Sunday, October 2, 2016

To Love Chagall Is To Love Life

Marc Zakharovich Chagall was a Russian-French artist.
An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tamara Lempicka, Was A Polish Art Deco Painter and "The First Woman Artist To Be A Glamour Star".

Portrait of Madame Boucard
1931 Oil on Canvas
(53 1/2"x29 1/2"
Artist: Tamara de Lempicka
Tamara Łempicka, commonly known as Tamara de Lempicka (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), was a Polish Art Deco painter and "the first woman artist to be a glamour star". Influenced by Cubism, Lempicka became the leading representative of the Art Deco style across two continents, a favorite artist of many Hollywood stars, referred to as 'the baroness with a brush'. She was the most fashionable portrait painter of her generation among the haute bourgeoisie and aristocracy, painting duchesses and grand dukes and socialites. Through her network of friends, she was also able to display her paintings in the most elite salons of the era. Lempicka was criticized as well as admired for her 'perverse Ingrism', referring to her modern restatement of the master Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, as displayed in her work Group of Four Nudes (1925) among other studies.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Antoine Watteau, Was A French Painter Whose Brief Career Spurred The Revival Of Interest In Color And Movement, As Seen In The Tradition Of Correggio And Rubens

Antoine Watteau

Antoine Watteau
The Love Song

 Antoine Watteau
The Italian Comedians, 1721
Jean-Antoine Watteau better known as Antoine Watteau, was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in color and movement, as seen in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens. He revitalized the waning Baroque style, shifting it to the less severe, more naturalistic, less formally classical Rococo.Watteau is credited with inventing the genre of fêtes galantes, scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm, suffused with a theatrical air. Some of his best known subjects were drawn from the world of Italian comedy and ballet.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Battle Of San Romano Is A Set Of Three Paintings By Florentine Painter Paolo Uccello

Niccolò Mauruzi da Tolentino at the Battle of San Romano (probably c. 1438–1440), egg tempera with walnut oil and linseed oil on poplar, 182 × 320 cm, National Gallery, London
The Battle of San Romano is a set of three paintings by the Florentine painter Paolo Uccello depicting events that took place at the Battle of San Romano between Florentine and Sienese forces in 1432. They are significant as revealing the development of linear perspective in early Italian Renaissance painting, and are unusual as a major secular commission. The paintings are in egg tempera on wooden panels, each over 3 meters long. According to the National Gallery, London, the panels were commissioned by a member of the Bartolini Salimbeni family in Florence sometime between 1435 and 1460. The paintings were much admired in the 15th century; Lorenzo de' Medici so coveted them that he purchased one and had the remaining two forcibly removed to the Palazzo Medici. They are now divided between three collections, the National Gallery, the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris. 
Niccolò Mauruzi da Tolentino unseats Bernardino della Ciarda
at the Battle of San Romano (dating uncertain, c. 1435–1455), tempera on wood,
182 × 320 cm, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
The Counterattack of Michelotto da Cotignola at the
Battle of San Romano (c. 1455), wood panel, 182 × 317 cm,
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Simon Vouet's Allegory La Richesse Was Painted About 1640, Possibly For One of the Royal Chateaux of France

