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Pablo Picasso: The Famous Spanish Painter
Pablo Picasso, indubitably one of the finest artists to have been born in the 20th century, lives in our hearts and minds through his marvelous work. Whenever he stroked a blank canvas with his brush, a rift in time was made; a piece of work immortalized at the very instance it was created.
His paintings, besides being iconic and largely recognized throughout the world, also often sell for substantial fortunes. The Spanish maestro’s work has become the pride and honor of art galleries, museums and private collections over the years. No other artist of his age has had such a huge impact upon the world of art and upon the life of a commoner alike.
Pablo Picasso’s Most Expensive Paintings
Having previously looked upon the most popular works of the artist, we now bring you a compilation of his most expensive paintings. Here’s a list of the 5 most expensive paintings of Pablo Picasso:
1) Le Reve
Price: $155 million in March 2013
The Spanish maestro’s very own tender-aged mistress Marie-Therese Walter is depicted in this exquisite work of art. She has been captured sleeping on a comfortable arm chair; a scenery that Picasso went on to replicate in another one of his Marie-Therese Walter paintings titled ‘La Lecture’. Legend has it that the artist finished this brilliant painting in one sitting on the afternoon of January 24th 1932. Marie-Therese Walter was only twenty four years of age back then while Picasso had just hit his fifties. There are two things about this painting which make it particularly renowned: it’s lush erotic imagery and the accident in which it was damaged back in 2006.
La Reve makes it to the top of the list of Pablo Picasso’s most expensive paintings. It has been sold for record price only to break that record in future! It placed sixth in the list of the most expensive paintings ever to have been sold back in November 1997 when, at a Christie’s auction, it brought in an astounding 48.4 million US dollars. It was then being resold in 2006 to the well known art collector Steven Cohen for 139 million (thrice its record price) by its previous owner and casino tycoon Steve Wynn. Wynn, while showing off this majestic work to a few of his friends, ran his arm right through the painting which therefore lowered its value down to 85 million. At first he planned not to sell it again but, in early 2013, he got it fixed and made good as new. The painting was then sold, at another one of Christie’s auctions, to Steven Cohen in 2006 for a staggering 155 million US dollars which makes it the second most expensive painting ever to have been sold!
2) Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Place: Christie’s Auction House
Price: $106.5 million in May 2010
Being another one of Marie-Therese Walter’s depictions, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, like La Reve, also appeals to the eye of the beholder with its erotic content. Along the bottom of the painting, Picasso’s young mistress can be seen lying naked on floor with her limbs stretched out irregularly. In the background, leaves of the philodendron – or love – tree can be spotted. Picasso fancied the love tree and kept one in his residence. Upon keener inspection of the painting, there can be spotted a face coming out from behind a curtain. It is assumed to be Picasso’s own, emerging to deliver a kiss on his mistresses’ body. The painting belongs to the artist’s famous ‘blue period’. By now, he had perfected his own painting techniques. It is believed that Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was finished within a day.
Sidney and Frances Brody, famous art collectors of the 1950s bought this majestic artwork for a fairly low $17,000 somewhere in 1952. Until May 2010, the painting resided with the Brodies. It was then auctioned at Christie’s where it was sold for $106.5 million. Until La Reve was resold in 2013, Nude Green Leaves and Bust held the prestigious title of being Picasso’s most expensive painting while also holding the world record for being the most expensive painting sold at an auction.
3) Garcon A La Pipe
Place: Sotheby’s Auction House
Price: $104 million in May 2004
Garcon a la Pipe shows, in portrait, a boy wearing a crown made of roses on his head while holding a pipe in his left hand. This boy was a street worker from Paris who used to pose for Picasso. The maestro was only twenty four years of age when he finished painting this brilliant painting. Garcon a la Pipe brought the young Picasso a great deal of fame. The color theme of the painting distinguishes it from his later works. This one belongs to his famous Rose period.
The very first person to have bought this masterpiece was John Whitney, who paid $30,000 for it back in 1950. Whitney was the American ambassador to Great Britain. Garcon a la Pipe stayed a part of his private collection until the May of 2004. John Whitney died in 1982 and his wife, Betsey found a philanthropic organization called ‘Greentree Foundation’ soon afterwards. The painting was brought to a Sotheby’s auction under the Greentree Foundation’s supervision on 2004. The painting held the record for the greatest pre-sale estimate ever back then when it was estimated to sell around $70 million. The Spanish maestro’s masterpiece went on astonishing the experts attending the auction when it shot up to $104 million. It is the third most expensive painting by Picasso.
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4) Dora Maar Au Chat
Place: Sotheby’s Auction House
Price: $95.22 million in May 2006
Besides being one of his most iconic works, Dora Maar Au Chat was Picasso’s own personal favorite. The subject of the portrait is his very own mistress Dora Maar, who also happened to be one of the most popular surrealist photographers of the time. He always used to refer to her as his own ‘private muse’. The painting shows Dora Maar, alike Marie-Therese Walter, sitting on an armchair posing for the Picasso. In the background, a black cat can be seen right beside Dora’s shoulder. The Spanish maestro blends both bright and dark shades brilliantly in this work of his. For instance, the chaotic pattern of Dora’s dress, it increases the mystery of the painting two-fold.
Leigh and Mary Block, art collectors from Chicago, originally owned the painting. They decided to sell it to Chicago’s Gidwitz family’s private collection in 1963. After remaining a part of the Gidwitz collection for a good 43 years, it was put up for auction at the Sotheby’s in 2006. Experts estimated its value to go up to $50 million. And just like Garcon a la Pipe, Dora Maar Au Chat too went beyond it’s pre-sale estimates by quite a large sum. It was sold to a buyer whose identity remains unknown to this day. He paid $95.22 million (which is twice the pre-sale estimate) for the painting and it finally ceased to be a part of the Gidwitz collection.
