Archive for the ‘Famous Painters’ Category

Gustave Caillebotte

Gustave Caillebotte was a notable French painter. He was a member and patron of a group of pioneer artists known as the Impressionists. His artwork was known more for their more realistic style, probably considered the most to do so in such a manner. He was also one of the first artists who have considered some interest in photography as a new art form. His works were largely forgotten up until recently. Early Life Gustave was born on August 19, 1848 in Paris, France. He came from an upper class…

The Garden of Earthly Desires

The Garden of Earthly Desires is a triptych painting made by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch. Also known as the Millenium, this painting consists of three sections or panels placed together that can be folded to show another artwork on the exterior. This striking painting has been known for its vivid imagery and complexity in terms of symbolism. What is triptych?The triptych is an oil painting that consists of a square main panel flanked on the sides by rectangular wings that close over the middle…

Joan Miro

Joan Miro was a notable Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist who earned international acclaim for his work that has been associated with Surrealism. Most of his paintings seem to create images from the subconscious mind. Miro was known to shun conventional painting methods and usually go against the elements of established painting. Early YearsJoan Miro was born on April 20, 1893 in Barcelona, Spain. He was born from a family of goldsmiths and jewelry makers. He took his art studies at the Bar…

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian born French painter closely associated to the modern movements that followed after Impressionism. He was born on July 7, 1887 in Liozno, Vitebsk on what is now part of Belarus. He was of Jewish descent and the eldest of nine siblings. His mother’s name was Feige-Ite while his father was Khatskl Shagal, who worked as a herring merchant. Marc grew up in a closely knit and devout Jewish family. Early CareerMarc started studying painting sometime in 1906 under the directi…

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French artist in the late 19th Century and is included as among the great artists of the Post-Impressionist period. Henri was born on November 24, 1864 in Albi, Tarn which is located in the Midi-Pyrenees region in France. He was born from an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Henri was the firstborn child to Comte Alphonse and Comtesse Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec. Early LifeHenri became a victim of inbreeding between two closely related families, th…

Sandro Boticelli

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni di Filipepi, more popularly known as Sandro Boticelli was one of the more notable painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance. Boticelli was born on March 1, 1445 in Florence, Italy. His nickname, “Il Boticelli” or “Little Barrel” was given to him by his brother, Giovanni. Little has been known about the early life of Boticelli. But history records indicated that he may have become an apprentice when he was about fourteen years old, quite an early…

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a notable Italian artist known to be the first great representative of the Baroque style. Caravaggio, despite the widely acclaimed artistry during his time, led quite an enigmatic and fascinating lifestyle that seemed to be a puzzle to many. He was famous and very influential when he lived but somehow was almost forgotten completely for many centuries until his artistic influences in the development of Modern Art was again rediscovered. Caravaggio was born i…

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne was a noted French painter considered as one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists. He was known to have led the way for the transition of Impressionism in the 19th Century to the styles the has been developing in the early 20th Century. He was one of the painters who challenged the conventional values of painting in the 19th Century which insisted on personal expression and integrity of the painting itself. Although his own works were discredited by the public for most of his …

Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning is one of the noted modern artists whose work became prominent in the post World War II era. He was, first and foremost, known as an abstract expressionist painter, a style of which is usually characterized by an impression of spontaneity and that of an unplanned work. De Kooning was born on April 24, 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Early YearsKooning grew up with his mother, Cornelia Nobel, with whom divorced De Kooning’s father, Leendert de Kooning when he was just five y…

Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya is a notable Spanish painter and printmaker. Goya has been regarded as the last in the line of the Old Masters and the first among the modern painters. In fact, Goya is considered by other artists as the Father of Modern Art, whose works became models for the works of other famous artists such as Manet and Picasso. Early YearsFrancisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes was born on March 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos, Spain. His parents were Jose Benito de Goya y Franque and Gracia de Lucientes y…