Saturday, February 22, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 60 - With Footnotes

Neil Boyle, (American, 1931–2006)
Your Place or Mine
Oil on canvas
30.5 x 40.6 cm. (12 x 16 in.)
Private collection

Born in Alberta, Canada, Neil Boyle (1931-2006) received formal art training in Alberta at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Canada, and the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in the 1950s before teaching art for several years at the California Art Institute in Thousand Oaks, California.

Over the next decade, Boyle provided story illustrations for several magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies' Home Journal. 

Boyle also painted calendars for the Rand Corporation which included portraits of notable politicans, athletes, artists, and authors. In addition, the artist painted album covers for musicians such as Glenn Miller, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Sons of the Pioneers, and Henry Mancini.

Later in life, Boyle painted many Western subjects in his typical impressionistic style, often signing his name alongside the acronym, BSWCA—Big Shot West Coast Artist, and returned to teaching at the California Art Institute. More on Neil Boyle







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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 59 - With Footnotes

Giuseppe Aureli, (Italy,1858-1929)
Peasants in Harvest on Country Road, c. 1882
Watercolor on paper
21 x 14 inches / 53 x 35 cm
Private collection

Giuseppe Aureli (December 5, 1858 in Rome – 1929) was an Italian painter and watercolourist. His work is noted for its historical subject matter, portraits of Italian noble families as well as genre paintings and local scenes, especially work with Oriental themes.

Giuseppe Aureli was born in Rome in 1858. He received his early art education at the Academia de San Luca. He exhibited in various exhibitions; including: The International Exhibition of 1888 in Munich and the World Fair of 1893 in Chicago, but his Oriental works were rarely included in these early exhibitions. Having his workshop in Rome, Aureli was in a position to exchange ideas with the most prolific Orientalist artists at that the time. With those influences, Aureli began painting more works with Oriental subject matter such as harem scenes and exotic beauties. He died in 1929 in Anzio. More on Giuseppe Aureli





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Sunday, February 16, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 64 - With Footnotes

Jean Dufy, (1888-1964)
Vue de Paris
Oil on canvas
20 ½ x 26 3/8 in (52 x 66.9 cm.)
Private collection

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, February 13, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 58 - With Footnotes

Charles West Cope (British, 1811-1890)
'Taming the Shrew': 'The meat was well, if you were so contented', c. 1874
Oil on canvas
77 x 103cm (30 x 40in)
Private collection

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.

The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio "tames" her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride. More on The Taming of the Shrew

Charles West Cope RA (28 July 1811, in Leeds – 21 August 1890) was a student of the Royal Academy. He won a silver medal in 1829 from the Society of Arts, and medal from the Royal Academy Life School, and thus free classes for life.

In 1832 Charles West Cope went to Paris and honed his skill by reproducing the Old Masters at the Louvre. In 1833 his painting The Golden Age was exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time. In September of that year, he went to Italy for two years, making a living by painting on commission. 

Cope submitted designs for a competition to decorate the inside of the Houses of Parliament. In 1843, his preliminary drawing The First Trial by Jury earned him 300 pounds in prize money. The following year he presented another design called 'Meeting of Jacob and Rachel,' and was one of six painters commissioned in July of that year to prepare preliminary drawings for the decoration of the House of Lords. Cope received a commission to execute his design in fresco, and also another of Edward the Black Prince receiving the Order of the Garter. These commissions kept him busy painting fresco in the House of Lords for many years.

In 1848 he became a Royal Academician after exhibiting a large work Cardinal Wolsey's Reception at Leicester Abbey. In 1849 he traveled to Italy and Germany to improve his knowledge and technique of fresco painting. In 1867 he became a professor of painting at the Royal Academy. More on Charles West Cope







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Sunday, February 2, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 57 - With Footnotes

Robert Alexander Hillingford (British, 1828-1904)
The Tired Warrior
Oil on canvas
31.1 x 37.5cm (12 1/4 x 14 3/4in).(2)
Private collection

Robert Alexander Hillingford (28 January 1828 – 1904) was an English painter. He specialized in historical pictures, often battle scenes.

He was born in London on 28 January 1828, and studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf for five years beginning in 1841. He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. He then traveled to Munich, Rome, Florence and Naples, where he married and worked for several years, producing paintings of Italian life. He returned to London in 1864, and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1866; it was at this time that he began to work on historical subjects, especially of the Napoleonic Wars. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal He also painted some contemporary military scenes. More on Robert Alexander Hillingford







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Sunday, January 26, 2020

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

Jean Beraud, French, 1834-1935
Carrefour Drouot (Drouot Crossroads), circa 1887
Oil on canvas
15 3/8 x 22 1/4 inches (39 x 56.5 cm)
Private collection

The rue Drouot was created in the early eighteenth century, but it was extended in the second half of the nineteenth century, following the "Haussmannization" of Paris. The street housed many "magasins de nouveautés", as well as the famous Hôtel Drouot, which, to this day, is the most renowned auction gallery in the French capital city. More on Carrefour Drouot

Jean Béraud (January 12, 1849 – October 4, 1935) was a French painter, noted for his paintings of Parisian life during the Belle Époque. He was renowned in Paris society due to his numerous paintings depicting the life of Paris, and the nightlife of Paris society. He also painted religious subjects in a contemporary setting. Pictures of the Champs Elysees, cafeés, Montmartre and the banks of the Seine are precisely detailed illustrations of everyday Parisian era of the "Belle Époque". More Jean Béraud




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01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 56 - With Footnotes

Gerard van Kuijl, (Gorinchem 1604-1673)
A shepherd and shepherdess
Oil on canvas
47 ½ x 40 in. (120.6 x 101.6 cm.)
Private collection

Gerard van Kuijl or Kuijll (1604, Gorinchem – 1673, Gorinchem), was a Dutch Golden Age painter. He is known for religious and genre works in the style of Caravaggio.

Gerard left for Italy in 1627 or 1628. He joined the Bentvueghels with the nickname Stijgbeugel. In Italy he was a pupil of fellow Bentvueghel Jean Ducamps, with whom he lived from 1629 to 1631 in Rome on the Via Margutta. The last evidence of his presence there was in July 1631. The next year, Van Kuijl had settled again in Gorinchem, as in 1632 he became a member of the Broederschap der Romeinen binnen Gorinchem ("Brotherhood of Romans in Gorinchem'") In 1641 he lived in Utrecht, but in or before 1648 he returned to his hometown, where he died at the age of 69. More on Gerard van Kuijl





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01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 48

Suleiman Mansour, (Palestinian, b. 1947)
And the Convoy Keeps Going, c. 2016
Oil and acrylic on canvas
50 7/8 x 64 1/3 in. (129.5 x 163.4cm.)
Private collection

Sliman Mansour (born 1947), is a Palestinian painter, considered an important figure among contemporary Palestinian artists. Mansour is considered an artist of the intifada whose work gave visual expression to the cultural concept of sumud. Palestinian artist and scholar Samia Halaby has identified Mansour as part of the Liberation Art Movement and cites his important work as an artist and cultural practitioner before and after the Intifada. During the Intifada, Mansour was part of the "New Visions" group of Palestinian artists. This collective turned to earthworks and mixed media and assemblage using materials derived from the Palestinian environment in order to boycott Israeli art supplies in protest of the ongoing occupation. In 1988 he made a series of four paintings on destroyed Palestinian villages, the four villages being Yibna, Yalo, Imwas and Bayt Dajan.

He is a co-author of Both Sides of Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Political Poster Art, published in 1998 by the Contemporary Art Museum with University of Washington Press. More on Suleiman Mansour





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Thursday, January 23, 2020

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

Louis Marie de Schryver, (French, 1862-1942)
Paris - The Flower Market on the Île de la Cité
Oil on canvas
36 1/8 x 28 ½ in. (91.8 x 72.4 cm.)
Private collection

The Île de la Cité is one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris (the other being the Île Saint-Louis).[a] It is the centre of Paris and the location where the medieval city was refounded. More on The Île de la Cité

Louis Marie de Schryver, 1862 - 1942Born in Paris in 1862, Louis Marie de Schryver began his artistic career under the tutelage of the portrait painter and orientalist Gabriel-Joseph-Marie-Augustin Ferrier. He exhibited for the first time at the Paris Salon at the young age of 13, showing two works, both still life canvases of flowers. 

