Painting All https://www.paintingall.com Articles about art, famous artists and their paintings Tue, 10 Dec 2019 18:30:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 169126678 The Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh https://www.paintingall.com/the-starry-night-vincent-van-gogh/ https://www.paintingall.com/the-starry-night-vincent-van-gogh/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:54:56 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=1031 The post The Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh appeared first on Painting All.

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Van Gogh painted The Starry Night [1889, Oil on canvas 29×36 1/4″ (73.7×92.1 cm) Moma, New York] in June 1889, 13 months before his death at the age of 37. The Starry Night is probably the most popular painting in the modern cultural. The Starry Night is a scene most of us feel comfortable and at easy with. The night sky is filled with swirling clouds, blinking stars and the bright crescent moon. A small town lies below the rolling hills. At the center point of the town is a tall steeple church which is reigning over the smaller buildings. The steeple casts a stability sense on the town. Van Gogh had mentioned the morning stars and his desire to paint them in his letter to his sister: “At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly colored than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues, and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. … it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.” (Letter to Wilhelmina van Gogh, 16 September 1888)

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Franz Xavier Winterhalter – Madame Rimsky-korsakov (Portrait of Madame Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakov) https://www.paintingall.com/franz-xavier-winterhalter-madame-rimsky-korsakov-portrait-of-madame-barbe-de-rimsky-korsakov/ https://www.paintingall.com/franz-xavier-winterhalter-madame-rimsky-korsakov-portrait-of-madame-barbe-de-rimsky-korsakov/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:44:03 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=1025 The post Franz Xavier Winterhalter – Madame Rimsky-korsakov (Portrait of Madame Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakov) appeared first on Painting All.

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The lady’s name is Varvara (in Russian Варвара). She was a wife of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. Her husband was from rich aristocratic family. He was a VERY handsome man. They married when she was 16 or 17 and he was 20. This couple was mentioned in “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. However, they divorced and Varvara left for France. Prince Obolensky wrote that she was known everywhere in France thanks to her beauty and charm. The French called her “La Venus tartar”. Varvara died at the age of 45. Her son Nikolay came back to Russia to his father and later married to the daughter of Natalia Pushkina-Lanskaya. .

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Claude Monet – The Walk – Woman with a Parasol https://www.paintingall.com/claude-monet-the-walk-woman-with-a-parasol/ https://www.paintingall.com/claude-monet-the-walk-woman-with-a-parasol/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:35:59 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=1019 The post Claude Monet – The Walk – Woman with a Parasol appeared first on Painting All.

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This famous painting is also known as Madame Monet and her Son, or “La Promenade, la femme à l’ombrelle” in France. The lady with an umbrella painted against the light is Camille, Monet’s wife, and the little boy their son Jean. “I’m working like never and at new attempts, figures in the open air as I understand them, made like landscapes. It is an old ream that still worries me and that I want to fulfill once and for all; but it is hard !” – Claude Monet This piece is one of the most famous painting of Monet’s early impressionist works. It was painted in a sunny morning, when the lady and her son were walking on the glasses. Only blue, green, brown and other natural colors are used in the entire painting, that give us a feeling of quiet and comfortable. The lady occupies most of the space of the canvas, she is the center of the canvas. The umbrella and the little son on her right hand side constitute a triangle, bring balance to the whole painting. Although the painting is an early works of Monet, we are still able to see that he successfully captured the light and the impression even at that time. The lady’s face and the upper half of the body are painted in more dark colors – they’re in the shadow of the umbrella; while the entire umbrella, the face, the skirt, the shadow on the grass are in contrast to the strong light on the umbrella and the skirt (so is the little son), which makes the painting looks real and reasonable. In addition, the swinging headscarf and the folds of the skirt strengthen the dynamic of the painting.

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Johannes Vermeer – The Girl with a Pearl Earring https://www.paintingall.com/johannes-vermeer-the-girl-with-a-pearl-earring/ https://www.paintingall.com/johannes-vermeer-the-girl-with-a-pearl-earring/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:30:06 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=1013 The post Johannes Vermeer – The Girl with a Pearl Earring appeared first on Painting All.

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The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. The painting is in The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as “the Mona Lisa of the North” or “the Dutch Mona Lisa”. In general, very little is known about Vermeer and his works. This painting is signed “IVMeer” but not dated. It is unclear whether this work was commissioned, and if so, by whom. In any case, it is probably not meant as a conventional portrait. More recent Vermeer literature points to the image being a ‘tronie’, the Dutch 17th-century description of a ’head’ that was not meant to be a portrait. After the most recent restoration of the painting in 1994 the subtle colour scheme and the intimacy of the girl’s gaze on to the spectator has been greatly enhanced. On the advice of Victor de Stuers, who for years tried to prevent Vermeer’s rare works from being sold to parties abroad, A.A. des Tombe purchased the work at an auction in The Hague in 1881 for only two guilders and thirty cents. At the time, its condition was very bad. Des Tombe had no heirs and donated this and other paintings to the Mauritshuis in 1902. In 1937, a very similar painting, Smiling Girl, at the time also thought to be by Vermeer, was donated by collector Andrew W. Mellon to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It is now widely considered to be a fake. Vermeer expert Arthur Wheelock claimed in a 1995 study that it is by 20th-century artist and forger Theo van Wijngaarden, a friend of Han van Meegeren.

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Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus https://www.paintingall.com/sandro-botticelli-the-birth-of-venus/ https://www.paintingall.com/sandro-botticelli-the-birth-of-venus/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:24:47 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=1006 The post Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus appeared first on Painting All.

