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1,2351321 January, 2019
‘Young Breton Woman’
Oil on Canvas
Art Gallery of Ontario @agotoronto
Paul Gauguin is one of the most significant French artists to be initially schooled in Impressionism, but who broke away from its fascination with the everyday world to pioneer a new style of painting broadly referred to as Symbolism. As the Impressionist movement was culminating in the late 1880s, Gauguin experimented with new color theories and semi-decorative approaches to painting. He famously worked one summer in an intensely colorful style alongside Vincent Van Gogh in the south of France, before turning his back entirely on Western society. He had already abandoned a former life as a stockbroker by the time he began traveling regularly to the south Pacific in the early 1890s, where he developed a new style that married everyday observation with mystical symbolism, a style strongly influenced by the popular, so-called "primitive" arts of Africa, Asia, and French Polynesia. Gauguin's rejection of his European family, society, and the Paris art world for a life apart, in the land of the "Other," has come to serve as a romantic example of the artist-as-wandering-mystic.(Via: theartstory.org)
‘Portrait of Heriberto Casany’
Oil on Canvas
Kimball Art Museum @kimbellartmuseum
Treated in Fauvist fashion, with disconcerting green, yellow, and violet shadows, Casany’s schematized features appear animated with a life force. As Miró explained later, “Even in my portraits, where I tried to capture the immobility of presence . . . I tried to get the vibration of the creative spirit into my work.” Miró’s treatment of his friend’s fine haberdashery, his rendering of the stripes and texture with undulating lines and white specks, makes the inanimate tweed as vividly alive as the sitter. Just such attention to minute details would become the basis for the highly poetic, pulsating pictorial language Miró developed in the following decades to evoke tilled fields, starry nights, and nature in all its abundance.
1,1041522 January, 2019
Happy Birthday to Edouard Manet
Born January 23, 1832
Oil on Canvas
Musée d’Orsay @museeorsay
“You would hardly believe how difficult it is to place a figure alone on a canvas, and to concentrate all the interest on this single and universal figure and still keep it living and real.” -Edouard Manet
Jonas Mekas, avant-garde filmmaker, curator and visual art influencer has died at his home in Brooklyn age 96. The Lithuanian-born artist was widely regarded as the father of underground cinema. #jonasmekas@britishfilminstitute
Sunset on the Water (c.1900).
🎨 Painted by Peder Mørk Mønsted (10 December 1859, Grenaa, Denmark - 21 June 1941, Fredensborg, Denmark).
Oil on canvas 34x54cm.
📄 Mønsted was a realist painter known for his landscape paintings.
At an early age, he began to receive painting lessons at the art school in Aarhus and, from 1875 to 1879, studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with Niels Simonsen and Julius Exner.
In 1882, he spent some time in Rome and Capri then, the following year, visited Paris, where he worked in the studios of William Adolphe Bouguereau.
In 1889, he went to Algeria. Three years later, he travelled to Greece, where he was a guest of King George I, who was Danish.
While there, he also did portraits of the Royal Family. After that, he visited Egypt and Spain.
Most of its landscapes were dedicated to Scandinavia.
Throughout his career, Monsted painted the Danish landscape and coastline, creating a romantic and poetic view of nature.
He quickly became known for his ability to depict the grandeur and monumental aspect of the landscape, with an eye for detail and color.
Monsted’s comprehensive studies of different artistic techniques enabled him to mix academic naturalism with a photorealistic approach to his subjects.
He was especially popular in Germany, where he held several shows at the Glaspalast in Munich.
During his later years, he spent a great deal of time in Switzerland and travelling throughout the Mediterranean.
In 1995, a major retrospective, called "Light of the North", was held in Frankfurt am Main.
A regular exhibitor at the Paris and Munich salons, today, Monsted’s work can be found in institutions such as the Chi-Mei Museum in Taiwan and the Dahesh Museum in New York.