Thursday, May 26, 2022

01 Painting, The amorous game, Hans Buchner's The Ace of Hearts, Part 65 - With Footnotes

Hans Buchner, German, 1856 - 1941
The Ace of Hearts
Oil on canvas
22¼ by 27 in.; 56.5 by 68.5 cm
Private collection

Hans Buchner, 1856 - 1941, was born in Germany in 1856. Buchner enjoyed painting from an early age and it is probable that he studied in Paris, although he spent most of his life in Munich. Buchner, along with esteemed contemporaries such as Reggianini, Ricci and Soulacroix, focused on portraying images of the sheer luxury of the previous century. Taste and elegance were keynotes in the pictorial reinterpretation of the age and conversation pieces such as this example were an ideal vehicle for showing elegant figures in sumptuous surroundings. In this painting, Buchner dwells lovingly on the richness of texture in the lady's dress, the upholstery and wall coverings. The furniture is depicted in all its magnificence and the coquettish pose of the young lady is both attractive and intriguing. More on Hans Buchner




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Saturday, May 21, 2022

01 Painting, The amorous game, Henri Decaisne's Fallen woman, Part 66 - With Footnotes

Henri de Caisne, Belgian, 1799 - 1852
The Fallen Woman
Oil on canvas
40 by 32 in.; 101.6 by 81.2 cm
Private collection

"Fallen woman" is an archaic term which was used to describe a woman who has "lost her innocence", and fallen from the grace of God. In 19th-century Britain especially, the meaning came to be closely associated with the loss or surrender of a woman's chastity and with female promiscuity. Its use was an expression of the belief that to be socially and morally acceptable, a woman's sexuality and experience should be entirely restricted to marriage, and that she should also be under the supervision and care of an authoritative man. Used when society offered few employment opportunities for women in times of crisis or hardship, the term was often more specifically associated with prostitution, which was regarded as both cause and effect of a woman being "fallen". More on a Fallen woman

Henri Decaisne (27 January 1799 – 17 October 1852) was a Belgian historical and portrait painter.

Decaisne was born at Brussels in 1799. As early as 1814 he began to study painting under François, and in 1818 upon the advice of David he went to Paris and entered the studio of Girodet, whence he removed to that of Gros. Several pictures by him are at Versailles; among them are the 'Entry of Charles VII into Rouen' (1838), and the 'Institution of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem' (1842). In 1839 he completed his colossal work, ' Les Belges Illustres.' He died in Paris in 1852. More on Henri Decaisne




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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Georg Tappert's Café, Part 77

Georg Tappert (1880-1957)
Café, c. 1917
Oil on burlap
25 1⁄4 x 23 5⁄8 in. (64 x 60.8 cm.)
Private collection

Painted in 1917, Café is a fine example of Tappert's fascination with the subject of café society, which he explored throughout his career, and particularly in the years during the First World War. In taking up themes of the cabaret and the world of entertainment, Tappert reflects the influence of works by Pechstein and Van Dongen, who in turn drew their inspiration from French turn-of-the-century artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec.

Even though Georg Tappert served in the army during the war years, from 1915-1918, scenes of war and destruction are conspicuously absent from his œuvre. Instead, during this period Tappert's work is dominated by nudes and scenes of the demi-monde, and bourgeoise social life, such as the present painting. Unlike his contemporaries, who expressed war traumas and battle experiences through their art, Tappert found in painting a way of escaping the grim reality and creating a more pleasant imaginary world. More on this painting

Georg Tappert (20 October 1880, Berlin – 16 November 1957, Berlin) was a German expressionist painter.

Tappert underwent an apprenticeship as a tailor, before gaining employment at various tailoring businesses for two years. However he attracted the attention of Max Liebermann, who gave him a letter of introduction to Ludwig Schmid-Reutte a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe. He studied there from 1901 to 1906, whereupon he joined the Worpswede artists’ colony until 1909.

He was one of the founders of the New Secession which was formed in 1910 following 27 expressionist artworks being excluded from an exhibition organised by the Berlin Secession. More on Georg Tappert




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Sunday, May 15, 2022

01 Painting, The amorous game, Wilhelm Heinrich Schlesinger's Spanish Farmers. Part 64 - With Footnotes

Wilhelm Heinrich Schlesinger
Spanish Farmers, c. 1845
Oil on paper
42.5 x 33 cm
Private collection

Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger, originally Wilhelm Heinrich Schlesinger (6 August 1814, Frankfurt am Main - 21 February 1893, Neuilly-sur-Seine) was a French portrait and genre painter of German birth. He was especially known for his lively and sensitive depictions of young women.

He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and was originally active in that city. He then moved to Paris, where he participated in the Salon from 1840 to 1889 and received two medals.

During a visit to Istanbul in 1837, he was commissioned to do several official paintings of Sultan Mahmud II.

His painting "The Five Senses" was purchased by Empress Eugénie in 1865. The following year, he was named a Chevalier in the Legion of Honor and became a French citizen in 1870, just before the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. During the war and the subsequent Commune, he lived in London.

In addition to oil paintings, he was a watercolorist and painted miniatures on ivory. More on Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger





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