Saturday, November 15, 2008

Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Severinovich Malevich (23 February 1878 – 15 May 1935) was a painter and art theoretician of Polish descendence, pioneer of geometric abstract art and one of the most important members of the Russian avant-garde and Suprematist movement.

Malevich

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Claude Monet


Claude Monet, also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar 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-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting "Impression, Sunrise".

Monet

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Friday, November 14, 2008

L S Lowry


Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887–23 February 1976) was an English artist born on Barrett Street, Stretford, near Manchester, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Salford and surrounding areas, including Pendlebury where he lived and worked for over forty years at 117 Station Road, opposite St. Mark's RC Church.

Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of northern England during the early 20th century. He had a distinctive style of painting and is best known for urban landscapes peopled with many human figures (matchstick men). He tended to paint these in drab colours. He also painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits, and the secret 'marionette' works (the latter only found after his death).

Lowry

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Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro (10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a French Impressionist painter. His importance resides not only in his visual contributions to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, but also in his patriarchal standing among his colleagues, particularly Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin.

Pissarro

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French artist (he became an American citizen in 1955) whose work and ideas had considerable influence on the development of post-World War II Western art, and whose advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the Western art world.

Thousands of books and articles attempt to interpret Duchamp's artwork and philosophy, but in interviews and his writing, Duchamp only added to the mystery. The interpretations interested him as creations of their own, and as reflections of the interpreter.

A playful man, Duchamp prodded thought about artistic processes and art marketing, not so much with words, but with actions such as dubbing a urinal "art" and naming it Fountain. He produced relatively few artworks as he quickly moved through the avant-garde rhythms of his time.

++ Artwork (Selected)
* 'Portrait of Chess Players' (1911)
* 'Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2' (1912)
* Readymades : including 'Fountain' (1917)
* 'The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even' (Often called The Large Glass). (1915-1923)
* 'The Green Box. Notes and studies for The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even' (1915-1923)
* Rotoreliefs
* 'Anémic Cinéma' Film (1926)
* 'Being Given: 1 The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas' (1946-1966)

Duchamp

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bridget Riley


Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (born 24 April 1931 in London) is an English painter who is one of the foremost proponents of Op Art, art that exploits the fallibility of the human eye.

Riley

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Max Ernst

Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist and poet, considered one of the chief representatives of Dadaism and Surrealism.

Ernst

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Balthus

Balthazar Klossowski de Rola (29 February 1908 in Paris – 18 February 2001), known as Balthus was an esteemed Polish/French modern artist.

Balthus' style is primarily classical and academic. Though his technique and compositions were inspired by pre-renaissance painters, there are also eerie intimations reminiscent of contemporary surrealists like de Chirico. Painting the figure at a time when figurative art was largely ignored, he is widely recognised as an important 20th century artist.

Many of his paintings show young girls in an erotic context. Balthus insisted that his work was not pornographic, but that it just recognized the discomforting facts of children's sexuality.

Balthus

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André Derain


André Derain (10 June 1880 – 8 September 1954) was a French painter and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse.

Derain

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André Breton

André Breton (19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist, and is best known as the main founder of surrealism. His writings include the Surrealist Manifesto of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as pure psychic automatism.


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Monday, November 10, 2008

Amedeo Modigliani


Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (12 July 1884 – 24 January 1920) was an Italian artist, practicing both painting and sculpture, who pursued his career for the most part in France.

Modigliani was born in Livorno (historically referred to in English as Leghorn), in Tuscany Central Italy and began his artistic studies in Italy before moving to Paris in 1906. Influenced by the artists in his circle of friends and associates, by a range of genres and art movements, and by primitive art, Modigliani's œuvre was nonetheless unique and idiosyncratic. He died in Paris of tubercular meningitis—exacerbated by poverty, overworking, and an excessive use of alcohol and narcotics—at the age of 35.

modigliani


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