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Art's painting collection of Ludmila

Art's painting collection of Ludmila

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Karl Bang (China - USA)

Karl Bang - "To me, women depict peace of mind, natural beauty, and variance of emotions."
Karl Bang's collection of art masterpieces could easily be called Goddess Central. Karl was born as Bong Ka in Shanghai in 1935. He was formally trained by the master artists of Chinese painting and he also formally trained in the European painting tradition in France and Belgium. These multiple styles led to Karl Bang's multi-cultural blending of the traditional Chinese artistic discipline with the more personally expressive European style, and later also included traditions from around the entire globe. This cross-cultural fusion of styles has earned him the title of "Master of Contemporary Eclecticism". His art is currently represented by Richardson Gallery of Fine Art, and the exclusive originating source of all prints and original paintings by Karl Bang is Chantelle Publishing Company. During Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution in China, Karl was obligated to paint only the propaganda images the government demanded him to paint. However, in 1984 he was allowed to emigrate to the United States, where Karl was free to paint his one heart's passion - beautiful women, goddesses, and the feminine archetype - from various races and cultures. This central theme to all of Karl Bang's work is exquisitely developed and refined in each of his images. For Karl, painting women goes much deeper than their outer beauty. He sees women as epitomizing the gentler instincts of humankind - nurturing, gentility, truth, and inner strength.

Vladislav Erko - The Tinder Box

Fairy Tale Images by Artist  illustrator Vladislav Erko - "The Tinder Box" - Hans Christian Andersen

Vladislav Erko is a famous artist-illustrator, he's from Kiev, Ukraine. Paulo Coelho thinks this person does the best pictures in the world to his works. He is loved by children. "Fairy Tales of Foggy Albion"– illustrated by him are published in 20 countries. His illustration of "Harry Portter" was recognized as one of the fifth best in the world by the studio Warner Brothers.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Giovanni Vepkhvadze - Georgian art

Vepkhvadze Giovanni was born on March, 13th, 1949 in Tbilisi, in a family of artist Alexey Vepkhvadze. In 1967 has entered Tbilisi’s State Academy of Arts on faculty of painting which has graduated in 1973. The thesis - "In art studio of Beka Opizari" was created under the direction of the known Georgian artist Koki Makharadze. In 1973 Giovanni has been enlisted in the Creative workshop of painting of Academy of Arts of the USSR under the direction of the National artist of the USSR Ucha Dzaparidze. In 1977 he has graduated from Academy of Arts with final work "Restoration of a Temple of Gelati". Since 1973 he has been taking active part, both on Republican, and at All-Union and international exhibitions. Since 1977 he has been a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR, and considers himself to this day. In Giovanni's creativity are presented different genres, such as landscapes, portraits, thematic pictures, still-lives, city landscapes. Since 1981 till 2007he has been teaching in Tbilisi’s Art School of J.Nikoladze. He has visited creative business trips in Germany and in Italy. His works are stored in many countries, such, as: Georgia, Russia, Germany, the USA, England, Armenia, France, Japan, Italy, Greece, Turkey, India, China etc.

Old Tbilisi (Georgia) by Giovanni Vepkhvadze

Gaetano Chierici (Italian artist, 1838-1920)

Attended the Reggio Emilia School of Fine Arts in 1850 and 1851, Chierici continued his studies at the academies of Modena and Florence before completing his training in Bologna under the guidance of Giulio Cesare Ferrari. His early work was initially influenced by the Purism of his uncle, the artist Alfonso Chierici, and Adeodato Malatesta but subsequently by the innovations of the Macchiaioli painters. It was in the late 1860s that he took up anecdotal genre painting with domestic interiors, which came to be his field of specialisation.
Small Feeding the Lambs
Farmyard Rascals

Richard Nitsch ((Germany, 1866-1945)

No available biography for this artist.

Portrait of an elderly lady, seated, with a large white lace collar holding a book
 Farmer’s Wife from the Märkisch

William Henry Hamilton Trood (British artist, 1848-1899)

Born in 1848, Trood was an animal painter, specialising in painting dogs in particular, and a sculptor. Schooled in England, his work is characterised by a highly finished, sympathetic quality with great attention to detail, yet it is rarely sentimental. From his youth Trood lived and studied dogs. Trood said "I have painted them since I was four years old, but not until I was twenty could I paint one properly." At one time he kept a menagerie in the back garden of his Chelsea studio until the neighbors complained of noise. Afterwards he kept a fox, a badger and an otter running loose in his room with his dogs. He once tried hypnotism on a dog to try and keep it to stay still but its eyes looked unnatural. Trood exhibited regularly in England but mainly at the Royal Academy from 1879 to 1898. He also exhibited at Suffolk Street, the New Watercolour Society, Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere. He died in London on 3 November 1899.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Frank Morrison - African American Art

Born in Massachusetts then brought by his family to live in New Jersey at an early age, Frank Morrison was reared and spent his formative years there, an affable, precocious and inquisitive youngster whose curiosity about everything around him seemed limitless. Then, as an energetic pre-teen, he was interested and enthused by the youthful fads, interests and activities which marked his world: the neighborhood DJ's with their followers and fans at neighborhood parties, the colorful ‘tags’ of local characters which were splashed across fences, parks and buildings, and the loose-jointed "B" boys and break-dancers who enlivened week-end party scenes. 
Morrison’s work is inspired, not only by his rich and varied life experiences but, by his love and gratitude for his family-his wife Connie, three sons and a daughter and the omnipresent Hand of God. Each of his paintings bears his signature, of course, accompanied by the notation "TTG" representing and reminding all of his "Thanks To God" for the blessings of his gifts--his family and his talents.

