Wednesday, February 28, 2018

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 21 - With Footnotes

Eugène Galien-Laloue, (French, 1854-1941)
La fontaine du Palmier, place du Châtelet 
Gouache
26 x 44.5cm (10 1/4 x 17 1/2in).
Private collection

The Fontaine du Palmier (1806-1808) or Fontaine de la Victoire is a monumental fountain located in the Place du Châtelet, between the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre de la Ville, in the First Arrondissement of Paris. It was designed to provide fresh drinking water to the population of the neighborhood and to commemorate the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the largest fountain built during Napoleon's reign still in existence. More on The Fontaine du Palmier

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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Sunday, February 25, 2018

01 Paintings, Streets of Rome, 20th Century, by the Artists of the time, with footnotes. 3

Edward Seago, R.W.S., 1910-1974
THE PIAZZA NAVONA, ROME
Oil on canvas
66 by 91.5cm., 26 by 36in.
Private Collection

Piazza Navona is a square in Rome, Italy. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian, built in the 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans went there to watch the games, and hence it was known as "Circus Agonalis". It is believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona.

Defined as a public space in the last years of 15th century, when the city market was transferred there from the Campidoglio, Piazza Navona was transformed into a highly significant example of Baroque Roman architecture and art during the pontificate of Innocent X, who reigned from 1644 until 1655, and whose family palace, the Palazzo Pamphili, faced the piazza.

During its history, the piazza has hosted theatrical events and other ephemeral activities. From 1652 until 1866, when the festival was suppressed, it was flooded on every Saturday and Sunday in August in elaborate celebrations of the Pamphilj family. The pavement level was raised in the 19th century, and in 1869 the market was moved to the nearby Campo de' Fiori. A Christmas market is held in the piazza square. More on Piazza Navona 

Edward Brian Seago, 1910–1974; was a British painter, writer, and illustrator, born in Norwich. He was confined to bed for much of his childhood, had little formal education, and was mainly self-taught as an artist. From 1928 to 1933 he travelled with circuses in Britain and abroad, and he wrote three illustrated books on the circus in the 1930s. However, he became best known for landscapes and portraits.

During the Second World War he served as a camouflage officer and after being invalided from the army in 1944 he was invited by Field Marshal Alexander to paint scenes of the Italian campaign in 1945. In 1953 he was appointed an official Coronation artist and in 1956–7 he accompanied the Duke of Edinburgh on a world tour.  More Seago



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Friday, February 23, 2018

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 19 - With Footnotes

Adolfo Carducci, 1903-1981 (Italian) 
Moulin Rouge by Night 
Oil on canvas 
h:47 w: 67 cm.
 Private collection

Moulin Rouge (French for "Red Mill") is a cabaret in Paris, France.

The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof.

Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. More on the Moulin Rouge 

Adolfo Carducci (1903-1984) was an Italian born Impressionist artist who painted mainly in Paris.





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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

01 Paintings, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 6

Farid Haddad, Lebanese (1945 - )
Untitled (Green), c. 1976
Acrylic on Paper, signed verso
15 x 22 in. (38.1 x 55.88 cm)
Private collection


Farid Haddad, Lebanese (1945 - ), a painter and media artist, graduated from the AUB Department of Fine Arts and Performing Arts in 1969 (BA). He holds an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

From the mid- to late 1970s, he taught drawing and painting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and since 1979 he has been on the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (1972) and is a recipient of two Individual Artist Grants from the NH State Council on the Arts (1983 and 1984). His early works as a painter dealt with color field painting, and in the early eighties he turned to an art based on experimental abstraction. He has had one-person exhibitions in Beirut, Kuwait City, Rome, New York, Paris, Milwaukee, WI, and Henniker, NH. The artist has also participated in more than forty group shows (since 1968) in Europe, the Middle East and North America. More on Farid Haddad





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Saturday, February 17, 2018

01 Paintings, of The amorous game, Part 7 - With Footnotes

Federico Andreotti, 1847-1930, ITALIAN
A BASHFUL MAIDEN
Oil on canvas
29 1/2 by 23 1/2 in., 74.9 by 59.7 in.
Private collection