Simon Vouet's Allegory La Richesse
(Oil on Canvas - painted about 1640)
Simon Vouet - Muses Urania and Calliope
(Oil on Canvas )
Simon Vouet - Allegory Of Prudence
(Oil on Canvas - painted about 1645)
Simon Vouet (9 January 1590 – 30 June 1649) was a French painter and draftsman, who today is perhaps best remembered for helping to introduce the Italian Baroque style of painting to France
Simon Vouet was born on January 9, 1590 in Paris. His father Laurent was a painter in Paris and taught him the rudiments of art. Simon's brother Aubin Vouet (1595–1641) and his grandson Ludovico Dorigny (1654–1742) were also painters. Simon began his painting career as a portrait painter. At a young age he travelled to England and was part of the entourage of the Baron de Sancy, French ambassador to Constantinople. From there he went to Venice and was in Rome in 1614.
He spent an extensive period of time in Italy, from 1613 to 1627. He was mostly in Rome where the Baroque style was emerging during these years. He received a pension from the King of France and his patrons included the Barberini family, Cassiano dal Pozzo, Paolo Giordan Orsini and Vincenzo Giustiniani, He also visited other parts of Italy: Venice; Bologna, (where the Carracci family had their academy); Genoa, (where from 1620 to 1622, he worked for the Doria princes); and Naples. He was a natural academic, who absorbed what he saw and studied, and distilled it in his painting: Caravaggio's dramatic lighting; Italian Mannerism; Paolo Veronese's color and di sotto in su or foreshortened perspective; and the art of Carracci, Guercino, Lanfranco and Guido Reni. Vouet's immense success in Rome led to his election as president of the Accademia di San Luca in 1624. In 1626 he married Virginia da Vezzo who modelled Madonnas for Vouet's religious commissions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Paul Cézanne's The Card Players Shatters Records For Highest Price Ever For A Work Of Art Of More Than $250 Million in 2011

 Paul Cézanne
Medium Oil Canvas
The Card Players
When Qatar purchased Cézanne’s The Card Players for more than $250 million, in 2011 it nearly doubled the previous auction record for a work of art. The oil painting, depicting a pair of Aix-en-Provence farmhands engaged in a game of cards, is one of five works in a series by famed French post-Impressionist, Paul Cézanne. The remaining four, all believed to have been created at the turn of the 20th century, reside in collections from the world’s most venerable fine arts institutions: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Courtauld, the Musée d’Orsay and the Barnes Foundation. Qatar’s own Card Players acquisition puts the country’s art stash in the same line of sight. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Captain George K. H. Coussmaker - Sir Joshua Reynolds - Oil Canvas Portrait

Captain George K. H. Coussmaker
  Sir Joshua Reynolds - Oil on canvas portrait
Coussmaker was born in London in 1759 to Evert and Mary Coussmaker, and entered the military in 1776. He was promoted several times but never saw active service and retired in 1795. He married Catherine Southwell in 1790 and fathered two children, George and Sophia (later, the Baroness de Clifford). He died in 1801. Coussmaker sat for Reynolds 21 times and his horse 8 times between February 9 and April 16, 1782 - an exceptional number of times. Reynolds was paid 205 pounds, plus 10 guineas for the frame. The portrait remained with Coussmaker and his descendants until 1884 when it was sold to William K. Vanderbilt and bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1920. Museum curators describe the picture as "an exceptionally fine work ... The composition is complex and the whole vigorously painted."

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Archers, Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney - Sir Joshua Reynolds Oil Painting

The Archers, Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney
 Sir Joshua Reynolds - Oil Painting
The Archers is an oil-on-canvas painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds undertaken between 1769 and 1770. The artwork depicts the two aristocrats Colonel John Dyke Acland (1746–1778; at right) and Lord Sydney (1732–1774), a diplomat. Reynolds began the work in 1769, and completed it the next year. In 1769 Reynolds had become the first president of the new Royal Academy.

Sir Joshua Reynolds- The Ladies Waldegrave, Oil Painting

Artist: Sir Joshua Reynolds - Oil Canvas
The Ladies Waldegrave
The Ladies Waldegrave is a 1780-81 portrait by Joshua Reynolds, now in the National Gallery of Scotland, who acquired it in 1952. It shows the three daughters of James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave and Maria Walpole - from left to right, Charlotte (holding a skein of silk), Elizabeth (winding Charlotte's skein onto a card) and Anna (producing tambour lace). Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1781, it was commissioned the previous year by the subjects' mother in the hope of attracting potential suitors for them - all three of them were then unmarried.
Sir Joshua Reynolds 16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specializing in portraits. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. He was a founder and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was knighted by George III in 1769.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Sir Anthony van Dyck A Flemish Baroque Artist

Van Dyck with Sunflower
(self portrait)
Sir Anthony van Dyck, Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draughtsman, and was an important innovator in watercolor and etching. The Van Dyke beard is named after him.

