Saturday, June 20, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 70 - With Footnotes

Henry MALFROY, 1895-1944
Paris, l'Arc de Triomphe
Huile sur papier
27 x 35 cm.
Private collection

Honoring those who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile stands at the center of the present work by Jean Béraud, the master of Belle Époque Parisian painting. Béraud presents the prototypical view of the Champs-Élysées: fashionably dressed figures stroll under the trees and others ride in carriages down the busy avenue. Many have commented on Beraud's realistic portrayal of everyday life at the fin-de-siecle and this attention to detail extends to his meticulous depiction of a plaster sculpture that surmounted the Arc itself at the time-Alexandre Falguière's The Triumph of the Revolution. As one of the finest sculptors to practice during the Second Empire, Falguière conceived his monumental plaster sculpture as an elaborate quadriga preparing to "crush Anarchy and Despotism", a worthy commentary on the political vagaries that had beset France in the past. The plaster group was in place from 1882 until it crumbled in 1886. Unfortunately, no version in bronze was commissioned; there is only a maquette of the sculpture in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay, and, of course, images such as Béraud's Arc de Triomphe. More on this painting

Henry Malfroy, ( b. January 15, 1895, in Martinique; died in 1944), was born in Martigues (Mouth of the Rhone) on the 15th January 1895. 

He was most likely the son of Charles Malfroy, with whom he is often confused. He was an impressionist painter, specialising in topographical subjects including the town of Cassis, the Mouth of the Rhone, the Var and in particular street scenes of Paris. 

He regularly exhibited at the Salons des Artistes Francais et des Independants. More on Henry Malfroy




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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 54 - With Footnotes

Jan Lievens, Leiden 1607 - 1674 Amsterdam
WOMAN EMBRACED BY A MAN, MODELLED BY THE YOUNG REMBRANDT
Oil on canvas
38¼ by 33⅛ in.; 97 by 84 cm.
Private collection

Jan Lievens (24 October 1607 – 4 June 1674) was a Dutch painter, usually associated with Rembrandt, working in a similar style. According to Arnold Houbraken, Jan was the son of a tapestry worker, and was trained by Joris Verschoten. He was sent to Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam at about the age of 10 for two full years. After that he began his career as an independent artist, at about the age of 12 in Leiden. He became something of a celebrity because of his talent at such a young age. This attracted the attention of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, around 1620, who bought a life-size painting of a young man reading by the light of a turf-fire. He gave this painting in turn to the English Ambassador, who presented it to James I. This was the reason why, when Lievens was 31, he was invited to the British court. When he returned from England he settled in Antwerp, where he married Suzanna Colyn de Nole, the daughter of the sculptor Michiel Colyns. In this period he won many commissions from royalty, mayors, and city halls.

Lievens collaborated and shared a studio with Rembrandt van Rijn from about 1626 to 1631. Their competitive collaboration, represented in some two dozen paintings, drawings and etchings, was intimate enough to cause difficulties in the attribution of works from this period. Lievens showed talent for painting in a life-size scale, and his dramatic compositions suggest the influence of the Caravaggisti. Lievens was more inventive, yet less expressive than Rembrandt. The two men split in 1631, when Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam and Lievens to England. In 1656 Rembrandt still owned paintings by his former friend.



During his time in England Lievens painted a portrait for Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, and became influenced by the works of Anthony van Dyck. Lievens worked in Antwerp, and cooperated with Adriaen Brouwer. After being a court painter in The Hague and Berlin, he returned to Amsterdam in 1655. After his first wife died he married a sister of Jan de Bray in 1648. After 1672, the Rampjaar Lievens had increasing financial difficulties and his family voided all claims of inheritance on his death due to his debts. More on Jan Lievens




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Friday, June 5, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 55 - With Footnotes

Rebecca Leveille
Emoticon ";)", c. 2018
Oil and Silver Leaf on Canvas
48 × 72 × 2 in, 121.9 × 182.9 × 5.1 cm
Private collection

Rebecca Guay is an artist known early in her career as an illustrator, commissioned for work.  Guay received a degree in Illustration from the Pratt Institute in New York City in 1992. She subsequently turned primarily toward gallery work, opening her first solo exhibition in 2013.

After 2011,Guaye began focusing primarily on large scale gallery work done in oil. Her gallery work focuses on the figure with the goal being a strong emotional connection to the audience. Her pieces have since been shown and acquired by private collectors and several museums, including the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Guay has been an instructor at the Pratt Institute and a guest lecturer at the Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, Rhode Island School of Design and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Guay is also the creator of two professional mentorship programs. More on Rebecca Guay






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Saturday, May 30, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 69 - With Footnotes

Miroslava Zaharieva, Bulgaria
Notre-Dame Cathedral
Watercolor on Paper
19.7 W x 13.8 H x 0 in

Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.

