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Alexei Savrasov: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov was a Russian landscape painter one of the founders of the lyrical landscape style, called later by critics the mood landscape. The painting brought him fame. He... More > graduated in 1850 at the Moscow School of Painting, and directly began to specialize in landscape painting. In 1857, Savrasov became a professor at the Moscow School of Painting. Here among his best disciples were Isaac Levitan and Konstantin Korovin. In the 1860s he traveled to England. The painters who influenced him most were John Constable and Swiss painter Alexandre Calame. In 1870, Savrasov became a member of the Peredvizhniki group, breaking with government-sponsored academic art. In 1871, after the death of his daughter, misfortunes in his personal life and dissatisfaction with his artistic career he became an alcoholic. All attempts of his relatives and friends to help him were in ineffective. The last years of his life Savrasov led the life of a pauper, wandering from shelter to shelter.< Less
Arkhip Kuindzhi: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Arkhip Kuindzhi was a Russian landscape painter. His primary interest was focused in lighting, and he obtained striking effects by using vivid colors, chiaroscuro contrasts and simple but cleverly... More > conceived designs. Spectacular paintings greatly moved contemporary viewers. Through years of experimentation, Kuindzhi developed a highly original technique, which he applied to an increasingly typical, at times almost visionary, treatment of subjects such as snow-covered mountains and moonlight. Kuindzhi applied composite receptions, creating panoramic views. Using light effects and intense colors shown in main tones, he depicted the illusion of illumination. His later works are remarkable by decorative effects of color building. His influence led to the rise of a school of landscape painters working in a similarly lyrical manner, which included former pupils such as Arkady Rylov and Nicholas Roerich.< Less
Benjamin West: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Benjamin West was a British and American painter of historical pictures around the time of the American War of Independence, the president of the Royal Academy in London and the first American artist... More > to achieve an international reputation. When West visited England in 1763, his paintings caused a sensation. He soon became England's leading neoclassical painter. In 1771, defying precedent, he depicted recent history in modern dress rather than in ancient costume in a painting widely regarded as a miracle. King George III immediately named him the royal history painter. West deeply influenced American painting and was teacher of three generations of his countrymen. Many American artists studied under him in London, including Augustus Earle, Ralph Earl, Samuel Morse, Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Matthew Pratt, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, and Thomas Sully.< Less
Anthony van Dyck: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the most important court painter in England. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted... More > with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draftsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching. Anthony van Dyck is also considered to be one of the most brilliant colorists in the history of art. He was one of the most influential 17th-century painters, set a new style for Flemish art and founded the English school of painting; the portraitists Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough of that school were his artistic heirs.< Less
Giotto: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Giotto di Bondone was Florentine painter and architect, already recognized by Dante as the leading artist of his day. His significance to the Renaissance can be gauged from the fact that not only the... More > leaders in the early 15th-century transformation of the arts, such as Masaccio, but the key figures of the High Renaissance, such as Raphael and Michelangelo were still learning from him and partly founding their style on his example. The reasons for this are dual. Firstly, his art is notable for its clear, grave, simple solutions to the basic problems of the representation of space and of the volume, structure, and solidity of 3-dimensional forms, and above the entire human figure. Secondly, he was a genius at getting to the heart of whatever episode from sacred history he was representing, at cutting it down to its essential, dramatic core, and at finding the compositional means to express its innermost spiritual meaning and its psychological effects in terms of simple areas of paint.< Less
Fra Angelico: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Fra Angelico was Florentine painter and Dominican friar originally named Guido di Pietro. Vasari, who referred to Fra Giovanni as a simple and most holy man, popularized the use of the name Angelico... More > for him, but he says it is the name by which he was always known, and it was certainly used as early as 1469. Angelico combined the influence of the elegantly decorative International Gothic style of Gentile da Fabriano with the more realistic style of Renaissance masters as Masaccio, Donatello and Ghiberti, all of whom worked in Florence. Angelico was also aware of the theories of perspective proposed by Leon Battista Alberti. Angelico's representation of devout facial expressions and his use of color to heighten emotion are particularly effective. His skill in creating monumental figures, representing motion, and suggesting deep space through the use of linear perspective, especially in the Roman frescoes, mark him as one of the foremost painters of the Renaissance.< Less
Fyodor Vasilyev: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Fyodor Vasilyev was a Russian landscape painter who introduced the lyrical landscape style in Russian art. In his early works we can feel the influence of the Barbizon school; it affected his art but... More > never resulted in a non-creative borrowing of the motifs. Though, at first, Vasilyev was somewhat inferior technically to the Barbizon painters, most critics agree that he eventually found his own way of handling the subject. In 1870, Vasilyev traveled on the Volga with Ilya Repin, the picture Volga View, Barges (1870) was a great success. In 1870 he became a member of Peredvizhniki movement (one of the founder 20 members). The "boy genius", as he was called in the artistic circles of Russia, had no time to enjoy his popularity – he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and died at the age of 23. His works had a strong influence on the next generation of Russian landscape painters; Nikolai Ge said: "He discovered for us the Sky."< Less
Andrea Mantegna: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Andrea Mantegna was one of the foremost north Italian painters of the 15th century. A master of perspective and foreshortening, he made important contributions to the compositional techniques of... More > Renaissance painting. Like other artists of the time, Mantegna experimented with perspective by lowering the horizon in order to create a sense of greater monumentality. His flinty, metallic landscapes and somewhat stony figures give evidence of a fundamentally sculptural approach to painting. He also led a workshop that was the leading producer of prints in Venice before 1500. Mantegna developed a passionate interest in classical antiquity. The influence of both ancient Roman sculpture and the contemporary sculptor Donatello are clearly evident in Mantegna's rendering of the human figure. His human forms were distinguished for their solidity, expressiveness, and anatomical correctness.< Less
Konstantin Korovin: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Konstantin Korovin was a leading Russian Impressionist painter, artist with a rare gift for color harmonization. His works represent a merger of the classic art tradition with impressionism and... More > art-nouveau. In the best of Korovin's portraits, man and nature merge together, the beauty of each complementing the other. From the start of the twentieth century Korovin focused his attention more and more on the theatre. He designed sets for some of Stanislavsky's drama productions, but his scenery for operas and ballets enjoyed the greatest success. His love of theatrical work left its mark on his painting too. From about 1910 his canvases became more colorful and displayed a broader, freer manner of painting. Konslantin Yuon had this to say about his work: "Korovin's painting is the embodiment in imagery of the artist's happiness and joy of living. All the colors of the world beckoned to him and smiled at him.'"< Less
James Whistler: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler was American painter, etcher, and lithographer who created a new set of principles for the fine arts, favored "art for art's sake", and introduced a delicate... More > style of painting in which atmosphere and mood were the main focus. Establishing himself as a painter in Paris and London, Whistler developed his distinctive style, utilizing muted colors and simple forms. His paintings are notable for their clarity of design and distinctive loosely, airy manner. In later years Whistler devoted himself increasingly to etching, drypoint, lithography, and interior decoration. Portraits, printmaking, and small oil landscapes also continued to absorb his energy. His masterpiece is largely credited as "Whistler's Mother" ("Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1"). His work later provided the inspiration for Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).< Less

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