Category Archives: Paintings

A Backview of Caspar Friedrich’s Art

[Image One: Sunset – The Brothers (1835) The Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Image Two: The Wanderer Above the Sea of Clouds (1831) Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.] Caspar David Friedrich studied drawing in Greifswold before going to the Copenhagen Academy between 1794-1798. … Continue reading

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When Art Begins to Imitate Art

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a famous Dutch Baroque period artist who died at a veritable young age of 43 years; but managed to produce 34 quality paintings during his short career. Vermeer was known to paint slowly, touching and polishing … Continue reading

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Pop Art | Dot Art | Appears to Tear the Heart

American pop art artist Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923 in New York, into an upper-middle-class Jewish family. He is known as a leading figure in the pop-art movement which focussed on parody; where his work was … Continue reading

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The Glorio of Loureiro | In the Springtime of His New Moon

[Images: The Spirit of the New Moon (1888), The Spirit of the Southern Cross (1888) and Spring (1891) by Artur Loureiro.] Portuguese painter, Artur José de Sousa Loureiro was born on 11 February 1853, in Porto, Portugal. Lourerio attended the … Continue reading

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These models knelt for Albert Edelfelt

Finnish artist Albert Gustaf Aristides Edelfelt  was born on 21 July 1854 in Porvoo, Finland. He began his formal studies of art in 1869 at the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society; and continued as a student of Adolf … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noël | Festive Greetings to You All

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) provides emergency food and healthcare to children and women in countries that have been devastated by war or other significant emergencies. UNICEF has been selling greeting cards for over 70 years. These cards … Continue reading

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To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig

[Featured images by Bartolomeo Passerotti | Two Market Stalls: The Fish Stall and The Butcher Stall (both oil on canvas 112cm x 152cm).] Italian artist of the Mannerist period Bartolomeo Passerotti, was born in Bologna in 1529. He traveled to … Continue reading

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From Hot Winds to Hayricks, its a Garden Idyll

[Mrs. Conder (Portrait of Stella)], [Garden Idyll (ca.1906) 65.2 cm x 75.5 cm], [Hot Wind (1881) oil on board 29 cm x 75 cm] and [Hayricks in Giverny oil on canvas]. English-born painter, lithographer and designer Charles Edward Conder was … Continue reading

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How Many Kinds of Sweet Flowers Grow In an English Country Garden?

[Peter Abraham – ‘Sunday Teaparty’ Duke of Wellington Art Gallery, Mosman, Sydney, NSW.] Born in Queensland in 1926, Peter Abraham studied at the Brisbane Technical College in Queensland and later at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, Victoria. Abraham became a … Continue reading

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Adam and Eve or Suzanne and André?

[Adam and Eve (1909) Oil on canvas (162 cm x 131 cm)] Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865 – 7 April 1938) was a French artists’ model and painter born Marie-Clémentine Valadon at Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute-Vienne, in France. She was also the mother … Continue reading

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Hutton’s Hamming It Up

Hutton’s Hams and Bacon (Pine-Apple Brand) During the 1860s the suburb of Preston in Melbourne’s north saw the introduction  of a bacon-curing factory. Following its opening in 1862, came a tannery in 1865. These original establishments would be followed by … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Bride

Australian crepe wedding dress (1953) made by Violet Cocking (nee Dowey) who had resided in North Street, Castlemaine, prior to her marriage to Stanley Cocking in 1924. The dress was inspired by the gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II upon … Continue reading

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Walk Softly Witch! You Are Wanted by Carter Brown

The 1950s were a golden era for Australian pulp fiction and one of the main attractions was its striking cover art. With import restrictions on books and magazines from the United States (US) in the 1940s and 1950s; opportunities arose … Continue reading

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Hop To It | The Tale of Aurora and Tithonus

[Aurora and Tithonus by Francesco de Nura ] Francesco de Mura (21 April 1696 – 19 August 1782) was an Italian neo-Classicist painter of the late-Baroque period, active mainly in Naples and Turin. He was a pupil of Francesco Solimena, … Continue reading

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The Village Life of Hendra Gunawan

Hendra Gunawan was an Indonesian artist, poet, sculptor and guerilla fighter who was born in Bandung, the capital of West Java, (former Dutch East Indies), on June 11, 1918 and died in Bali on July 17, 1983. Gunawan was best … Continue reading

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