Sir Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of Lord John Stuart and His Brother Lord Bernard Stuart

The more intimate and sensual, but still elegant style Van Dyck developed in England, c. 1638

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sandro Botticelli - Portrait of a Young Woman

Sandro Botticelli
Portrait of a Young Woman

Portrait of a Young Woman is a painting which is commonly believed to be by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, executed between 1480 and 1485. Others attribute authorship to Jacopo da Sellaio. The woman is shown in profile but with her bust turned in three-quarter view to reveal a cameo medallion she is wearing round her neck. The medallion is a copy in reverse of "Nero's Seal" a famous antique carnelian representing Apollo and Marsyas, which belonged to Lorenzo de' Medici. It is housed in the Städel of Frankfurt, Germany.

Other similar Botticelli paintings are to be found in the National Gallery, London, the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, and in the Marubeni Collection, Tokyo.David Alan Brown of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. describes the painting as of an ideally beautiful young woman mythologised as a nymph or goddess, a view reflected in the title given it by the Städel. It belongs to a group of such paintings by Botticelli or his workshop. The art historian Aby Warburg first suggested the painting was an idealised portrait of SimonettaVespucci.

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli
Artist: (known as) Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi
Costello Annunciation, 1489

Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later in his Vita of Botticelli as a "golden age". Botticelli's posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then, his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.

The Annunciation, also known as the Cestello Annunciation, is a tempera painting created in 1489 It is housed in the Uffizi Gallery of Florence and has been part of the collection since 1872.
The picture was commissioned in May of 1489 to decorate the chapel of the Florentine monastery Cestello, which is now known as Santa Maria Maddalena de'Pazzi.

Napoleon Crossing the Alps Artist: Jacques-Louis David

Napoleon Crossing the Alps
(also known as Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass or Bonaparte Crossing the Alps)
Artist: Jacques-Louis David

Is the title given to the five versions of an oil on canvas equestrian portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte painted by the French artist Jacques-Louis David  between 1801 and 1805. Initially commissioned by the King of Spain, the composition shows a strongly idealized view of the real crossing that Napoleon and his army made across the Alps through the Great St. Bernard Pass in May 1800

Napoleon Crossing the Alps
(in yellow cloak)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

French Neoclassicism - Artist: Jacques-Louis David

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife
Artist: Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels)
Date: 1788 Medium: Oil on canvas
This great double portrait was painted when the artist, at the peak of his powers, had become the standard-bearer of French Neoclassicism. Lavoisier is known for his pioneering studies of oxygen, gunpowder, and the chemical composition of water. In 1789 he published a treatise on chemistry illustrated by his wife, who is believed to have been David's pupil. Lavoisier was involved in a political scandal which led him to withdraw the present painting from the 1789 Salon. Despite his service to the revolutionary regime, he was guillotined.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lisa del Giocondo Entrée for the Passion Of Art

Leonardo da Vinci
Lisa del Giocondo 2'6"x1'9"
High Renaissance

Leonardo da Vinci
(close-up detail)

Lisa del Giocondo Entrée for the Passion Of Art 

The Mona Lisa by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci: acclaimed as "the best known,
the most visited, the most written about, work of art in the world".

The idea of fine art throughout history in its broadest sense is reciprocal. An extraordinary and powerful dialog between the artist (the creator) and the viewer; an intimate communication that can stir and infinitely stretch the depth of our emotions.Art per se can be described as an "creative human endeavor" a creative impulse, as opposed to survival and human reproduction.

Fine art throughout history from the first Cave Paintings, Renaissance, Impressionists to Contemporary times has many realities and reasons to be:
Art as entity. Art as form. Art as ritual. Art as mystical and religious. Art as emotion on many levels. Art as an out of body experience. Art as bliss. Art as collectible. Art as utilitarian. Art as the precursor to historical events. Art as allegorical. Art for investment. Art as a form of play. Art as visual music. Art as poem. Art can be perceived as beautiful or ugly (subjective). Art for arts sake. 'Ars', loosely translated, means 'arrangement' or 'to arrange'. And so on.

