Friday, September 27, 2019

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

David Bailey
John and Yoko, 1971
Silver gelatin print, printed 2000
20 × 16 in, 50.8 × 40.6 cm
Private collection

Yoko Ono Lennon, (born February 18, 1933, Tokyo, Japan), Japanese artist and musician who was an influential practitioner of conceptual and performance art in the 1960s and who became internationally famous as the wife and artistic partner of musician John Lennon. More on John and Yoko

David Royston Bailey, CBE (2 January 1938) is an English fashion and portrait photographer. 

In 1959, Bailey managed to land a job with John French, a leading fashion and portrait photographer at the time. The following year, he got a contract job with the British edition of Vogue magazine and began building a substantial reputation as a freelancer.

Bailey's ascent at Vogue was meteoric. Within months he was shooting covers and, at the height of his productivity, he shot 800 pages of Vogue editorial in one year.

Since 1966, Bailey has also directed several television commercials and documentaries. Bailey was hired in 1970 by Island Records' Chris Blackwell to shoot publicity photos of Cat Stevens for his upcoming album Tea for the Tillerman. In 1972, rock musician Alice Cooper was photographed by Bailey for Vogue magazine. 

Bailey still works as a photographer and has also directed documentaries, commercials, and dramas. He has developed an interest in painting and has had his works exhibited. In 2001, he was made a CBE, which is a class of the Order of the British Empire, for his service to the arts. More on David Royston Bailey





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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 62 - With Footnotes

Katarina Radenkovic, Serbia
Paris
Oil on Canvas
19.7 W x 19.7 H x 0.8 in

"I spent some time in Paris. The most charming is cafes on the streets of Paris".

Katarina Radenkovicis was born 06.April 1972. in Serbia. She is a graduate civil engineer , artist and the student of ITAcademy, direction of Design and Multimedia . Her works decorate homes around the world.

The greatest pleasure for me to think that in a short time that I have the media present sales of over a hundred of my paintings and that they are part of people's living space.

It is important to be constantly active and does not repeat. The world is in constant search for new ways of artistic expression that allows me to almost everything. By combining the techniques and elements of collage art stylized representations of urban areas with a pronounced architectonics, with elements of pop, female figures, symbols and allusions to the metropolitan media jungle. 

The pictures are a kind of testimony about the time that is behind us. My work will remain as a record current of modern life." More on Katarina Radenkovicis




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Saturday, September 21, 2019

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 33

Hosni Radwan
Church of Nativity, Bethlehem, c. 2018
Charcoal and gold leaf on canvas
44 3/10 × 41 9/10 in, 112.5 × 106.5 cm

The Church of the Nativity, also Basilica of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem in the Palestinian West Bank. The grotto it contains holds a prominent religious significance to Christians of various denominations as the birthplace of Jesus. The grotto is the oldest site continuously used as a place of worship in Christianity, and the basilica is the oldest major church in the Holy Land. More on The Church of the Nativity

Hosni Radwan was born in Baghdad in 1955. He studied fine arts at the University of Baghdad specializing in graphics. He held a number of solo exhibitions in Iraq, Lebanon, Cyprus, Japan and Palestine. Radwan took part in international biennales including those of Berlin, Cairo and Sharja. He left Baghdad in 1979 and headed to Beirut where he worked in graphic design and journalism while continuing to draw and paint using his talents to express his position vis-à-vis the cause of his people.

He has exhibited widely and his solo shows have been held in cities including Tunis (1993); Tokyo (1985); Nicosia (1983); Ramallah (2003 ,2002 ,1997, 2017); Baghdad (2001) and Kuwait (2008). Radwan currently lives and works in Ramallah. More on Hosni Radwan




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

Walter G. Ratterman, American, 1887-1944 
A Romany Night, c. 1934 
Oil on canvas 
26 x 32 inches
Private collection 

Walter G. Ratterman (1887-1944) was a twentieth-century American genre painter and illustrator. In the 1920s, he had lived and painted in New York, where the majority of his artworks and illustrations were published. He subsequently moved and lived in Woodstock, New York from the 1930s. Ratterman's artwork was published in various American books and periodicals between the 1910s to the 1940s. He was a member of the Artists Guild of the Authors' League of America. More on Walter G. Ratterman




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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 61 - With Footnotes

Jean Louis Forain, 1852 - 1931
UNE NUIT CHEZ MAXIM'S, c. 1907
Oil on canvas
60 by 73cm., 23 3/4 by 28 3/4 in.
Private collection

Maxim's is a restaurant in Paris, France, located at No. 3 rue Royale in the 8th arrondissement. It is known for its Art Nouveau interior decor. Maxim's was regarded as the most famous restaurant in the world. 