April in Paris by Christa Kieffer

Christa Kieffer was born in Tubingen, Germany. She studied extensively throughout Europe before moving to the United States to attend the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After she won first prize in the Society of Illustrators competition, Christa received a fellowship toward the completion of her Masters of Fine Arts degree and went on to teach a special class for gifted high school students.Ms. Kieffer currently lives in a small community surrounded by Point Reyes National Seashore in California. She is co-founder of Gallery Route One in nearby Point Reyes Station. She travels to Paris frequently, rising in the early hours of dawn to walk the boulevards and photograph this magical city before it becomes partly invisible with tour buses and the roar of contemporary traffic.
 The city's all a-shining 
Beneath a fickle sun, 
A gay young wind's a-blowing, 
The little shower is done. 
But the rain-drops still are clinging 
And falling one by one - 
Oh it's Paris, it's Paris, 
And spring-time has begun.

I know the Bois is twinkling 
In a sort of hazy sheen, 
And down the Champs the gray old arch 
Stands cold and still between. 
But the walk is flecked with sunlight 
Where the great acacias lean, 
Oh it's Paris, it's Paris, 
And the leaves are growing green.

The sun's gone in, the sparkle's dead, 
There falls a dash of rain, 
But who would care when such an air 
Comes blowing up the Seine? 
And still Ninette sits sewing 
Beside her window-pane, 
When it's Paris, it's Paris, 
And spring-time's come again. 
Sara Teasdale
Cafe du Monde
Royal Street
An Elegant Evening Out

THEMED PAINTINGS - Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis in painting

Even as the sun with purple-colour'd face
Had ta'en his last leave of the weeping morn,
Rose-cheek'd Adonis hied him to the chase;
Hunting he loved, but love he laugh'd to scorn;
Sick-thoughted Venus makes amain unto him,
And like a bold-faced suitor 'gins to woo him.
Hendrick de Clerck, Flemish, 1570-1629. Venus and Adonis.
Venus and Adonis by Titian, Italian High Renaissance Painter, 1485-1576

'Vouchsafe, thou wonder, to alight thy steed,
And rein his proud head to the saddle-bow;
If thou wilt deign this favour, for thy meed
A thousand honey secrets shalt thou know:
Here come and sit, where never serpent hisses,
And being set, I'll smother thee with kisses...

As Adonis is preparing to go hunting, Venus "seizeth on his sweating palm" and "Backward she push'd him, as she would be thrust" (for purposes of sexual intercourse). We find next that "Panting he lies, and breatheth in her face," while Venus tells him "Be bold to play, our sport is not in sight." She persuades him to kiss her, although Adonis is not very interested, thinking he is too young, and cares only for hunting. After they part, Adonis is soon killed in a hunting "accident".
Abraham Bloemaert, 1564–1651. Venus and Adonis
Annibale Carracci. Venus, Adonis and Cupid.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Paul François Quinsac (1858 – 1932, French artist)

Paul François Quinsac was born in Bordeaux in the year 1858. Quinsac was a painter of the French School known as Academic art, a specialist in mythological and allegorical subjects, figures and landscapes. He studied with Jean-Léon Gérôme and later he became professor at the School of the Art of Bordeaux (École des beaux-arts de Bordeaux). From 1880 he exhibited regularly to the Hall of the French Artists of which he became member in 1887. He received an honourable mention during the exhibition of 1884, a medal of third class to the World Fair of 1889, as well as a travel grant. He was named Chevalier de la légion d’Honneur in 1903. He died in 1932. (Wikipedia)
Allégorie de la Musique
Death of Polyxena

THEMED PAINTINGS - Chess in Paintings

"Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people happy." - Siegbert Tarrasch

The game of chess found itself closely connected to arts in general since immemorial times. Ages ago, the first representations of people playing this game were done by artists. Ever since, the game and its complex designs was used as a motif in many artistic productions (paintings, engravings, drawings, photography, motion pictures, musical tracks, advertisements, etc). Surprisingly or not, there are so many paintings using chess as a main theme - over 500! Which give us the permission to even say that chess is the favourite game illustrated by painters in their works of art. What could have possibly intrigued so much all these artists? Maybe the power of symbolism, the mysticism, the richness of imagination?! Maybe because chess is an image of life? Or because the game, as we know, has several conventional connotations, including high-class status, intellectual virtuosity, political struggle, and artistic resourcefulness? Probably a little bit of all...(http://www.alinalami.com/2011/01/chess-in-paintings.html)
Franz von Matsch. Leonardo da Vinci playing chess with his muse
Carved boxwood and leather-cased travelling chess set, German, 18th century
Imprimу book in 1790, Philidor (analysis еchecs)
History of Alexander the Great. XV-e siеcle, Cassiel and Phésona - playing еchecs

John Bagnold Burgess (English artist, 1829-1897)

"... His efforts to establish himself on an independent footing were begun by painting portraits, but his poetic and imaginative nature soon began to resent the trammels of such comparatively prosaic work. ... Taking advantage of certain family connections residing in Seville, he very soon went off to Spain; and had it not been for the tendency of the British public to associate certain artists with certain countries or classes of subjects, and to look upon others who may venture upon the same ground as pirates and poachers, there can be little reason why J.B. Burgess should not have become some time since celebrated for his interpretations of Spanish life and character..." (The Magazine of Art, Vol.V, London-Paris 1882, p. 134)

A Spanish Beauty 
The Belle of Valentia
Admiring from Afar

William Feron (Swedish artisi, 1858-1894)

No available biography for this artist
Elegant lady at Triumph bag
Mother's Day
The red umbrella