As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame contains the cathedra of the Archbishop of Paris. The cathedral treasury contains a reliquary which houses some of Catholicism's most important relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.


In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration in the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845. A project of further restoration and maintenance began in 1991. More on Notre-Dame Cathedral

Miroslava Zaharieva is an academic and self-expression artist. She works in various styles: still life, landscape, portrait, figural and non-figural compositions using watercolours, oil, tempera and acrylic colours. Traditional techniques of painting and experimentation by mixing different techniques together. Collage works with various materials: paper, textile, leather and synthetics. Applied arts experience in hand drawing and stamping of textiles (silk, linen, cotton, synthetics).

Born on May 6th 1982 at Sofia, Bulgaria, Miroslava Graduated on M.A. course in Painting at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a member of Union of Bulgarian Artists since 2012. She is also a member of AIAP / IAA – UNESCO. More on Miroslava Zaharieva





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Friday, May 15, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 55 - With Footnotes

Rebecca Leveille
Give Me Pretty Things, c. 2016
Oil, art resin, and gold on canvas
36 × 36 in, 91.4 × 91.4 cm

Rebecca Guay is an artist known early in her career as an illustrator, commissioned for work.  Guay received a degree in Illustration from the Pratt Institute in New York City in 1992. She subsequently turned primarily toward gallery work, opening her first solo exhibition in 2013.

After 2011,Guaye began focusing primarily on large scale gallery work done in oil. Her gallery work focuses on the figure with the goal being a strong emotional connection to the audience. Her pieces have since been shown and acquired by private collectors and several museums, including the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Guay has been an instructor at the Pratt Institute and a guest lecturer at the Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts, Rhode Island School of Design and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Guay is also the creator of two professional mentorship programs. More on Rebecca Guay





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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 53 - With Footnotes

István Cene gál, Hungary
Forbidden love III
Oil on canvas
39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in

István Cene gál was born in 1969 in Salgótarján, Hungary. He studied artistic drawing under the guidance of first Ödön Iványi, then Péter Földi.

He also studied art history in a course led by Professor Dr. Lajos Végvári at the Association of Art in Miskolc. He got his degree at the College Department of the university DOTE EU.
Several study tours to Paris (at István Sándorfi), Rome, London and Dublin.

He is a member in the Hungarian Painters’ Society. In 2009 – he received the "Prima” Award and in 2015 – "European Art Star” Award. He has had more than forty individual exhibitions in Hungary and abroad, alike. He has paintings in 26 countries at private collectors.” More on István Cene gál






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Sunday, April 26, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 52 - With Footnotes

Eugen de Blaas, (Austrian, 1843-1931)
The courtship, c. 1887
Oil on canvas
42 x 27 in. (107 x 70 cm.)
Private collection

Eugene de Blaas, (24 July 1843 – 10 February 1932), was an Italian painter in the school known as Academic Classicism. He was born at Albano, near Rome, to Austrian parents. His father Karl, also a painter, was his teacher. The family moved to Venice when Karl became Professor at the Academy of Venice. He often painted scenes in Venice, but also portraits and religious paintings.

His colorful and rather theatrical period images of Venetian society, e.g. On the Balcony (1877; Private Collection), were quite different compared to delicate pastels and etchings of the courtyards, balcony and canals of modern Venice.

Eugene de Blaas' paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy, Fine Art Society, New Gallery and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery in London, and also at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. More on Eugene de Blaas






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Monday, April 13, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 68 - With Footnotes

Jean Dufy, (1888 - 1964)
PARIS, MONTMARTRE, c. 1920
Watercolor and gouache on paper
10¼ by 14¼ in. (26 by 36.1 cm)
Private collection

With its cobbled streets, stunning Basilica, artists, bistros ... Montmartre is full of charm! Perched on the top of a small hill in the 18th arrondissement, the most famous Parisian district has lost none of its village atmosphere that appealed so much to the artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. A real melting pot of art and inspiration for the cinema, Montmartre still gives as much pleasure to those who stroll around it and figures high on the list for a stay in Paris. More on Montmartre

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La BoissiereMore Jean Dufy






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Thursday, April 9, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 64 - With Footnotes

Lavinia Fontana
Mars and Venus, c. 1595
Oil on canvas
Madrid, Fundación Casa de Alba

In a bedroom a man and a young woman pose as Mars and Venus. She is completely naked and looks back: she stares at us and hands us a narcissus flower. He has only his helmet on his head and a drape covers his private parts: he looks at her and, almost frightened, puts his hand on her bottom. More on this painting

The Roman myth of Venus and Mars is of Venus, the Goddess of Love having a passionate affair with Mars, the God of War. 

Lavinia Fontana (August 24, 1552 – August 11, 1614) was a Bolognese Mannerist painter best known for her portraiture. She was trained by her father Prospero Fontana and was active in Bologna and Rome. She is regarded as the first female career artist in Western Europe as she relied on commissions for her income. Her family relied on her career as a painter, and her husband served as her agent and raised their eleven children. She was perhaps the first woman artist to paint female nudes.

Fontana and her family moved to Rome in 1603 at the invitation of Pope Clement VIII. She gained the patronage of the Buoncompagni, of which Pope Gregory XIII was a member. She was subsequently appointed as Portraitist in Ordinary at the Vatican. Lavinia thrived in Rome as she had in Bologna and Pope Paul V himself was among her sitters. She was the recipient of numerous honors. 

She was elected into the Accademia di San Luca of Rome. She died in the city on August 11, 1614 and was subsequently buried at Santa Maria sopra Minerva. More on Lavinia Fontana






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Sunday, April 5, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 67 - With Footnotes

Jean Dufy, (1888-1964)
L'Institut et la Passerelle des Arts, 1929
Oil on canvas
54 x 73 cm., 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.
Private collection

The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. It links the Institut de France and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre, (which had been termed the "Palais des Arts" under the First French Empire).

The bridge has sometimes served as a place for art exhibitions, and is today a "studio en plein air" for painters, artists and photographers who are drawn to its unique point of view. The Pont des Arts is also frequently a spot for picnics during the summer. More on Passerelle des Arts

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La BoissiereMore Jean Dufy






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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 63 - With Footnotes

Kimberly Dow
Unfastened, 2015
Oil on panel
20 × 16 in, 50.8 × 40.6 cm
Private collection

Kimberly Dow (Dow Kimberly) - American contemporary artist, born in 1968, in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. She started to draw in childhood. What started as a simple hobby, eventually turned into a real passion. Today Kimberly writes professionally and exhibited his realistic paintings at various galleries in the United States over the last 20 years.


the work of the DOE is devoted to many different topics, but still prefer the artist gives figurative painting with oil paint. Works Kimberly is represented in galleries in many cities of the world, its figurative painting has repeatedly won various awards, been published in magazines about art is in the collections of contemporary art collectors. More on  Kimberly Dow






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Friday, March 27, 2020

The art of Kartikey Sharma

Kartikey Sharma
Zero gravity, c. 2018
Acrylic on canvas
5/3 ft in size

My name is Kartikey Sharma, "I am 27 years old, I have always been an artist but couldn't take any formal art education due to my upbringing in a conservative middle class family. I pursued mechanical engineering and during college I decided to make art my career. I knocked doors of an esteemed art university in Mumbai and when they couldn't accommodate me in any official manner I started sitting in their classes quietly, without disturbing anyone or painting, but rather just observing. 

From there my journey as a professional artist began. In the past 7 years I have had many solo exhibitions independently organised and have had a fulfilling career as a mural artist. I have over a 100 canvas paintings to my name and over 150 commissioned mural/graffiti projects. I also started a small art firm in 2016 with 2 partners to organist our art business. I recently quit as the director of the company to better explore myself as an artist. I have started 2 major projects of painting the complete city (100 walls) of Bangalore and Pune with murals which is half way into completion. I am thankful to have been featured by every leading newspaper in India for my work. More on Kartikey Sharma





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Monday, March 23, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 66 - With Footnotes

Eugène Galien-Laloue, French, 1854-1941
Communiantes a Paris
Gouache over pencil on paper
30.5 by 18.5cm., 12 by 7½in.
Private collection

Communicants are people who partake or are entitled to partake of the Eucharist; a member of a church.

Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854–1941) was a French artist of French-Italian parents and was born in Paris on December 11, 1854. He was a populariser of street scenes, usually painted in autumn or winter. His paintings of the early 1900s accurately represent the era in which he lived: a happy, bustling Paris, la Belle Époque, with horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars and its first omnibuses. Galien-Laloue's works are valued not only for their contribution to 20th-century art, but for the actual history, which they document. His work can be seen at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Louvier; Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Mulhouse, France.

A typical Galien-Laloue painting depicts sidewalks and avenues crowded with people or tourists mingling before the capital's monuments. He also painted the landscapes of Normandy and Seine-et-Marne, as well as military scenes he was commissioned to produce in 1914. The Republic of France selected Galien-Laloue to work as a 'war artist,' both during the Franco-Prussian War and World War I, chiefly in watercolor. More on Eugène Galien-Laloue






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