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Odilon Redon: 208 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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This Art Book with Foreword and annotated reproductions by Maria Tsaneva contains 208 selected drawings, prints, watercolors, pastels and paintings of Odilon Redon. Odilon Redon was a French... More > symbolist painter, printmaker, draftsman and master of the pastels. He describes his own work as "ambiguous and indefinable": "My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined." Redon's paintings and drawings represent an exploration of his internal feelings and awareness. He himself wanted to "place the visible at the service of the invisible"; thus, although his work seems filled with strange beings and grotesque dichotomies, his aim was to represent pictorially the ghosts of his own mind.< Less
Raffaello Sanzio: 158 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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This Art Book with Foreword and annotated reproductions by Maria Tsaneva contains 158 selected drawings and paintings of Raffaello Sanzio. Raffaello Sanzio (or Santi, Raphael ) along with his elder... More > contemporaries Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti characterized the High Renaissance in Italy. Raffaello was admired persona, celebrated, prosperous, and honored, and his influence was broadly extend even during his own life. His after life fame was even superior, for until the later 19th century he was considered by almost all critics as the greatest painter who had ever lived — the artist who expressed the essential dogmas of the Christian Church through figures that have a physical beauty worthy of the antique. He became the ideal of all academies; it was against his authority that the Pre-Raphaelites revolted. He has been a key motivation to great classical painters like Poussin, A. Carracci, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.< Less
Peter Paul Rubens: 201 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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Rubens was the most resourceful and significant Baroque artist in northern Europe in the 17th century. Highly gifted and internationally oriented, the Flemish artist received commissions from almost... More > all of Europe's major courts. His art blends the High Renaissance of Italy, with which he was familiar from an eight-year stay on the Italian peninsula, with northern realism. Having a phenomenal knowledge of classical antiquity, he was the prototype of the intellectual artist. International diplomat, confidence businessman, dedicated Catholic, fluent in six languages; 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. Frans Snyders, Jacob Jordaens, and Anthony van Dyck each assisted him. Rubens's impact was immediate, international, and long lasting. The works of Thomas Gainsborough and Eugene Delacroix, among others, testify to his posthumous influence.< Less
John Constable: 120 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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This Art Book with Foreword and annotated reproductions by Maria Tsaneva contains 120 selected drawings and paintings of John Constable. John Constable rejected the formal or "picturesque"... More > rendering of nature; instead, he tried to capture informally the effects of changing light and the patterns of clouds moving across the country sky. He loved the countryside, and his best work was of outdoor scenes in his native Suffolk and his London home in Hampstead. He worked in the open air, though he returned to his studio to finish his paintings. Often completing primary sketches prior to starting a large canvas, in England Constable had no real successor and the many imitators turned rather to the formal compositions than to the more direct sketches. In France, however, he was a major influence on Romantic painters such as Delacroix, on the members of the Barbizon School, and ultimately on the Impressionists.< Less
Winslow Homer: 152 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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This Art Book with Foreword and annotated reproductions by Maria Tsaneva contains 152 selected drawings and paintings of Winslow Homer. Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter, draftsman,... More > etcher and printmaker, best known for his marine themes. He is regarded as one of the leading American painters in 19th-century and a greatest figure in American art. Homer's oils and watercolors in a similar way are distinguished by straightforward manner, realism, objectivity, and impressive color. His powerful and dramatic interpretations of the sea have never been outshined and grasp a unique place in American visual art. His paintings and watercolors are in most important museums throughout the United States and abroad. A careful observer of visual reality, Homer was at the same time alive to the purely physical properties of color, of line and of the forms they create. His work is distinguished by bold, fluid brush-work, strong composition, and chiefly by a lack of sentimentality.< Less
Edgar Degas: 146 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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Edgar Degas seems never to have reconciled himself to the label of "Impressionist," preferring to call himself a "Realist" or "Independent." Nevertheless, he was one of... More > 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. Though noted for his attention to the female figure, Degas executed many studies of grouped horses and jockeys from which he would use figures in later compositions.He absorbed artistic tradition and outside influences and reinterpreted them in innovative ways.< Less
Gainsborough: 151 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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Thomas Gainsborough was the most versatile English painter of the 18th century, inventive and original, always prepared to experiment with new ideas and techniques. He alone among the great portrait... More > painters of the era devoted serious attention to landscapes. Unlike Reynolds, he was no great believer in an academic tradition and laughed at the fashion for history painting; an instinctive painter, he delighted in the poetry of paint. In his letters Gainsborough shows a warm-hearted and generous character and an independent mind. His comments on his own work and methods, as well as on some of the old masters, are very revealing and throw considerable light on contemporary views of art. Gainsborough was noted for the speed with which he applied paint, and he worked more from observations of nature than from application of formal academic rules. The poetic sensibility of his paintings caused Constable to say, "On looking at them, we find tears in our eyes and know not what brings them."< Less
Toulouse-Lautrec: 171 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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This Art Book with Foreword and annotated reproductions by Maria Tsaneva contains 171 selected drawings and paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is best notorious as a... More > storyteller of the night life of late 19th century Paris. He used to frequent the nightclubs and cafés of Montmartre, befriending the dancers and prostitutes, making countless sketches as they comb their hair or just lie in bed. Toulouse-Lautrec did not picture the world of the dancers and prostitutes from outside: he just lived in that world. From time to time he rented a room in a brothel, where he made drawings of the prostitutes and their clientele. With only a few strokes Toulouse-Lautrec gives a mood and a character. The men in his paintings, drawings and posters are often caricatures of power with large protruding chins and noses and big fat faces. By contrast his women are drawn with much warmth and understanding.< Less
Claude Monet: 183 Paintings, Pastels, Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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Claude Monet was an important figure in the Impressionism that changed painting in the end of the 19 century. Follow in the pathway of the Barbizon, Monet accepted and widened their dedication to... More > close up observation and naturalistic depiction. While the Barbizon artists painted only brief sketches en plein air, Monet frequently worked openly on significant canvases outdoors, then reworked and finished them in his studio. He brought a vibrant vividness to his paintings by unmediated colors, adding a variety of tones to his shadows, and preparing canvases with pale primers as a replacement for of the shady grounds used in conventional landscape paintings. Although Monet helped perpetrate the myth that he did not, and maybe even could not, draw, nearly 500 of more than 2,500 his works are sketchbooks, drawings and pastels. Works by Monet in pastel on paper are very rare - there are just over 100 known to exist.< Less
Paul Gauguin: 164 Paintings and Drawings By Maria Tsaneva
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This Art Book with Foreword and annotated reproductions by Maria Tsaneva contains 164 selected drawings and paintings of Paul Gauguin. Eugene-Henri-Paul Gauguin was French avant-garde painter,... More > sculptor, and printmaker. His style cultivated from Impressionism in the direction of a personal variety of Symbolism, which sought within the tradition of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes to combine and contrast an idealized vision of primitive Polynesian culture with the scepticism of a sophisticated European. Gauguin was identified for his investigational use of colors and bold style that were absolutely altered from Impressionism. His work was prominent to the French avant-garde and a lot of modern painters like Matisse and Picasso. His brave testing with colors led in a straight line to the so called Synthetist style of modernism and traced the way to Primitivism and the come again to the idyllic and pastoral.< Less