Sunday, 16 December 2012

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Pierre Auguste Renoir Biography

Youth

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France, the child of a working class family. As a boy, he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to him being chosen to paint designs on fine china. He also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans before he enrolled in art school. During those early years, he often visited the Louvre to study the French master painters.
In 1862 he began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. There he met Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet. At times during the 1860s, he did not have enough money to buy paint. Although Renoir first started exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864, recognition did not come for another ten years, due, in part, to the turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War.
During the Paris Commune in 1871, while he painted on the banks of the Seine River, some members of a commune group thought he was a spy, and were about to throw him into the river when a commune leader, Raoul Rigault, recognized Renoir as the man who had protected him on an earlier occasion.
In 1874, a ten-year friendship with Jules Le Coeur and his family ended, and Renoir lost not only the valuable support gained by the association, but a generous welcome to stay on their property near Fontainebleau and its scenic forest. This loss of a favorite painting location resulted in a distinct change of subjects.

Maturity

Renoir experienced his initial acclaim when six of his paintings hung in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. In the same year two of his works were shown with Durand-Ruel in London.
In 1881, he traveled to Algeria, a country he associated with Eugène Delacroix, then to Madrid, in Spain, to see the work of Diego Velázquez. Following that he traveled to Italy to see Titian's masterpieces in Florence, and the paintings of Raphael in Rome. On January 15, 1882 Renoir met the composer Richard Wagner at his home in Palermo, Sicily. Renoir painted Wagner's portrait in just thirty-five minutes. In the same year, Renoir convalesced for six weeks in Algeria after contracting pneumonia, which would cause permanent damage to his respiratory system.
In 1883, he spent the summer in Guernsey, creating fifteen paintings in little over a month. Most of these feature Moulin Huet, a bay in Saint Martin's, Guernsey. Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel, and it has a varied landscape which includes beaches, cliffs, bays, forests, and mountains. These paintings were the subject of a set of commemorative postage stamps, issued by the Bailiwick of Guernsey in 1983.
While living and working in Montmartre, Renoir employed as a model Suzanne Valadon, who posed for him (The Bathers, 1885-7; Dance at Bougival, 1883) and many of his fellow painters while studying their techniques; eventually she became one of the leading painters of the day.
In 1887, a year when Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee, and upon the request of the queen's associate, Phillip Richbourg, he donated several paintings to the "French Impressionist Paintings" catalog as a token of his loyalty.
In 1890 he married Aline Victorine Charigot, who, along with a number of the artist's friends, had already served as a model for Les Déjeuner des canotiers (Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881), and with whom he had already had a child, Pierre, in 1885. After his marriage Renoir painted many scenes of his wife and daily family life, including their children and their nurse, Aline's cousin Gabrielle Renard. The Renoirs had three sons, one of whom, Jean, became a filmmaker of note and another, Pierre, became a stage and film actor.

Later years

Around 1892, Renoir developed rheumatoid arthritis. In 1907, he moved to the warmer climate of "Les Collettes," a farm at Cagnes-sur-Mer, close to the Mediterranean coast. Renoir painted during the last twenty years of his life, even when arthritis severely limited his movement, and he was wheelchair-bound. He developed progressive deformities in his hands and ankylosis of his right shoulder, requiring him to adapt his painting technique. In the advanced stages of his arthritis, he painted by having a brush strapped to his paralyzed fingers.
During this period he created sculptures by directing an assistant who worked the clay. Renoir also used a moving canvas, or picture roll, to facilitate painting large works with his limited joint mobility.
In 1919, Renoir visited the Louvre to see his paintings hanging with the old masters. He died in the village of Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, on December 3.

Artworks

Renoir's paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.
His initial paintings show the influence of the colourism of Eugène Delacroix and the luminosity of Camille Corot. He also admired the realism of Gustave Courbet and Édouard Manet, and his early work resembles theirs in his use of black as a color. As well, Renoir admired Edgar Degas' sense of movement. Another painter Renoir greatly admired was the 18th century master François Boucher.
A fine example of Renoir's early work, and evidence of the influence of Courbet's realism, is Diana, 1867. Ostensibly a mythological subject, the painting is a naturalistic studio work, the figure carefully observed, solidly modeled, and superimposed upon a contrived landscape. If the work is still a 'student' piece, already Renoir's heightened personal response to female sensuality is present. The model was Lise Tréhot, then the artist's mistress and inspiration for a number of paintings.
In the late 1860s, through the practice of painting light and water en plein air (in the open air), he and his friend Claude Monet discovered that the color of shadows is not brown or black, but the reflected color of the objects surrounding them. Several pairs of paintings exist in which Renoir and Monet, working side-by-side, depicted the same scenes (La Grenouillère, 1869).
One of the best known Impressionist works is Renoir's 1876 Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette). The painting depicts an open-air scene, crowded with people, at a popular dance garden on the Butte Montmartre, close to where he lived.
The works of his early maturity were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s, however, he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings, particularly of women, such as The Bathers, which was created during 1884-87. It was a trip to Italy in 1881, when he saw works by Raphael and other Renaissance masters, that convinced him that he was on the wrong path, and for the next several years he painted in a more severe style, in an attempt to return to classicism. This is sometimes called his "Ingres period", as he concentrated on his drawing and emphasized the outlines of figures.
After 1890, however, he changed direction again, returning to the use of thinly brushed color which dissolved outlines as in his earlier work. From this period onward he concentrated especially on monumental nudes and domestic scenes, fine examples of which are Girls at the Piano, 1892, and Grandes Baigneuses, 1918-19. The latter painting is the most typical and successful of Renoir's late, abundantly fleshed nudes.
A prolific artist, he made several thousand paintings. The warm sensuality of Renoir's style made his paintings some of the most well-known and frequently-reproduced works in the history of art.

Assessment

Acknowledging modern criticism of Renoir's sensuality, Lawrence Gowing wrote:“ "Is there another respected modern painter whose work is so full of charming people and attractive sentiment? Yet what lingers is not cloying sweetness but a freshness that is not entirely explicable...One feels the surface of his paint itself as living skin: Renoir's aesthetic was wholly physical and sensuous, and it was unclouded...These interactions of real people fulfilling natural drives with well-adjusted enjoyment remain the popular masterpieces of modern art (as it used to be called), and the fact that they are not fraught and tragic, without the slightest social unrest in view, or even much sign of the spacial and communal disjunction which some persist in seeking, is far from removing their interests." ”
Albert Aurier, an art critic and early essayist on the impressionists, wrote in 1892:“ "With such ideas, with such a vision of the world and of femininity, one might have feared that Renoir would create a work which was merely pretty and merely superficial. Superficial it was not; in fact it was profound, for if, indeed, the artist has almost completely done away with the intellectuality of his models in his paintings, he has, in compensation, been prodigal with his own. As to the pretty, it is undeniable in his work, but how different from the intolerable prettiness of fashionable painters." ”
In a preview to the exhibition 'Renoir Landscapes 1865-1883' at the National Gallery, London in spring 2007, The Guardian wrote that "Even Degas laughed at his friend's style, calling it as puffy as cotton wool," but that "if we're going to love him, we need to love his chocolate box qualities, too."

Posthumous sales

Two of Renoir's paintings have sold for more than $70 million. Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre sold for $78.1 million in 1990.

(From wikipedia)

Zeana Romanovna

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Ernie Echols Featured Photographer

Ernie Echols, like other artists I feature, is also someone I greatly admire. His love of nature, humanity, family and his friends is beautiful, and this very beauty shines in his artwork. No one can fail to see the magnificent inner heart and soul of Ernie.

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Red Macaw:
Photo of a Red Macaw eating a walnut.


Ernie Echols a fine artist who resides in the great state of Colorado. He is drawn in by the inspiration of the beautiful nature and scenery surrounding him.

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Face Off - Ernie says "strange creation". I love it!

Ernie has found deep and devoted ways to express his talents through his inspirations. His talents are well defined in his wildlife and nature photography. He spends most of his free time searching for that special shot and his ability to get up close to wildlife enables him to capture unique photos. He always manages to capture the expressions and moods in the faces of wildlife.

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East African Crowned Crane 4
East African Crowned Crane Upclose. Square Format.


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Redtail Hawk: "Photo of a Redtail Hawk taking off. Photo taken at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Feb 08 2012".

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The 4 Geese: Beautiful combination flight in formation.

Broadening his horizons he has developed a unique style of digital painting. He renders digital paintings that create strokes of beauty and textures sure to catch the viewers attention.

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Gorilla Freehand abstract: "Gorilla Freehand abstract, My second freehand work."

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Mexican Grey Wolf Portrait Freehand : "Mexican Grey Wolf Digital Freehand Painting using one of my photos as reference. Square Format"

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The Climbing Tree: "The Climbing Tree Square format."

