WOMEN IN COLOURFUL DRESS AND DARK-SUITED MEN – Karolina Larusdottir

KAROLINA LARUSDOTTIR 1/3 – She was born in Reykjavik in 1944 and lived and worked in the British Isles (from the mid sixties for nearly fifty years). Now she lives again in her homeland of Iceland. Many of her contemporary paintings are rooted to her upbringing in Iceland. She remembers the Iceland of her childhood, as a country barely touched ...

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PROMPTED BY TANGIBLE EXTERNAL STIMULUS – Jónas Hallgrímsson

He is remembered for his poems describing Icelandic scenery. Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807/1845), was one of the most popular of Iceland’s Romantic poets. He was born at the farm Hraun in Oxen Valley, in north central Iceland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4fPc0Gvepk He lost his father when he was nine. It was a great metropolis that fostered his poetic gift, although the roots of his ...

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THE ATOM STATION – Novel, by Halldor Laxness

He was thinking that Icelanders are grateful to meet foreigners, who have heard of their country. And even more grateful to hear someone say, it deserves better. He was a twentieth-century Icelandic writer, influenced by modern currents in Germany and France. Halldór Laxness was born in Reykjavik, but spent his youth in the countryside. From the age of seventeen, he ...

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BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES IN ICELAND

Soundtrack: Sigur Rós / Svefn G Englar, free MP3. The intellectual property of the images that appear in this blog correspond to their authors. The sole purpose of this site, is to spread the knowledge of these painters and that other people enjoy their works.

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DEBORAH STEVENSON – I love the physicality of the medium

DEBORAH STEVENSON 1/3 – She was born in Washington, DC, but she grew up in Tokyo, went to high school in Baltimore, and got her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She currently resides in Belfast, Maine. DEBORAH STEVENSON 2/3 – Artist’s Statement: “My paintings – When working on the canvas, I am drawn to painting scenes derived from living ...

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ERNESTO ARRISUENO – This world is not a real place. It comes from the mind

ERNESTO ARRISUENO 1/3 – He was born in Lima, Peru, studied studied art in Lima before completing a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Ricardo Palma University. Architectural drawing, for which he had won numerous prizes as a student, became a mayor theme in his artworks. His figures and objects are juxtaposed with beautifully rendered buildings fragments. ERNESTO ARRISUENO 2/3 – He moved  to Australia in 1988 and soon found ...

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PAINTING IN THE TENEBRIST STYLE – Valentin de Boulogne

VALENTIN DE BOULOGNE 1/3 – In the 17th century, Rome was the cultural capital of Europe, and many artists aspiring to feel the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Caravaggio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWjXdvzdyIU Valentin de Boulogne was among them. He was greatest French follower of Caravaggio, but his career was short-lived, because he died at age 41. Caravaggio used new kind of art: under ...

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THE ILLUSIONISTIC AND REFINED PAINTINGS – Gerrit Dou

GERRIT DOU 1/3 – was also known as Gerard and Douw or Dow. The contrast of light and shade, became his speciality. In 1628 he was apprenticed to Rembrandt, but as the son of a glass engraver, he began by learning to engrave and paint glass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiRbzaEI9HM He enjoyed an international reputation and kings and princes acquired his paintings. He ...

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THE OTHER SIDE OF PAINTING – Vermeer and the masters of genre painting

The painting depicting a milkmaid is next to the one, which captured a cook. Woman observing her hands, while sewing. Two astronomers touch the globe with different hands, but also women, who writes letters. Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin is organising an exhibition in collaboration with the Musée ...

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