Category Archives: Paintings

Glamourpuss posters from a previous age

Advertising in the early 1950s saw a boom in posters for both the corporate world and the everyday consumer. Wanting to appeal to a broad audience, the 50s Style posters were often brightly coloured, and often whimsical or playful in … Continue reading

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Master Hans | The Cameraman at the Court of the Tudor King

German artist and print-maker Hans Holbein the Younger, was born c. 1497 in Augsburg, Germany. He is called “the Younger” to distinguish him from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder; an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school. Holbein the … Continue reading

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A Summer Morning | In the Sand Dune

Australian artist Max Middleton enjoyed a long and highly acclaimed career as a professional artist, exhibiting in 68 exhibitions over 66 years. Born in Melbourne in 1922, Middleton knew he wanted to be an artist from the age of 12. … Continue reading

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Adolphe and Eve

French painter, illustrator, caricaturist, and lithographer Adolphe Léon Willette was born in Châlons-sur-Marne on 30 July, 1857.  He was also the architect of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Willette studied for four years at the École des Beaux-Arts under Alexandre … Continue reading

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I’m Your Venus | I’m Your Fire | At Your Desire

The work: Venus and Anchises. Venus (Greek: Aphrodite), was the Roman goddess of beauty and love and considered as either sprung from the foam of the sea, or the daughter of Jupiter and Dione. Her husband was Vulcan but she … Continue reading

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What’s green and pink and hangs on the wall?

[Above image: Entitled 3: We all have a dream of a place we belong. (2013) synthetic polymer paint, marble dust and gold leaf on canvas and wood. Yvonne Pettengell Bequest,  National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)]. Australian artist Tomislav Nikolic was … Continue reading

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Beth Among the Marigolds

  Australian artist Reginald Ward Sturgess was born on 18 June 1892, in the Melbourne suburb of Newport. Sturgess was the youngest child, and the only one born in Australia after the family migrated from Bath in England. Sturgess was … Continue reading

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The Archer and the Shamisen Player | Waiting for the Rickshaw

Painter and etcher Mortimer Menpes was born in Port Adelaide, South Australia in 1855. Menpes studied art at the School of Design, Adelaide. He went to London at the age of 19 and became a pupil and close friend of … Continue reading

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The Lesson by Sant is Sure to Enchant

[James Sant (1820-1916) The Lesson oil on canvas 89 cm Royal Academy] British portrait painter and Royal Academy member James Sant (1820–1916) was born in Croydon, Surrey. His main tutors were John Varley and Augustus Wall Callcott. Sant was elected … Continue reading

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Anchor’s Aweigh | On a Ship With Vernet

[Seaport by Moonlight (La nuit un port de mer au clair de lune) Musee du Louvre, Paris] French landscape and seascape artist Claude-Joseph Vernet was born in Avignon, France on 14 August, 1714.  At the age of 14, Vernet worked … Continue reading

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Going to the Postie

Going to the ‘Postie’ (sub-branch Post Office) is something that still occurs in many rural and local communities. You can pick up your bills (from your Post Office box), pay your bills, apply for an international passport, buy a few … Continue reading

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The Raft of the Medusa and Two Naked Men

[Images: Nude Warrior with a Spear, Man Naked to the Waist, and The Raft of the Medusa] French artist and lithographer Jean-Louis Andre Theodore Géricault (26 September 1791 – 26 January 1824) was born in Rouen, France. Géricault was one … Continue reading

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When Art Imitates Street Art

One of street artist Rone’s “Jane Doe’s” pastes is featured in this work ‘Under the Arts Centre‘ by Melbourne -based artist Eolo Paul Bottoro! Eolo Paul Bottaro’s artistic career spans over 20 years of creative practice. Bottaro operates within the … Continue reading

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Franz Marc | Degenerate Artist

All eight images above were painted over a three year period and form a part of a menagerie of animal artworks from cows, cats, horses, a fox, a little blue horse, a monkey, a dog lying in the snow and … Continue reading

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On Today | Wednesday December 12 1979

Japanese artist On Kawara (December 24, 1932 – July 10, 2014) was a Japanese conceptual artist who lived in New York City from 1965. Kawara belonged to a broadly international generation of conceptual artists that began to emerge in the … Continue reading

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