Saturday, July 30, 2011

Alfred Stevens (1823-1906)

Alfred Stevens (1823-1906) was a Belgian painter who achieved considerable success both in France and his own country. He was known for his paintings of fashionable life and of elegant women. He earned a good deal of money as an artist but unfortunately he seems to have been even better at spending money than at earning it and suffered from chronic financial problems.

In the 1880s he made an arrangement with an art dealer. He had been instructed by his doctor to take regular seaside holidays. The dealer would pay for these excursions, in exchange for any paintings Stevens executed while on holiday. He developed a great love for the sea which became a subject for many of his later paintings. But he still liked to paint fashionable ladies so he solved the dilemma by painting elegant women on the beach with the sea as background!

His work (like so much European art of that period) showed a definite Japanese influence. His pictures might not be especially deep but they have an easy charm.

Alfred Stevens, La Parisienne japonaise, 1872

Alfred Stevens, Allegory of the Night

Alfred Stevens, Elégants sur les Boulevards c. 1888

Alfred Stevens, Femme Elegante Voyant Filer Un Vapeur, 1884

Alfred Stevens, Le Bain

Alfred Stevens, Jeune femme a l'ombrelle rouge au bord de la mer, 1885

Alfred Stevens, Portrait of a Woman, c.1880

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Edmond Aman-Jean (1858-1936)

Edmond François Aman-Jean (1858-1936) was a French Symbolist artist who was influenced both by Japanese art and by the English Pre-Raphaelites.

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Edmond Aman-Jean, Dolce far niente, 1900

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Edmond Aman-Jean, Young Girl with Peacock, 1895

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Edmond Aman-Jean, Woman in a pink dress, 1898

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Edmond Aman-Jean, Venezia, 1892

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Edmond Aman-Jean, La Poesia mistica, 1896

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Edmond Aman-Jean, Miss Ella Carmichaël, 1906

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Edmond Aman-Jean, Portrait de Mademoiselle V G, 1907

Monday, July 25, 2011

Charles Edward Hallé (1846 – 1914)

Charles Edward Hallé (1846 - 1914) was another artist whose career demonstrated the continuing influence of the Pre-Raphaelites.

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Charles Edward Hallé, Luna

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Richard Burchett (1815-1875)

Richard Burchett (1815-1875) was perhaps more important as an art teacher than as an artist although he achieved some success with his historical subjects. He was regarded as a kind of fellow traveller of the Pre-Raphaelites without ever quite belonging to the movement.

Richard Burchett, Erasmus and Thomas More visit the children of Henry VII, 1841-63

Richard Burchett, Sanctuary — Edward IV and Lancastrian Fugitives at Tewkesbury Abbey aka Edward IV Withheld by Ecclesiastics from Pursuing Lancastrian Fugitives into a Church, 1867

Gustave Moreau, La Toilette

Gustave Moreau, La Toilette

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928)

Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928) was a kind of multi-national artist. His parents were English, he was born in Egypt, brought up in the United States and studied art in France.

Henry Siddons Mowbray, Lais

Henry Siddons Mowbray, Iridescence

Henry Siddons Mowbray, Florial

Henry Siddons Mowbray, Harem Scene, 1884-1900

Henry Siddons Mowbray, Repose, A Game of Chess

Henry Siddons Mowbray, Rose Harvest, 1887

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

early Gustav Klimt

When we think of Klimt we’re generally thinking of late Klimt, of the paintings he did after 1897 when the Vienna Secession was formed. His early works are rather different. I wouldn’t argue that they’re better but they’re less familiar and therefore worth a look.

Gustav Klimt, Music I, 1895

Gustav Klimt, Allegory of Sculpture, 1896

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Sonja Knips, 1898

Gustav Klimt, Fable, 1883

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Molnár Pál (1894-1982)

Works by Hungarian artist Molnár Pál (1894-1982).

Molnár Pál, By the Waterside

Molnár Pál, Nude in front of a mirror

Molnár Pál, Female nude with blue hair ribbon

Molnár Pál, Nude by the Window

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Jean Leon Henri Gouweloos (1865-1943)

The great thing about forgotten 19th century academic painters is that there’s a limitless supply of them! Jean Leon Henri Gouweloos (1865-1943) was another artist from Belgium, a country that produced a staggering number of painters in that period.

Jean Leon Henri Gouweloos. The Woman and the Puppet

Jean Leon Henri Gouweloos. La Lecture

Friday, July 15, 2011

Richard Westall (1765-1836)

Paintings by British artist Richard Westall (1765-1836).

Richard Westall. Flora Unveiled by Zephyrs

Richard Westall. Reconciliation of Helen and Paris

Richard Westall. The Power of Venus

Richard Westall. Vertumnus and Pomona

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

David Wright, pinup artist

David Wright (1912-1967) was one of the few British masters of the art of the pinup. He did comic strips for the Daily Mall as well as illustrations for magazines such as The Sketch and Men Only (the original version of Men Only before it became a Playboy clone).

David Wright, Cabaret Girl

David Wright, It sounds good to me (1942)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Léon Herbo (1850-1907)

Another obscure 19th century Belgian painter, Léon Herbo (1850-1907).

Léon Herbo, Salome

Léon Herbo, A Shared Moment, 1888

Léon Herbo, Dolce Far Niente, 1898

Léon Herbo, Les Cerises