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Art's painting collection of Ludmila

Art's painting collection of Ludmila

Monday, April 21, 2014

Artist Harrison Fisher (1877 – 1934) was an American illustrator.

Harrison Fisher was known as “Father of a Thousand Girls” for his paintings of beautiful women. He was also the father of over eighty Saturday Evening Post cover

Edward Antoon Portielje (Belgian, 1861-1949)

Edward Antoon Portielje was born in Antwerp on 8 February 1861. He trained under Charles Verlat (1824-1890), who had taught at the Antwerp Academy since 1877 and became director of it in 1885. Like his father, Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje (1829-1908), a Dutchman, Edward Antoon Portielje devoted himself primarily to genre painting. His elder brother, Gerard Jozef Portielje, also made a name for himself as a painter. Edward Antoon Portielje died in his native Antwerp in 1949 in the age of 88.
Blowing Bubbles

A portrait of a young girl with her pet greyhound 
Good News
The love letter

Niko Pirosmani (1862-1918, was a Georgian primitivist painter)

Happy Easter!

Pirosmani was born in the Georgian village of Mirzaani to a peasant family in Kakheti province. His parents, Aslan Pirosmanashvili and Tekle Toklikishvili, were farmers, who owned a small vineyard, with a few cows and oxen. He was later orphaned and left in the care of his two elder sisters, Mariam and Pepe. He moved with them to Tbilisi in 1870. In 1872, while living in a little apartment not far from Tbilisi railway station, he worked as a servant to wealthy families and learned to read and write Russian and Georgian. In 1876, he returned to Mirzaani and worked as a herdsman.

Victor-Gabriel Gilbert (French, 1847-1933)

While some French realist painters depicted workers in the fields and the countryside, Victor Gabriel Gilbert and other genre artists concentrated on painting Parisian city life and Parisians at leisure. His natural ability for drawing was acknowledged at an early age, but due to financial circumstances he spent his formative years working as an artisan. Later on he took lessons at the Ecole de la Ville, where he received his formal training from Pierre Levasseur. Gilbert first exhibited at the Salon in 1873 and 1874. Soon afterwards, his talent quickly came to the attention of the Parisian public. It was during the 1870s that Gilbert became a close friend of Pierre Martin, who owned an art shop on the rue Lafitte, and who was an important supporter of the Impressionist movement. As Martin had secured paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin, he also acquired works by Victor Gilbert. It was through this support and recognition that Gilbert was able to devote his time to painting the daily street markets, vendors, cafe scenes and views of Paris. He developed his technique and style this way, and his efforts were rewarded with continued acclaim at the Salon des Artistes Francais, and a knighthood of the Legion d’honneur in 1897. Gilbert’s paintings are housed in prestigious institutions including the Musée des Beaux- Arts de Bordeaux and the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.

Winslow Homer (American artist, 1836–1910)

Winslow Homer is regarded by many as the greatest American painter of the nineteenth century. Born in Boston and raised in rural Cambridge, he began his career as a commercial printmaker, first in Boston and then in New York, where he settled in 1859. 
Winslow Homer was a painter whose works, particularly those on marine subjects, are among the most powerful of late 19th-century American art.
Croquet Scene
Two Girls in Sunbonnets
In 1860, Winslow Homer exhibited his first paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York. From the late 1870s, Homer began to devote his summers exclusively to direct painting from nature in watercolor. After 1883, the sea became the dominant theme in his work, and by the 1890s he had become generally recognized as one of the leading American painters.
 Shark Fishing, 1885, watercolor, private collection.
Undertow, 1886
An October Day, 1889, watercolor, Sterling & Francine
Fisherman-s Family aka The Lookout

Renoir  Pierre-Auguste (French, 1841–1919)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (born February 25, 1841, Limoges, France—died December 3, 1919, Cagnes), French painter originally associated with the Impressionist movement. His early works were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s, however, he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings, particularly of women.
The Theater Box
Woman with a Rose 
Woman With a White Jabot
Misia Sert
The Letter

Friday, April 18, 2014

Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640, Nationality: Flemish)

Peter Paul Rubens was the leading baroque artist and most prolific painter in northern Europe, particularly for churches and abbeys. Baroque was art made to celebrate Catholicism and to overwhelm and impress people into realising the strength of the Catholic Church. Rubens was a devout catholic.Rubens was born June 28, 1577 and spent most of his life in Antwerp, Flanders. He lived in Italy from 1600-1608. Aside from being the one of the greatest artists of his time, Peter Paul Rubens was also a diplomat in his later life, and travelled a fair bit by virtue of this role. He was well suited to diplomacy because he was very good at dealing with people. Rubens died of gout in 1640 at age 62.

Biblical art by Peter Paul Rubens

The Last Supper
The Last Supper
Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet
The Flagellation of Christ
Raising of the Cross, 1610

Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)

Dutch painter. His life and work are legendary in the history of 19th- and 20th-century art. In the popular view, van Gogh has become the prototype of the misunderstood, tormented artist, who sold only one work in his lifetime—but whose Irises (sold New York, Sotheby’s) achieved a record auction sale price of £49 million. Romantic clichés suggest that van Gogh paid with insanity for his genius, which was understood only by his supportive brother Theo. Van Gogh was active as an artist for only ten years, during which time he produced some 1000 watercolours, drawings and sketches and about 1250 paintings ranging from a dark, Realist style to an intense, expressionistic one.
Blossoming Almond Tree

Irises, Saint-Remy, c.1889
View of Arles with Irises
Vase with Irises

After Max Nonnenbruch (German, 1857-1922)

Bien Otre-Wellness-circa 1900
Evening by The Lake

Olle Hjortzberg (Swedish, 1872-1959)

Gustaf Olof Olle (known as Olle) Hjortzberg lived and died in Stockholm, and was a versatile and creative artist. He trained at the Swedish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, of which he was later elected a member. He painted portraits and landscapes, as well as his characteristic flower paintings, in both watercolour and oil. He designed bookbindings, playing cards, book illustrations and bookplates, certificates and posters, including the artwork for the Nobel Prize diploma for literature in 1912, 1913, and 1928-30, and the poster for the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912. He illustrated Gustaf V’s Bible, 1910-17, and the Swedish hymnal, 1912, amongst other books. He is also known for his decorative work in Swedish churches, schools and also the Palladium cinema in Stockholm (now the Cos Casino). Churches containing his work include Alby kyrka, Angermanland, a former mortuary chapel for which he painted the altarpiece; Flower Forest church in Värmland, with a triptych; Matteus Church, Stockholm, where he executed the mural Music at the gate of heaven (1946) above the organ, and also a stained glass window; Uppenbarelsekyrkan or the Church of the Resurrection in Nacka; Engelbrecht Church, Stockholm, where he painted the baptistery walls; and Sundyberg and Sofia churches, containing stained glass to his designs. He was appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy of Stockholm, a post he held from 1911-37; one of his students was Sigvard Bernadotte, the son of the king of Sweden, who lost his claim to the throne when he married a commoner. (Bernadotte went on to become a designer of furniture, porcelain, silver, stage sets and posters). Hjortzberg was Director of the Academy from 1911-41. His work was shown in the 1929 exhibition of Swedish art in Paris, and in 2003 his poster for the Olympic Games was used as a the design for a postage stamp by Sweden Post.

Eugen von Blaas (Austrian, 1843-1932)

Portrait of a girl
The girl from Chioggia

Paul de Longpre (1855–1911)

Violets in a Glass Gobletd

Iceland Poppies
Apple Blossoms with Hummingbird and Bumblebees