PAINTERS

PIETER DE HOOCH (1629/1684), DUTCH PAINTER – Painter of middle-class Dutch interiors

ADDING EMPHASIS TO ELABORATION OF DECORATION AND COSTUMES PIETER DE HOOCH 1/3 – was born in Rotterdam in 1629, at the age of sixteen studied painting under the guidance of a master, who had just returned from a stay in Italy. Growing up, his career took place between the Hague, Amsterdam and Delft, where he painted scenes of family life, …

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KEES VAN DONGEN (1877/1968), DUTCH PAINTER – Painting Paris: from the realism of brothels to worldly lounges

PAINTING IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF LIES – PORTRAITIST OF HIGH SOCIETY WOMEN KEES VAN DONGEN 1/3 – He was born in Delfshaven in 1877 and he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam. In 1895, “Blue Self-Portrait” marks the intense color entrance in his painting. Two years later he was fascinated by the pictorial style of Vuillard …

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KAREL APPEL (1921/2006), DUTCH ABSTRACT PAINTER – The hedonistic pleasure of the creative gesture

SPONTANEOUS ESPRESSIONISM, WHICH CREATES IRONIC AND GROTTESCHE FIGURES KAREL APPEL 1/3 – This Dutch painter and sculptor was born in Amsterdam in 1921. Growing up, he studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, but had to wait till 1946 to complete his first exhibition (though very young, he already had a personal style), with clear pictorial influences from …

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JAN TOOROP (1858/1928), DUTCH SYMBOLIST PAINTER – Painting Desire and Satisfaction

QUICKLY ADAPTED TO NEW STYLES AND GENRES JAN TOOROP 1/3 – He was born on the island of Java, has Dutch parents and his early childhood was wrapped up by the oriental suggestions of this island. He had attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, being artistically influenced in Brussels, in the shadow of the symbolic poetry environment. After …

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ALICE MUMFORD (1965), BRITISH PAINTER – Colour and tone, warm and cool

RELATIONSHIP OF THE OBJECTS, ONE TO ANOTHER, IT EXCITES AND ABSORBS ME ALICE MUMFORD 1/3 – She is a Colombia-born painter born in 1965. She lives and works in Cornwall and studied at Falmouth College of Art and Camberwell School of Art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9TloXNvfu8 She teaches life drawing and painting at St Ives School of Painting. Her brush by many creative …

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GEORGE UNDERWOOD (1947), BRITISH FIGURATIVE PAINTER – The artist who led David Bowie to make music

PAINTING FIGURES ENIGMATICALLY AVOIDING THE VIEWER’S GAZE GEORGE UNDERWOOD 1/3 – That boy, who in 1963 had joined the Beckenham Art School, was born in 1947 in Bromley, a hamlet in London in the south-east of the British capital. Along with David Bowie (his great friend), he began a career in the music world, deciding that musical activity understood his …

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PHILIP WILSON STEER (1860/1942), BRITISH IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER – Fascinating history of modest man, who had dedicated himself to art

IMPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPES, WRAPPED IN FOGGY PICTORIAL STYLE PHILIP WILSON STEER 1/3 – He, the son of a portrait painter, was born in Birkenhead (Merseyside, near Liverpool), http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/11-reasons-merseyside-most-underrated-3748949 and had become the leader among the progressive British artists of his generation. He spent his childhood and youth at Whitchurch (near Ross-on-Wye, just three miles from the English-Welsh border), and studied at …

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JOHN CONSTABLE (1776/1837), BRITISH ROMANTIC PAINTER – When is difficult to name a landscape in which the sky is not the key note

MOVING CLOUDS IN BOUNDLESS SKIES, LEAFY TREES AND CRUMBLING WATER MILLS JOHN CONSTABLE 1/3 – That native of East Bergholt (Suffolk), http://eastbergholt-bells.org.uk/ son of a wealthy cereal merchant, shared with Turner the fame of the greatest English landscapist. He had been educated to begin a business career, but in 1799 his father had to accept his enrollment at the Royal …

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ALAN MACDONALD (1962), SCOTTISH PAINTER – Pictorial clues, distant coast of you

VISUAL TRAVEL WITH UNKNOWN DESTINATION ALAN MACDONALD 1/3 – His work is always recognisable for its mix of old-master technique and modernity. He was born in Malawi (Central Africa), attended College of Art in Dundee, Scotland. http://www.alanmacdonald.net/ He lives and works in a small town, not too far from medieval Edinburgh, Scotland. His beautiful paintings have a potent sense of …

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STEFANIA FERSINI (1982), ITALIAN PAINTER – Crumpled fashion models of Stefania

I AM FED UP OF GOING FAST, TIRED OF THE EXCESSES AND SUPERFICIALITY, I NEED TO PAINT TO SLOW DOWN STEFANIA FERSINI 1/3 – Her inspiration? The world of fashion. She was born in Aosta, but she lives and works in Turin, creating paintings, which look like photos https://www.stefaniafersini.com/ She loves working with painting, which reflects the excess of visual …

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