Friday, July 21, 2017

Joan of Arc Artist: Jules Bastien-Lepage. Commission PaintingsToGo® Made-To-Order hand painted canvas oil reproduction.

Joan of Arc
Artist: Jules Bastien-Lepage
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 100 x 110 in. (254 x 279.4 cm)

Joan of Arc, the medieval teenaged martyr from the province of Lorraine,
gained new status as a patriotic symbol after France ceded the territory to Germany
following the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). Bastien-Lepage, a native of
Lorraine, depicts the moment when Saints Michael, Margaret, and Catherine appear
to Joan in her parents’ garden, rousing her to fight against the English
invaders in the Hundred Years War. When the painting was exhibited in the Salon
of 1880, critics praised the expressiveness of the principal figure, but found the
saints’ presence at odds with Bastien-Lepage’s naturalistic style.

Mezzetin - Antoine Watteau. Commission PaintingsToGo® Made-To-Order hand painted canvas oil reproduction.

Artist: Antoine Watteau 1684–1721
Date: ca. 1718–20
Medium: Oil on canvas

Mezzetin, a stock comic character of the Italian commedia dell'arte,
became an established performer on the Paris stage. Various players were engraved
in his costume, which by about 1680 comprised a jacket and knee-britches,
a floppy hat, a ruff, and a short cape. Mezzetin was by turns interfering,
devious, and lovelorn, but not languorous. His head and his large,
angular hands are extraordinarily expressive.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France.

Art Deco is a style of visual arts, architecture and
design that first appeared in France.

Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture jewellery, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs. Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It combined modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

Ash Can School, Artistic Movement

George Bellows
Cliff Dwellers, 1913, oil on canvas.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Ashcan School, also called The Ash Can School, was an artistic movement in the United States during the early 20th century that is best known for works portraying scenes of daily life in New York, often in the city's poorer neighborhoods. The most famous artists working in this style included Robert Henri (1865–1929), George Luks (1867–1933), William Glackens (1870–1938), John Sloan (1871–1951), and Everett Shinn (1876–1953), some of whom had met studying together under the renowned realist Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and others of whom met in the newspaper offices of Philadelphia where they worked as illustrators. The movement has been seen as emblematic of the spirit of political rebellion of the period

Marc Chagall born Moishe Zakharovich Shagalov; was a Russian-French artist

Marc Chagall born Moishe Zakharovich Shagalov
Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin.[1] An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic format, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.

Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" (though Chagall saw his work as "not the dream of one people but of all humanity"). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be "the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists". For decades, he "had also been respected as the world's preeminent Jewish artist". Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz. windows for the UN, and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris.

Mondrian contributor to the De Stijl art movement

Piet Mondrian
Dutch painter, Mondrian was a contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. He evolved a non-representational form which he termed neoplasticism. This consisted of white ground, upon which he painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors. Mondrian's arrival in Paris from the Netherlands in 1911 marked the beginning of a period of profound change. He encountered experiments in Cubism and with the intent of integrating himself within the Parisian avant-garde removed an 'a' from the Dutch spelling of his name (Mondriaan)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tamara de Lempicka Art Deco Painter

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,Group of Four Nudes (1925) among other studies as displayed in her work

Tamara Lempicka, Oil Painting -
Self Portrait in Green Bugatti (1925)

Tamara Lempicka, Oil Painting -
Portrait of Madame Boucard (1931)