Monday, March 22, 2010

Famous Artist Claude Monet's Biography And Paintings

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Famous Artists Claude Monet (1840 – 1952) was born in Paris, but grew up in Le Havre. His first artistic output were caricatures when he was a little boy. He went on to pioneer Impressionism, profoundly influencing landscape painting. Making a break from established painting techniques, Claude Monet captured the fleeting effects of time of day, atmosphere and season upon color and light. Like a prism, his artwork broke color into individual elements, and completely lacked black and gray tones. He often painted the exact same view numerous times to depict changing light and weather conditions. Refining the portrayal of natural light’s transient effects, his work broke ground for 20th century modernism. In his late years Claude Monet suffered from physical problems. After 1907 a bad eyesight and rheumatism made it more and more impossible for him to paint. But he continued until the year of his death.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Biography And Paintings of Pablo Picasso

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Famous Artist Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was a genius who co-founded Cubism and produced a monumental 20,000 artworks during his 70-year career. Because of extensive and complex work of Pablo Picasso, the art historians have divided his work into individual periods. A prodigy in his youth, Picasso enrolled in advanced classes at Barcelona’s Royal Academy of Art at age 15. The strong geometric forms of his groundbreaking Cubist works redefined art as a medium that could digress from literal images of reality. Passionately creative in every genre from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso profoundly impacted 20th century art. Picasso was profoundly influenced by Matisse. He was also captivated by the almost cartoon-like works of the self-taught "primitive" French painter Henri "Le Douanier" Rousseau, whom he affectionately called "the last ancient Egyptian painter" because his works have a passing similarity to the flat ancient Egyptian paintings.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Salvador Dali - An icon of the Surrealist movement

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One of the 20th century’s greatest artists, Salvador Dali was a flamboyant and groundbreaking Spanish artist. Inspired by Freud, Salvador Dali accessed his subconscious to create more intense artistic expression. He produced 1,500 paintings, and also sculptures, drawings, films, clothing and jewelry. An icon of the Surrealist movement his blend of eccentric perspectives and controversial influences resulted in wildly imaginative, unforgettable dreamscapes that are uniquely Dali. He described his pictures as `hand-painted dream photographs' and had certain favorite and recurring images, such as the human figure with half-open drawers protruding from it, burning giraffes, and watches bent and flowing as if made from melting wax (The Persistence of Memory, MOMA, New York; 1931).