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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