Sunday, October 25, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #99

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Gitane à la mandoline/ Gypsy with mandolin, c. 1874
Oil on canvas
Height: 80 cm; Width: 57 cm
Musée d’Art de Sao Paulo

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (July 16, 1796 – February 22, 1875) was the son of a cloth merchant and a milliner. After an education at the Collège de Rouen and two abortive apprenticeships with drapers, he was given the financial freedom at the age of 26 to devote himself to painting.

 In 1825 to 1828 Corot made the trip to Italy considered so essential to the formation of a landscape artist, spending time in Rome and the Campagna, before travelling to Naples. In 1827 he sent his first paintings to the Paris Salon.

Corot returned to Italy in 1834 and 1843. He also travelled extensively in France, to Normandy, Provence, the Morvan region in Burgundy, to which he returned for many years, and to north-east France in 1871 during the Commune. In 1854 he travelled in Holland and Belgium; he regularly visited Switzerland, and in 1862 he was in London.

During these trips Corot painted in the open air and filled numerous notebooks with drawings. His early oil sketches, such as those painted in Italy, were clearly defined and fresh, using bright colours in fluid strokes. During the winter months he worked in the studio on ambitious mythological and religious landscapes destined for the salon. 

His reputation was established by the 1850s, which was also the period when his style became softer and his colours more restricted. In his late studio landscapes, which were often peopled with bathers, bacchantes and allegorical figures, he employed a small range of colours, often using soft coloured greys and blue-greens, with spots of colour confined to the clothing of the figures.

At the Exposition Universelle of 1855 Corot showed six paintings and won a gold medal. His influence on later 19th-century landscape painting, including the Impressionists, was immense. More on Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot





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Sunday, October 11, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #98

Zofia Atteslander, (1874 - 1924)
Portrait of a lady, c. 1904
Oil on cardboard
61 x 50.5 cm
Private collection

Zofia Atteslander (12 March 1874 in Luborzyca – c. 1928 in Berlin) was a Polish painter, active from 1889–1928 in inter alia Berlin, Paris and Wiesbaden. Primarily she began studying privately with Jacek Malczewski in Kraków, later with Franz von Lenbach, Heinrich Knirr (1862–1944), with Stanisław Grocholski in Munich, and since 1902 with Adolf Hölzel in Dachau. She specialised in portrait painting and still life.

During her stay in Wiesbaden in 1904 she painted portraits for the Romanian Royal Family. During her stay in Paris in 1908 she received an honour at the Saloon of French Artists. In 1904, she took part in Warsaw's Society of the Incentive for Fine Arts, as well as in 1903, in Kraków's Society of the Friends of Fine Arts. Apart from oil painting she also practised pastel drawing. She has often marked her paintings with "Zo". More on Zofia Atteslander




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Sunday, August 9, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #127

Attributed to Johann Baptist Reiter, (Austrian, 1813-1890)
Portrait of a Lady Holding Red Blanket, , circa 1845
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 in. x 20 5/8 in
Private collection

Johann Baptist Reiter (28 May 1813, Linz - 10 January 1890, Vienna) was an Austrian portrait and genre painter of the Biedermeier period.

He spent three years as an apprentice at his father's company, painting furniture, signs and crosses. He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. After 1830, he largely earned his living as a porcelain painter.

He was awarded a scholarship by the Upper Austrian Landstand that enabled him to continue his studies from 1834 to 1837. During this time he also exhibited and won the Lampi-Preis for model drawing in 1836. Originally, he did genre and historical scenes, but he decided to switch to portraits and soon became so popular that he was able to purchase a large house in Vienna with a four-horse carriage and a Moor as a servant.

During the Revolution of 1848 he sided with the revolutionaries. Possibly due to the trouble this caused, his wife left him in 1850. From then until 1870, he was a regular participant at the exhibitions of numerous Austrian art societies.

It is unclear if he was divorced or his first wife died, but he was remarried in 1866. His new wife's extravagance eventually forced him to take more orders than he could handle, as well as turn to making copies of the Old Masters. She died in 1889, and he died the following year. He was interred at the Zentralfriedhof. More on Johann Baptist Reiter




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Friday, July 17, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #97

NATALIE GOLDSTEIN, b. 1974
QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH, 2018
Chromogenic print
121.9 by 91.4cm.; 48 by 36 in.
Private collection

Natalie Goldstein is a photographer. Having spent years in front of the camera as a model, Natalie developed her own unique understanding of the profession, both technically and artistically. Natalie’s eye is drawn to the aesthetics of the human form, beyond merely the body beautiful. Her subjects are poised and positioned to suggest Da Vinci’s divine proportions of humanity. They are athletic. They are graceful. They speak of refined elegance.

Natalie grew up surrounded by fashion as a culture, she immersed herself with magazines and books on Versace and the like. Natalie recognised that in order to create impactful photography, she had to take it out of the bounds of traditional fashion editorial work and create iconic images that transcend place or time.

Natalie's work is suggestive and at times provocative. She has the technical know-how to create incredible moving lenticular pieces, undertakes private commissions and has fashioned an artistic form of expression that is energetic, exquisitely constructed and for the viewer captivatingly stunning. More on Natalie Goldstein






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Saturday, July 4, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #96

JOHN BELLANY, R.A., 1942-2013
WOMAN OF ASCHAFFENBURG
Oil on canvas
76 by 61cm.; 30 by 24in.
Private collection


Aschaffenburg is a district in Bavaria , Germany 

John Bellany CBE RA (18 June 1942 – 28 August 2013) was a Scottish painter. In 1968 Bellany graduated and his diploma show was hailed as great success. After graduation, Bellany was offered a teaching position at the Edinburgh College of Art but he carried on as a working artist and flit between various teaching jobs at different art colleges. He was elected to The London Group in 1973

When in 1974 he separated from his wife his art appears to take on a darker tone. The symbolism increases and it seems as though each picture can have a whole narrative of symbols within it, increasingly the pictures become wilder and wilder tending more to expressionism, at this point he suffered a nervous breakdown and returned to Port Seton for recuperation.

Bellany was offered a show in New York which exhibited some of his earlier work.[citation needed] He lectured at Goldsmith's College from 1978 to 1984. The New York 1982 tour presented his work to a much greater audience, resulting in purchases to important private collections as well as to the NY MOMA. 

In 1985 a retrospective was arranged for the National Gallery of Modern Art. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery included a portrait of the cricketer Sir Ian Botham. This portrait attracted more publicity for Bellany than he had ever previously achieved.

In 1986, he remarried his first wife Helen. The liver disease was becoming unmanageable and by the end of 1987 it was clear death was near.[citation needed]

Bellany received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1998 .

In 2005 he suffered a heart attack. He died in 2013. More on  John Bellany






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Monday, June 29, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #95

Bana Safar, Syria
Syrian Portrait, c. 2018
Oil on Canvas
80x60cm
Private collection

Bana Safar, Syria, is a young Syrian artist graduated with Excellence from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University in 2001, the 1st in class for 4 years consecutively. From 2003 - 2006 She was professor assistant in the faculty of Fine Arts; Damascus and is a member of the Association of Fine Arts Damascus. She is a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society Sharjah UAE. Bana Safar’s art is held in collections in Syria, UAE, USA, KSA and Germany.. Exhibitions and prizes include; Saudi Women Artists Exhibition 2002, “Malwan” Art contest for the Saudi Airlines 2003, group Exhibition at the Arab Cultural Centre in Damascus 2003, group Exhibition at” Amana” gallery Riyadh Saudi Arabia 2003, INSAN Exhibition at the Museum of King Abdul Aziz in Riyadh 2009, Stars Auction at Al Jowhara Ballroom Madinat Jumairah Dubai UAE 2012, Dubai international art symposium 2nd session 2015, Dubai international art symposium 3rd session 2016, “In the eyes of women “group art exhibition at Al Badia Golf Culp 2015. More on Bana Safar




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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #94

Othman Khuzaim, Saudi
Untitled, c. 2008
Mixed Media on Canvas
90x60cm
Private collection

Othman Khuzaim (Saudi) is one of the prominent names of the first generations of Saudi artists who participated in the establishment of the visual art procession including Al-Saleem, Al-Ridawi, Nabila Al Bassam and Safia Bin Zaqer. He is a graduate of the Institute of art Education for Teachers in Riyadh and holds a Diploma of Fine Arts Academy in Florence, Italy and was Chairman of the Fine Arts in the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts in Riyadh, 1985. He is a comprehensive artist and orator who is held in high regard by Arabic artists. Othman is considered as one of the last great creative visual artists in Riyadh. He is a veteran artist who lived in his age and continues to influence the age of youth. Othman is highly influential and has the ability to change the visual movement in Arabic society. More on  Othman Khuzaim





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Monday, June 22, 2020

02 works, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #113

Man Ray, (1890–1976)
Dorothea Tanning, c. 1942
Gelatin silver print
 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (25 x 19.3 cm.)
Private collection

Dorothea Margaret Tanning, American painter and writer (born Aug. 25, 1910, Galesburg, Ill.—died Jan. 31, 2012, New York, N.Y.), was a prominent Surrealist, but her artistic career was overshadowed by that of her famous husband, German painter and sculptor Max Ernst, to whom she was married for 30 years (1946–76); her own dreamlike imagery, however, was considered more Gothic in nature than surreal. Tanning moved to New York City in 1936, where she established and made her living as a fashion illustrator. At a party in 1942, she met Ernst (then married to his third wife, art patron Peggy Guggenheim), and the two moved in together about a week after Ernst viewed her work and persuaded his wife to include Tanning’s self-portrait, Birthday (1942), in which she appears clothed but bare breasted and shoeless (Below). In 1944 Tanning was given her first solo show. After Tanning and Ernst married in 1946, the couple moved to Sedona, Ariz. 

Her paintings embodied not only the visible world but also the intangible that animated the life force. Tanning and Ernst moved to France during the communist witch hunts conducted by U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, and there she began work in the late 1960s on soft fabric sculptures. After the death of Ernst in 1976, Tanning returned to New York City and launched a career as a novelist . Dorothea Margaret Tanning

Dorothea Tanning
Birthday, c. 1942
Oil on canvas
40 1/4 x 25 1/2 in.
Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky; August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his photography, and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. Man Ray is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called "rayographs" in reference to himself. More on Man Ray




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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #93

Richard Larter, (1929 - 2014)
DONNA IN PARTY DRESS, c. 1993
Acrylic & mixed media on canvas
112.5 x 84 cm
Private collection

Richard Larter (19 May 1929 – 25 July 2014) was an Australian painter, often identified as one of Australia's few highly recognizable pop artists. Larter also frequently painted in a Pointillist style. He took advantage of unusual techniques with painting: using a syringe filled with paint to create his early works, and juxtaposing multiple images on to a canvas. Many of his works are brightly coloured and draw on popular culture for source materials, reproducing news photographs, film stills, and images from pornography. He was married to Pat Larter, an artist who was involved in the Mail art movement, then performance art and finally painting in a brightly coloured style similar to Richard's. The Larters emigrated to Australia in 1962. Richard Larter's pop art was less ironic than his American and English counterparts. In this Larter is similar to other noted Australian pop artists, such as, Mike Brown and Martin Sharp. More on Richard Larter






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Friday, May 29, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #92

Unknown
Anna Pavlova
Silver print
24 cm by 18 cm
Private collection

Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova (Russian: February 12 1881 — January 23, 1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for her creation of the role of The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour around the world. She toured South America, India and Australia.

Pavlova's years of training were difficult. Classical ballet did not come easily to her. Her severely arched feet, thin ankles, and long limbs clashed with the small, compact body favoured for the ballerina of the time. Undeterred, Pavlova trained to improve her technique. She took extra lessons from the noted teachers of the day.

During her final year at the Imperial Ballet School, she performed many roles with the principal company. She graduated in 1899 at age 18, and chosen to enter the Imperial Ballet. 

Pavlova rose through the ranks quickly, becoming a favorite of the old maestro Petipa. She was named danseuse in 1902, première danseuse in 1905, and finally prima ballerina in 1906 after a resounding performance in Giselle. 

While touring in The Hague, Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation. She was also told that she would never be able to dance again if she went ahead with it. She refused to have the surgery, saying "If I can't dance then I'd rather be dead." She died of pleurisy, three weeks short of her 50th birthday. More on Anna Pavlova





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Sunday, May 17, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #91

James McNeill Whistler, 1834 - 1903
PORTRAIT OF ELLEN STURGIS HOOPER, c. 1890
Oil on panel
20 1/4 by 12 inches, (51.4 by 30.5 cm)
Private collector

Ellen Sturgis Hooper (February 17, 1812 – November 3, 1848) was an American poet. A member of the Transcendental Club, she was widely regarded as one of the most gifted poets among the New England Transcendentalists. Her work is occasionally reprinted in anthologies.

Ellen Sturgis was born in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1837, she married physician Robert William . The couple had three children, one of whom, Marian "Clover" Hooper, married Henry Adams and became a celebrated Washington, D.C., hostess and photographer.

Her poetry was regularly commissioned by Ralph Waldo Emerson and published in The Dial. Her poems also appeared in Elizabeth Peabody's Æsthetic Papers (1849), and the final stanzas of one of her poems, The Wood-Fire, appear in Henry David Thoreau's Walden (1854).

Ellen Sturgis Hooper died of tuberculosis at age 36. Her early death is said to have "enshrined her in the memories of her associates as a Transcendental angel." More on Ellen Sturgis Hooper

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 10, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality—his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler entitled many of his paintings "arrangements", "harmonies", and "nocturnes", emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1" (1871), commonly known as Whistler's Mother, the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers. More James Abbott McNeill Whistler 






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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #90

Jean Jansem, (1920-2013) 
Les âges de la vie/ The ages of life, c. 1999 
Oil on canvas
59 1/16 x 78 3/4 in
Private collection

Hovhannes "Jean" Semerdjian (9 March 1920 – 27 August 2013), also known as Jean Jansem, was a French-Armenian painter. Jansem's artworks are internationally known, and are part of museum collections throughout France, Japan and the United States. A Foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (2002).

He was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1953 and by the Knight of the French Legion of Honour in 2003. The President of Armenia awarded Jansem a Medal of Honor for his “reinforcement of Armenian-French cultural ties.” 

Hovhannes Semerdjian was born in 1920 in Bursa, Turkey. In 1922, his family fled to Greece. He spent his childhood in Thessaloniki. They arrived to Issy-les-Moulineaux suburb of Paris, France in 1931 when he was 11 and that is when he begin to paint. The first professional schools for Jansem became free academies of Montparnasse (1934-1936). He studied in the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs. Jansem also studied at the Sabatie studio for a year. Early paintings by Jansem were mainly to national issues. He had individual exhibitions in Paris, New York, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Rome, Brussels, Lausanne, Beirut etc. Hovhannes Semerdjian was elected the President of the Young Artists' Saloon in 1956.
Jansem’s primary sources of inspiration were Goya and Brueghel. His mother and his children were the main heroes in his earlier works. Jansem was characterized as a miserablist, an artist of unfortunate people.

Jansem died on 27 August 2013, aged 93, outside Paris. More on Jean Jansem






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