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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Saturday, March 21, 2020

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 61 - With Footnotes

GARRY SHEAD, born 1942
THE MEASURING ARTIST, 2003
oil on composition board
38.0 x 45.5 cm
Private collection


Garry Shead is an Australian artist and filmmaker. Shead trained at the National Art School, Sydney between 1961 and 1962. He originally worked in media, as an editor of publications related to Oz Magazine and as a scenic artist and film editor for the ABC during the 1960’s. Shead has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide since the 1960’s. His work has been included in group exhibitions including the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman and Moran Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Shead was awarded the Young Contemporaries Prize by the Central Art School in Sydney, 1967, the Archibald Prize in 1993 and the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris through the Power Institute in 1973. He was artist in residence at Karolyi Foundation Studio in Venice through the Victorian Arts Board in 1982 and has completed residencies with the Indigenous artists of Lockhart River. Shead’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and several regional galleries. Several monographs on his work have been published including ‘The DH Lawrence Paintings’ 1993, and ‘Garry Shead and the Erotic Muse’ 2001. More on Garry Shead





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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 65 - With Footnotes

Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947)
Rue Tholozé, c. 1915
Oil on canvas
21 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. (55.5 x 38.3 cm.)
Private collection

Tholozé Street is one of the trendy streets of the Abbesses district. It owes it's celebrity to it's proximity to Montmartre, and  the Moulin de la Galette. This street, 185 meters long and 8 meters wide, owes its name to a general who was famous during the conquest of Algeria, Henri Alexis Tholozé (1781-1853).

Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 — 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. The intimate domestic scenes, for which he is perhaps best known, often include his wife Marthe de Meligny.

Bonnard has been described as "the most thoroughly idiosyncratic of all the great twentieth- century painters", and the unusual vantage points of his compositions rely less on traditional modes of pictorial structure than voluptuous color, poetic allusions and visual wit. Identified as a late practitioner of Impressionism in the early 20th century, Bonnard has since been recognized for his unique use of color and his complex imagery. More on Pierre Bonnard






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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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