Archive for December, 2007

Henry Matisse

Henri Emile Benoit Matisse was a noted French artist known as one of the best artists in the 20th Century. He was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambresis, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. He was the first son to parents who run a successful seed business. He was schooled to become a lawyer. In 1887, he went to Paris to study law and even became a court administrator after gaining his qualification. Matisse only discovered painting while on a period of recovery after an attack of appendicitis…

Rodin’s The Thinker

The Thinker, or Le Penseur in French, is a well-known bronze and marble sculpture that was created by noted artist, Auguste Rodin. It stands in the Rodin Museum in Paris and depicts a man in deep meditation and somehow struggling from an internal conflict. It has the man posed in a crouching position with the right hand to the chin and with the right elbow placed on the left knee. It depicts a person in deep contemplation as if surveying something below it. The Thinker has been used at times to …

Temple de la Sagrada Familia

The La Sagrada Familia is a breathtaking Roman Catholic basilica that is located in Barcelona, Spain. ¬†Known as the “Church of the Holy Family” in English, this church is considered unique in the sense that it is still under construction even today. Construction on the said building began sometime in 1882 and is still ongoing today pending other areas in the overall design that hasn’t yet been started. Funding for the construction of the church is not supported by any government or even from off…

Claude Monet

Claude Oscar Monet was one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement. He was also considered as one of its most prolific and most consistent practitioner, the role model for practicing the art philosophy of expressing individual perceptions of nature and trying to replicate it into the canvas in an effort to capture realism. In fact, the term Impressionism was taken from one of Monet works, “Impression, Sunrise”, the term from which the movement came to be known. Monet was born on Nov…