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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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Happy New Year – I’ll Drink to That

Above: At the Ambassadeurs (c. 1880) oil on canvas Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France. French Impressionist painter and commercial artist noted for his paintings of Parisian life during the Belle Époque period, Jean Béraud was born in St. Petersburg … Continue reading

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A Child’s Lament – I Wonder Who Lived in There?

Joseph Noel Paton – “I Wonder Who Lived in There?” in homage to King Arthur  (1867) oil on canvas 24″x28.5.” Scottish artist, illustrator and sculptor Sir Joseph Noel Paton was born in Wooer’s Alley, Dunfermline, Fife, on 13 December 1821. … Continue reading

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Is the Onus on You, Lin or Robyn?

Above: “Robyn” by Lin Onus (1995), synthetic polymer paint on canvas (181x181cm). William McLintock Onus (aka Lin Onus)  was born on 4 December 1948 at St. George’s Hospital, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria to William Townsend Onus Sr, Yorta Yorta and Mary … Continue reading

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It’s Orpen Understood that War Time Painters Efforts are Seldom Recognised

Early Morning (1922)  90cm x85cm, London. Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen was born on 27 November 1878, in Stillorgan, Co.Dublin, Ireland. He was the fourth son of Arthur Herbert Orpen  and his wife, Anne Caulfield (daughter of the Right … Continue reading

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Oh Cecilia, You’re Breaking My Heart

Above: St. Cecilia as portrayed by Italian artist: Guido Reni Saint Cecilia was a Roman martyr. She is reported to be born Ca. 2nd or 3rd Century A.D., although her dates of birth and martyrdom are unknown. St. Cecilia is … Continue reading

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The Race That Stops a Nation

Above: “Before the Start” (1989) “It was a fast week a hectic week, And in Flemington they ran a race. The punters rallied and partied hard, And somehow lost the pace. But now as the dust settles on the track. … Continue reading

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The Fall of the Boy

Frederic Remington – “Fall of the Boy“, 1895 (oil on canvas),  Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer, Frederic Sackrider Remington  was born in Canton, New York, on 4 October 4, 1861. He specialised in … Continue reading

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This Placement of the Casement has become a Famous Statement

(Above: Portrait of a Man and Woman at a Casement (c. 1440). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City). Fra’ Filippo Lippi (c. 1406 – 8 October 1469), aka Lippo Lippi, was a Florentine artist. In 1420 after his parents … Continue reading

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