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The Birth of Venus (Botticelli) depicts the goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a full grown woman, arriving at the sea-shore (Venus Anadyomene motif). The painting is currently in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The anatomy of Venus and various subsidiary details do not display the strict classical realism of Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael. Most obviously, Venus has an improbably long neck, and her left shoulder slopes at an anatomically unlikely angle. Some have suggested it prefigures mannerism. .

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Diego Velazquez – The Surrender of Breda (Las Lanzas) https://www.paintingall.com/diego-velazquez-the-surrender-of-breda-las-lanzas/ https://www.paintingall.com/diego-velazquez-the-surrender-of-breda-las-lanzas/#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:49:38 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=989 The post Diego Velazquez – The Surrender of Breda (Las Lanzas) appeared first on Painting All.

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It was in 1625, ten years before this picture was painted, that Justin von Nassau, the commanding officer of Breda, surrendered the city to the Genoese Ambrosio Spinola, commander of the Spanish forces. Breda was one of the border fortresses of the Netherlands, a military base which had long been a bone of contention, alternately seized by the Spaniards or returned to the Princes of Orange.

After a long siege Spinola learned from an intercepted letter that the defendants were in desperate straits, short of both equipment and food, and he therefore proposed that von Nassau should freely surrender rather than continue the bloodshed. The proposal was accepted and the army withdrew in good order, keeping their goods and some of their arms. The citizens did not suffer any harm at all.

This victory was one of the last triumphs achieved by Spain in the period when she was accounted a great world power, and it was also one of the fine instances when humanism prevailed even in times of war.

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Rembrandt van Rijn – Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume https://www.paintingall.com/rembrandt-van-rijn-saskia-van-uylenburgh-in-arcadian-costume/ https://www.paintingall.com/rembrandt-van-rijn-saskia-van-uylenburgh-in-arcadian-costume/#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:41:58 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=979 The post Rembrandt van Rijn – Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume appeared first on Painting All.

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Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612 – 1642), the daughter of a burgomaster of Leeuwarden in Friesland, married Rembrandt in 1634 and brought him a large dowry.

They had met in the studio of her cousin Hendrick Uylenburgh, who was Rembrandt’s employer after his arrival in Amsterdam. Of their four children, only Titus was alive at the time of her death in 1642.

Rembrandt painted this portrait in the year after their wedding. In showing Saskia as Flora, the Roman goddess of Spring, he reflected the contemporary fashion for Arcadian and rustic themes, which could be found in poems and plays as well as in painting.

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Leonardo da Vinci – Madonna of the Rocks (Virgin of the Rocks) https://www.paintingall.com/leonardo-da-vinci-madonna-of-the-rocks-virgin-of-the-rocks/ https://www.paintingall.com/leonardo-da-vinci-madonna-of-the-rocks-virgin-of-the-rocks/#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:27:33 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=973 The post Leonardo da Vinci – Madonna of the Rocks (Virgin of the Rocks) appeared first on Painting All.

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Two versions of this painting exist, one at the Louvre in Paris and the second held by the National Gallery in London (Virgin of the Rocks Louvre). Experts have studied both closely and consider the London version to be better than the Louvre version. This piece was painted for the chapel of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, in the church of San Francesco Grande in Milan. It was sold by the church, very likely in 1781, and certainly by 1785, when it was bought by Gavin Hamilton, who took it to England. After passing through various collections, it was bought by the National Gallery in 1880. The London piece receives less glorifications comparing to the Louvre piece, because assistants, perhaps the de Predis brothers probably painted some parts of the work. Some experts think the London piece is a early study of “Virgin of the Rocks”, for portions of the painting are slightly unfinished, the left-hand of the angel being one area. It is also likely that the foreground was intended to be contain a pool similar to that of the Louvre version. The ‘plastic’ look of this painting almost immediately led scholars to consider it a collaboration. Areas to compare are the rocks which seem badly lit, and the flesh of the children which is flat looking.

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American Impressionist Artist Franz Bischoff and His Paintings https://www.paintingall.com/american-impressionist-artist-franz-bischoff-and-his-paintings/ https://www.paintingall.com/american-impressionist-artist-franz-bischoff-and-his-paintings/#respond Sat, 23 Nov 2019 01:37:43 +0000 https://www.paintingall.com/?p=907 The post American Impressionist Artist Franz Bischoff and His Paintings appeared first on Painting All.

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Franz Bischoff (1864-1929) was an American impressionist artist known primarily for his beautiful floral paintings and California landscapes. He was born in Bomen, Austria on January 9, 1864 and as a young teenager immigrated to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen. While in Europe, his early training was focused upon applied design, watercolor and ceramic decorations.

After having lived and worked in New York, Fostoria, Ohio and Dearborn, Michigan, Franz Bischoff decided to visit California in 1900 and ultimately chose to settle in Los Angeles in 1906. Shortly after arriving, he started making arrangements to design and build a large Italian Renaissance style home in Pasadena that also became his studio. This landmark home was completed in 1908.

Inspired by the California countryside, Bischoff set attempted to capture the area’s brilliant light and diverse landscapes. Spending less time with ceramic painting, Bischoff painted local farms, fishing wharfs, and coastal landscapes. Recognized during his career for use of color and vivid composition, his paintings always displayed reverence for nature. One critic commented that some of his later works flirted with Expressionism and his use of colors were reminiscent of Fauvism. Franz Bischoff died in his adopted city of Pasadena, California on February 5, 1929.

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