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08/02/21

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Pablo Picasso | Family of Saltimbanques, 1905


Measuring 7 by 7.5 feet, "Family of Saltimbanques" is the most important painting Picasso made during his early career. Immediately obvious is the isolation and stillness of its figures. Shouldn’t these acrobats, dancers, and jesters suggest the frolic or at least the forced gaiety of circus performance?
That was not what Picasso had in mind.
For him, these wandering saltimbanques stood for the melancholy of the neglected underclass of artistes, a kind of extended family with whom he identified.


18/01/21

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Claude Monet | Snow Scene at Argenteuil, 1875


Snow at Argenteuil / Rue sous la neige, Argenteuil - is an oil-on-canvas landscape painting from the Impressionist artist Claude Monet.
It is the largest of no fewer than eighteen works Monet painted of his home commune of Argenteuil while it was under a blanket of snow during the winter of 1874-1875.
This painting - number 352 in Wildenstein's catalogue of the works of Monet - is the largest of the eighteen.
The attention to detail evident in the smaller paintings is less evident in this larger picture. Instead, Monet has rendered large areas of the canvas in closely like tones and colours of blue and grey.


12/07/20

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Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-1789)


Claude-Joseph Vernet was the leading French🎨 landscape painter (with Hubert Robert🎨) of the later 18th century🎨.
He achieved great celebrity with his topographical paintings and serene landscapes.
He was also one of the century's most accomplished painters of tempests and moonlight scenes.
Vernet was born at Avignon and trained there with his father, Antoine, and with the history painter Philippe Sauvan.


19/12/19

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Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun | Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat, 1782


Artist: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French🎨 Neoclassical painter, 1755-1842)
Full title: Self Portrait in a Straw Hat
Date made: 1782
Medium and support: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 97.8 x 70.5 cm
Current location: National Gallery, London
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1897
Inventory number: NG1653
Location in Gallery: Room 33

"Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat" is a signed copy by the artist of a very popular self portrait that she painted in 1782 and which is now in the collection of the baronne Edmond de Rothschild.
The pose is deliberately modelled on Rubens’s Portrait of Susanna Lunden🎨 (?) (also in the National Gallery’s collection), which was formerly, but incorrectly, known as Le Chapeau de Paille (The Straw Hat).


31/01/19

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Rubens | Portrait of Susanna Lunden, 1622


This painting is one of the most famous by Peter Paul Rubens🎨 (Flemish Baroque Era painter, 1577-1640) in the Collection of the National Gallery, London.
The title 'Le Chapeau de Paille' (meaning The Straw Hat) was first used in the 18th century. In fact the hat is not straw; 'paille' may be an error for 'poil', which is the French word for felt.
The hat, which shades the face of the sitter, is the most prominent feature of the painting.
The portrait is probably of Susanna Lunden, born Susanna Fourment, third daughter of Daniel Fourment, an Antwerp tapestry and silk merchant. Her younger sister Helena became Rubens's second wife in 1630.