Archive for the ‘Printmaker’ Category

While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality – true art lies in a reality that is felt.

November 19, 2009

Odilon Redon

 

L’araignée qui souris / The Smiling Spider 1881

Bertrand-Jean Redon, better known as Odilon Redon (April 20, 1840 – July 6, 1916) was a French Symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odilon_Redon

He who offends others, does not secure himself.

October 23, 2009

Lenoardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci ( pronunciation (help·info), April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man, a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote”.

Born the illegitimate son of a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, at Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter, Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice and spent his last years in France, at the home awarded him by Francis I.

Leonardo was and is renowned primarily as a painter. Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, are the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious painting of all time, respectively, their fame approached only by Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. Leonardo’s drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on everything from the Euro to text books to t-shirts. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings survive, the small number due to his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, comprise a contribution to later generations of artists only rivalled by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo.

Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded. As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci

Art must unquestionably have a social value; that is, as a potential means of communication it must be addressed, and in comprehensible terms, to the understanding of mankind.

August 27, 2009

Rockwell Kent

Workers of the World Unite, 1937

Rockwell Kent (June 21, 1882–March 13, 1971) was an American painter, printmaker, illustrator, and writer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockwell_Kent

I want to cultivate the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

July 20, 2009

Käthe Kollwitz

Poverty 1893-94

July 8, 1867 – April 22, 1945) was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition in the first half of the 20th century. Her empathy for the less fortunate, expressed most famously through the graphic means of drawing, etching, lithography, and woodcut, embraced the victims of poverty, hunger, and war. Initially her work was grounded in Naturalism, and later took on Expressionistic qualities.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4the_Kollwitz

Most artists like to think of themselves as rugged individualists, as independent characters.

July 18, 2009

Jack Levine

Gangster’s Funeral 1965

(b. Boston, Massachusetts, January 3, 1915) is an American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives.

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.

June 4, 2009

Francisco de Goya

The Nude Maja 1797 

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 – 16 April 1828) was a Spanish painter and printmaker. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown and a chronicler of history. He has been regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and as the first of the moderns. The subversive and subjective element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet and Picasso.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Goya

I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life.

May 12, 2009

Frank Stella

Color Maze 1966

(b Malden, MA, 12 May 1936). American painter and printmaker. In his career he was an innovator, rather than responding to the innovations of others, and he often confounded his peers. He suggested that his painting was significantly shaped by the fact that he was among the first generation of artists for whom the rightful existence of abstraction was assumed, and he steadfastly maintained that it was the only post-war idiom capable of sustaining the highest ambitions for painting.

http://www.answers.com/topic/frank-stella

Painting.. we do not talk about it, we do not analyse it, we feel it.

May 2, 2009

Bernard Buffet

Les Folles 1970

(b Paris, 10 July 1928). French painter, illustrator and printmaker. After studying at the Ecole des J?suites, he entered the Lyc?e Carnot in Paris in 1939. His antipathy to academic study led to his expulsion in 1943, in which year he attended an evening class in drawing. In December 1943 he gained a place at the Ecole Nationale Sup?rieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, working in the studio of Eug?ne Narbonne (b 1885). On leaving the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1945 he travelled to Brittany with his mother, but after her sudden death he returned to Paris, where he devoted himself to painting. He then moved to Massy-Palaiseau, just south of Paris, to work with his friend Robert Mantienne, a French painter, and painted the Deposition from the Cross (c. 1945; Paris, Pompidou). This early work, with its restrained grey-toned colours and gaunt, anxious human figures, already bears many of the hallmarks of his later painting; both in spirit and colouring it shows the influence of Francis Gruber. In 1946 he met the writer Pierre Descargues, who became one of his earliest and most ardent supporters, writing the catalogue preface for his first one-man show in 1947.

http://www.answers.com/topic/buffet-bernard

Most artists like to think of themselves as rugged individualists, as independent characters.

April 29, 2009

Jack Levine

Adam and Eve: Expulsion  1981

Jack Levine (b. Boston, Massachusetts, January 3, 1915) is an American Social Realist painter and printmaker best known for his satires on modern life, political corruption, and biblical narratives.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Levine

It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.

February 18, 2009

Edouard Manet

The Picnic (“Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”). 1862-63

French painter and printmaker who in his own work accomplished the transition from the realism of Gustave Courbet to Impressionism. Manet broke new ground in choosing subjects from the events and appearances of his own time and in stressing the definition of painting as the arrangement of paint areas on a canvas over and above its function as representation. Exhibited in 1863 at the Salon des Refusés, his Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (“Luncheon on the Grass”) aroused the hostility of the critics and the enthusiasm of a group of young painters who later formed the nucleus of the Impressionists. His other notable works include Olympia (1863) and A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882).

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/manet/