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Art I LOVE – Pierre Bonnard

Posted in ART, ART VIDEOS, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , , , on May 2, 2011 by echostains

French artist and printmaker  Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947) was  one of the founding members of Les Nabis.  Les Nabis were a group of avant-garde Post Impressionists who distorted colour and composition to  decorative effect.  Bonnard was interested in unusual and unexpected angles and aerial perspectives – greatly influenced by Japanese prints. It is this which links him with Vuillard and the Nabis.  His interest in capturing the light is very impressionistic but his expressive use of paint  and his intense close brushwork give his work expression.  His wife Marthe features heavily in his work, often seen in the bath or eating a meal.  Bonnard didn’t paint from life but preferred to draw his subjects first, sometimes photographing them. He always made notes of the colours.  He would then translate these colours onto canvas from his notes.

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Read more about the Nabis here

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‘Happy Birthday Paul Cezanne!)

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by echostains

  

Paul Cezanne

 Today is the birthday of Paul Cezanne the French Post impressionist (1839 – 1906).  Cezanne, son of a banker in Province, he came to fame relatively late in life  He studied law before entering his father’s bank (1859 -61) but left to study art in Paris at Académie Suisse, where he met Pissarro, Monet and many other painters though he failed his entrance exam for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  Pissarro became an important influence in Cezanne’s early career, introducing him to some of the techniques of impressionism.  But Cezanne wanted to lend more weight to, what he referred as the lack of structure of impressionist painting;-

“I want to make of impressionism something solid and lasting like the art in the museums” 

 
 
 
 

mount sainte victoire

Early in his career, Cezanne used to paint from memory rather than use actual models , though later in his career, the artist  preferred to work from his own observation of nature and the permanancy of classical composition.  Cezanne painted still lifes and Landscapes for a long time and was obsessed with the geometric shapes of the cone, cylinder and sphere which appear in nature, as well as colour as  tone. In his early work his  main concern was with the figure within the landscape. 

 

The Bathers Cezanne

 

Cezanne was very influential towards other artists and is sometimes called the ‘father of modern art’ as he paved the way towards abstraction and Cubism.  This can be seen by the strong geometry element that lies within his work, coupled with solidity and depth of volume and form.  This flattening of space and form did indeed go a long  some way to influencing  Picasso and cubism.   Picasso who didn’t give praise lightly, had this to say about Cezanne: 

“My one and only master . . . Cezanne was like the father of us all”.

There are a lot more of artist’s birthdays – look in my categoreis

For a more detailed look at this artists life HERE and HERE

THIS  site has a lot of his work

PS………

 

Happy Birthday Paul Gauguin! Sail Away!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , on June 7, 2009 by echostains

Paul Gauguin,  Bohemian Adventurer

Paul Gauguin, Bohemian Adventurer

It’s French artist Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin’s birthday today!  Born in 1848 he would be ….well OLD if he was still alive.  His style is Post Impressionist.  His bold use of colour was influenced by folk art and Japanese prints and veers towards Cloisonnism (A form of encasing colour, used in enamelling).  In some paintings, you can see the heavy black outlining,as in the ‘Yellow Christ’

gauguin the yellow Christ

gauguin the yellow Christ

However, due to lack of recognition he sailed the seas looking for a haven where he could live off the land and not have to conform to convention.  He found Tahiti where he painted some of his more exciting  works.

 

gauguin-tahitian-women

gauguin-tahitian-women

By all accounts, he wasn’t an easy man to get along with, and seems to have spent a lot of his life arguing and striving towards some higher goals.  But although he was only in his early fifties when he died, he seems to have packed a lot into his short life including his art.  When supplies were short he would paint on pieces of wood.  A good account of his life is here

‘Where do we come from? what are we? and where are we going?’ 1897

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

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp