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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
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
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
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
Karl Bryullov: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Karl Pavlovich Bryullov was a Russian painter regarded as a key figure in transition from the Russian neoclassicism to romanticism and the first Russian painter to gain widespread recognition in the... More > West. His contemporaries called him The Great Karl. His masterpiece The Last Day of Pompeii (1830-1833), an enormous composition painted in Italy in 1830-1833, was a great success both with the public and the critics and the painter was hailed as one of the best contemporary European painters. Italian critics compared Bryullov to the greatest artists of the past, such as Rubens, Rembrandt, and Van Dyke.< 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
Julius LeBlanc Stewart: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Julius LeBlanc Stewart was an American artist who spent almost his entire career in Paris. A contemporary of colleague expatriate painter John Singer Sargent, Stewart was nicknamed "the Parisian... More > from Philadelphia." Julius studied under Eduardo Zamacois as a teenager, under Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts, and later was a pupil of Raymondo de Madrazo. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon from 1878 into the early 20th century, and helped organize the "Americans in Paris" section of the 1894 Salon. Julius LeBlanc Stewart painted the life he thoroughly enjoyed -Parisian high society. Stewart's works are spirited and realistic, full of fashionable women, sumptuous fabrics and elegant drawing rooms. Late in life, he turned to religious subjects, but Stewart is best remembered for his Belle Époque society portraits and sensuous nudes. He created a style of his own which has been received in Paris, London, and America as thoroughly original.< Less
Lorenzo Lotto: Paintings By Daniel Coenn
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Lorenzo Lotto was a Northern Italian painter, draughtsman and illustrator, traditionally placed in the Venetian school. He painted mainly altarpieces, religious subjects and portraits. While he was... More > active during the High Renaissance, his nervous and eccentric posing and distortions represent a transitional stage to the first Florentine and Roman Mannerists of the 16th century. During his lifetime, Lorenzo Lotto was a well-respected painter and certainly popular in Northern Italy. He is traditionally included in the Venetian School, but his independent career actually places him outside the Venetian art scene. He was certainly not as highly regarded in Venice as in the other towns where he worked. He had an own stylistic individuality, even an idiosyncratic style. After his death, he gradually became neglected and then almost forgotten. This could be attributed to the fact that his oeuvre now remains in lesser known churches or in provincial museums.< Less
Léon Bakst By Daniel Coenn
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Léon Bakst was a Russian painter and scene- and costume designer. After graduating from gymnasium, he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts as a non-credit student, because he had... More > failed the entry, working part-time as a book illustrator, though, he would eventually be admitted into this institution in 1883. From 1893 to 1897 he lived in Paris, where he studied at the Académie Julian while still visiting Saint Petersburg often. After the mid-1890s he became a member of the circle of writers and artists formed by Sergei Diaghilev and Alexandre Benois. As a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes and revolutionized both theatrical design and contemporary fashion with his sensual and exotic visions. In 1922, Bakst broke off his relationship with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. He died on the 27th of December 1924, in Paris.< Less

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