Maxim's was founded as a bistro in 1893 by Maxime Gaillard, formerly a waiter. It became one of the most popular and fashionable restaurants in Paris under its next owner, Eugene Cornuché. He gave the dining room its Art Nouveau decor, installed a piano, and made sure that it was always filled with beautiful women. Cornuché was accustomed to say: "An empty room... Never! I always have a beauty sitting by the window, in view from the sidewalk." More on Maxim's

Jean-Louis Forain (23 October 1852 – 11 July 1931) was a French Impressionist painter, lithographer, watercolorist and etcher. He began his career working as a caricaturist for several Paris journals including Le Monde Parisien and Le rire satirique. He  enrolled at the École des Beaux Arts, studying under Jean-Léon Gérôme and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Forain was the youngest artist to frequent and participate in the feverish debates led by Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas at the Café de la Nouvelle Athènes in Montmartre.

Forain joined the Impressionist circle in time to take part in the fourth independent exhibition in 1879; he participated in three of the four landmark shows that followed between 1879 and 1884. His work focused on Parisian popular entertainments and themes of modernity—the racetrack, the ballet, the comic opera, and bustling cafés. 

Aside from being influenced by Edgar Degas, Forain was greatly influenced by Honoré Daumier. In 1892 he published the first volume of La Comédie Parisienne, a collection of Forain's illustrations and commentary on the major stories political stories that disrupted France’s Third Republic—such as the anarchic crisis and the Dreyfus affair. In 1891 Forain married the painter Jeanne Bosc with whom he had a son, Jean-Loup, born in 1895.


During the first World War, Forain's illustrations honored the patriotism of his contemporaries. In 1931, shortly before his death, he was made a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He was one of France's best known and revered artists during his time and may best be remembered for his numerous drawings chronicling and commenting on Parisian city life at the end of the 19th century. Followers and admirers of Forain's work include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. More on Jean-Louis Forain




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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 32

Mahdi Almasi, Canada
Allah
Acrylic on Cardboard, Paper
21.3 W x 29.5 H x 0.1 in

Mahdi Almasi, poet and painter, was born in west of Iran and grew up in the ancient city of Hamedan. Almasi has always been artistically inclined, even from an early age that he gravitated toward art and beauty and involved in almost every aspect of creative art – Persian calligraphy, design, photography, sculpture – before eventually discovering and landing on painting. Now, after years of continuous artistic work in painting and Persian calligraphy, he has reached a specific style in painting. In this style, the elegance of Oriental Art has been blended with the Modern Contemporary Art. He has experienced different periods in painting, and the capacities, symbols, rhythm, song and movement of Persian calligraphy have been used as part of his modern and abstract works. More on Mahdi Almasi





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

Léon Zeytline, (1885 - 1962)
Un champagne au goût amer/ Champagne with a bitter taste
Oil on canvas
73 x 100 cm
Private collection

Leon Zeytline, (1885 -1962), was a Russian painter who moved from Moscow to the capital of France at the beginning of the 20th century. He started depicting daily life of Paris during the 1920's, illustrating the numerous and famous squares and boulevards, such as the "Boulevard de l'Opéra" and "Les Champs Elysées". His work is very detailed in an architectural manner with multiple personages that makes it quite a commercial subject. His work can be compared to the oeuvre of his contemporaries Edouard Cortès and Eugène Galien-Laloue. One of his masterpieces can be found back in the collection of "Musée Carnavalet" in Paris. More on Leon Zeytline




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01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 60 - With Footnotes

Léon Zeytline (1885 - 1962)
Le boulevard de Bonne-Nouvelle au théâtre du Gymnase/ The boulevard de Bonne-Nouvelle at the Théâtre du Gymnase
Oil on canvas
65 x 100 cm
Private collection


The Théâtre du Gymnase or Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell, is a theatre in Paris. Inaugurated on 23 December 1820 by Delestre-Poirson, the théâtre du Gymnase came to serve as a training-theatre for students of the conservatoire. In 1824 the theatre was  granted the title of théâtre de Madame.

Closed for renovation in 1830, the theatre reopened after the July Revolution under the name Gymnase Dramatique. More on The Théâtre du Gymnase

The boulevard Bonne Nouvelle sits at the edge of the 2 e and 10 th arrondissements of Paris. It is part of the chain of Grands Boulevards constituted, from west to east.  The boulevard was built on the edge of the former bastion of the hill of Bonne-Nouvelle on the side of the hillock of gravois. More on The boulevard Bonne Nouvelle

Leon Zeytline, (1885 -1962), was a Russian painter who moved from Moscow to the capital of France at the beginning of the 20th century. He started depicting daily life of Paris during the 1920's, illustrating the numerous and famous squares and boulevards, such as the "Boulevard de l'Opéra" and "Les Champs Elysées". His work is very detailed in an architectural manner with multiple personages that makes it quite a commercial subject. His work can be compared to the oeuvre of his contemporaries Edouard Cortès and Eugène Galien-Laloue. One of his masterpieces can be found back in the collection of "Musée Carnavalet" in Paris. More on Leon Zeytline




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Saturday, September 14, 2019

01 Painting MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 31

Said Elatab
Arab Woman
Oil on Canvas.
18 W x 24 H x 1 in
Private collection

Said Elatab, Arab American painter & photographer who considers himself the epileptic painter, always risking his life to work the best shots.  Said has painted while experiencing vision loss and head-banging pain from his epilepsy.

