Παρασκευή, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Nikolaos Gyzis (1842-1901)


Nikolaos Gyzis is considered one of the most important painters of Greece of 19th century. He was born in the island of Tinos, an island known for its artistic wealth. In 1850 his family settled in Athens and soon started his studies in Athens School of Fine Arts, which helped him to develop his artistic skills. In 1865 he won a scholarship and went to continue his studies in Munich, where he settled for his rest of his life. He gained great popularity in Munich as a painter and in 1886 became professor of the Academy. At the beggining of 1870s returned to Greece for several years, after which period produced a number of Greek themes in his paintings. He went to back to Munich and around 1890s he took a turn toward religious themes. His paintings are today exhibited at museums and private collections in Germany, Greece and elsewhere.



                                                                           boy with cherries


                                                                       gradma and children


                                                                               wishbone


                                                                                  kou-kou


                                                                               barber


                                                                      art and its spirits


                                                                                     cards


                                                                           oriental man with a pipe


                                                                                  History


                                                                                    little girl


                                                                                cappuchino


                                                                            the pastry man


source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolaos_Gyzis
http://www.museumsyndicate.com/artist.php?artist=928

National Gallery of Greece


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Τρίτη, 4 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912)


Few artists enjoyed the success that the Dutch-born painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema achieved in the United Kingdom with his studies of semi-nudes, which were set against a background of daily life in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. Born in Dronryp, his art training began at the Antwerp Academy, and was completed with Baron Leys, an historical painter whose careful reconstructions of life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries made him the ideal teacher for a painter like Alma-Tadema, whose choice of subject-matter had always been similar. But it was left to Ernst Gambert, the Belgian international art dealer to realise that in Alma-Tadema he had found himself a first-class artist. After seeing his work, Gambert immediately commissioned forty-four paintings which were eventually shown in England, where they caused an instant sensation.
The Victorians had already been conditioned to accept nudes as an art form after Lord Leighton had exhibited his paintings in the 1860s. But Alma-Tadema's paintings went a step further. After painting a number of subjects in which his semi-nude females were merely decorative adjuncts to his vivid reconstructions of classical history, he overreached himself with his painting A Sculptor's Model. This uncomprising, full-frontal nude of the model deeply offended the prudes and caused something of a furore, and from then Alma-Tadema confined himself to portraying his models semi-draped. His work became enormously popular in the United States, where it did much to forge Hollywood's conception of life in ancient times. His pictures were all numbered with Roman numerals, starting with No I when he was 15, and ending with CCCCVIII.
A genial and uncomplicated man, Alma-Tadema enjoyed his success and money, living in extravagant life-style at Townshend House in Tichfield Terrace, Regent's Park, which he redesigned to resemble a Pompeiian villa. Unfortunately, it was partially destroyed in 1874, when a barge carrying gunpowder on Regent's Canal exploded near the house. After the house was rebuilt, Alma-Tadema moved to a larger house in St John's Wood, which had once been owned by the French artist Tissot (1836-1902). Tissot had left England abruptly in 1882 after the tragic death of his mistress and muse, Kathleen Newton.
Alma-Tadema's life was an enormously sucessful one in which he was made an RA, knighted and showered with honours from many countries. By 1911, however, his popularity began to wane. Realising that his work was becoming unfashionable he resigned from the Royal Academy committee, after serving on it for thirty-one years. In the following year he went to take the waters at Wiesbaden, Germany where he was suddenly taken ill and died on 25 June 1912. His body was brought back to England and interred in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral (London), where it lies in the company of fellow artists, Millais, Holman Hunt and Lord Leighton. Like so many artists before him, the grim realities of World War I helped to finish off whatever popularity his work had enjoyed, and it is only recently that his reputation as a major Victorian artist has been restored. 



                                                                a diffirence of opinion         


                                                                          pleading


                                                                                hero


                                                                 the women of amphissa


                                                                              pandora


                                                                         comparisons


                                                                   a reading from homer


                                                                the baths of caracalla


                                                                  an earthly paradise


                                                                         the roman potter


                                                                     silver favorites


                                                                        spring flowers