Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) a flamboyant extravagant painter who revolutionized art. Pablo’s tumultuous life has known many women and perhaps as many styles. I would love to show you the diversity of his works. Want to know why Pablo went through a “blue” period and why the Guernica was painted? I can highly recommend the following documentary.
Weeping Woman 1937 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax with additional payment (Grant-in-Aid) made with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T05010
Hans Savery de Oude (ca. 1564 – ?, 1622/1625) was a painter from the Southern Netherlands. He mainly painted marine paintings. In 2002, the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam bought a work of Savery of the Amsterdam (c. 1600), a ship of the Dutch East India Company. Personally, I loved the way he portrayed the waves as well as the freshness of the image. Here it is!
Tjalf Sparnaay (1954 – ) is a Dutch hyperrealist painter. Sparnaay was born in Haarlem, the city of Vermeer. He uses the Dutch old master technique in a contemporary way to make the ordinary exhilarating. He wants to impress you with object you assume to be common.
Andy Goldsworthy (1956- ) is a British sculptor and land artist. He is best known for his land art situated in both natural and urban landscapes. Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing. Photography plays a crucial role in his art due to its often ephemeral and transient state. So far, this is one of my favourite artists I’ve stumbled upon this year! How about you?
Trailer: Rivers and Tides
Andrzej Gudanski has developed his own and unique style.His paintings are full of poetry, wit, anxiety and are shrouded by extraordinary aura. What is real cooperates with that what is imagined. He seems to have fun at the unusual, wonderful and absurd. It is impossible to distinguish between the serious and the frivolous.
Link to Gudanski’s gallery.
Clyfford Still (1904-1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. Described by many as the most anti-traditional of the Abstract Expressionists, Still is credited with laying the groundwork for the movement. Still’s shift from representational painting to abstraction occurred between 1938 and 1942, earlier than his colleagues, who continued to paint in figurative-surrealist styles well into the 1940s.
Luis Tomasello (1915-2014) is an Argentinian constructivist. He is internationally known for his Atmospheres chromoplastiques, in which he poses white cubes on a white background to engage with the colors of shadows and reflected light. Don’t you think his works look balanced and calm, but engaging an dynamic at the same time?
Jan Weissenbruch (1822-1880) was a Dutch artist, mainly known for his city paintings. Weissenbruch was a member of the Hague School group. They generally made use of relatively somber colors, which is why the Hague School is sometimes called the Gray School. However, Weissenbruch’s works are realistic and appear bright, fresh and lively. He excels at painting clear blue skies and sharp outlined buildings. His works are even compared with works of Vermeer.
Currently, his works are on display at the Teylers museum (Haarlem, The Netherlands)
Belin (1979 – ) is the pseudonym of the Spanish street artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes. He is known for his hyper-realistic murals, but also makes paintings and sculptures.
See Belin at work in this musicclip!
Franco Fontana (1933 – ) is an Italian photographer, best known for his abstract colour landscapes. He is known as the inventor of the photographic line referred to as concept of line.
Hiroshige (1820-1858) was a Japanese woodblock print artist. Hiroshige is best known for landscapes, birds and flowers. Don’t you think his prints have a modern, sometimes even cartoonish, vibe?
Yves Tanguy (1900-1955) was a French surrealist painter. He spent his childhood vacations at Finistère in Brittany, where the landscape with its menhirs and dolmens made a lasting impression on him. Tanguy joined the Surrealist movement in the mid twenties and made the breakthrough into his mature style in 1927, characterised by abstract biomorphic shapes resting or floating in a desert-like or under-water space mostly in a tightly limited palette of colors.
Gurt Swanenberg (1976 – ) is a Dutch sculptor. Currently, his work is exposed at the Noordbrabants Museum. His exhibition intends to provoke awareness of the seven deadly sins through visual imagery. Even though the skeletons are painted, Swanenberg takes reference from sticker culture and collage. His overall aesthetic uses anthropology with brand name culture to comment on society’s ills. The presented works relate to greed, wrath, lust, pollution, consumerism and pride. Can you figure out which themes belong to which artworks?
Liu Bolin (1973- ) is a Chinese artist who earned a Bachelor and Master in Fine Arts. He is most known for his “Hiding in the City” series where he gets covered in paint to fade into the backdrop of the scene. By doing so he often subtly criticizes Chinese politics. For instance, he blended into his own soon to be demolished studio. By doing so, he indicated that he felt “invisible” as a Chinese citizen. His distinctive photographs have been shown at major contemporary photography festivals.