Art is a natural extension of life and as life giving as breathing.

I had the good fortune to grow up in New York City in Manhattan, just off of 5th Avenue. My family lived a few blocks away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of New York and all of the other famous museums and galleries in the area. As a toddler my wonderful parents would take me to those miraculous museums and galleries that lined 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue.
As a young toddler I would marvel at the wondrous (giant sized) works of, Ingres, Chagall, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Leutze, Renoir, Corrot, Dali and all of the masters the museums had to offer. Only years later as a young adult could I truly appreciate what I had seen previously through the eyes of a young child.

Fine art has remained my passion and personal bond. There is always so much to discover in the world of art. It will forever remain a visual feast for us to enjoy.

Those early years of discovering art had prepared me for a lifetime of fine art appreciation. I studied art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and became an artist, art director, and art collector.I subsequently created Paintings To Go, Inc., and the website. It gives me great pleasure to share my passion and to make fine art accessible to fine art lovers throughout the world. As an art entrepreneur I chose to specialize in fine art reproductions, of famous paintings, original art and fine art portraits. Creating fine art reproductions is and has remained a passion to enjoy and share.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Charles de Solier, Comte Sieur de Morelle

Hans Holbein the Younger
Charles de Solier, comte de Morette
(1480 – 1 February 1552)

The son of Aubertin de Solier, comte de Morette (1465–1545), was a French soldier and
diplomat. He acted as ambassador to England on a number of occasions from October 1526 to June 1535. Morette was in London in 1534 when Henry VIII was attempting to win French support for his repudiation of Catherine of Aragon, in an alliance against Charles V.

Portrait of Henry VIII - Hans Holbein the Younger

Hans Holbein the Younger
Portrait of Henry VIII
(28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547)

Henry VIII was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was the first English King of Ireland, and continued the nominal claim by English monarchs to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, succeeding his father, Henry VII.
Henry is known for his consequential role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, besides his six marriages and many extramarital affairs, as well as his effort to obtain an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which led to conflict with the Pope. His disagreements with the Pope led Henry to separate the Church of England from papal authority, with himself as king and as the Supreme Head of the Church of England;
the disputes also led to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rubens and Hélène Fourment

Sir Peter Paul Rubens
(28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640)
Flemish Baroque painter

Rubens and Hélène Fourment

Hélène Fourment was the daughter of Daniël Fourment, an Antwerp silk merchant, and Clara Stappaerts. They had four sons and seven daughters, including Clara (born 1593) and Susanna (1599-1628), who were both also painted by Rubens.Hélène was the youngest of the 11 Fourment
children.Hélène Fourment married Rubens on 6 December 1630, when she was 16 years old and he was aged 53. His first wife, Isabella Brant, had died in 1626. Hélène's brother Daniël Fourment the younger was married to Clara Brant, the sister of Isabella. Daniël Fourment the elder was an art lover and possessed works by Rubens and Jacob Jordaens, and works by Italian masters.

Hans Holbein the Younger - Edward the VI

Hans Holbein the Younger
Edward the VI as a child

Edward was born on 12 October 1537 in his mother's room inside Hampton Court Palace, in Middlesex. He was the son of King Henry VIII. by his third wife, Jane Seymour. Throughout the realm, the people greeted the birth of a male heir, "whom we hungered for so long",
with joy and relief. Queen Jane, appearing to recover quickly from the birth, sent out personally signed letters announcing the birth of  "a Prince, conceived in most lawful matrimony between my Lord the King's Majesty and us". Edward was christened on 15 October, with his half-sisters, the 21-year-old Lady Mary as godmother and the 4-year-old Lady Elizabeth carrying the chrisom;
and the Garter King of Arms proclaimed him as Duke of Cornwall and Earl of Chester. The Queen, however, fell ill on 23 October from presumed postnatal complications, and died the
following night. Henry VIII wrote to Francis I of France that "Divine Providence hath mingled my joy with bitterness of the death of her who brought me this happiness".