Federico Andreotti (Florence, March 6, 1847 – 1930) was an Italian painter. He initially studied with Angiolo Tricca, Stefano Ussi, and at the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts. At a contest, he won a stipend and ultimately gained appointment as professor at the Academy. He was prolific as a painter of canvases at Rome, Florence, and other cities. He painted realistic genre and aristocratic scenes, often in dress from the eighteenth centuries. The elaborate period dress and affected airs give his paintings, sometimes described as Rococo Revival, a retardataire focus. More on Federico Andreotti









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Thursday, February 15, 2018

01 Paintings, of The amorous game, Part 10 - With Footnotes

Pascale Taurua, b. 1961, France
Caresse
Oil on Canvas
39.4 H x 39.4 W x 0.8 in

Pascale Taurua , born in 1961 is a French painter elected Miss New Caledonia 1977 , then Miss France 1978 . She succeeds Veronica Bundle, Miss France 1977. She is the 48 th Miss France.

A few months after her election, she prefers to return to New Caledonia rather than ensure her role as Miss France in France for a year. Pascale Taurua is now an artist-painter.

Pascale Taurua started painting a young age. She graduated from the Conservatory of Art of Papeete in Tahiti. She lives in Pau in the south of France. She has made painting her profession since 1996. Her work is mainly focused on figurative art. She exhibits her paintings in the Pacific and Metropolitan France. She also makes drawings, and participates in many courses and workshops. More on Pascale Taurua


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Monday, February 12, 2018

01 Paintings, of The amorous game, Part 8 - With Footnotes

Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet, 1840-1920, FRENCH
A CHOICE
Oil on panel
37 5/8 by 50 3/4 in., 95.5 by 129 cm
Private collection

Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet (12 April 1840, Uzès - 11 April 1920, Paris) was a French painter and engraver; best known for his historical and costume genre scenes. His father was the owner of a café and a liqueur manufacturer who moved his family to Lyon in 1846. He began by studying engraving at the École nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon. After his father's death in 1863, he took his new wife and baby to Paris, where he studied with Jean-Georges Vibert and copied the Old Masters at the Louvre.

In 1865, after some financial hardships, he presented two paintings at the Salon and, the following year, achieved success when one of his works was purchased by Mathilde Bonaparte for 5,000 francs. He then decided to concentrate on costumed figures, mostly from the 18th century, and was awarded a contract for three canvases per month at an annual salary of 25,000 francs.

He was named a knight in the Legion of Honour in 1893 and many wealthy people among his clients; notably Cornelius Vanderbilt, who paid 100,000 francs for one of his works at the Palais de l'Industrie in 1893. He also painted many notable people in period costume.


Toward the end of his life, he turned to religious subjects, producing a tableau of 22 paintings depicting the Passion of Christ. After his death, in 1921, they were the subject of a special showing at the Salon. Six years later, the Musée Roybet Fould was established in Courbevoie by Consuelo Fould, who owned a large number of Roybet's paintings. More on Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet














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Saturday, February 10, 2018

01 Paintings by the Orientalist Artists in the Nineteenth-Century, with footnotes, 14

Émile Bernard, 1868 - 1941, FRENCH
AU HAREM
oil on canvas
42 1/2 by 55 1/2 in., 108 by 141 cm
Private collection


Harem a sacred inviolable place; for female members of the family. Harem properly refers to domestic spaces that are reserved for the women of the house in a Muslim family and are inaccessible to adult males except for close relations. Similar institutions have been common in other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern civilizations, especially among royal and upper-class families and the term is sometimes used in non-Islamic contexts. The structure of the harem and the extent of monogamy or polygamy has varied depending on the family's personalities, socio-economic status, and local customs. A harem may house a man's wife—or wives and concubines, as in royal harems of the past.

In the West, Orientalist imaginary conceptions of the harem as a fantasy world of forbidden sexuality where numerous women lounged in suggestive poses have influenced many paintings, stage productions, films and literary works. Several European Renaissance paintings dating to the 16th century defy Orientalist tropes and portray the women of the Ottoman harem as individuals of status and political significance. In many periods of Islamic history women in the harem exercised various degrees of political power. Harem. More on the Harem


