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John Singer Sargent

Artists We Admire. Born in Florence in 1856 to expatriate American parents, John Sargent received his initial  formal art instruction in Rome in 1868, and sporadically attended the Accademia delle Belle Arti in the city of Florence between 1870 and 1873. In 1874 he was accepted at the Paris studio of the portrait painter Emile-Auguste Carolus-Duran, and the next year entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to study drawing. He began to exhibit at the Salon in 1877. Over the next few years several experiences had a huge effect upon Sargent’s artistic development: during a trip to Spain in 1879 he...

Lord Leighton.

Lord Leighton The Most Important Artist Of The Nineteenth Century Lord Leighton came of a family of intellect and culture, which was, however, not especially artistic. His grandfather, Sir James Leigh-ton, was physician to the Court at St. Petersburg and received the honor of knighthood. His father, Dr. Frederic Leighton, also followed the profession of medicine, and in his early married life, in the hope of inheriting Sir James’s position, settled in the Russian capital, where his two eldest children were horn. A partial deafness contracted through taking cold necessitated his giving up...

Raphael

Name A Renaissance Artist, Yes That’s Right, Raphael Raffaelo Sanzio was the youngest of the three giants of the High Renaissance. He was born in Urbino in 1483 and received his first instruction in the techniques of painting from his father, Giovanni Santi, a minor artist. Urbino, where Raphael spent his youth, was also the seat of the warfaring but art-loving condottiere Federico 11 da Montefeltro. At Federico’s court, Raphael was introduced to the works of such artists as Paolo Uccello, Luca Signorelli, Melozzo da Forlí and Francesco di Giorgio, as well as the Flemish artists...

Victorian Art

The Rise And Rise Of Victorian Art, It’s History And It’s Future. For may people the mere mention of the Victorian Art era conjures up images of terribly uninspiring chocolate box worthy narrative scenes, and utterly awful reproduction “brown” furniture. Regardless of the fact that there is far more to the Victorian era than the clichés that have come to characterize the period, Victorian art continues to struggle to shake it’s bad image. The good news is that the market for what has been an unfashionable collecting category has improved significantly over the last...

Canvas Art And The Art Of The Chinese Knock-Off

In China, people think nothing of producing knock offs and passing them off as the real deal. Knock offs in China include everything from appliances, clothing, DVDs, music, art, and food items. The problem is so bad that in April 2007, the US government lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Beijing for failing to honor intellectual property rights. Here we are more concerned with Canvas Art and the way the Chinese are churning out thousands of low quality knock-off paintings every day and selling them to unsuspecting Europeans and Americans. Dafen, a village in Guangdong...

Caravaggio,Bones Found.

He killed a rival for a prostitutes affections , instigated drunken brawls constantly, argued with his patrons and fled justice hiding out in Malta, all of this and much more whilst at the same time revolutionizing painting with his treatment of light, high chiaroscuro style. Now, almost as if to emphasize  how dramatic Caravaggio‘s short life was, anthropologist researchers say he may have quite literally “died for his art” anthropologists seeking learn more about the mysterious death of the notorious Italian artist in 1610 say they are “Eighty Five percent...

Oil Paintings How to Choose.

Have you recently moved into the apartment or house that you have been dreaming of? In today’s busy world, our houses are our sanctuaries and the place where we can feel the most comfortable and relaxed. Many people don’t realize how much decor has to do with our ability to feel at ease in our own homes. If you come home to nothing but glaring white walls every day, it’s no wonder that you’ve never felt at home in your new house. One of the best ways to bring your living room to life is with the addition of a nice oil painting. If you’ve never really spent...

Paintings For Sale, An Artists Tale.

When I was invited to go to China for an art show at He Gallery in the 798 Art District in Beijing I was very excited.  My business manager had been contacted by the gallery owner and his wife.  Both were established artists with a strong collector base and they wanted my work to be shown with theirs.  This would be an international show for me and considered an international show for them because I was an American.  Because I’d just received an award from FASO for Outstanding Abstract with my painting “Bubbles” they decided this would be the theme for the show and wanted...

Giclee Prints, The Truth.

If you have been looking around on internet art sites for any length of time you will have come across Giclee Prints, well what are they and why would you want one of your favorite painting ? Here we attempt to answer these questions and lay some misleading hype to rest once and for all. What is giclee? Many Art Printers websites include a definition which says “giclee means to spray”. Well, “giclee” doesn’t mean “to spray”. “Giclee” isn’t an infinitive. “Giclee” is the feminine of a past participle. (Nothing wrong with using...

Jean Leon, Gerome

Jean Leon Gerome + Video I first came into contact with Jean Leon Gerome whilst on a motorcycle tour of British Art Galleries, back in the 60s. My uncle Alexei, already a well known restoration artist and specialist in Pre-Raphaelite  artwork took me to Manchester Art Gallery to view a painting he had been extolling the virtues of for many years, John Waterhouse’s “Hylas and the Nymphs” This I discovered through my uncles tutorship was,is a wonderful magnificent and beautiful painting. If you get to Liverpool one day there are some superb Museums and galleries there, well...

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