Peter Paul Rubens - Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1606

Peter Paul Rubens
Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1606

The Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria is an oil painting by Peter Paul Rubens, dating to 1606. It is now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It was commissioned by Marquess Giacomo Massimiliano Doria of Genoa, and shows his wife (and cousin) shortly after their wedding in 1605; she came from the equally prominent Spinola family. He died in 1613 and she remarried another Doria. It has been cut several times on each side, removing the garden shown in the background and the lower part of the figure.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Portrait of a Young Merchant - Han Holbein the Younger

Han Holbein the Younger
Portrait of a Young Merchant

Hans, the Younger Holbein (c. 1497 - between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known for his numerous portraits and his woodcut series of the Dance of Death, and is widely considered one of the finest portraitists of the Early Modern Period

Hans Holbein the Younger - Portrait of A Young Merchant

Hans Holbein the Younger 
Portrait of A Young Merchant
Hans, the Younger Holbein (c. 1497 - between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known for his numerous portraits and his woodcut series of the Dance of Death, and is widely considered one of the finest portraitists of the Early Modern Period

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New York Loves "Starry Night"

Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. It is regarded as among Van Gogh's finest works, and is one of the most recognized paintings in the history of Western culture.

Flaming June - Sir Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA

Sir Frederic Leighton
Flaming June
Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA, known as Sir Frederic Leighton between 1878 and 1896, was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, and classical subject matter.
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Monday, May 2, 2016

"Art has the power to create a conversation" Rembrandt van Rijn - Nightwatch

Rembrandt van Rijn
 "Finding artwork appropriate to each interior space creates balance and makes a statement,"

The right oil painting can enhance your interior space in subtle ways you might never have imagined.

Pablo Picasso
Femmes d Alger

"Art has the ability to create a conversation, make us laugh, or tell a story." The right oil painting can enhance your interior space in subtle ways you might never have imagined.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We honor the power of art to calm our senses, focus our attention, challenge our intellect, and expand our imagination.

Keith Haring
Norman Rockwell
Art has the ability to create a conversation, make us laugh, or tell a story. The right oil painting can enhance your interior space in subtle ways you might never have imagined."       
 We honor the power of art to calm our senses, focus our attention, challenge our intellect, and expand our imagination.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PaintingsToGo® Fine Art Collection Inspired by The Italian Renaissance

Ginerva de Benci

Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)

The Lady with an Ermine
Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo, (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) as a scientist and inventor, for the better part of four hundred years his fame rested on his achievements as a painter and on a handful of works, attributed to him that have been regarded as among the masterpiecesMany historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the "Universal Genius" or "Renaissance Man"
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Monday, April 18, 2016

You Deserve The Riches of Fine Art. Johan Zoffany, Neoclassical Painter

 Charles Townley and friends in his library, by Johan Zoffany.

Johan Zoffany, Zoffani was a German neoclassical painter, active mainly in England. His works appear in many prominent British National galleries such as the National Gallery of London,  the Tate Gallery, and in the Royal Collection.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Infuse Your Life With the Inspiration and Beauty of Claude Monet Oil Paintings

Water Lilies (Nympheas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict Monet’s own flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Primavera by Sandro Botticelli - Precious Works Of Art We Yearn To Possess.

Primavera (c. 1482)

 Icon of the springtime renewal of the Florentine Renaissance, also at the summer palazzo of Pierfrancesco de' Medici, as a companion piece to the Birth of Venus Left to right: Mercury, the Three Graces,  Venus,  Flora,  Chloris,  Zephyrus
The Birth of Venus

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Auguste Renoir French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.

The Theater Box, 1874
Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-1881
Two Sisters, 1881
Renoir's paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings