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Monday, December 10, 2012

"Winter Berries" By ~ Marcus Stone ~ 1840 - 1921.

Marcus often visited the Dickens household. In 1852 he drew a sketch from Bleak House, which he presented to the author. Dickens inscribed his thanks on a copy of his book A Child's History of England, writing "you have made an excellent sketch from a book of mine which I have received (and preserved) with great pleasure". His biographer, Pamela M. Fletcher, has pointed out: "While Stone had no formal artistic training he learned the trade in his father's studio." Marcus also attended life-drawing class held by established artists,

Saturday, November 24, 2012

"Portrait Of Violet" By ~ Sir James Jebusa Shannon ~ 1862 - 1923.

Sir James Jebusa Shannon, although he was born in Auburn, New York in 1862, moved to London in 1878 to establish his career in England. He studied at the South Kensington School of Art under Sir Edward Poynter, before attracting the attention of the Royal Academy. Shannon later had the honor of becoming a full Academician.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Beneath The Cherry Blossoms" By ~ Adrien Moreau ~ 1843 - 1906.

Adrien Moreau was born in Troyes on April 18, 1843 and was a student of Isidore Pils (one of the early 19th century Academic artists). A classical artist by training, Moreau began exploring the subjects that would occupy him for the remainder of his life – genre and history painting. He exhibited his first work at the Paris Salon in 1868 and continued to exhibit there throughout the century.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Agreeable Tidings" By ~ Tito Conti ~ 1842 - 1924.

Tito Conti was born in Florence, Italy on September 3, 1842 and died in the same city in 1924. Conti is considered a master of genre from the Italian School.

Tito Conti is considered one of Italy’s most important 19th century figure painters. He is known for his precise attention to detail bringing each character to life. His works are filled with atmosphere and color. Conti’s
designed each canvas with precision which brought him fame and fortune.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Look At The Time" By ~ Gustave de Jonghe ~ 1829 - 1893.

Painter of genre scenes and portraits. Gustave De Jonghe was a pupil of his father, Jean-Baptiste De Jonghe, Navez and Gallait. Following the example of Alfred Stevens, he settled in Paris before 1860 and became the exquisite painter of elegant women and family life in the Second Empire. He distinguished himself by his talent and his reputation from 1863 onwards was undisputed. Disabled from
1882 on by a haemorrhage, he went to live in Brussels two years later. Sick and stricken with blindness, he eventually moved to Antwerp, where he spent the last years of his life.

"Jeune Fille", By ~ Francois Boucher ~ 1703 - 1770.

François Boucher was born in the autumn of 1703, Rue de la Verrerie, 11th district of Paris, into the family of a modest painter and designer, Nicolas.
From his father Boucher received a broad artistic training and education, however Nicolas soon realized that his son would need the supervision of a more skilled artist to fully master his talents. Thus in 1720, when Boucher turned seventeen, he entered the studio of François Lemoyne, a rising figure in art and soon to be a lead promoter of the Rococo genre.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"The Dark Lady" By ~ Anna Katrina Zinkeisen ~ 1901 ~ 1976.

The full extent of Anna's work during the Second World War is unclear, but by the middle of the 1940's it is known that Doris was touring Belgium, France and Germany in her capacity as war artist. In 1945 she arrived at Belsen Concentration Camp immediately after it's liberation, in time to document the movement of 28,000 former inmates, attempts to care for and rehabilitate them, and the aftermath of the operation in which 13,000 of them who were beyond help died.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"The Love Letter" By ~ Samuel Luke Fildes ~ 1843 - 1927.

Samuel Luke Fildes was a Liverpool-born artist. He first studied art at the Mechanics Institute in Liverpool and then at the Warrington School of Art. After winning a scholarship Fildes was able to continue his studies in the Kensington Art School in London and at the Royal Academy.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

"Gathering Flowers" By ~ Luke Fildes ~ 1843 - 1927.

