completed his studies at the Academy Julian in Italy.
Nonnenbruch had his debute exhibition in 1888, where he won a bronze medal.

Man Ray | Jazz, 1919

Man Ray was American painter, maker of Surrealist objects and photographer. Born in Philadelphia. Worked in an advertising office and then part-time as draughtsman for publishers of books on engineering, atlases and maps. Attended life-drawing classes at the Ferrer Center, New York, under George Bellows in 1912. After seeing the Armory Show in 1913, began to paint in a Cubist style. Met Duchamp in 1915 and collaborated with him in initiating a proto-Dada movement in New York. First one-man exhibition at the Daniel Gallery, New York, 1915.

Joan Miró | The Smile of the Flamboyant Wings, 1953

Joan Miró i Ferrà was an Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and decorative artist. He was never closely aligned with any movement and was too retiring in his manner to be the object of a personality cult, like his compatriot Picasso, but the formal and technical innovations that he sustained over a very long career guaranteed his influence on 20th-century art.

Eugenio Cecconi | Donna in lettura

Eugenio Cecconi nasce a Livorno l'8 settembre 1842 da famiglia benestante. Viene avviato, per volontà del padre, agli studi giuridici presso la Facoltà di Giurisprudenza dell'Università di Pisa anche se la sua reale passione si dimostra quasi immediatamente nel campo dell'arte.

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.

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".

Vincent Van Gogh | The Starry Nigh, 1889

Starry Night is probably Vincent van Gogh's most famous painting. Instantly recognizable because of its unique style, this work has been the subject of poetry, fiction, CD-ROMs as well as the well known song "Vincent" or "Starry, Starry Night" by Don McLean.
While there's no denying the popularity of Starry Night, it's also interesting to note that there is very little known about Vincent's own feelings toward his work. This is mainly due to the fact that he only mentions it in his letters to Theo twice (Letters 595 and 607), and then only in passing. In his correspondence with his brother, Vincent would often discuss specific works in great detail, but not so in the case of Starry Night. Why? It's difficult to say.

Caravaggio - The crowning with thorns, c. 1603

The Crowning with Thorns is a painting by the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Executed probably in 1603, it is now located in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
According to Caravaggio's biographer Giovanni Bellori a Crowning with Thorns was made for Caravaggio's patron Vincenzo Giustiniani, and this painting can be traced convincingly to the Giustiniani collection.

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