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31 de Julho de 2019.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon in my opinion is one of the greatest painters ever to put brush to canvas. His work would completely shock, scare and amaze those who would gaze upon it. His work would be etched upon the British consciousness after the Second World War. Coming out of the horrific and devastating war, Bacon’s paintings would reflect not only his consciousness but he would tap into the dark and unnerving subconscious of the people. He was an Englishman who was brought up in Ireland during in his formative years. His childhood was a very tough and harrowing one,  he suffered from severe asthma and that meant he was a recluse and very shy. Additionally, growing up with a strict protestant […]
29 de Julho de 2019.

Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich, born on the 5th of September 1774, was a German Romantic landscape painter of the 19th century and is, nowadays, regarded as the most important German artist of his generation. His best-known paintings consist of allegorical landscapes, featuring contemplative figures, silhouettes against night skies, fog, barren trees, as well as Gothic ruins. His chosen subjects prove his interest in the contemplation of nature and his emotional approach towards nature. This approach was highly influenced by the social current in his time, a society which grew disillusioned to the materialism of past generations and sought sense in the focus of spirituality, expressed through images of the natural, “divine” world. While Friedrich’s master pieces brought him great renown early […]
26 de Julho de 2019.

Pioneer in a world of abstract art

Using simple elements like horizontal and vertical lines and primary colours Piet Mondrian created pieces that have been discussed by many people. Even though his last works are abstract, he has not always been an abstract painter. His arts career started shortly after primary school. From this moment he started taking art classes and had many different teachers. After failing a qualification test for an arts school because of the subject ‘anatomy’, Mondrian started to focus on the painting of landscapes. In the following years his painting style was influenced by other painters like Van Gogh and Matisse. His style shifted from realistic to more expressive, his lines became harsher and colours more dramatic. This change in style became even […]
24 de Julho de 2019.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in 1864 near Toulouse (Albi) in the South of France. He was from an aristocratic family. As he was very young, it appeared that Toulouse was suffering from a congenital illness due to his parents being closely related genetically. In such a wealthy family it was very common to marry between first cousins in order to protect the patrimony. This illness known as Pycnodysostosis (nowadays commonly called Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome) weakened his bones. Because of two serious horse-riding accidents, his legs stopped growing, letting him for the rest of his life with the legs of a child. Unable to pursue his original equestrian passion, he started to take art lessons. At the time of his arrival […]
22 de Julho de 2019.

Wojciech Fangor

Polish painter, graphic and poster designer from the 20th Century, one of the co-founders of the Polish School of Posters. Wojciech Fangor was born on 15th November 1922 in Warsaw, nowadays he is mostly associated with op-art, however he started with paintings in socialist realism style. One of the most famous of his painting from this time is “Korean Mother”, currently placed in National Museum in Warsaw. He learnt  art from Tadeusz Pruszkowski and Felicjan Kowarski, in 1946 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. After the death of Stalin, he left the convention of social realism and he focused more on poster design. Together with Stanisław Zamecznik he represented the first environment in Poland “Studium przestrzeni”. […]