Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Traditional-Modern Fine Art - Portraits I - G. Linsenmayer

Jen Mona Lisa 2012

  Jen, Mona Lisa
2012 - an original acrylic/oil on paper, after
(obviously) a motif of da Vinci.

... an original acrylic/oil on paper, after (obviously) a motif of da Vinci.

I've always liked to paint portrait-style "people" and groups "ourselves"; these are not by commission (with only one exception, and I decided no more...).

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Vermeer (see below, right) and a few other Dutch painters began to popularize the idea of paintings "ordinary people"  as art  works themselves, instead of commissioned portraits for wealthy nobility, merchants, and so forth. This idea was strongly taken up later by the impressionists and post-impressionists.

Mona Lisa or La Gioconda (da Vinci)xxx

Two Sisters or On the

Two Sisters or On the Terrace

"Renoir worked on the painting on the terrace of the Maison Fournaise, a restaurant located on an island in the Seine in Chatou, the western suburb of Paris. The painting depicts a young woman and her younger sister seated outdoors..."

La Gioconto - "   The sitter, Lisa del Giocondo was a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany, and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. The painting is thought to have been commissioned for their new home, and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea..."; "The ambiguity of the subject's expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic..."

The last quoted comment is widely repeated. I myself, having painted a fair number of portraits, don 't find anything "enigmatic" at all, she's simply in a self-contained mood, feeling right about maybe herself, her life, and being painted.

Madras Rouge, The Red Turban -

Madras Rouge, The Red Turban

Madras Rouge, The Red Turban, 1907, Barnes Foundation. Exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show ...  The woman depicted is the painter's wife, Amélie Noellie Parayre Matisse.

Henri Matisse

Henri-... was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original ["style"] Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists ... responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture [in the post-impressionist era]...

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Portrate of Crissy

fine art traditional modern art - Portrate of Crissy - original fine art work by G. Linsenmayer

  This is an original digital print, a portrait of a young woman, Gulf Coast Florida

Girl with a Pearl Earring -  "considered a Vermeer masterpiece"

Girl with a Pearl

"Critics have often noted that the women in Vermeer's paintings cannot be considered beauties in the conventional sense of the word. ... The qualities that we attribute to Vermeer's work as a whole apply equally to the women they picture: paintings and personages share dignity, equilibrium and [are] exceptional of both vivid presence and abstract purity" ...

Vermeer - Girl With a Red Hat

Vermeer - Girl With
a Red Hat

"None of the women who modeled for Vermeer's paintings have ever been identified even though some seemed to have posed more than once ... we know nothing else about their lives. Modern scholarship generally holds that they were not painted as portraits except, perhaps, A Lady Writing in Washington. Even Vermeer's four bust-length figures, including the illustrious Girl with a Pearl Earring, were not intended as portraits ... (my own underlining)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

20th Century - American Art

Twentieth Century American Traditional-Modern Art

I've always liked early 20th century American art, before our art world got taken over by abstraction and similarly somewhat inane art movements.

"Controversy soon became a way of life ifor American artists. In fact, much of American painting and sculpture since 1900 has been a series of revolts against tradition. "To hell with the artistic values," announced Robert Henri 1865–1929). He was the leader of what critics called the Ashcan school of painting, after the group's portrayals of the squalid aspects of city life.

"American realism became the new direction for American visual artists at the turn of the 20th century. The Ashcan painters George Bellows, Everett Shinn, George Benjamin Luks, John Sloan were among those who developed socially conscious imagery in their works. ... "

George Bellows...

"George Bellows was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He was an only child, born four years after his parents married, at the ages of fifty and forty respectively. His mother, Anna Wilhelmina Smith, was the daughter of a whaling captain.
Bellows George Dempsey and Firpo 1924... an original a

"Bellows attended Ohio State University from 1901 until 1904. There he played for the baseball and basketball teams, and provided illustrations for the Makio, the school's student yearbook. He was encouraged to become a professional baseball player, and he worked as a commercial illustrator while a student and continued to accept magazine assignments throughout his life. Despite these opportunities in athletics and commercial art, Bellows desired success as a painter. He left Ohio State in 1904 just before he was to graduate and moved to New York City to study art."

Georgia O'Keeffe Red Poppy Traditional-Modern Art
Georgia O'Keeffe Red Poppy Traditional-Modern Art

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Edward Hopper - A movie theater in New York...
Edward Hopper - New York Movie

  Edward Hopper - A movie theater in New York... "Paintings such as Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago, 1942) convey a mood of loneliness and desolation by their emptiness or by the presence of anonymous, non-communicating figures. But of this picture Hopper said: `I didn't see it as particularly lonely... "

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