This Art Book contains Foreword and annotated reproductions of Edgar Degas masterpieces by Daniel Coenn, date and interesting facts page below.
Edgar Degas seems never to have reconciled himself to... More > the label of "Impressionist," preferring to call himself a "Realist" or "Independent." Nevertheless, he was one of the group’s founders, an organizer of its exhibitions, and one of its most important core members. Like the Impressionists, he sought to capture fleeting moments in the flow of modern life, yet he showed little interest in painting plain air landscapes, favoring scenes in theaters and cafes illuminated by artificial light, which he used to clarify the contours of his figures, adhering to his Academic training. Unusual vantage points and asymmetrical framing are a consistent theme throughout Degas's works.< Less
Egon Schiele (1890 - 1918) was an Austrian painter, a protégé of Gustav Klimt and important figurative painter of the early 20th century. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line... More > that characterize his paintings and drawings mark the artist as one an earliest exponent of Expressionism.
In Schiele’s early years, he was strongly influenced by Klimt and Kokoschka but soon evolved into his own characteristic style.
Some critics view Schiele's work as being grotesque, erotic, pornographic, or disturbing, focusing on sex, death, and discovery.
Shiele answered to them in that way:
“To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life.“< Less
This Art Book contains Foreword and annotated reproductions of Gustav Klimt drawings, date and interesting facts page below.
Drawings played a major role in Gustav Klimt's artistic development.... More > From sketches and preparations for oil paintings, to erotic drawings and portraits, the present book illustrates the full range and depth of Klimt's abilities as a draughtsman. Klimt's talent and brilliance as a draughtsman, however, was widely recognized only after Klimt's death. During his lifetime, he hardly sold a drawing nor did he exhibit them. For Klimt, his drawings represented a private world in which he increasingly explored his own obsession with the woman and his notions of femininity. Indeed, many of Klimt's drawings have still never been seen in public because they entered into a private collection directly from the artist and have remained there ever since.< Less
Although throughout his life Monet tries to create and spread the myth that he did not draw preliminary sketches for his paintings, nearly 500 of more than 2,500 his works are sketchbooks, drawings... More > and pastels.
This book is focused on Monet's drawings, and sketchbooks, offering a new aspect of the artist's work. Now we know that Monet relied extensively upon drafting in the development of his paintings in addition to painting his subjects directly. Monet has long been seen as an mediocre draftsman, having denied the role of drawing in his working technique in an effort to advance his public image as an Impressionist. He is among the world's most celebrated painters, yet he is almost unknown as a draftsman. This book explores Monet's works on paper, from caricatures he made as a boy to sketchbook studies for his late water-lily canvases. Monet also produced highly finished black-chalk drawings.< Less
Once classified as an Impressionist, Manet has subsequently been regarded as a Realist who influenced and was influenced by the Impressionist painters of the 1870s, though he never exhibited with... More > them nor adopted fully their ideas and procedures. His painting is notable for its brilliant prima vista painterly technique. In his relatively short career he evolved from an early style marked by dramatic light-dark contrasts and based on Spanish 17th-century painting to high-keyed, freely brushed compositions whose content bordered at times on Symbolism.< Less
Leonardo, like his contemporary Christopher Columbus, possessed an insatiable curiosity and desire for discovery of unknown worlds. Only observation, says many times Leonardo, is the key to knowledge... More > and understanding.
Throughout his life Leonardo seeks to understand and control the nature. He constructed machines and original installations, built bridges, dissected human bodies and trying to break into the Providence of God.
But the whole time Leonardo knows perfectly well that nature is unpredictable, and God's provision is inaccessible to the human mind.
Advanced in years Leonardo left Italy to never to return there. Younger and more modern artists, such as Raphael and Michelangelo, already outshine his fame in the homeland. Leonardo recent years were not easy. Many of his ambitious plans remained incomplete.
He could be called "Master of everything", everything that exists in the Universe, for his art and his inventions.
Leonardo can be called the Son of God.< Less
With his signature graphic style, embrace of figural distortion, and bold defiance of conventional norms of beauty, Egon Schiele was one of the leading figures of Austrian Expressionism.
Schiele's... More > symbolic works, such as "Death and the Maiden," "The Hermits," or even such seemingly content themes as "Mother with Two Children" show the same penetrating insight for which his portraits have become famous. The extraordinary ability to form the three dimensional body through dominating contour lines, his choice of very strong and forthright colors, the frequently ambiguous spaces, and his extraordinary sensitivity, which transforms even a seemingly quick drawing into a complete work of art, have allowed Schiele's fame to continue to grow.< Less
This Art Book contains annotated reproductions of Caravaggio greatest masterpieces, date and interesting facts page below.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian artist active in Rome,... More > Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. Famous while he lived, Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. Despite this, his influence on the new Baroque style that eventually emerged from the ruins of Mannerism was profound. It can be seen directly or indirectly in the work of Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Bernini, and Rembrandt, and artists in the following generation heavily under his influence were called the "Caravaggisti" or "Caravagesques", as well as Tenebrists or "Tenebrosi" ("shadowists"). Andre Berne-Joffroy, Paul Valéry's secretary, said of him: "What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting".< Less
This Art Book contains Foreword and annotated reproductions of Peter Paul Rubens paintings, date and interesting facts page below.
International diplomat, savvy businessman, devout Catholic, fluent... More > in six languages, an intellectual who counted Europe's finest scholars among his friends, Peter Paul Rubens was always first a painter. Few artists have been capable of transforming such a vast variety of influences into a style utterly new and original. From his workshop, with its many assistants, came quantities of book illustrations, tapestry designs, festival decorations, and paintings on every subject, which his engravers reproduced. He maintained control of the quality, while charging patrons according to the extent of his involvement on a picture. Frans Snyders, Jacob Jordaens, and Anthony van Dyck each assisted him. Rubens's impact was immediate, international, and long lasting.< Less
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni exercised a huge influence on the development of Western art. He is considered a nominee for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with... More > Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. Giorgio Vasari proposed that he was the high point of all artistic achievement of the Renaissance. In his era Michelangelo was characterized as Il Divino ("the divine one").
One of the qualities most respected by his contemporaries was his "terribilità", a sense of greatness, which raises admiration, and that's driving the next generation of artists to imitate Michelangelo by trying one very passionate and very personal style, leading them to the mannerisms. In this way Michelangelo, indirectly, marked the beginning of the next major movement in Western art - that of Mannerism.< Less