Émile Henri Bernard (28 April 1868 – 16 April 1941) was a French Post-Impressionist painter and writer, who had artistic friendships with Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Eugène Boch, and at a later time, Paul Cézanne. Most of his notable work was accomplished at a young age, in the years 1886 through 1897. He is also associated with Cloisonnism and Synthetism, two late 19th-century art movements. Less known is Bernard's literary work, comprising plays, poetry, and art criticism as well as art historical statements that contain first hand information on the crucial period of modern art to which Bernard had contributed. More on Émile Henri Bernard






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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

02 Paintings, of The amorous game, Part 6 - With Footnotes

Michel Comte, B. 1954
HELENA CHRISTENSEN,  c. 1995 
Silver print
70.5 by 70.1 cm.; 27 ½  by 27 ½ in. 
Private collection

Helena Christensen (born 25 December 1968) is a Danish fashion model and photographer. She is a former Victoria's Secret Angel and beauty queen. Christensen has also served as creative director for Nylon magazine, designed clothing, and supported funding for breast cancer organizations and other charities.

Helena was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the eldest of two daughters of a Danish father and a Peruvian mother. Winning the Miss Universe Denmark crown in 1986, she subsequently represented Denmark in the Miss Universe 1986 pageant. The following year, she participated in the Look of the Year 1987 competition, where she was a finalist. Christensen left her home soon afterwards to pursue modeling in Paris. More on Helena Christensen

Michel Comte (born February 19, 1954 in Zürich, Switzerland) is a filmmaker and a fashion, portrait photographer. He is regarded as one of the most important photographers in the industry. He directed and produced The Girl from Nagasaki, his first feature film in 3D, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014.

Comte was born in Zürich, Switzerland. He studied in England and in France, then started his career in contemporary art restoration, specializing in the works of Andy Warhol and Yves Klein. Comte was interested in photography and when moving to Paris in 1979, he was discovered by Karl Lagerfeld, who gave him first international assignment. Comte then started working for such publications as Vogue US, Vogue Italia, Per Lui, Vanity Fair, and fashion houses such as Emanuel Ungaro, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and so on.

Comte produced many iconic portraits. More on Michel Comte

Antoine Verglas, b. 1962
ANGELINA JOLIE I, 2000 
Silver print
35.5 by 28 cm., 11 by 14 in.
Private collection


Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight, June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out (1982). Her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers (1995).

In addition to her film career, Jolie is noted for her humanitarian efforts, for which she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women's rights, and is most noted for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). More on Angelina Jolie



Antoine Verglas (born in Paris, 1962) is a New York City based photographer who obtained popular acclaim for his uninhibited documentary-style fashion photographs of 1990s supermodels such as Claudia Schiffer and Stephanie Seymour.

 Verglas was born and raised in Paris where he attended E.S.C School of Business and, on occasion, worked as a model for TV commercials. That is how he got his start hosting a TV show Cinq sur Cinq [Five on Five] for teenagers, presenting video clips, movie trailers and interviewing celebrities. Antoine started taking photographs of his college girlfriend, Ford model Catherine Ahnell and in 1990 moved to New York City to become a photographer.

In the 1990s Antoine Verglas introduced a new style of fashion photography when he captured models in a series of intimate, documentary style photographs that ran in several international editions of Elle magazine. Prior to that fashion editorials were highly poised. Antoine Verglas' photographs were more candid and uninhibited, with natural light. This intimate style of capturing a personality has become known as the “Verglas Signature.” More on Antoine Verglas






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03 Paintings, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 4

Jewad Selim, (1919–1961)
Lamea , c. 1949
oil on canvas
61 x 46cm (24 x 18 1/8in)
Private collection

Depicting the prominent Iraqi poetess Lamea Abbas Amara, the painting, executed in 1949, is one with which Jewad had a well-documented personal connection, and it remained in the artist's collection until his passing, taking part in the landmark "Societe Primitive" exhibition at the Baghdad Fine Arts institute in 1952, where it was photographed alongside Selim and his wife Lorna.
After Jewad's death in 1961 "Lamea" remained with Lorna Selim till 1971, when it was sold into the equally esteemed collection of Iraq's preeminent art critic Jabra Ibrahim Jabra before passing to his family from which it was purchased by the present owner

