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SaatWinkel of Gunter Christmann

It is almost the first anniversary of the unfortunate passing of the German-born Australian artist, Gunter Christmann, who died on 19th November, 2013.  Christmann was born in Berlin, on 23 April 1936 and emigrated to Australia in 1959. His works from … Continue reading

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Anything but Jarre-ing

I love 70s electronica music. In particular, I love the first two Jean-Michel Jarre albums, Oxygene and Equinoxe. The artwork for these two albums was by French artist, Michel Granger who was born in Roanne on 13th October, 1946.  It … Continue reading

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Birds of a feather who flock together

Bruce Harvey is a New Zealand visual artist who was born in 1931. He lives in Auckland and is one of the nation’s best known painters of birds and animals. His paintings are displayed in public and private collections around … Continue reading

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The Draper from Abbey Road

English Classicist painter, Herbert James Draper  was born in London in 1863,  the son of a jeweler, Henry Draper. Herbert was educated at Bruce Castle School in Tottenham and later at the Royal Academy. During 1888-1892 he visited Rome and … Continue reading

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Now that’s great art

On 28th January, 1912, the artist Paul Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming, the youngest of five sons. Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and a major figure in the “Abstract Expressionist” movement and well-known for his unique … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Báthory – inventor of the Iron Virgin

Elizabeth  Báthory has been referred to as a real-life female ‘Dracula” or “Blood Countess” who loved to bathe in blood. It has been suggested that she was responsible for the murder of more than 650 young women and ordered the … Continue reading

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House of Life – Hope – Watt-ever

Victorian English Symbolist painter and sculptor, George Frederic Watts, was born in Marylebone, London on 23rd February, 1817 . Originally a sickly child, at the age of 10, he began sculpture lessons with William Behnes, where they studied the Elgin … Continue reading

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Still Life in a Red Room

Scottish artist Robert MacBryde (1913–1966) was a still-life, figure painter and a theatre set designer. Born in Maybole, MacBryde worked in a factory for 5 years after leaving school until he enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art from 1932-1937.  … Continue reading

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Venus Was Her Name

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show in West London has a large clam shell where a model has been posing in it, representing Botticelli’s masterpiece “The Birth of Venus” aka “Nascita di Venere”.   ‘Botticelli‘ was a nickname which he was given … Continue reading

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El Greco? – It’s all Greek to me!

It is 500 years since El Greco, the Greek-born Spanish Renaissance artist and sculptor, originally named Doménikos Theotokópoulos, was born in Crete in 1541.  A keen artist, he travelled to Venice at the age of 26 years.  He then studied … Continue reading

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When Frank’n’Stein met the ‘Armless Men’

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway) – notice how the gingerbread men are totally ‘armless’?’ Must admit, I have just come back from attending a wonderful annual event. Not only does April 1 represent ‘April Fool’s Day‘ … Continue reading

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Do you agree My Son is naïve?

By definition, naïve painters lack the formal artistic training to be defined as artist, but that doesn’t mean their work isn’t art. For example, I am show-casing the work of naïve artist, Ivan Rabuzin, who was born on March 27, … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #10

“Sometimes I sit and think… and sometimes I just sit,” is a bastardization of an old proverb or saying that escapes my recall for the moment, however; I use this to describe this street art piece.  This has to be … Continue reading

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No one is playing ‘second fiddle’ to Nicholas Chevalier

It may have been 112 years ago since the artist Nicholas Chevalier died in London on 15 March, 1902, but the love of his work continues to admire and aspire many. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 9 May, 1828, he became … Continue reading

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Get the pitcher?

Here we have “The Broken Pitcher,” by Jean-Baptiste Greuze who died almost 200 years ago on 4 March 1805. A French painter, he  was born at Tournus, Burgundy on 21 August 1725.  Recognised for his early artistic ability, he became initially … Continue reading

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