5) Femme Aux Bras Croises
Place: Christie’s Auction House
Price: $55 million in November 2000
Femme Aux Bras Croises, which fairly translates to: ‘woman with crossed arms’ belongs to the maestro’s famous Blue Period. It is believed that the subject of this artwork was an actual female inmate belonging to a prison hospital in Paris called Saint Lazare. Among the many owners of this brilliant portrait was a famous writer and art collector named Gertrude Stein. He later had the high honor of becoming a subject of one of Picasso’s paintings.
The portrait was bought buy Chauncey McCormick, an art collector from a wealthy American family in 1963. It stayed with the mcCormicks till 2000. It was then bought by an anonymous buyer at an auction at Christie’s. There went on an intense battle of bids before the owner was chose. It sold for 55 million US dollars and remains, to this day, among the most expensive Picasso paintings ever.
Top Selling Paintings of All Time That Are Highly Attractive
Amazingly, among the millions of paintings which are outstandingly designed and presented in esteemed museums and galleries all around the world, a very few amount was worthy of creating history of all times. Certainly, there is a specific group of highly attractive and energized paintings which is deeply adored and recognized by people coming from every part of the world. Such amorous paintings have left a tremendously remarkable impact which seems to be eternal and ceaseless drawing the viewer’s attention powerfully. They will more likely continue to leave great impressions in people mind with a loud echo of joy in the several centuries to hit the earth.
Let’s now amuse ourselves with the breathtakingly delightful and colorful paintings extremely pleasing to the eye.
The Fragile Beauty of Mona Lisa
The ravishing portrait of Mona Lisa has been painted by the renowned Leonardo da Vinci. It is known as one of the most popular paintings in the entire world which comes as great attraction to people. This stunning painting of Mona Lisa is the heart of Louvre Museum situated in the city of art, Paris. Stupendously, six people from all around the world visit the Museum every year. History states that Leonardo da Vinci painted this striking painting between the years 1503-1504 till he died in 1519. Before completely his journey, he blessed the world with his winsomeness shown through this dainty painting.
The Effectively Designed Painting of The Last Supper
The outstanding painting below is well known throughout the world by the name of The Last Supper. It has been impressively painted by the highly talented Leonardo da Vinci. This strikingly popular painting is surprisingly not presented in a museum. In fact, the actual reality of this painting tells that it was attached in the back wall of dining room at the great Santa Maria delle Grazie which is a monastery in Milan, state of Italy. Notably, it was sculpted in the last 15th century. This adoring portrait portrays Jesus having last supper with his honest followers and true believers.
Vibrant Painting Holding Mysticism
The most intriguing artist in the history is Hieronymus Bosch who was born as Jeroen van Aken. He was an extremely enthusiastic artist who signed with the name of Jheronimus Bosch as recognition to his place of birth called Hertogenbosch. It is basically as small town of the province North Brabant situated in Holland. Peculiarly, Bosch desired to be named as a visionary. He owned choice like that of a poet and used symbols bestowing secretive glances and hints into the world of mystery that exceptionally lied behind his painting. The fascinating factor of the artist is that he strived hard to perform the art of “hanging people in colors” and as one can keenly observe, he has been remarkably successful in doing so. It is vividly shown in the fantastic painting above. The themes he preferred using were the surgical operations, dance of the cripples and quack doctors. All these are tremendously challenging works which are shown through his paintings wonderfully.
The Luminously Appealing Portrait of Andrei (1408-1425)
The image leaving one in a state of astonishment is fantastically created by the Russian painter named Andrei Rublev. He has stupendously portrayed three angels in his desirable painting that appeared to the honorable Abraham at Mamre. Particularly, the holy paintings also makes one realize the theological link with three persons existing in the Christian trinity (God the father, Holy Spirit and son). The remarkable artist Rublev used exceptionally tempera to construct the amazing icon which measured 3.75 feet wide and 4.6 feet tall and consists factors by factors of symbolism. The painting which contains an inner deep spiritual meaning is presented in the pleasing Tretyakov Gallery situated in Moscow.
The Incredibly Fascinating Masterpiece by Pieter Brueghel the Elder
The majestic and dream like painting has been inquisitively designed by Pieter Brueghel the Elder who came from a chain of fine and well trained artists and craftsmen. Interestingly, the painter himself gave this painting a serene touch of great beauty which truly deserves a solemn embrace from all those who grabs the powerful sight of it. He has used cool colors in order attract people attention in an enchanting way. This fascinating painting entertains the viewers eye with utter captivation. Brueghel is said to be one of the most uniquely artistic and creative intellect who richly dominated his gripping work in the huge world of art.
Magical Painting Holding Angelic Affection by Agnolo Bronzino
The highly engrossing and entrancing painting is given a magical touch which seems entirely fanciful. The beautifully designed painting is extremely eye catching bringing a bewitching smile on the one who observantly admires it. The adorably charming painting twinkle the art world. Outstandingly, it has been designed by Agnolo Bronzino. He awe inspiringly painted Cupid, Venus, Folly and time for a filthy rich friend to gift it to the imperious Francis 1 of France. The delicately delighting portrait measures 3.8 ft wide and 4.75 feet tall. Whoever develops a sense of admiration for it also acknowledges the gorgeous figures in it for instance the middle most figure is of Venus with her joyful son Cupid. The other features include Folly in the right centre and depiction of time in the right top. Bronzino attractively posed the three amusing main characters which are wondrously famous in Mannerism. The breath taking painting is established in the esteemed National gallery of London.
The Elegance Which Can Never Fade
The appealingly catchy painting is genuinely named Madonna and Child with angels and also St.Jerome. The incredible life like painting has been sketched by Parmigianino Mannerist who’s son earned the nickname of Madonna with Long Neck giving it a swan like dainty undulation. The desirable painting measures 7 feet tall and 4.3 feet wide and it’s fabulously painted in a different style using oils on wood. The praiseworthy Madonna was commissioned by the respectable Italian woman known as Elena Bacardi who took it for her family in Parma church. The divinity and purity of this elegant painting is absolutely remarkable and out of question.
The Pleasing Charm of Still Life Paintings- Historical References
You will be amazed to learn about the fascinating technical concept of still life painting. It is certainly a form of art usually a painting or drawing a bunch of objects. As we surely know that objects cannot move, that is why the word “still” has been implied to them. Talking particularly about the previous ancient times, the objects were preferably fruits, flowers and other different sorts of dead animals and food, therefore the name “life” is introduced to it. Interestingly, the French speak of still life as nature morte which means dead nature. Now let’s gather some knowledgeable information about the start of still life art.
The Ancient Era of Egyptians in the World of Still Life Art
Undoubtedly, people around the world have been drawing and painting collections of items for more than thousand years ago. Chiefly, the Egyptians stressed upon painting bulks of offerings for their holy gods in tombs or temples. Inquisitively, the ancients showed least interest in shading or perspective. They hardly believed in making things have a realistic appearance. They suggested unrealistic and mesmerizing work more over realism. They simply wanted express the significance of object that they chose to draw. For instance, this painting shows grapes, onions, apricots, meat which is likely to be a feast of their god.
The Intriguing Fascination of Greeks and Romans
Romans and Greek people weren’t dry or boring. They were a part of this still life artistic work where the artists painted objects enjoyably. Their efforts are said to be more realistic than those of the Egyptian artists. It will be exiting to know that loads of mosaics of objects that terribly attracted people arousing their ultimate attention. You can see the cheerful objects presented on floors of museums or villas. The most striking part is the roman tow which is basically uniquely covered by ash. The town is interestingly known as Pompeii where these paintings bring sparkle and glow to the city. As we spoke of Egyptians, they weren’t indulged in shading or coloring the objects but on the other hand, the Greeks and Romans more efficiently and effectively took part in this side of painting which was pleasantly related to shades and colors.
The Strange Enchantment of Vanitas Still Life Paintings
Peculiarly, the most charming part of history states the meaning of Vanitas which is a passage of Bible in revelations. Surprisingly, it means “vanity of vanities, everything or all is vanity”. The incredible idea behind was linked with people who love joy and pleasure in their life. They appreciated and adored those things which would add colors to their lives and give them the strong feeling of being wealthy or important. The chief aspect about vanity paintings lies in their reality which speaks of them as expensive and magical fanciful objects, wine goblets and musical instruments for pleasantness. These fancy paintings also remind people of the horrifying times such as hourglass or candle, death portraying human skull mostly.
The Heavenly Engulfment of Twentieth Century Still Life Paintings
In the modern era of 20th century, the artists did not refrain from designing still art paintings. They still occupy a large space and make the artistic world full of delight with their voluptuousness. All the great artists have learnt marvelously how to paint and draw and they have their own ways of expressing the talent. New shapes, color, tones makes the entire painting picture look extremely attractive magnetically pulling the seekers attention. After several experiments, once they have mastered this form of enthralling art, they then hold the tendency to spin the world around with the paint brush in their hand by making the world and objects look highly inviting and beautiful.
Still Life Paintings- Old is Really Gold
Through thorough research of 1950s and 1660s, it has been put forward some witnesses on Amsterdam. It talks to us about the time when Amsterdam became political, social and financial capital of lush green Netherlands. At this stage, marvelously skilled still life painters like van Beyeren and Willem Kalf introduced fancy displayed still life art by creating and featuring expensive objects and fruits such as Venetian glassware, Chinese porcelain, trays and silver-gilt cups usually furnished in shining and lustrous light and a smooth velvety environment. In these splendid admiring works of Willem van Aelst, Heem, Rachel Ruysch and the unbelievably influential artist Jan van Huysum, the focus was more on the aesthetic temptation and beauteous function apparent in every still life painting which has been more conspicuous than any other time.
Evolution of Still Life Paintings
Moreover, in the middle of 1600s, still paintings showed dead games for instance Jan Weenix s Falconers amazed the world by creating aristocratic image depicting country life. In the previous decades, paintings of dead games had been in fashion the Netherlands of Spanish where Frans Snyder along with his companion Jan Fyt changed portraits of unfortunate hares, deer, fowl and other animals into detailed and impressive essays in texture and color and also into testaments of life which was comfortably lived on straggling estates. By the arrival of 1700, Flemish, French, Dutch and German specialities had strangely turned out to be less obviously distinguishable with the Dutch painters working enthusiastically for foreign princes and flourishing market with still life art all over Europe.
Simple Illustrious Notes on Still Life Paintings
- Over the years, artists have proudly chosen the subject regarding still life and they support their choice with various reasons; to expose or reflect the position of their owner in either haughty or humble way; for the expressing symbolic meaning that discloses the a mysterious though, idea or hidden story; to preserve and capture natural beauty of ephemeral object fruit or flower; to explain the artists great skills of painting technique or as a gripping and controlled structure to reveal the abstract qualities of elements which are basically shown as visuals.
- Speaking particularly about tradition, still life art has been the drawing of objects such as flowers, fruits and household items which are mostly seen settled on the table top.
- The mind blowing artist Harmen Steenwyck demonstrated items that reflected a secret message to the audience.
- Chardin overjoyed the world by showing enchanting beauty in the glaring household objects which are present in our surroundings.
- Juan Griss utilized his skill of still life by experimenting it in a way of predicting and anticipating objects existing in time and space.
- Amazingly, still life as a full grown subject provided people with a chain of exuberant artists of various eras. They explore the relationship with worldly objects that are a part of our surroundings.
- As the world drastically evolves, artifacts, new products and modern median will ceaselessly continue to give suggestions on new avenues for re invention of the emphatically pleasant form of art which is the wondrous still life art.
A Glorious Introduction to Francine Vaysse Paintings
It has been researched that Francine Vaysse was a fantastic ex bank executive who worked hard for twenty decades. This enchanting artist was residing in the Reunion Island to explore the real chunks of art specifically regarding Quentin.
Awe Inspiring Vision of Francine Vaysse
Interestingly, the desired woman in the form of an artist discovered and recognized the true or say actual feelings attached to the pleasing oil works of art sector. She had been incredibly fascinated by a few influential and renowned experts linked astonishingly with hundred years of finality. The most inspirational part of her personality was that she maintained all of them in her motor of thoughts and reservoir of ideas after which she began to sketch famous paintings especially on the theme regarding women. Francine proudly started off with her woman’s piece of art and adopted it gracefully as a profession.
Francine Unbelievable Emotional Art Which Shocks the World
After summoning the thoughts and ideas of great and grand painters, she started to walk attentively on the way leading to the most colorful sector known as painting. Francine initiated her marvelous painting by decorating beautifully. The ceaseless hard work of Francine paid her off in a way that the entire world views her paintings rewarding as well as legendary.
The Strengthening Thoughts That Governed the Fabulous Painter’s Mind
Basically, the motor of her mind was extremely colorful and enthusiastic. With a great thoughtful and creative brain, she also owned a minute touch of emotional sensation. Francine Vaysse adored painting wholeheartedly and primarily, her thinking forced her to find the actual emotions behind the strength of paintings.
Unwrapping of Francine Vaysse Emotions
Due to the provocative emotional thoughts she possessed, her paintings started showing the emotions and feelings vividly. In an early stage, she learnt the tricks to portray emotions behind the world of art and paintings especially the influential art work on canvas linking personal accomplishments that revealed a different area on the tropical isle of the reunion, where she resided. It’s from that accomplishing period that Francine earned everlasting fame and became one of the most renowned and great painter of recent times.
The Captivating and Enchanting Success on Art Works of Francine
Francine was an outstandingly commendable lady who was well known for her amusing works. Her works of art were so attractive and appealing to the viewer’s eye that everyone liked her paintings and it certainly became obvious for her fans to appreciate every singly bewitching painting she made. It is said about the remarkable painter that she was critical in her paintings as she adopted different moods and depicted that specific kind of mood or feelings in her sketches. Through this exceptionally unique quality, she attracted countless individuals.
A Silent Approach Towards the Artist Francine
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Paintings That Provide Francine With Great Joy and Happiness
She did not choose the ordinary style and techniques in her magical paintings. In fact many got influenced with her creative warrior like artists styles. Although, Francine was an extremely different and a bit complicated artists yet she preferred painting the existing fashion and this bestowed her with ultimate joy and happiness.
The Incomparable Exuberance and Fascinating Styles of Francine
Inquisitively, Francine earned firm determination by various emotions that were a part of her everyday life. She terribly got inspired by them particularly the fascinating places Francine explored and formed special kind of techniques. Moreover, she was truly an art enthusiast who kept on practicing on techniques in different ways. The evidence of her marvels lies in the paintings she paints. One could clearly see different dainty patterns, elegant styles and brightly vibrant colors in almost every painting she so beautifully created.
Beautification of Womanhood Depicted in Francine Vaysse Paintings
It will be charmingly excited to know that Francine added eye catching shades beautifying the grace of womanhood which she was always passionately fond of. Francine owned the highly influential ideology of exposing the charm of women. Without any reluctance and hindrance, Francine kept on focusing on passing girl’s passion, intellects and knowledge all together with the students.
Francine Cherishing Passion Towards Art
Thorough studies speak of Francine in an extremely inspirational manner. Since her infancy, she always wanted to have a professional background. In the urge of achieving her objective, she chased her husband who lived in the Reunion Island. Francine had to strive hard in making her professional life easy and attainable. She was adamant on her decisions and painted beautifully due to which the world of art blooms amazingly. The most striking and enlightened part of Francine story is that the kind of work she portrayed; it has yet not been witnessed in any other painter’s artwork.
The Pleasantness in the Artist’s Paintings
Her uniqueness in terms of art is beyond a shadow of doubt as Francine Vaysse worked in its own fashion and her paintings were abstract in its own style as well. Each individual could clearly observe the fantabulous creation by the popular artists.
The Wondrous success of Francine
In the year 2002, the fabulous painter Francine Vaysse presented some of her special paintings in a few working areas and began working on acrylic paintings. This outstandingly attention seeking artist has recognized herself along with the painting in different parts of the world and also exhibited them all around Island. Lately, she would definitely discover more extraordinary works regarding art and will get it incredibly approved by her lovers.
The Impressionist Mastermind: Claude Monet
Claude Monet is considered to be the sole leader and prime innovator of impressionism – the 19th century art movement. He managed to capture, on canvas, the vivid beauty of nature in a manner of style that was vibrant and largely self-generated. Monet, since day one, aspired to capture the true essence of nature with his work and, keeping his brilliant paintings in mind, the world agrees he was quite successful at that. His subjects included scenes from his beloved garden to urban scenarios. Throughout his rather rebellious career, he never conformed to the conventional ways of painting. Monet was the greatest summit of uniqueness when it came to the art movement of impressionism.
