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I am a self taught artist. and passion for collecting paintings & Photographs. Right from my child hood I have been drawing number of pictures, with lot of my own passion and interest only - still I need to learn a lot, - - my interest, passion has been helped me to improve my artistic skills, the same can be find in my PICTIFY Albums - with caption : "My pencil drawings" and "My MS Paint works" Most of my works have been completed...
Album: William Holman Hunt ~ (English: 1827-1910)William Holman Hunt was born in London. His father, a warehouse manager, reluctantly allowed him to enter the Royal Academy schools in 1844, where he met John Everett Millais. Profoundly influenced by his discovery of John Keats and his reading of John Ruskin's Modern Painters in 1847, Hunt developed a new approach to painting which involved the expression of significant moral ideas in a completely natural manner. To this end he evolved an intensely realistic technique, using brilliant, clear colors on a white ground instead of the traditional dark underpainting. These new ideas are embodied in his illustration inspired by Keats's The Eve of St. Agnes.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Hunt, and Millais founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Despite Ruskin's defense of the brotherhood in the Times, the hostile reception of Hunt's paintings in the academy, for example, Christians Sheltering a Priest from the Druids (1850), almost caused him to abandon painting. However, with Ruskin's praise for the Light of the World and the Awakening Conscience (1853), Hunt began to gain recognition, and he turned almost exclusively to the portrayal of religious themes.
Hunt was passionately determined to ensure absolute truth to nature in the rendering of his subjects. He painted most of the Light of the World outside by moonlight, and the Scapegoat (1854) was painted beside the Dead Sea on the first of Hunt's many journeys to the Holy Land in search of authentic settings for his biblical scenes.
In 1865 Hunt married Fanny Waugh; within a year, after the birth of their son, she died. In 1873 he married Edith Waugh. After about 1860 Hunt was acknowledged as a leading English painter, but he became increasingly isolated from contemporary trends by his long absences abroad and his continuing adherence to the ideals and realistic technique of the Pre-Raphaelite style. Following Rossetti's death (1882), Hunt began a vigorous defense of these ideals and of his role in their formation with a series of articles which culminated in his remarkable autobiography (1905-1906).
Although Hunt was obsessed throughout his life with light and its effect on color, his popularity was to a large extent founded on his vivid religious imagery, which received wide circulation in the form of engravings. The Miracle of the Sacred Fire (1899), painted in Jerusalem, shows the same scrupulous attention to minute detail which may have caused his eyesight to fail in the last years.
Hunt was awarded the Order of Merit in 1905, and his importance was recognized in a series of major exhibitions. He died on Sept. 7, 1910.From: Kris Kary
Album: Laszlo Gulyas ~ Hungarian painterBorn in Budapest, Hungarian painter Laszlo Gulyas graduated at the Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. Laszlo continued his studies as a student of the Academy of Fine Arts between 1983-1987. He has been member of the National Society of Hungarian Artists since 1987. The artist developed his individual world of images and acquired the painting techniques of the early masters of painting under the influence of the universal art of Rembrandt.From: Kris Kary
Album: Giovanni Francesco Barbieri :: 1591-1666Giovanni Francesco Barberi (1591-1666) was nicknamed Guercino because he was guercio,or cross-eyed. Born in poverty in Cento, near Ferrara, he was largely self-taught, though he also served an apprenticeship. The glowing colorism and emotion of Lodovico Carracci's Holy Family with Saint Francisin Bologna influenced him profoundly, and Lodovico himself encouraged the young man. From 1614 to 1621, the year Pope Gregory XV summoned him to Rome, Guercino painted the altarpieces that are his most Baroque creations. With Lodovico's and Caravaggio's works pointing the way, Guercino brought the viewer into the painting's space, adding dramatic lights and darks and greater emotional intensity.
Throughout his career, Guercino's style underwent dramatic changes. In Rome he first felt pressured to paint in the popular classicizing style. Returning to Cento two years later, his dark shadows faded, strong movement disappeared, and details emerged distinctly in clear light. To "satisfy as well as he could most of the people, especially those who asked for paintings and had the money to pay for them, he had shown paintings in the lighter style," reported his first biographer. Guercino ran his Cento studio until 1642, when Guido Reni, who had loathed him, died. Guercino then moved to Bologna, taking over Reni's religious picture workshop and his role as the city's leading painter.From: Kris Kary
Album: Jean François de Troy : 1679-1752Jean-François de Troy (1679-1752) was born in Paris and was first taught by his father. He later attended lessons at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture and sojourned in Italy from 1699 to 1706. He specialised in history painting and genre painting with erotically charged scenes, for which he became best known. He was one of the leading painters of the Parisian high society and was nominated, in January 1738, Director of the Académie Française in Rome where he died in 1752.
This painting is a good example of the gallant pieces fashionable in the 18th-century France. It depicts a secret rendezvous set in a romantic garden by a fountain while a maid interrupts the conservation with a dramatic gesture. This painting is one of the earliest ‘tableaux de mode’ by de Troy, a genre he is credited to be the inventor.From: Kris Kary
Album: Jeremy Mann, American painterJeremy Mann(b. 1979) graduated from Ohio University with a Cum Laude degree in Fine Art-Painting. Afterward, he ventured out to California where he earned his MasterÕs Degree with Valedictorian honors at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since then, Mann has garnered substantial attention in the art world. Praised by critics and collectors alike, his work recently graced the cover of American Art Collector magazine.
Executed on medium to large-scale panels, each exciting work demonstrates the artist's unmistakable style. Working on wood panels provides a strong support, where Mann can utilize a number of techniques: staining the surface, wiping away paint with solvents, and applying broad, gritty marks with an ink brayer. Mann paints with confidence and flair. He addresses complex compositions with a mature eye and his colors are both vivid and atmospheric.
Living in downtown San Francisco, Mann paints his immediate surroundings with intimate, dynamic expression. A number of unique compositions are inspired from the city's pavement, where reflected street lamps and neon signs glitter in the rain. In each work, Mann imbues the city with drama, mood, and personality..
Ever ambitious, Mann covers a wide range of subjects beyond cityscapes: interior scenes of lone, young women as striking and restless as the city itself; a bold and intriguing self-portrait, masterful still life paintings, and pastoral scenes that recall the landscape of his hometown.
Mann's remarkable skill and range have made him an integral part of the gallery's strong stable of artists. His skill is unusually strong for a painter so young. We recommend Mann's work to you without hesitation. Prices for his work range from $1,250 to $40,000 depending upon size and complexity.From: Kris Kary
Album: Dante Alighieri :: 1265-1321( Italian Florentine poet)Durante degli Alighieri (c. 1 June 1265 – 13/14 September 1321), better known as Dante, was an Italian Florentine poet. His greatest work, The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia), is considered as one of the greatest literary statements produced in Europe in the medieval period, and is the basis of the modern Italian language.From: Kris Kary
Album: Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee :: 1853 –1928) English PainterSir Francis Bernard Dicksee KCVO PRA (London 27 November 1853 – 17 October 1928) was an English Victorian painter and illustrator, best known for his pictures of dramatic literary, historical, and legendary scenes. He also was a noted painter of portraits of fashionable women, which helped to bring him success in his own time.
Dicksee's father, Thomas Dicksee, was a painter who taught Frank as well as his brother Herbert and his sister Margaret from a young age. Dicksee enrolled in the Royal Academy in 1870 and achieved early success. He was elected to the Academy in 1891 and became its President in 1924. He was knighted in 1925, and named to the Royal Victorian Order by King George V in 1927.
Dicksee painted The Funeral of a Viking (1893; Manchester Art Gallery), which was donated in 1928 by Arthur Burton in memory of his mother to the Corporation of Manchester. Victorian critics gave it both positive and negative reviews, for its perfection as a showpiece and for its dramatic and somewhat staged setting, respectively. The painting was used by Swedish Viking/Black metal band Bathory for theFrom: Kris Kary
Album: William Clarke Wontner (1857-1930)William Clarke Wontner (17 January 1857 Stockwell, Surrey - 23 September 1930 Worcester), was an English portrait painter steeped in Academic Classicism and Romantic.
Wontner was born in Stockwell, Surrey, the son of noted architect, designer and renderer William Hoff Wontner (1814–1881) and Catherine Smith.
Under the tutelage of his father, Wontner worked with John William Godward (1861–1922), a noted exponent of what became known as Greco-Roman style. The two were destined to become great friends.
Wontner was a relatively minor painter who was part of the neo-classical movement in England, led by Alma-Tadema. His style favoured seductively languorous women against classical or oriental marbled backdrops. His faithfully rendered fabrics draped over patently European models, somehow created an air of Orientalism. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1879, at the Society of British Artists and at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. When the Grosvenor Gallery closed in 1890, Wontner exhibited at the New Gallery.
Wontner married Jessie Marguerite Keene (1872–1950), daughter of Charles Joseph Keene, on 7 June 1894 at St. Dominic's Priory Church, Naverstock Hill in Hampstead. The couple had no children. Wontner was buried on 26 September 1930 at Ripple in Worcestershire.From: Kris Kary
Album: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1836-1912Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (January 8, 1836, Dronrijp, the Netherlands.- June 25, 1912 Wiesbaden, Germany) was one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth century Britain.
Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky.
Universally admired for his superb draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, during his lifetime, he fell into disrepute after his death and only in the last thirty years has his work been reevaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.From: Kris Kary
Album: Hyper-realistic oil painting by AYDEMIR SAIDOVAydemir Saidov (Russian-Born 1979)
Aydemir was born in 1979 in a small city in a southern part of Russia. His father Seyfulla Saidov was an award winning artist, member of the prestigious Union of Russian Artists, and leader of the local art community. His father attempted to ignite interest in art in his children, and encouraged any creative activities they wanted to be engaged in.
Aydemir from the beginning showed that he is the son of his famous father and at age three painted a green goat that is still in the family archives as one of the most important items, together with the father's medals and accommodations.From: Kris Kary
Album: Károly Lotz : 1833-1904 :German-Hungarian painterAfter a childhood spent abroad Marastoni James Painter's school and began her studies in 1848. He later trained himself next to Henrik Weber, and in 1852 enrolled in the school of Viennese painter Karl Rahl. In 1850 the Viennese master's in addition to a number of wall and ceiling construction picture in participating. He was a regular participant in exhibitions in Vienna and Budapest, which is especially romantic in tone on people's life with pictures included. His works have been successful, many of them reproduced it appeared. Meanwhile, also worked on the mural tasks, including the Vigadó, the National Museum, the Opera House and interior decoration of the Academy. The dualism was one of the most sought-after decorator. Style of the 1880s on wards changed the Renaissance same manner oldottabbá bills roots, become lighter. Late Baroque works marked effect, and even then was already in the works of modern art currents, plein air and Art Nouveau style signs can be detected.From: Kris Kary
Album: Arthur John Elsley (1860 –1952) British ArtistArthur John Elsley, the son of a coachman & talented amateur artist, entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1876 where he learnt his trade. In 1889 he joined the North London studio of established artist & leading exponent of juvenile scenes, Fred Morgan (1847–1927). Elsley turned his portraiture skills to story-telling and soon became as successful as his mentor. Following his marriage in 1893, Elsley set up studio at his home28 Finchley Road, St John’s Wood, LondonFrom: Kris Kary
Album: Paul Seignac : 1826-1904 French PainterPaul Seignac was born in Bordeaux in 1826. He became a pupil of Edouard Picot (1786-1868), a history painter who executed a number of commissions in Paris. Seignac followed a different path specializing in genre painting depicting children and rural life. Compatriots included Louis Lasalle (1810-1885), Theophile Emmanuel Duverger (1821-1895) and Pierre Edouard Frere (1819-1886); in England artists such as William Bromley and Thomas Webster specialized in this field.
Many of Seignac’s works show children in endearing roles. His rural scenes were set in country villages depicting charming occurrences of everyday peasant life. These works, picturesque as they are, show social realism proliferated by artists like Jean Francois Millet (1814-1875). These works enjoyed huge popularity in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Most artists like Seignac, who painted peasants and peasant life, perpetuated this style, an inheritance from idyllic literature, which illustrated rustic life as romantic and charming. The imagery worked to reinforce the idyllic view o the countryside that the newly rich merchant, forced to spend his working life in urban surroundings, craved to have created for him.
Seignac exhibited at the Paris Salon, making his debut in 1849, and received an honourable mention in 1889. His works were, and remain, popular with collectors in France, (he was represented by Galerie des Artistes Modernes in Paris in his lifetime), England, Canada and the United States.From: Kris Kary