Category Archives: Paintings

Swede dreams are made of these

Swedish visual artist Lennart Jirlow was born in Stockholm on April 24, 1936. In 1952, Jirlow went to Konstfack and was awarded the youngest student of the year. After Konstfack, Jirlow went abroad on a trip, and visited Holland, France … Continue reading

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Campi – You’ve left me s-peach-less!

[Above: The Fruit Seller] Vincenzo Campi (c. 1536–1591) was an Italian painter of theRenaissance era from Cremona. His style merges Lombard with Mannerist styles, however, unlike his siblings, he is known for a series of canvases, mostly painted after the … Continue reading

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Apples of Temptation are Bonza!

Above are some great examples of Apple Case Art and Australiana. Labels began to appear in large numbers on wooden crates around 1920 and were only superseded in the 1960s by cardboard cartons. Although the designs were for the most part basic, and … Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being Green, But We Can Try

John Olsen – ‘Tree Frog’ 1983 watercolour pastel on paper 49cm x 37cm and Victorian Goldfields Petrified Frog [Unknown] Acclaimed Australian artist John Henry Olsen was born in Newcastle, New South Wales on 21 January 1928. His family moved to the … Continue reading

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From Backstage Girl To Lucky In Love

Pulp Fiction paperback publishing did not only happen in America. In the second half of the 20th Century an Australian pulp scene burned brightly with tales of jaded gunshoes, valiant servicemen and women, daring spies, violent youth gangs and bikies. The … Continue reading

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Hisashi Tenmyouya | From Passive Moon To Vibrant Sun

Above Left: Nine Kamakura Samurai (from Contemporary Japanese Youth Culture Scroll) August 2001, acrylic on wood (60cm x 42cm) Above Right: Archery 2008 acrylic on wood (90 cm x 70 cm) Japanese contemporary artist Hisashi Tenmyouya was born in February, 1966 in Tokyo. … Continue reading

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Chloe and The Grasshopper – Two of a Kind

Above Right: “The Grasshopper” (La Cigale) 1872 oil on canvas 186.7 x 123.8cm. This is considered one of Jules Lefebvre’s classic female nudes. It was first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1872 and was accompanied at the Salon’s exhibition … Continue reading

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Is This the First Picture of a Young Street Artist at Work?

French painter, poster artist and print-maker, Etienne Maurice Firmin Bouisset was born to a working-class family in the town of Moissac in the Tarn-et-Garonne département in south-western France on September 2, 1859.  He specialized in painting children and did a … Continue reading

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Bathroom Blues? Let Freddie the Frog Come to the Rescue On Demand

Arkie by Brett Whiteley (1967) oil mixed media on canvas on board (Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria). Australian Avant-garde artist Brett Whiteley (born Sydney,  7 April 1939 – died 15 June 1992) is well represented in many Australian galleries and was … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #17 | The Tale of Two Fridges

Above: Left: Leda and the Swan fridge by Arthur Boyd; Above Right: Decorated fridge by Shirley Stewart at  ANA Hall, Harcourt, Victoria. What separates these two beautifully decorated fridges? – About 31 km via the Midland Highway (A300) in  Central … Continue reading

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To Light a Candle is To Cast a Shadow

French Baroque painter, Georges de La Tour (March 13, 1593 – January 30, 1652)  spent most of his working life in the Duchy of Lorraine, which was temporarily absorbed into France between 1641-1648. He was given the title “Painter to … Continue reading

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Thangue You for the Violets

[Above]: “Violets For Perfume” (c.1913) oil on canvas, 109 x 95 cm Diploma work accepted 1913. (Royal Academy collection). English realist rural landscape painter Henry Herbert La Thangue was born in Croydon, Surrey, on 19 January 1859. La Thangue attended … Continue reading

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The Fairy Dell Dream of the Great Henry Rheam

Above: Henry Meynell Rheam “The Fairy Dell” English painter Henry Meynell Rheam was born in Birkenhead on Merseyside on 13 January 1859.  He studied in Germany; London at Heatherly’s; and at the Académie Julian in Paris, working primarily in watercolour before settling … Continue reading

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Welcome to Benvenuti’s Art

Gianni Benvenuti (1926-2005) was an Italian-born illustrator of children’s book. Both images are from ‘The Little Elf and Other Stories” (1960) retold by Jane Carruth. The book includes the following Hans Christian Anderson stories: The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The … Continue reading

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Schenk’s Sheepish Anguish

Danish-born artist, August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck was born on April 23, 1828 in Glückstadt, Denmark. He became well known for his landscapes and paintings of animals. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and afterwards in Paris, specializing in painting … Continue reading

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