Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was a Dutch painter. It’s a guilty pleasure, right?
Wiki : “A classical-subject painter, famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky”.
It’s too much, OK. It’s classicism. And it’s fascinating, right? So much work… I love him!!!
It’s exactly the contrary of adventure. Precise, gorgeous, well done. And marble! Imagining stories about this people. This first woman, awaiting (who, a lover, a father?). This last woman, the readhead : what does she do?
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Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910, “best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art.”
I saw a painting from Homer in le Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, a long time ago (it’s the first of the works I chose for you). The last one (the reader, at the bottom of this page) was my choice for my Journal, years and years ago…
I’m not a critic, I can’t talk about this guy. I just keep amazed by his… poise, his ease. It’s perfect, elegant, gorgeous, and sometimes even risky (see what he does with silhouettes, with the light, or weird angles…).
Is he well known? If you like him, you’ll find plenty more on Google Images.
In all these, I can… see the Wyeth family coming. The grand-father with his almost mythological America, the father with some dark moods, and the son : the sea, the sense of wind in the seashore… I’ll blog about them very soon.
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“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Segantini was an Italian painter (1858-1899).
No genius here, and it’s maybe why I love his work so much. His “Bad Mothers” is a masterpiece. I love his way of painting the simple life of people in the mountains at the time. You can feel the wind, right? His “sense of sun” is absolutely fantastic. What a light!
OK, I shut up now : here’s what I found for you…
Jean-Marie Poumeyrol was born in 1946. This French painter is said to be a “fantastic realist” (which probably must makes him smile). Symbols. Erotica. Lands. Boats…
I like him a lot for a couple or reasons : it’s gorgeous, but also enigmatic. Some paintings are like… games, riddles. You need time to see things, guess what’s happening (whose shoes are they, in the first picture?), etc…
But as usual with great artists, photographers, poets, painters : words are very, very weak to explain. So :