Saturday, November 29, 2008

Stanton MacDonald-Wright

Stanton MacDonald-Wright (July 8, 1890 – August 22, 1973), was a U.S. abstract painter and co-founder of the Synchromist movement in 1913.

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Ernst Kirchner


Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (May 6, 1880 – June 15, 1938) was a German expressionist painter and printmaker and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge", a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th century art. He volunteered for army service in the First World War, but soon suffered a breakdown and was discharged. In 1933, his work was branded as "degenerate" by the Nazis and in 1937 over 600 of his works were sold or destroyed. In 1938 he committed suicide.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde (7 August 1867 – 13 April 1956) was a German painter and printmaker. He was one of the first Expressionists, a member of Die Brücke, and is considered to be one of the great watercolour painters of the 20th century.

Nolde is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. Golden yellows and deep reds appear frequently in his work, giving a luminous quality to otherwise somber tones. His watercolors include vivid, brooding storm-scapes and brilliant florals - his intense preoccupation with the subject of flowers reflect his continuing interest in the art of Vincent Van Gogh.


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Maurice Vlaminck

Maurice de Vlaminck (April 4, 1876 – October 11, 1958) was a French painter. Along with André Derain and Henri Matisse he is considered one of the principal figures in the Fauve movement, a group of modern artists who from 1904 to 1908 were united in their use of intense color.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gustav Klimt


Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. His major works include paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects, many of which are on display in the Vienna Secession gallery. Klimt's primary subject was the female body and his works are marked by a frank eroticism.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pierre Bonnard


Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, a founding member of Nabism; an art movement committed to creating work of symbolic and spiritual nature. Other Nabis include Édouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis.

Bonnard is known for his intense use of color. His often complex compositions — typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members — are both narrative and autobiographical. Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject—sometimes photographing it as well—and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Henri Rousseau


Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner. He is also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer) after his place of employment. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality.

His best known paintings depict jungle scenes, even though he never left France or saw a jungle. His inspiration came from illustrated books and the botanical gardens in Paris, as well as tableaux of "taxidermified" wild animals. To the critic Arsène Alexandre, he described his frequent visits to the Jardin des Plantes: "When I go into the glass houses and I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream."

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Georges Braque


Georges Braque (13 May 1882 – 31 August 1963) was a major 20th century French painter and sculptor who, along with Picasso, developed the art movement known as Cubism.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Wassily Kandinsky


Wassily Kandinsky (16 December 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter, printmaker and art theorist. One of the most famous 20th-century artists, he is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.

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Walter Gropius

Walter Adolph Georg Gropius (18 May 1883 – 5 July 1969) was a German architect and founder of Bauhaus. Along with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of "modern" architecture.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Suzanne Valadon


Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865 – 7 April 1938) was a French painter. In 1894 Valadon was the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

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Sol LeWitt


Sol LeWitt (9 September 1928 - 8 April 2007) was an American artist linked to various movements including conceptual art and minimalism. His media were predominantly painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Sol LeWitt’s frequent use of open, modular structures originate from the cube, a form that influenced the artist’s thinking from the time that he first became an artist. Sol LeWitt: Structures includes early Wall Structures and three Serial Projects from the 1960s; four Incomplete Open Cubes from the 1970s; numerous painted white wood pieces from the 1980s: Hexagon, Form Derived from a Cube, Structure with Three Towers, among others as well as Maquettes for Concrete Block Structures from the late 1990s.

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