Biography of Claude Monet
Early Life of Claude Monet
Born in Paris on the 14th of November 1840, Claude Monet opened his eyes to a world developing as rapid as a speeding bullet. His family left the bold Parisian neighborhood soon after his birth and made their move to Le Havre. Le Havre was where he was brought up. Monet’s father used to dream that his son would make himself a successful grocer but, little did he know, what the young artist had in stock for the world.
Claude Monet’s Interest in Art
Young Claude Monet’s interest was in art and art alone. He knew he wanted to become an artist since his childhood. He made quite a name for himself making charcoal impressions in Le Havre while growing up. Earning the first of his earnings from these caricatures was a rite of passage for Monet. Ever since he started earning, (by selling his charcoal caricatures) he was largely motivated to pursue his passion for art at a much more serious scale. As soon as his father discovered of his career choice, he stopped financing him and he was reduced to survive on the money he saved from his selling his early works.
Later Years – Developing A Unique Style
Teenage Monet paid a visit to Paris in 1857. He spent most of his time there in the Louvre Museum of Art. He looked upon the works of the old masters with respect and drew great inspiration from them but, he was never really satisfied with the idea of imitating them. He wanted to draw something natural. He’d rather opt out painting a simple scene of a Parisian street through an open window than choose a complex concept. By early 1861, he joined the armed forces of France and served for two years after which, he fell ill. He was discharged from the force due to his illness. He focused only on pursuing art as a career from then onwards.
Claude Monet Marriage With Camille
He got married at the age of thirty, in 1870. A war between France and Prussia broke shortly after he was wed to Camille Doncieux. The war made him leave his homeland in terror and he settled in London. He was stationed at London for quite a while after which he went to Holland and spent some of his time there before finally returning to France and his beloved Paris. He made a permanent settlement for his family close to the river Seine: a place that enable him to stay in close contact with his contemporaries: Auguste Renoir, Sisley, Gustave and Manet.
The Birth Of Impressionism
In April 1874, the first ever ‘impressionist’ exhibition was held. The term ‘impressionist’ was used by a famous art critic who was attending the exhibition. He argued that the paintings aren’t a true sketch of what was intended but are only an impression – with their rough lines and inconsistent colorations. Monet and the gang took the term as an appropriate label for their art and finally, this unique form of art (the one Monet was pursuing) found a name for itself.
Claude Monet’s Garden: The Inspiration Behind Water Lilies
Monet become a highly esteemed and popular artist by the turn of the century. He started earning quite a handsome living. A large chunk of his money went into developing his formal garden which he had made at his land in Giverny. This garden was then to become the sole inspiration behind one of his most famous series works: water lilies. He loved to sketch scenes from his garden.
In honor of the Frenchmen who gave up their lives for the good cause in the First World War, Monet painted a series of paintings. Monet, being a former soldier himself, felt greatly for the ones who died and dedicated his series of weeping willow paintings to them. Soon after the war concluded, Monet developed a disease of the eye. He was surgically treated for it and had the cataracts of his eyes removed and became disabled. Even that did not bring him down from doing what he loved. He continued to paint with his disability and managed to coin new techniques and further developed his unique style.
Claude Monet is a name that the art world would cherish through many ages to come. He was one of the greatest – if not THE greatest – painters of the modern world. The art he produced was truly something he could call his own. Throughout this broad career of his, he kept innovating; providing fertile soil for the seed of impressionism to grow into the mightiest of trees.
Most Famous Paintings By Claude Monet
Let’s have a look at most famous paintings by Claude Monet
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This piece of work is a classic example of the kind of things Monet preferred to paint. Impression, Sunrise is the view of the Le Havre harbour from out of one of Monet’s residence windows. This painting was revealed to the masses on the first ever impressionist exhibition held in 1874. For lack of a better name, Monet chose to name it “Impression soliel levant” (which translates to impression, sunrise) in haste. An art critic, who wasn’t very fond of the things he saw in this exhibition, keeping the name of this painting in mind, used the term “Impressionism” for the first time describing Monet and his contemporaries work. From this very painting the name of the great art movement was coined.
Monet’s famous model (who he married later on), Camille is shown posing in this majestic work. Alongside ‘Camille’, she is seen in many other works of the French artists namely: “On the Bank of the Seine”, “The Woman in the Garden”, “Bennecourt” and more. Monet’s Camille (also known as: “The Woman in the Green Dress” or “La femme à la robe verte”) made him a great deal famous among the folk of his time.
‘Water Lilies’ is a large series of paintings (consisting of approximately 250 paintings) Monet made, capturing the serene beauty of his formal garden (situated at his land in Giverny). He loved his garden and this project was something very dear to Monet. Thus the large format and eccentric enthusiasm he painted these paintings with. The purpose of these paintings was to give the viewer a complete experience of the unrelenting grace of nature. His garden, with its pond containing water lilies, was an appropriate subject in order for the idea’s execution. Monet showed how the sunlight changes throughout the day in this series.
Death of Claude Monet
Never did he cease making these paintings better. He was determined to improve them till the very end of his own being. A year after his demise, in 1927, 22 out of 200+ paintings from this series (hand picked by Monet before his death) were exhibited in a public display.
A Brief History on Evolutionary Art- Madhubani Painting
Mithali region rests in Bihar, India where the Sita of Ramayana was born. It was surrounded by the hills of Himalayas and rivers of Ganga, Kosi and Gandal present in the south, west and east respectively. Centuries have passed and the most glorious and everlasting tradition in the name of art have been created by the people of Mithali. Emphatically, the art was known as the Madhubani painting.
How Madhubani Painting or Mithila Painting Got Recognized
Madhubani paintings also called Mithila painting was a domestic ritual work, unfortunately not aware to the existing world outside till the massive earthquake in Bihar took place in 1934. In the year 1960, a second natural destruction of a deadly draught occurred which provoked the All India Handicrafts Board to motivate a couple of upper class women residing in villages somewhere around Madhubani town. They encouraged them to transfer their skills of ritual paintings on paper as a source of income.
How Madhubani Painting Became a Source of Income for Madhubani Town
Painting on contrasting “color painting” and “line painting” traditions including their individual capabilities, many women turned out to be mind blowing artists. Speaking of the height of poverty, several painters agreed upon the dealer’s demands and produced repetitious paintings powerfully known as the Madhubani painting. Such images had been greatly popular in India for its rich and strong cultures and various scholars, poets and theologians. Analyzing this evolution of an art form critically, women got the opportunity to expose their hidden talent and skills which were confined just to their homes and household chores.
The Awe Inspiring Traditional Madhubani Art
Traditionally, this art is basically rural art which has been practiced by only women who beautifully decorate their huts on important religious occasions or events. Currently, men also adopted this unique form of art and paintings which are preferably done on canvas, paper, cloth etc. But the fact states that women around Madhubani in the villages have been efficiently practicing their self made art for centuries.
How Madhubani Artists Got Recognized
Inquisitively, the world largely acknowledged the existence of these influential women and considered them honorably as “artists” since the previous thirty years. It has been explored that their wonders remain anonymous. A few illiterate women are hesitant to recognize themselves as intellectual workers of madhubani art and only the ones in minority express their paintings and themselves with their own identities.
Magical Colors of Madhubani Paintings
The amenity of colors used in madubani paintings were extracted traditionally from natural resources such as ochre, charcoal soot, plants and many more. Peculiarly, black color is derived by the blend of soot with cow dung. The vibrant yellow color has been originated from lime or pollen or turmeric. Blue comes from indigo. Red is derived from rose, red sandalwood or Kusum flower juice. White is taken out from powder of rice whereas green arrives from apple trees in, their leaves in particular and orange from the famous flowers known as palasha flowers.
Depiction of Mystic Madhubani Charm
The awesomely great madhubani paintings represent the Hindu religious motifs and nature along with the themes which generally revolve around the top famous Hindu supreme beings like Rama, Krishna, Durga, Lakshmi, Shiva, and Saraswati. Natural existing beings such as the moon, sun and religious sources for instance Tulsi are also rapidly painted accompanied with sceneries from socially created events such as weddings and also royal courts.
Main Technique of Madhubani Painting
Generally speaking, the overall appearance hardly contains empty spaces. Even if there are gaps present, it’s admirably filled with pleasant blooming designs of animals, flowers, birds and geometric patterns as well.
The Amusing Tricks to Design Madhubani Painting
You will be in full spirit to inform yourself about the joyful tricks and tips to design the enthusiastically lovely madhubani painting. Here goes the amusing techniques or methods:
1- Select the design which is bright and colorful to Paint Madhubani Painting
It is usually observed that traditionally there are typical colors used such as green, orange and red but you can always add and recommend colors of your own like purple, pink or blue in order to make it strongly attractive and magnetically elegant to the eye.
2- Opt the design which can be easily made
Preferably, the pattern of the design should be expressed vividly and is well defined.
3- Trace the design you have chosen appropriately
Pointedly, if the design is not traced carefully, then the appearance of your painting will not have depth and it will come as a great disappointed causing the artist into trouble afterwards. You have the right as well as choice to make amendments in designs like sculpting the face or features of face in a way that owns the power to arouse the viewer s attention. Interestingly, if one observes keenly, it can be clearly predicted that the paintings of Madhubani don not contain sharp features.
4- Be conscious in choosing the theme for Madhubani Painting
If you plan to design one or more than one painting then chooses a convincing theme which draws the attention of majority for instance, theme of Krishna will be satisfying as his paintings possess a certain situation or meaning or symbol attached to it.
5- Never restrict yourself
If you are finding difficulties in painting then don’t back out, simply go for making lovely table mats, bookmark, and card with Madhubani and just laminate them conveniently.
6- Addition of lively borders is a must in Madhubani Painting
Make sure that you present your painting with a beautiful border. It will highlight your painting making it pleasantly adoring and eye catching to all.
Five Stupendously Marvelous Facts on Madhubani Paintings
1- The remarkably heart touching madhubani art is practiced in Madhubani regions of Bihar. The literal meaning of Madhubani is “forests of honey.”
2- This terrific art was practiced and flourished by women specifically. They devotedly worked on their folk art not for years but for centuries yet, surprisingly, some of them are reluctant to expose themselves as accomplished artists.
3- The fascination strikes when people got to know about the first foreign outsider who interestedly documented the whole tradition of madhubani paintings. These were Mildred and William archer. They respectfully took some work of Madhubani to office in London which is now a part of British library where a small number of experts study and adore the antique creativity of India’s folk art. Moreover, the major economic and ecological crisis forced the highly talents women artists to start working on their own in order to stabilize the situation.
4- The strikingly fabulous colors used were generated from natural sources such as charcoal soot, ochre and plants.
5- Madhubani paintings depict the Hindu culture and tradition through their motifs and charming themes which mainly revolved around their divine Gods such as Krishna.
