Category Archives: Artists A-Z

Time to Escape to the Country

[The Pet Lamb wood on panel] German painter Adolf Eberle was born in Munich, on 11 January, 1843. His father, Robert Eberle, was also a painter. Adolf Eberle studied under Karl von Piloty at the Academy of Fine Arts, in … Continue reading

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Maurice Utrillo | The Master of Art in Montmartre

French artist Maurice Utrillo was born Maurice Valadon, on Christmas night, 25 December, 1883, at 3 Rue la Poteau, next door to the Church of Notre-Dame de Cligancourt. in the Montmartre quarter of Paris, France. Utrillo was the illegitimate son … Continue reading

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Abel’s Able Artwork

Biblis changee en souce (Ovid Metamorphoses IX) French painter Alexandre-Denis-Abel de Pujol or Abel de Pujol  was born on 30 January, 1785 in Valenciennes, France. The illegitimate son and only child of the nobleman Alexandre-Denis-Joseph Mortry de Pujol, Baron de … Continue reading

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Two Martyred Deaths and a Crossing

French painter Jacques-Louis David, was born into a prosperous French family in Paris on 30 August, 1748. When he was nine, his father was killed in a duel and his mother left him with his well-off architect uncles. They saw … Continue reading

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I Don’t Work, I Don’t Do Anything, But I Am Indispensable

“I Don’t Work, I Don’t Do Anything, But I am Indispensable“, is how Russian art critic, patron, and ballet impresario, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, described himself. Sergei Diaghilev was born on 19 March, 1872, in Selishchi. His mother died soon after … Continue reading

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So Tell me, Did she read the name I carved with many vows?

Victorian English artist William Maw Egley was born in London, in 1826. He was the son of miniaturist artist William Egley, who was young Egley’s first tutor. Egley’s early works were illustrations of literary subjects typical of the period, which … Continue reading

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Rayonism + Designs for the Ballets Russes | The Work of Mikhail Larionov

Avant-garde Russian painter Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov was born at Tiraspol, near Odessa, in the Russian Empire on June 3, 1881. In 1898, Larionov entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under Isaac Levitan and Valentin Serov. However, he … Continue reading

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Yasemeen, “I Wontner Now”

Yasemeen from Arabian Nights (1919) English portrait painter William Clarke Wontner was born in Stockwell, Surrey, on 17 January 1857. Wontner received his earliest art education from his father, William Hoff Wontner, an architect, designer and renderer. Under his father’s … Continue reading

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A Trail Through Antiquity With Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Dutch-born painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, was born Lourens Alma Tadema, on 8 January, 1836, in Dronryp, in the northern province of Friesland, in the Netherlands. At the age of two, the Tadema family moved to the nearby city of Leeuwarden, … Continue reading

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Young Advice for Young Illustrators

Sea-landscape and figure illustrator Cliff Young was born in New Waterford, Ohio in 1905 and died in 1985. He studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Grand Central School of Art with Harvey Dunn; the Art Institute of Chicago with … Continue reading

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Here’s a Foray of Doré | From Greek Mythology to Arthurian Legends

French artist, print-maker, illustrator and sculptor Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré was born in Strasbourg, France, on 6 January, 1832. At the age of 12, Gustave Doré began carving in cement. Three years later, at the age of 15, Doré … Continue reading

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Good golly Ms Olley, your art ain’t no folly

Australian still life artist, Margaret Hannah Olley, was born in Lismore, New South Wales on 24 June 1923. During her high school years, Olley attended Somerville House in Brisbane. After graduation from art school, Olley became an active member of … Continue reading

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You Can Bank on Hanke | When it comes to Portrait Art

Australian painter and teacher Henry Aloysius Hanke (14 June 1901-1989), was born in Sydney. He won the Archibald Prize in 1934 with a self-portrait (see above), and the inaugural Sulman Prize, in 1936, with his painting ‘La Gitana‘. Hanke served … Continue reading

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Locks, Smocks and Two Choking Corals

Superstitions surrounding the legend and lore of the power of coral for the protection of teething babies takes its roots from ancient history. The superstition goes further back in history where a child’s teething time has been a source of … Continue reading

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A relaxing stay | For Elodie at the Baie

19th Century French Realist painter Jules Adolphe Aimé Louis Breton was born on 1 May, 1827, in Courrières, a small Pas-de-Calais village. After his mother died when he was only four, Breton was brought up by his father, (a land … Continue reading

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