Fildes is well-known for the coronation portraits of King Edward VII, painted in 1902, and of King George V painted a decade later. The bombast of these magnificent images, however, is not representative of his manner as a whole, and the sensitivity of the present portrait is far more typical. Fildes came late to painting, and his earliest work is as a graphic illustrator in a pre-Raphaelite manner that appealed to John Everett Millais, and led the later to recommend Fildes as an illustrator for Charles Dickens's last novel Edwin Drood. When Fildes took up painting in the 1870s it was in a vein of Dickensian realism much to the taste of the contemporary public, and one of his first public essays, the large canvas of Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward (Royal Holloway College) was rapturously received in 1874. Four years later Fildes was elected ARA and in 1887 was made a member of the Royal Academy.

Friday, November 9, 2012

"Lovers Embracing By The Moon", By ~ Marcus Stone ~ 1840 - 1921.

Lovers Embracing By The Moon ~ Marcus Stone.
Historical genre painter and illustrator. Son and pupil of Frank Stone (ARA, 1800-1859). Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1858 and elsewhere. Became an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1876, and a full member (RA) in 1886. Mainly painted genre scenes set in the 18th century or Empire costume. The themes are usually dramatic, sentimental, or sometimes humorous. RA titles: 'Rejected', 'The First Love Letter', 'A Stolen Kiss', etc. 'Il y a Toujours un Autre' (RA 1882) ('There is always another') was bought by the Chantrey Bequest for £800. In his own day Stone's pictures were much admired and fetched high prices. He illustrated Our Mutual Friend for Dickens and worked for Cornhill Magazine. Works by him are in many English museums.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Grace Rose", By Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys ~ 1832 - 1904.

The son of a painter, Sandys was educated at the Norwich School of Design. He began his career as a portrait painter and antiquarian illustrator, exhibiting at the Norwich Art Union even as a boy. He moved to London in 1851 and worked as a draughtsman for wood engravers.

"Gathering Spring Flowers" By ~ Henry John Yeend King ~ 1855 - 1924.

Gathering Spring Flowers.
Henry John Yeend King
(1855 - 1924)

Henry John Yeend King was an important Victorian genre and landscape artist.  He was born in London on August 21, 1855 and began his education as a choirboy at the Temple Church.  One of the artist’s earliest recollections was of being locked in the building one afternoon after practice: “I had to spend the night in a cabin built of pew cushions, while my father was inquiring at every hospital in London.  After three weeks’ rest with a bad cold, on going back to my choral duties I was summoned to an interview with a Bencher, who, after regaling me with cake and wine, presented me with five shillings for having been a ‘good boy,’ and ‘for not having thrown my boots through one of the stained-glass windows.’ The idea of doing such a thing had never occurred to me.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"La Meditation", By ~ Anatole Vely ~ 1838 - 1882.

The genre painter and portrait painter Anatole Vély (1838-1882)was born in Ronsoy (Somme). He studied at the Académie de Valenciennes and then under Émile Signol at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Vély exhibited at the Salon de Paris from 1866 to 1880.

Monday, November 5, 2012

"Ann Boleyn In "The Towers" By Edouard Cibot ~ 1799 - 1877.

François Barthélemy Michel Édouard Cibot (1799–1877) was a French historical and landscape painter born in Paris. His masters were Guérin and Picot. During the first part of his career he devoted himself to historical painting, producing many sacred works, several specimens of which are to be seen in the churches of Paris. His most important work of this kind is the series of paintings representing 'Charity,' in the church of St. Leu at Paris. About 1863 he applied himself to landscape painting.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Summer" By ~ Rene Guerin ~1862 - 1895 ~ Summer.

René Guerin is a painter's painter. (Vero Beach Magazine, 2009)

René is an American oil painter specializing in contemporary Florida landscapes and figurative work. She also makes sculpture.

René's extensive exhibition history includes both solo and group shows at museums and galleries in Florida and Georgia. Her work is in many private and public collections. For a list of selected exhibitions and a bibliography, please visit her Resumé page.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

"Farewell" ~ and "Preparing For A Walk" ~By ~ Philip Hermogenes Calderon ~ 1833 - 1898.

Preparing For A Morning Walk.
English painter of Spanish and French descent. His father, at one time a Roman Catholic priest, was Professor of Spanish Literature at King's College, London. Calderon studied at James M. Leigh's school in London in 1850, then in Paris at the studio of François-Edouard Picot. He lived near by in Montmartre, sharing a room with fellow art student Henry Stacy Marks. He exhibited his first Royal Academy painting, By the Waters of Babylon (London, Tate), in 1853 and thereafter became a regular exhibitor until 1897. He first made his name with Broken Vows (London, Tate), exhibited in 1857. The painting shows a woman overhearing through a garden fence her lover betraying her and was painted in the detailed, clean-cut style associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. It was successful with critics and public alike and was engraved in 1859.

Friday, November 2, 2012

"Lady With Roses" By ~ John Henry Frederick Bacon ~ 1868 - 1914.

John Henry Frederick Bacon M.V.O., A.R.A., (1865 - 1914)

John Henry Frederick Bacon M.V.O., A.R.A., (1865 - 1914) was a painter of domestic, genre, and biblical scenes, as well as an illustrator of books, periodicals and children's books. He became a very fashionable portrait painter of distinguished men. His best known work is "The City of London Imperial Volunteers Return to London from South Africa on Monday 29th October 1900" in the Guildhall, London. Bacon came soon after his marriage in 1894 to live in Pillar House where some of his seven children were born.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Portrait Of A Lady In White" By ~ Louis Lie Perin-Salbreux ~ 1753 - 1817.

Louis Lie Perin-Salbreux (1753 Reims - 1817 ibidem) was the son of a cloth manufacturer in Reims, where he studied under Ganes, called Clermont. At the age of 25 he went to Paris, where he became a student of Lemmonier and Sicardi and became friendly with Roslin, who is said to have advised him to specialise in miniature painting. In fact, Perin excelled in this field, although he also did portraits in oils and in pastel. He exhibited at the Salon from 1793 to 1798 and seems to have rapidly gained success in Parisian aristocratic circles, a clientele he was forcibly deprived of by the Revolution.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Iris" By ~ Norman Prescott-Davies ~ 1880 - 1910.

Davies studied at the Royal College of Art, Guilds Art School, and at Heatherley’s.  He then worked in London as a miniaturist, portrait and figure painter.  He began to exhibit at age 18.  He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Society of British Artists.  His work has been reproduced into calendars and posters by the thousands.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

"Forget Me Not", By ~ Arthur Hughes - 1832 - 1915.

Arthur Hughes (British, 1832-1915)
The London born Arthur Hughes studied at the Somerset House School under Alfred Stevens and later at the Royal Academy Schools were he met Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt. Together Hughes and Rossetti helped create the mural of the Oxford Union.

Hughes became influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite ideals as a result of reading their briefly published magazine, The Germ, which was introduced to him by fellow School of Painting sculptor, Alexander Munro. He would become one of the second generation Pre-Raphaelites along with Edward Burne Jones and John Roddam Spencer Stanhope.

"The Jade Necklace", By ~ William Clarke Wontner ~ 1857 - 1930.

William Clarke Wontner
1857 - 1930
London, England

William Clarke Wontner was a neo-classical painter during the neo-classical movement of England, of which Lawrence Alma-Tadema was the foremost leader. Wontner added Orientalist elements into his paintings because he loved to paint seductive women often against white marble walls in classical oriental settings.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Portrait,"The Laurel Wreath" By ~ Frederick Sandys ~ 1829 - 1904.

Frederick Sandys was one of the finest draughtsmen of the Victorian period. Until his very last days he was drawing almost entirely in chalk in his Victorian house on Hogarth Road. His family became the principle subjects of his work during these years and his youngest daughter Gertrude was the sitter for The Laurel Wreath.

Portrait Dame Mit Hut (Lady With Hat) By ~ Anton Einsle. ~ 1801 - 1871.

Anton Einsle (1801 Vienna - 1871 ibidem) was a very significant Austrian portrait painter of the 19th century. At the age of 13 he began studying at the Vienna Academy and painted his first works on commission at 16. His first portraits in oil and miniatures are known to appear in 1827. His works were represented at all great exhibitions in Vienna from 1830 on. Einsle worked in Prague and Budapest for a few years. He soon became a favourite portrait painter of high aristocracy and royals and was an official portraitist of Kaiser Franz Josef I. Works by Einsle are represented in many museums in Austria and abroad.