Category Archives: OilPainting

This Proves That Hele’s the Real Deal

‘The Pink Dressing Gown’ (1962) oil on board 90cm x 59.5cm Australian artist Sir Ivor Henry Thomas Hele, (Ivor Hele) was born on 13 June 1912. At the age of 15 he studied drawing and painting in Paris and Munich. … Continue reading

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Dreams are Ten a Penny for Thomas McKenney

Thomas McKenney served as the United States Superintendent of Indian Trade in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and later as the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). He initiated the government’s commissioning of portraits. Like many others at the time, … Continue reading

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The Artist of The Court Ball at Hofburg is no ‘Gause-ing’ Game

German-Austrian painter Wilhelm Gause was born on 27th March, 1853.  He studied at the Düsseldorf Academy and in 1888 exhibited his work in Vienna. Gause died on 13th June, 1916. Gause’s most famous work is “Court Ball at the Hofburg.” Created … Continue reading

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Behold the Art of Emil Nolde

Above: Emil Nolde – Puppan und Papagai (Dolls & Parrot) c. 1919 oil on canvas 46.5×59.5cm Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammiungen, Munich Straatsgalier Moderne Kunst German-Danish painter and print-maker Emil Nolde was born Emil Hansen  on 7 August 1867 near the village of … Continue reading

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Hail Fair Guinevere

Above: Guinevere by John Collier (1900) Bradford Museums and Galleries, Bradford, U.K. Leading English artist John Maler Collier  was born on 27 January 1850.  He was a painter in the Pre-Raphaelite style; and was one of the most prominent portrait … Continue reading

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Something Tells Me I’m Into Something Good

 Swiss-born artist and one of Australia’s Official War Artists for WW2,  Sali Herman, was born on 12 February 1898. He arrived in Melbourne in 1937 and enlisted in the Australian Army in 1941. In 1945, he was appointed an Official … Continue reading

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Poseidon’s Adventures are de Gheyn For

Poseidon and Amphitrite (1610) , Wallraf Museum, Cologne (Köln).  – Poseidon was the Greek god of the sea who married the nereid Amphitrite and fathered the merman Triton. Jacob de Gheyn II (aka Jacques de Gheyn II) (c. 1565 – … Continue reading

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This bird in hand is no burden had- Long Live the King!

Charles Bird King – Nesouaquoit (Trans. “Bear in the Fork of a Tree”) A Fox Chief – 1837 (90.2 x7 4.9cm). Charles Bird King (1785–1862) was an American portrait artist, best known for his portrayals of significant Native American leaders … Continue reading

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When Art Imitates Art

German neoclassical painter Johan Joseph Zoffany (aka Johannes Josephus Zaufallij, Zoffani or Zauffelij) was born in the Bohemian town of Frankfurt on 13 March 1733. He undertook study in a sculptor’s workshop in Ellwangen in the 1740s (possibly at the … Continue reading

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There is Nothing Superficial About the Art of Eric Fischl

American painter, sculptor and print-maker Eric Fischl was born in New York City on March 9, 1948. Fischl grew up in suburban Long Island until his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1967. His artistic education began at Phoenix College, … Continue reading

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Make Yours a Platytox State Today

Barry Humphries: Platy-Tox for all Bushland Pests – Make Yours a Platytox State. Australian comedian, satirist, artist and author, Barry Humphries was born John Barry Humphries, 0n 17 February 1934. In 1959, Humphries moved to London, where he lived and … Continue reading

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Victory of Faith – is an Evocative Piece

“The Victory of Faith” (1857 Oil on canvas 123.3 × 200.0 cm) is part of the Melbournian National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) collection. It was painted by Irish artist St. George Hare, who was born on 05 July 1857 in … Continue reading

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Painting is the Most Beautiful of Lies

Above: Kees van Dongen portrait of the artist as Neptune (1922 oil on canvas 170x120cm) Dutch-French Fauvist painter, Cornelis Theodorus Maria ‘Kees’ van Dongen  was born in Delfshaven, then on the outskirts, and today a borough, of Rotterdam on 26 … Continue reading

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Eve Tempted by the ‘Painter of Dreams’

“Eve Tempted” by John Stanhope (Manchester Art Gallery). Born on 20th January, 1829, in Yorkshire, English pre-Raphaelite artist John Roddam Spencer Stanhope was associated with fellow pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne-Jones and George Frederic Watts. Stanhope traveled with Watts to Italy in … Continue reading

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“Someone has killed Soutine!”

“The Page Boy” by Chaïm Soutine (ca.1927) oil on canvas (98cm x80cm). Russian painter of Belorussian Jewish origin Chaïm Soutine (Sutin) was born on January 13, 1893, in Smilavichy near Minsk; the tenth of eleven children. From 1910 to 1913 … Continue reading

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