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.

Vincent Van Gogh | Self-portraits

Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890 created many self-portraits during his lifetime. He was a prolific self-portraitist, who painted himself 37 times between 1886-1889. In all, the gaze of the painter is seldom directed at us; even when it is a fixed gaze, he appears to look elsewhere. The paintings vary in intensity and color and some portray the artist with beard, some beardless, some with bandages, depicting the episode in which he severed his ear.

Vincent Van Gogh - Self-Portrait - Tutt'Art@

Van Gogh | Portraits

Vincent Willem Van Gogh, known for his landscapes, seemed to find painting portraits his greatest ambition. He said of portrait studies, "The only thing in painting that excites me to the depths of my soul, and which makes me feel the infinite more than anything else".
To his sister he wrote, "I should like to paint portraits which appear after a century to people living then as apparitions. By which I mean that I do not endeavor to achieve this through photographic resemblance, but my means of our impassioned emotions, that is to say using our knowledge and our modern taste for color as a means of arriving at the expression and the intensification of the character".
Of painting portraits, Van Gogh wrote: "in a picture I want to say something comforting as music is comforting. I want to paint men and women with that something of the eternal which the halo used to symbolize, and which we seek to communicate by the actual radiance and vibration of our coloring".

Van Gogh - Portrait - Tutt'Art@

Vincent Van Gogh | The flowers

Vincent Van Gogh painted several versions of landscapes with flowers, as seen in View of Arles with Irises, and paintings of flowers, including Irises, Sunflowers, lilacs and roses. Some reflect his interests in the language of color, and also in Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
He completed two series of sunflowers: the first while he was in Paris in 1887, and the second during his stay in Arles the following year. The first series shows living flowers in the ground. In the second series, they are dying in vases. The 1888 paintings were created during a rare period of optimism for the artist. He intended them to decorate a bedroom where Paul Gauguin 1848-1903 was supposed to stay in Arles that August, when the two would create the community of artists Van Gogh had long hoped for. The flowers are rendered with thick brushstrokes impasto and heavy layers of paint. In an august 1888 letter to Theo, he wrote.

Francisco Goya | La duquesa de Abrantes, 1816

Claude Rogers (1907-1997) Eclipse at Blandford, 1952

Brita Nordencreutz (1899-1982) At the Piano, 1950

Augusto Giacometti (1877-1947) Ignuda, 1915

Jean Metzinger | Seated Woman, 1919

Jean Dominique Antony Metzinger (24 June 1883 - 3 November 1956) was a major 20th-century French painter**, theorist, writer, critic and poet, who along with Albert Gleizes wrote a theoretical work on Cubism.

Anders Zorn (1860-1920) Omnibus, 1892

Armand Guillaumin | Landscape of Crozant

Odilon Redon | Mysterious Boat

William-Adolphe Bouguereau | Idylle: famille antique, 1860

At the time that Bouguereau painted Idylle: famille antique he was a rising star on the Paris art scene. After studying with the esteemed French** Academic master François Picot, Bouguereau gained admittance to the hallowed halls of Paris' École des Beaux-Arts.
In 1849, he exhibited for the first time in the Paris Salon and the following year won the prestigious Grand Prix** de Rome.
During his time in Italy, Bouguereau traveled extensively, studying the Renaissance masters** who inspired his early fascination with classical antiquity, as demonstrated by the present painting.

Alfred Henry Maurer | The Rendezvous, 1904-05

Diego Velázquez | An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618

Bernardino Licinio (1490-1550) | Young Lady and her Suitor

© Uffizi Gallery, Italy | Bernardino Licinio was a painter during the Italian High Renaissance, creating portraits and religious works. He was born in Bergamo in the town of Lombardy. It is said that he may have trained in the studio of Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), a prominent Venetian painter of the Bellini family. Licinio stayed close to the artistic developments of the Venetian school of painting.
Licino produced several works depicting the Virgin Mary and Child including, Holy Family with the Magdalene, Madonna Enthroned with Saints and Madonna with Child in Arms. His The Madonna and Child with Saint Joseph and a Female Martyr, now in the National Gallery of London, is close in style and conceptually to his, Madonna and Child with Saint Francis, now in the Uffizi Gallery. Several of these religious works were half-length panels, but he also produced altarpieces and privately commissioned portraits

Licinio’s earlier painting style was much in the vein of other prominent High Renaissance artists of Venice, such as Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco, called Giorgione (1477-1510). Giorgione was also said to have trained under Giovanni Bellini’s workshop. The best examples of Licinio’s works during this period are Adoration of the Shepherds and Portrait of a Courtesan.

His later works took much more to the style of Titian (1485-1576), a leading Venetian painter of Italy’s Renaissance. These religious works give a highly symmetrical positioning of saints surrounding the Virgin Mary and Child. Licinio’s piece, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints from 1535 is a good example of his work influenced by Titian. The Resurrection piece painted by Licino in 1528 was also influenced by a similar piece done by Titian. Some of Licinio’s well known portraits are, Portrait of Stefano Nani and Portrait of Ottaviano Grimani.

Bernardino Licinio was part of an artistic family, going on to train his nephew Giulio Licino (1527-1584). Bernardino’s brother, Arrigo (Giulio’s father) was also a painter, as was another brother, Fabio.


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