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Happy Birthday Vlaminck!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by echostains

Vlaminck A self portrait

Today is the birthday of Fauvist artist Maurice Vlamink.   I have written a little about him here in my ‘art quote’ section here.  He is an interesting fellow.  Jack of all trades,Vlamink (b. 1876 -1962 Paris, France) tried many styles including  Fauvism  but settled on an Expressionistic style.

Vlaminck 'potato picker' 1905

Vlamink was an instinctual artist, self-taught.  Being brought up by two musicians he was also musically inclined and even taught violin himself.  He was a larger than life man, tall, imposing with red hair, physically strong and at one time in his life even became a wrestler.

Vlaminck 'Brages on the Seine near Paris'

He liked to wear gaudy colours and dress eccentrically.  He was a professional cyclist, a mechanic and a labourer.  Later in his life he discovered that he could write and wrote some erotic novels.

Restaurant de la Machine at Bougival vlaminck

A chance meeting with fellow Fauvist Andre Derain (their train was derailed) in 1900 led to his involvement with the Fauvist movement.  Derain introduced him to the artist he shared his studio with – Matisse, and Vlamink was inspired by the artist’s bold use of colour.  When he saw the 1901  exhibition of Van Gogh’s in Paris, Vlaminck just had to take up his paints.

Vlaminck portrait of a woman 1906

Derain and Matisse encouraged Vlaminck to show his colourful enthusiastic work along with theirs at the  Salon d’Automne exhibition in 1905.   There the three received a critique  from art critic Louis Vauxcelle which was to earn them the name ‘Fauve’s’ (wild beasts)

Vlaminck-Circus 1906

Becoming a ‘wild beast’ proved quite lucrative for Vlaminck who sold everything he painted.  His work is most known for his Fauvist period, though later he became involved with more structured work and the balancing of colour which was inspired by Cezanne.

The Fauves began in 1900 and continued beyond 1910, but the movement only lasted 1905 -1907 and had three exhibitions. Vlaminck continued throughout his lifetime to produce colourful art work.   He continued to sell and his work was popular.  In addition to painting, he wrote and illustrated books, produced woodcuts, prints and lithographs.  What a varied, exciting and fulfilling career this man had!

Lots of Vlaminck paintings here

Short biography here

Paintings here

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Happy Birthday Dear Marc Chagall!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , on July 7, 2009 by echostains
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It’s Marc Chagall’s birthday today!.  He was born in Belarus (then Russia) in 1887 – 1986.  Chagall was a Modernist and a world respected Jewish artist.  He also designed stained glass for Reims cathedral,  and memorial ceilings, he was also a print maker and worked in many different mediums.

stained glass, another medium Chagall worked with

stained glass, another medium Chagall worked with

Chagall  had his own unique style of Modernism, he drew on his own Eastern European roots and it’s own folk art.  He has also been linked to Surrealism and Expressionism, especially regarding his use of colour.

  He mixed Symbolism,Fauvism and Cubism.  Picasso was a great admirer.

I am The Village

Chagall was not a practising jew in his adult life, but you can see how he draws on his roots through his art.  His work is very beautiful and uplifting.  There is a sense of optimism and belief in something higher that breathes through his paintings.

Marc Chagall Magic Flute

Marc Chagall Magic Flute

A short  biography of the artist HERE

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marc-chagall-ceiling

A more detailed one  HERE

This artist is so famous he even has his own Gooogle Motif commemorating his birthday!

chagall google logo  You know you've made it when you get one of these!

chagall google logo You know you've made it when you get one of these!

 

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp