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19 de Julho de 2019.

The italian Genius

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the main reasons why I am proud of being Italian. He was a world-class artist due to his predisposition for arts and sciences and for the results achieved in both artistic and scientific fields thanks to his ingenuity and talent. He was borned in 1452 and he started his career in a famous artistic Emporium in Florence where he could train his natural skills in painting activities and in sculpturing. His talent was rapidly recognised by the noble and powerful family of Medici, which attract the artist to his court and start commissioning some of his paintings. After that period, Leonardo was sent to Milan where he discovered a stimulating context that allowed him […]
17 de Julho de 2019.

Elga Sesemann

Elga Charlotte Sesemann was born in 28 of March in Vyborg in Finland. Nowadays, as a matter of fact, Vyborg belongs to Russia. She died in 21 of January 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. Elga was a Finnish painter. She started her art career studying in the Finnish Art Academy in Helsinki 1940-1943 and after that in The Free Art School in Helsinki 1943-1944. She was a prominent expressionist and colourist already in the 1940´s Finland. Instead of a brush she often used a palette knife. Elga Sesemann had her first exhibition in 1943, and her first solo exhibition was in 1945. Her paintings have been exhibited in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and in all major Finnish towns and in Stockholm, […]
15 de Julho de 2019.

Head in the clouds

Today you’ll learn about René Magritte, the famous Flemish surrealistic painter.  Because there are already numerous biographies out there and Google provides us so kindly with quite a complete overview in his life and oeuvre, I’ll try to approach him from a different angle. Even for the people who aren’t really actively roaming in the art scene, the image of a pipe with the description ‘ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (French for ‘this is not a pipe) must ring a bell. Or perhaps you have seen the applefaced guy with his bowler hat around? These frequently used images belong to the common visual knowledge, thanks to the many channels they’ve been exposed through. It could be you’ve been hiding from […]
12 de Julho de 2019.

Zdzisław Beksińsk

This Polish painter who loved apocalyptic and dystopian art is now one of the most recognized in Poland. His paintings inspire many – one example is the famous Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who has directed films such as The Shape of Water and Hellboy. Zdzisław Beksiński was a modern-day surrealist painter, photographer and sculptor. He was born in 1929 in Sanok, survived the World War II, finished the university in Krakow and was working as a bus designer for an automotive factory. At the same time was creating art, firstly sculptures and photographs, later he also started to paint. While his art was grim, Beksiński was a kind man with a keen sense of humor. He liked to […]
10 de Julho de 2019.

Maintaining a Union

The next elections for the European Parliament are almost here and more than ever, these elections will affect the future of the European Parliament. Up till now most of the decisions were made by the major parties but this year this could change because of the growing support for smaller parties. Because of this, the decision making in the European Parliament might become more open and democratic. In this way the European Parliament might start to look more like the Dutch parliament where multiple smaller parties form the majority instead of just two big parties. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to be part of the ‘European Coal and Steel Community’ which eventually became the European Union. With […]