Archive for June, 2008

Edouard Vuillard

Posted in Post-Impressionism, Vuillard with tags , , , on June 19, 2008 by florinorfolk

Jean-Édouard Vuillard (November 11, 1868 – June 21, 1940) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis.

Green Interior

The Stitch

The Striped Blouse

After the Meal


August Macke (2)

Posted in Expressionism, landscape, Macke with tags , , on June 18, 2008 by florinorfolk

Kairouan, Tunesia

Girls under trees

August Macke

Posted in Expressionism, landscape, Macke with tags , , , on June 18, 2008 by florinorfolk

August Macke (January 3, 1887 – September 26, 1914) was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). He lived during a particularly innovative time for German art which saw the development of the main German Expressionist movements as well as the arrival of the successive avant-garde movements which were forming in the rest of Europe. Like a true artist of his time, Macke knew how to integrate into his painting the elements of the avant-garde which most interested him.

Macke, Gartentor


Saint Germain

Antoni Tapies

Posted in abstract, abstract Expressionism with tags , , , on June 13, 2008 by florinorfolk

Antoni Tàpies (born in Barcelona, December 13, 1923) is a Spanish Catalan painter. He is considered a great master artist of the 20th century. After studying law for 3 years, he devoted himself from 1943 onwards only to his painting. He is perhaps the best-known Catalan artist to emerge in the period since the Second World War.

gray relief on black

Barniz con formas negras

le chapeau renverse

Andrea Mantegna

Posted in Mantegna, portrait, Renaissance with tags , , , on June 10, 2008 by florinorfolk

Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431September 13, 1506) was an Italian Renaissance artist. A serious student of Roman archaeology and son in law of Jacopo Bellini.

Detail from the East Wall of the Camera degli Sposi in Mantua, 1474.

a larger detail of the frescoes in the Camera degli Sposi in the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, 1474

Work in Mantua

The Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga of Mantua had for some time been pressing Mantegna to enter his service; and the following year, 1460 Mantegna was appointed court artist. He resided at first from time to time at Goito, but, from December 1466 onwards, he moved with his family to Mantua. His engagement was for a salary of 75 lire a month, a sum so large for that period as to mark conspicuously the high regard in which his art was held. He was in fact the first painter of any eminence ever domiciled in Mantua.

His Mantuan masterpieces were painted in the apartment of the Castle of the city, today known as Camera degli Sposi (literally, “Wedding Chamber”): a series of full compositions in fresco including various portraits of the Gonzaga family and some figures of genii. (Source: Wikipedia)

Fra Angelico

Posted in biblical topics, Fra Angelico, Renaissance with tags , , , , on June 4, 2008 by florinorfolk

Fra Angelico (c. 1395 – February 18, 1455), born Guido di Pietro, was an Early Italian Renaissance painter, referred to in Vasari‘s Lives of the Artists as having “a rare and perfect talent”.

Fra Angelico – Annunciation

Saint Lawrence Receives the Treasures of the Church (1447), in the Vatican, incorporates the expensive pigments, gold leaf and elaborate design typical of Vatican commissions.

Annunciation, Museo San Marco, Florence

Paul Klee

Posted in abstract, Expressionism, Klee with tags , , , on June 3, 2008 by florinorfolk

I adored Paul Klee’s paintings from my teenage years on. They are dreamlike, playful, “naive” and colourful. Klee experimented a lot with all kind of media.

Paul Klee (December 18, 1879 – June 29, 1940) was a Swiss painter of German nationality. He was influenced by many different art styles in his work, including expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. He was a student of orientalism. He and his friend, the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, were also famous for teaching at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture.

Dream City