The choice of subject would permeate throughout the entirety of his long career. He earned numerous awards from 1879 onwards, including a number of honorable mentions at the Salon, as well as the Universal Expositions of 1891, 1896 and 1900. Highly praised by both critics and the public alike, de Schryver enjoyed enormous success during his lifetime, and his works remain highly sought after. More on Louis Marie de Schryver




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01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 47

Mamdouh Kashlan, (Syrian, b. 1929)
Hammam Al Nissaa’s bil sham (Women’s public bath in Damascus), c. 1990
Oil on canvas
68 7/8 x 78 ¾ in. (175 x 200cm.)
Private collection

Damascus Public Baths (Hammams) were commonly used in Damascus as a civilized phenomena that denotes the interest of the Damascenes in their health, and cleanness of bodies. Going to the bath was a religious and social habit of life in the Orient in general and in Damascus in particular. 

With very limited means of entertainment in a closed society, women changed the visit to the bath into an opportunity to meet other women, and to deepen social relations. By time, public baths were linked to several social occasions like marriages, births, and preparations for feasts. Women used to spend long hours in the bath consuming all the time specified for them; usually from midday to the evening. More on Hammams

Mamdouh Kashlan (born 1929 in Damascus) is a Syrian painter. He has held more than 300 exhibitions in Syria and around the world and many of his paintings are on display in the National museums of Damascus, Aleppo and Deir Atieh and the presidential palace. His work is also on display in the Sorsoq Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, Modern art museum in Cairo, Egypt and has been displayed in Sofia, Bulgaria, Paris and Seinajoki, Finland. In 1996 he was awarded the pioneers prize from the ministry of culture. More on Mamdouh Kashlan




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Sunday, January 19, 2020

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 46

Ismail Shammout, (Palestinian, 1930-2006)
Al- Tariq (The Way), c. 1964
Oil on canvas
31 ½ x 23 ½ in. (79.9 X 59.9cm.)
Private collection

Ismail Shammout (1930 – 2006) was a Palestinian artist and art historian.

Shammout was born in 1930 in Lydda. On July 12, 1948, he and his family were amongst 25,000 residents of Lydda expelled from their homes by Israeli occupation. The Shammout family moved to the Gaza refugee camp of Khan-Younes. In 1950 Shammout went to Cairo and enrolled in the College of Fine Arts. After returning to Gaza in 1953, he held his first exhibition, which was a success.

Shammout and Palestinian artist Tamam al Akhal participated in the Palestine Exhibition of 1954 in Cairo. The exhibition was inaugurated by then Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser. Later in 1954, he moved to Italy and enrolled at the Academia De Belle Arti in Rome. He married al Akhal in 1959. 

Shammout expressed his emotions, fears, sufferings, hopes and dreams, which are shared by all the Palestinian people, through his paintings. More on Shammout




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Friday, January 17, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 65 - With Footnotes

Antonio Gravina, (Italy, 1934-2011)
Paris
Oil on canvas
 11 1/2" H x 19 1/2" W
Private collection

Parisian street scene in the rain with a flower stall, crowds of people, and street cars in the foreground before building and a grey sky in the background.

Antonio Gravina was born in Naples in 1934 and studied at the Art Institute in that city.  He started painting when only fifteen years old.  Gravina’s great fantasy cannot be denied given the great variety of his subjects, to which he gives a very special immediacy.  

Gravina has taken part in many national and international exhibitions.He also took part in many art competitions with great success.  We find his works in many Italian and foreign collections. More on Antonio Gravina




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Thursday, January 9, 2020

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 45

Ahmed Moustafa, (Egyptian, b. 1943)
The Coiling of Day and Night, c. 2000
Oil and watercolour on paper
52 ¾ x 43 1/3 in. (134 x 110cm.)
Private collection

Ahmed Moustafa, (Egyptian, b. 1943) was born in Alexandria, Egypt Moustafa studied Fine Arts at Alexandria University, after which he obtained an MA and PhD from the Central School of Art and Design in London, where he still lives and works. Moustafa is a practicing calligrapher and scholar who transforms sacred Qur'anic texts into works of art, combining their religious significance with a modern interpretation of the traditional script. 

Employing repetition and other painterly techniques such as incorporating the text into a representational image, Moustafa has been able to lend calligraphy to a more universal reception. Moustafa is known for incorporating a bold color palette into his work as well as his fluid and spontaneous penmanship. The artist engages with a wide range of media such as paintings, tapestries, silk-screen prints and stained glass. His work is held in many private and public collections, such as the National Museums in both Britain and Egypt, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the National Museum of Scotland. More on Ahmed Moustafa




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