Month: October 2013

  • PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903)

    PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903)

    Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin was later recognized for his experimental use of colors and synthetist style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. One of the most fascinating figures in the history of painting, his works moved […]

  • MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI (1475-1564)

    MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI (1475-1564)

    Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that […]

  • ALBRECHT DURER (1471-1528)

    ALBRECHT DURER (1471-1528)

    Albrecht Durer (1471 – 1528) was a German painter, engraver, printmaker, mathematician, and theoristfrom Nuremberg. His high-quality woodcuts (nowadays often called Meisterstiche or “master prints”) established his reputation and influence acrossEurope when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since. The real Leonardo da Vinci of Northern European Rennaisance was Albrecht Dürer, a restless and innovative genious, […]

  • JACKSON POLLOCK (1912-1956)

    JACKSON POLLOCK (1912-1956)

    Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. The major figure of American Abstract Expressionism, Pollock created his best works, his famous drips, between 1947 and 1950. After those […]

  • JAN VAN EYCK (1390-1441)

    JAN VAN EYCK (1390-1441)

    Jan van Eyck (or Johannes de Eyck) (1390 – 1441) was a Flemish painter active in Brugesand is generally considered one of the most significant Northern European painters of the 15th century. The few surviving records indicate that he was born around 1390, most likely in Maaseik. Van Eyck is the colossal pillar on which rests the whole Flemish paintings from later centuries, […]

  • J. M. W. TURNER (1775-1851)

    J. M. W. TURNER (1775-1851)

    Joseph Mallord William Turner was a British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Turner is the best landscape painter of Western painting. Whereas he had been at his beginnings an academic painter, Turner was slowly but unstoppably evolving […]

  • CARAVAGGIO (1571-1610)

    CARAVAGGIO (1571-1610)

    Michelangelo Merisi or Amerighi da Caravaggio ( 29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 (1595?) and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting. The tough and violent Caravaggio is […]

  • Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)

    Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)

    Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-airlandscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant) The importance of Monet in the history of […]

  • WASSILY KANDINSKY (1866-1944)

    WASSILY KANDINSKY (1866-1944)

    Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky ( 16 December  1866 – 13 December 1944) was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law andeconomics. Successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—he began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and […]

  • DIEGO VELÁZQUEZ (1599-1660)

    DIEGO VELÁZQUEZ (1599-1660)

    Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez ( baptised June 6, 1599 – August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes […]

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