Elatab, in art history aspires to be like the great Princes in the world of Painting. One
would be Vincent Van Gogh

Said’s strength is in his drawings and fixation of creating an active drawing of the painful
women in his past life. Like Van Gogh who lost a ear, Elatab love for art is has the
same value as his life. This is a part of his unique style. Some pieces of his art have
been found to be culturally offensive because of the nudity. He runs the gambit in
history from a famous photographer to mad genius painter. 

Elatab has made his own brilliance and vibrancy achievements using his epilepsy and
mad character. He gives his canvases a gentle radiance for ladies, and then he burns
the mad creation as part of his pain and desire to display his dedication and love for his
drawings. Said’s art sometimes speaks with burning oils and musk to candle. Then art
becomes a sacrifice through pain. ”I always ask myself, is it reviving the feelings , or a
sense of anger smoldering?!!” said Said.

His expression of middle eastern experiences are found to be relatable by the many
customers who follow his art exhibits and continuously make known their love for his
work; be it photographer or paintings. More on Said Elatab





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

David Manzur Londoño,  (Columbian, b. 1929)
LA SERENATA, c. 1995
Lithograph
22 3/4 in. x 30 in.
Private collection

David Manzur Londoño (born December 14, 1929) is a Colombian painter. His subjects include still lifes, mounted knights, and saints. 

Manzur was born in Neira, Caldas, Colombia. His father, Salomón Manzur, was a Lebanese businessman; his mother, Cecilia Londoño Botero, was Colombian. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, in the Canary Islands, and in Seville, living through the Spanish Civil War and World War II in Africa and Europe.

After returning to Colombia in 1947, he settled in Bogotá, where he began to study art, music, and acting. He had a brief theatrical career. He studied art at the School of Fine Arts in Bogotá and at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute in New York, and received two consecutive Guggenheim Fellowships and a fellowship from the Organization of American States. 

On returning to Colombia he founded an art workshop that was in existence for more than 20 years. He had his first solo exhibition at the Colombian National Museum when he was 24, featuring figurative works. During the 1960s and 1970s, Constructivism was an important part of his work, and he produced mostly abstract works.

Influenced by Spanish Baroque art, and using elements drawn from the 19th-century American realists, Manzur returned to figurative art, painting still lifes, the ecstasy of St. Teresa, the story of St. Sebastian, and especially horses in various situations.

In recent years Manzur has turned to new subjects. The Ciudades Oxidadas (rusted cities) which showed his special interest in the deterioration of the planet and was the result of extensive travel and research. His most recent show, Obra Negra (dark work) He now spends most of his time at his studio in Barichara, Santander. More on David Manzur Londoño





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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 30

Meftah Raouf
AMOUR- حب - LOVE
Acrylic on Canvas
20 W x 40 H x 3 in
Private collection

Meftah Raouf. His love for calligraphy art and discovering art styles built his wealth and transmit it through his work. His calligraphy is the fruit of this wealth that raises questions. His calligraphy is unique and combined to other artistic techniques; they touch the heart and catch the eye of the public. Thanks to a perfect harmony between the artistic techniques, oriental and occidental ones: they create universal art where everybody can nd himself and discussing with his creations.

The absence of texts in many calligraphy doesn’t subtract anything from the story told in them. His calligraphy is a perfect combination of colors and curves, a story which hides another in each detail and in each ornament, and we can discover many episodes in the same painting and sometimes well hidden, you just have to nd the best way to communicate with his work because it invites us to look and admire his paintings by the heart before the eyes.

In other words, calligraphy is from his spirit and soul, so the painting is the fruit of his imagination. To communicate with his work is to allow our soul to project us far away from our imagination. Mastering the two techniques is like comparing our soul to an imaginary world.

This is how he challenges us and how he built his style, unique for him. More on Meftah Raouf





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

Igor Semeko, b. 1961
Hug
Original Giclee on Canvas
24" x 20"
Private collection

Igor Semeko was born in Belarus in 1961, and he studied at the Minsk School of Art from 1976 until 1980. He continued his art studies in the Academy of Art Republic Belarus, until 1986.

Semeko specializes in decorative and applied arts in oil, and his works are characterized by rich textures and colors. He has been a member of the Artist's Union of Russia since 1989 and has exhibited in the Republic of Belarus National Art Museum, the Artists Union of Belarus, and in public and private collections throughout Europe, Germany, Austria, Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and France. More on Igor Semeko




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