Jewad Selim (1919–1961) was an Iraqi painter and sculptor born in Ankara (Turkey) in 1919. He studied sculpture in Paris (1938-1939), Rome (1939-1940) and London (1946-1948). Having been influenced by Western artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore, Selim returned to Iraq and was appointed head of the Sculpture Department at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, a position he retained until his death in 1961. He also founded the Jama'et Baghdad lil Fen al-Hadith (The Baghdad Modern Art Group) with fellow artist Shakir Hassan Al Said, as well as the new Baghdad School of Modern Art. He is especially known for his Nasb al-Hurriyah (Monument of Freedom), located in one of Baghdad's main squares. In this monument, the artist celebrated the Iraqi people and the 1958 Revolution, however, he died before the monument was finished. Selim is credited as being the most influential artist in Iraq's modern art movement. More on Jewad Selim 

Iraqi School 20th Century
GIRL IN STABLE WITH CATTLE , 1986
oil on canvas laid on board
20.5 by 26in
Private collection


Iraq has produced several world-class painters and sculptors including Ismail Fatah Al Turk, Khalid al-Raḥḥal, and Muḥammad Ghani.

Faik Hassan (b. 1935), considered the founder of modern plastic art in Iraq, was among several Iraqi artists who were selected to study art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts before the Second World War. This group formed the foundation of Iraq's strong 20th century artistic tradition. Hassan founded the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad; many of Iraq's best known artists studied at this institution.

Jawad Saleem, see above

Jamil Hamoudi (b. 1924) is both a painter and sculptor. Like Azzawi, Hamoudi also studied at the Baghdad School of Fine Art. He was interested in the cubist movement and in 1973 he was appointed to the directorship of fine arts at the Ministry of Culture. In 1947, he self-identified with the surrealist movement, only to later distance himself citing "A dark, saturnine atmosphere emanated from [their canvases] the effect of which was to arouse a feeling of despair in human beings." His paintings are brightly colored and make use of shapes like circles, triangles and arches. For sculpture he frequently uses plaster, stone, wood, metal, copper, glass, marble, Plexiglas and ceramics.

Beginning in 1969, the Arab nationalist political agenda of the Baath party encouraged Iraqi artists to create work that would explain Iraq's new national identity in terms of its historical roots. The Iraqi Ministry of Culture is involved in efforts to preserve tradition Iraqi crafts like leatherworking, copper working, and carpet making. More on Iraqi School 20th Century

Mohammad Mohreddin, (born 1938) 
Mowdou' Raqm 1 (Subject Number 1) or Shadow , 1980
Pencil, watercolour and collage on paper
27¼ x 23¼in. (69.2 x 59cm.)
Private collection

Born in Basra, Iraq in 1938. Works and lives in Iraq. He obtained his diploma in Graphics and Painting from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.

Mohraddin paints a reality where a paradox reigns. Like a blackboard that hasn't been well rubbed his work is full of half seen mathematical formulas and theories, of tiny calligraphy, incomplete messages, imprints of hands and hazy drawings that look like the negatives of an old and forgotten film. More on Mohammad Mohreddin










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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Head and four torsos unveiled at National Museum



Head and four torsos unveiled at National Museum: After a yearlong legal battle, five antiquities originally unearthed in Lebanon were formally unveiled at the National Museum Friday. The five marble sculptures – one bull’s head and four male torsos – from the Hellenistic period were initially excavated from Eshmun Temple in Sidon between 1963 and 1978.

Friday, February 2, 2018

04 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 18 - With Footnotes

JEAN DUFY, (french 1888-1964) 
PARIS - PLACE CLICHY

Oil on canvas 
15 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (38.7 x 47cm)
Private collection

"Paris - Place Clichy" depicts the major intersection that joins the eighth, ninth, seventeenth, and eighteenth arrondissements in northwest Paris. At the center of the bustling place stands a statue of the sculptor and artist Amédée Doublemard, surrounded by a blur of horse drawn carriages and small vehicles. The angular rooftops of the grands bâtiments appear almost as ship masts, slicing across the rich blue sky. The newly constructed Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, completed in 1914, stands sentry in the distance, presiding over the neighborhood from the highest point in the city. Jean Dufy's quick, strong brushstrokes and confident use of color are a hallmark of his modernist style. More on this painting

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

JEAN DUFY, (french 1888-1964) 
AUX COURSES
Oil on canvas 
13 x 18 1/4 in. (33.02 x 46.4cm) 
Private collection