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Calla Lilies

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Horseless Carriage - Charming and very artistic with an old worldly charm!

I would like the thank Ernie Echols for granting me permission to feature his works. How to begin was easy; how to stop is extremely hard because Ernie's portfolio is massive, extremely emotive and not to be missed!

Please click his name below and visit his portfolio - and even treat yourself or a loved one to a print that will be sure to please for life.

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Please note : All works are copyright to Ernie Echols 2012 all rights reserved and may not be preproduced in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of the artist.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Natalie Holland Featured Artist

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Natalie says, "I don't conform to any style or genre. I'm free as a bird and fly where I please. My creativity would suffer, if I only flew in one direction. Free, free, free is my motto.' ~ Natalie Holland"

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"Being an artist is a great adventure. I love to paint and experiment in different mediums because each offers a unique quality."

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"As a self-taught artist, I learned to paint my own way. Self-expression is very important to me regardless of medium. I often break rules and don't confine myself in any type or technique. If I were to restrict myself to any one type, subject or technique I would kill the creative fire that motivates me."

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It is very hard to select a favorite, but for me it is this beauty.

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For me, this work has everything within - the entire color choices and composition work together to bring about a sense of completion.

To see more of Natalie's work please click below!

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Have a most enjoyable weekend, my readers.

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KM Corcoran Featured Artist

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I have no biography on KM Corcoran, so the images will have to suffice, but I doubt you will be disappointed.

Camera Motion

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Reverse Lens

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Abstract

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Colored Pencil Effect

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My Favorite? Apart from the first one I featured is this beauty-:

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There is something apocolptic like in this image, whether intended or not, but I like it.

To see more of KM's work please click the link below!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Zeana Romanovna

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Marilyn Smith Featured Artist

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Marilyn, a most talented artist says "I am currently residing in Arizona and have previously exhibited in galleries in Arizona and Wisconsin. Having lived in both states, it has given me very diverse subject matter as is evident in the variety of art pieces I have posted here." "

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"I also have appeared in several art shows in both states and received various awards, including the Wisconsin Regional Art Show Travelling Exhibit Award for my watercolor 'Spring In Tlaquepaque'. While working for the Dean Medical Center in Madison, WI, I completed several commission pieces to be displayed in their clinics ('Comin' Home', 'The Catch', 'Little Mill', and Christine's Ride'). I also created their employee birthday card for several years in a row."

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Magnificent artistry!

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"During the June 6-12, 2011, I was honored to receive a Best of Show Award while being featured on the Copper Flame Virtual Gallery."

Looking at Marilyn Smith's art I am not surprised she has been honored with awards, and I'm sure you'll agree.

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No, I cannot pick a favorite from Marilyn's work. She is such an interesting and diverse artists that there are too many I am currently eyeing up for my collection - if I have any walls left!

However, this is absolutly beautiful in detail, color and tone, not to mention Marilyn's excellent attention to detail.

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Marilyn Smiths artwork can be viewed by clicking below. I hope you do!

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Have a safe weekend coming up soon!!!

Zeana Romanovna


Sarah and Jeff Normandeau Featured Photographers

Their story and magnificent imagery!

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"As wildlife enthusiasts both Jeff and Sarah spend most of their free time outdoors in nature photographing wildlife. Nature is a place to connect to your own spirituality, inner self, find balance, and to marvel at all of the miracles that Mother Earth has to offer us. As people who respect and love wildlife Jeff and Sarah live by the motto 'Take nothing but pictures...Leave nothing but footprints...Kill nothing but time."

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"Each photographic journey is an adventure as you never know what you'll find. All photos for sale of wild animals were taken out in their natural environment/habitat. Jeff and Sarah do not believe in using bait or any other unnatural means of luring in animals. All wild animals were taken ethically, with a whole lot of patience and love."

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Adorable? I think so!

"Jeff and Sarah are strict vegetarians, believe in helping the environment, and are owned by two black cats-Jelly Bean and Echo who were rescued from the Humane Society. Both cats have been harness trained, walk on a leash and are accustomed to traveling. Both cats are also very good at doing tricks on command-as long as there are treats!"

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What Jeff and Sarah portray is not something best described in words, at least not for me as a deep lover of wildlife and nature, but in the images they capture and share with the world.

Please take the time out to visit their magnificent portfolio filled with their own love for the world around them.

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Until next week!

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