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Probably the most important and the most influential artist to have been born in the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, like a vast, roaring flood, conquered the modern western art in its entirety. He is unarguably among the greatest the world has ever produced. Picasso, before he was even 50, became largely popular with the masses and eventually came to be known as the most well known name in art. No other artist, prior to him had such a massive impact on the art world.
His works have varied in tone and style all throughout his life and it’s really quite hard to summarize what exactly characterizes his paintings; makes them as majestic, as soulful as they appear to the eye. Perhaps his refusal to obey the general dictates of art (of his time) made him stand out the most. The artworks of the Spanish maestro are, to this day, among the most prized possessions of museums and art collectors all over the globe. He is probably the only artist to have had a mass following of critics and fans both. His most famous periods of work are the blue period, the rose period and the cubist period.
Though art collectors are largely disinclined towards readily selling and auctioning the works of Picasso they have in their possession, his paintings still sell for millions of dollars. Here are, for your eyes to see, 7 most popular paintings of Pablo Picasso, the Spanish maestro:
Garçon a la Pipe
Picasso’s paintings from his uniquely stylistic rose period, captured, quite often, the essence of the local entertainers (by profession) such as comedians, gymnasts et cetera. These profound works earned him a good deal of recognition. Garçon a la Pipe was painted by the Spanish-born artist while he was living in Paris. It is said to be an oil on canvas depiction of the boy who loved to watch him paint. The boy volunteered to pose for the maestro as he made the painting. Sold for a breathtaking $104 million, Garçon a la Pipe’s worth made it to the world records in 2004 at an auction in New York.
Pablo Picasso painted the First Communion when he was only fourteen years of age. His earlier works are very lifelike. The painting is a sketch of a real life event: Picasso’s sister, Lola, receiving first communion. For those of us who gaze upon his later (cubist) works and dare doubt his ability to paint realistically, this painting should easily suffice. Picasso painted following precise academic rules in his youthful years but, through the rest of his career, he refused to conform to the dictates of the academic art. Along with many other works from esteemed artists, this painting was displayed at a very prestigious exhibition in Barcelona.
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Les Demoiselles d’Avignon marked the beginning of Pablo Picasso’s period of analytic cubism. It is among his later works. An obvious change in style began to trend in the maestro’s previous paintings when compared with his (new) cubist works. He used fast, lengthy strokes while making these sketches. Picasso, drawing a great deal of inspiration from native art of Africa (which he was studying prior to his period of cubism), took a huge step away from the traditional western art. It is unlike any of his works from the past. Owing to the unique blend of colors and strokes used in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, it came to be known as the most innovative work of art since the works of Giotto. In addition to the intensity the dislocated faces generate, the intended scarcity of space in the painting is fascinating. Other influential painters of the same age and realm – like Georges Baraques and Apollinaire – rejected Les Demoiselles d’Avignon at first only to accept it as a masterful work of art later on. It is currently exhibited in the museum of modern art, New York.
Dora Maar Au Chat
Dora Maar Au Chat, for Picasso, is the most valued depiction of his lover, Dora Maar. She was one of Pablo Picasso’s many mistresses and a surrealist photographer by profession. This painting, for the maestro himself, is one of his most beloved works. On top of that, it is among Picasso’s most iconic paintings and thus, very (one of the most) expensive. It features Picasso’s mistress: Dora sitting on an armchair and a small black cat stand behind her in the background. The brilliant use of bold colors with the explosive combination of dense patterns of Dora’s dress is what is remarkable in this painting. This complexity of form adds to Dora’s dramatic posture in Dora Maar Au Chat. Picasso held a very high regard for Dora Maar and often spoke about her being his very own “private muse”. The painting was originally sold to Chicago’s Gidwitz family by two art collectors, Leigh and Mary Block. It then returned to the market in 2006. It’s pre-auction price was estimated to be around $50 million but the actual price at which it was bought was twice that much. The painting was bought from the Chicago’s Gidwitz family by an anonymous art collector from Chicago for $95.2 million.
Guernica is, regarded by the Spanish, as a national treasure; a monumental mark of pride for the entire nation. It is one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings. It depicts the bombing of Guernica’s Basque town during the Spanish civil war. The town suffered heavy casualties during the bombing, and the dark shades of grey and black upon the white of death embody the unimaginable terror and chaos that befell upon the victims. The Spanish maestro originally intended to paint something else when he heard the horrible news, discovered about the bombing and came up with the idea for Guernica. The painting, in addition to describing the entire scenario, also makes important symbolic references (the eye shaped light bulb). Picasso considered the civil war a hideous crime and condemned it at great lengths. Guernica is, in itself, a condemnation of the exploits of the war. In 1937, this painting was commissioned by the Spanish Republican Government to be displayed at the Paris world fair. However, upon it’s creator’s wish, it was not to be returned to Spain until Fascism was put an end to. And so it returned to Spain in 1981 and became Spain’s property.
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Pablo Picasso had many mistresses all through his life. One of them, Marie-Therese Walter, was depicted in this painting. Sprawling across the bottom half of the painting, can be seen a nude woman lying down with her bust bare naked. The leaves in the background are the leaves from the Spanish masters favorite, philodendron (also know as the love) tree. He developed a liking for this plant in this phase and kept it where he resided. Upon closer inspection, we can see that a face is emerging from behind the curtains. This is Picasso’s own self reaching out for his muse, Marie-Therese Walter. This masterful work of art was unbelievably finished within a single day! By this time, the Spanish-born artist had mastered his skill and began to employ deep symbolism in his paintings. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust was initially bought for quite less by art collectors Sidney and Frances Brody in 1952, but in 2010, it was sold at an auction by it’s owners for a mind-boggling $106.2 million.
Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s mistress and muse, becomes the subject of yet another master piece of his. The maestro, with sheer brilliance, captures his beautiful, young mistress asleep on an armchair. At that time, Picasso was 50 and Marie-Therese Walter only 24. Many believe that La Reve was finished in one sitting on the afternoon of January 24th, 1932. The iconic painting is widely recognized for the arousing ambiance that it generates through the erotic content encapsulated inside it. The Spanish maestro painted this with an intentional modesty of form; plainer outlines upon a few bright, well-contrasted colors. American casino tycoon, Steve Wynn set out to sell this painting to prodigious painting collector, Steven Cohen in 2006. This deal was soon to be dropped because of La Reve being accidently damaged by Wynn. However, after a splendid set of amends being done (making it good as new), it was still sold to Steven Cohen privately in march 2013 for a breath taking 155 million dollars! It is the second most expensive painting ever to be sold.
Vincent van Gogh is a name that has given so much light to the world art that it is something which cannot be gone unnoticed when one hears it. The saddest part about van Gogh’s life is that he died without taking the pleasure of fame and success. All his life he thought he was a failure, since nobody would ever dare to buy his art. It was only after his death that people recognized what a piece of diamond his art collection was for the world.
Vincent van Gogh was born in the year of 1853 in Netherlands only a year later when his older brother, who was also named as Vincent, died right after his birth. Some of the biographers say that van Gogh was mentally stressed and it killed him to think that he was a mare replacement of his older brother. It is highlighted in some of his biographies that Vincent was also lacked self-confidence due to the same reason.
His father and his grandfather, both were ministers. His father was a pastor in a church; hence most of Vincent early life was quite religious and cultured. Whereas his younger brother and two of his uncles were a part of art world as they used to deal with art and this is among the reasons why Vincent chose art as his career. Although there were many jobs that Vincent did before officially connecting to the art world, but unfortunately all of his life enclosed deep emotions, failures, and poverty, as he also mentioned this in one of his letters to his brother Theo;
“As for me, I am rather often uneasy in my mind, because I think that my life has not been calm enough; all those bitter disappointments, adversities, changes keep me from developing fully and naturally in my artistic career.”
His poignancy and depression can be easily seen in his early paintings, which were filled with dark colors and somber situations. The first ever painting of Vincent that gained a little fame was “The Potato Eaters”, in which he showed hardworking poor family eating potatoes in their dinner. In his early works, he used charcoals and pencils rather than oil paints. Black, brown, and other dark colors were his favorites.
Vincent Letters to Theo
Since Vincent was not eminent in his life, the historians had created his biography mostly from Vincent letters to his beloved younger brother Theo, who was an art dealer in Paris and supported Vincent in almost every harsh step of life. Whatever was happening in Vincent’s life, he always took out time to tell his brother about the ongoing hustles. Theo, on the other hand was said to be the only person who actually helped and encouraged Vincent in taking up art as his core career. Although, unfortunately Theo did try hard to sale Vincent’s painting and also tried to introduce him among his fellow art dealers, but all went down the drain.
Time in Paris and France
In the year of 1886, Vincent van Gogh moved to Paris as his brother wrote to him about how welcoming Paris was for artists. Theo also informed Vincent about Impressionism being the most practiced art of one of those days in his letters. This lighted up a hope and Vincent came to Paris to learn about this particular style, and it was only a matter of time when he mastered it.
This was the time when Vincent committed his self even more deeply to art. He would go down the street of Paris and paint people and café there. He used to bring up bright colors in his paintings and tried picturing every catching scenario into his paintings. Often days went by, when Vincent indulged himself into art too much that he wouldn’t even care to eat anything.
It was 1888, when Vincent finally moved to France. By that time, his commitment with bright colors heated up even more and he began to add more vibrant themes into his paintings. His emotions and feelings over flown and grew stronger with time. In France, he painted most of art collection; sometimes he would complete a whole master piece in a day. One of the reasons why Vincent came to France was to meet Paul Gauguin.
The ear-cutting incident
During his stay in France, Vincent rented out a little house and immensely involved in to his work. He decided to invite Paul Gauguin, who was one of the famous painters at that time, but unfortunately some strange and unknown argument broke up between these two artists that stirred up a fight and Gauguin left Vincent pondering alone. The incident put such a huge impact on van Gogh that he felt infuriated and later cut off a part from his left ear with a razor in depression. After sometimes, he wrapped up that part and gifted it to an unknown woman.
Vincent van Gogh couldn’t take much care of his health; that was the reason which took him to a mental hospital in 1889. There, he worked on his masterpiece “Starry Night”, which is the mostly recognized work from his collection. But even the amazing painting didn’t stop his worsening condition. Finally, in July, 1890 he died due to the rotten wound in his the chest.
The Madhubani Painting mode is also known by the name of ‘Mithila Painting’. This is basically a style of art that was originated in India. It is still practiced there, particularly in region named as ‘Mithila’ in the state of Bihar. Also, this art is currently employed in certain areas of Terai of Nepal as well.
There are some particular distinguishing attributes of this genre that made this form of art as only one of its kind:
- Instruments: This particular style involves the use of quite unique and special instruments. The Painters use their fingers, nib-pens, twigs and even matchsticks along with brushes.
- Colors: Creators of these masterpieces tend to employ naturally made pigments and dyes as well.
- Shapes: Patterns based on geometrical shapes are a significant part of this art form.
- Occasions: This artistic form is employed for creating masterpieces on various important occasions. These events include: birth and marriage, as well as special religious occasions like Holi, Kali Puja and Durga Puja etc.
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