A favorite subject of the artist, "Aux Courses" captures the intensity of a horse race, likely at the famous Longchamp Racecourse located in the Bois de Boulogne to the west of Paris. Dufy's characteristic long, sharp lines are repeated in the sweeping trees and concourse of the covered stadium seating, as well as in the slanting figures of the horses and jockeys. The overall effect creates a sense of dramatic urgency in the scene, a dynamism that transports the viewer to the sidelines of the race. Dufy returned to this theme frequently over his career, fascinated by both the animal and the sport. More on this painting

JEAN DUFY, (french 1888-1964), see above

ÉDOUARD LÉON CORTÈS, (french 1882-1969) 
RUE DE LA PAIX
Oil on canvas 
13 x 18 in. (33x 45.7cm)
Private collection

The rue de la Paix is a fashionable shopping street in the center of Paris. Located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, running north from Place Vendôme and ending at the Opéra Garnier, it is best known for its jewellers, such as the shop opened by Cartier in 1898. Charles Frederick Worth was the first to open a couture house in the rue de la Paix. Many buildings on the street are inspired in design by the hôtels particuliers of Place Vendôme.

The street was opened in 1806 from Place Vendôme on the orders of Napoleon I, part of the Napoleonic program to open the heart of the Right Bank of Paris, both towards the undeveloped western suburbs and to the north. Creating the new street required the demolition of the ancient Convent of the Capucins. At first named rue Napoléon, its name was changed in 1814, after the Bourbon Restoration, to celebrate the newly arranged peace. More on rue de la Paix

Edouard Léon Cortès (1882–1969) was a French post-impressionist artist of French and Spanish ancestry. He is known as "Le Poete Parisien de la Peinture" or "the Parisian Poet of Painting" because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in a variety of weather and night settings. Cortes was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, about twenty miles east of Paris. His father, Antonio Cortès, had been a painter for the Spanish Royal Court.

Although Cortès was a pacifist, when war came close to his native village he was compelled to enlist in a French Infantry Regiment at the age of 32. As a contact agent Cortès was wounded by a bayonet, evacuated to a military hospital, and awarded the Croix de Guerre. After recovery he was the reassigned to utilize his artistic talent to sketch enemy positions. Later in life his convictions led him to refuse the Légion d'Honneur from the French Government. In 1919 he was demobilized.



Cortès lived a simple life amid a close circle of friends. He died on November 28, 1969, in Lagny, and has a street named in his honor. More on Edouard Léon Cortès


 ELISÉE MACLET, (1881 - 1962)
Rue Saint-Vincent, Montmartre, c. 1924
 Oil on canvas
21 1/2 by 18 in. (54.6 by 45.7 cm)
Private collection


Montmartre is a large hill in Paris's 18th arrondissement. It gives its name to the surrounding district, part of the Right Bank in the northern section of the city. Montmartre is primarily known for its artistic history, the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur on its summit, and as a nightclub district. The other, older, church on the hill is Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which claims to be the location at which the Jesuit order of priests was founded.

Near the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the twentieth, during the Belle Époque, many artists had studios or worked in or around Montmartre, including Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Suzanne Valadon, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh. Montmartre is also the setting for several hit films.

Rue Saint-Vincent is at the crossroads with Rue des Saules; one of the most charming in Montmartre and worthy of the countryside, with its steps, steep slope running alongside the cemetery, and area of greenery towards Sacré-Coeur. Hidden behind an acacia tree, the Cabaret du Lapin Agile was popular during the Belle Époque with artists such as Carco, Dorgelès, Mac Orlan, Picasso and Vlaminck. More on Rue Saint-Vincent

Jules-Émile Élisée Maclet is famous for his Paris street scenes, much in the tradition that Utrillo would soon follow. Indeed, born in Lihons-en-Santerre, Picardie (April 12, 1881), the artist began his career while still a choirboy. He moved to Montmartre in 1906, after his mother's death, where he began painting the Montmartre landscape, anticipating the themes that Utrillo would eventually depict, as well as other colorful scenes of the city (and elsewhere in France and Italy). He would have had more works extant today, but he was institutionalized much of the last 30 years of his life. More on Jules-Émile Élisée Maclet









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Thursday, February 1, 2018

12 Prolific Creative Couples

12 Prolific Creative Couples: In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we explored some of art history’s most famous pairs. Some couples worked together, others pursued separate endeavors.