Monthly Archives: October 2011

New Van Gogh death theory

25 October 2011

It’s commonly believed that the artist – Van Gogh – committed suicide. New biography claims the opposite. It says that he was shot accidentally by two boys he knew and did not die from self-inflicted wounds. However experts at the Van Gogh Museum remain unconvinced.

Experts at the Van Gogh Museum say they remain unconvinced by evidence in a new book that says the 19th century Dutch artist was accidentally shot by two teenagers and did not die from self-inflicted wounds.

The biography of the 19th century Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh published by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith says the artist suffered chronic depression and have shot himself to protect the boys.

“No gun was ever found,” and “No physical evidence of the shooting was ever produced,” the writers say in the book. They believe that Van Gogh was simply “covering up his own murder.”

The book, “Van Gogh: The Life,” also stands that the painter didn’t leave a suicide note. They claim that Van Gogh was shot by the teenage brother of a friend. That teen reportedly carried a gun and was known to have teased the artist.

The biography “Van Gogh, A Life” is a “great book,” but Leo Jansen, the museum curator and editor of Van Gogh’s letters, says that experts “cannot yet agree” with the authors’ conclusions about the painter’s death.

Nowadays Van Gogh is considered as one of the most important and influential artists in history. His works are among the most expensive ever sold. Unfortunately during his short lifetime he was appreciated by only a few people. Van Gogh died in 1890 at the age of 37.

Raphael – One of the most famous master of the High Renaissance

18 October 2011

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520), better known simply as
Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. Together with Michelangelo
and Leonardo da Vinci
, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Raphael was
enormously productive. Despite his death at 37, there is a plenty of his famous artworks. Many of
his works are found in the Apostolic Palace of The Vatican, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms
were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens
in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of
composition. Raphael was born in the small but artistically significant Central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region. His father Giovanni Santi was court painter to the Duke.

His mother Màgia died in 1491 when Raphael was eight. Three years later his father died. Orphaned
at eleven, Raphael’s formal guardian became his only paternal uncle Bartolomeo, a priest. When
Raphael was a teenager he drew his self-portrait. The work showed his talent for drawing. Highly
admired by his contemporaries, Raphael was one of the finest draftsmen in the history of Western
art.

His first documented work was the Baronci altarpiece for the church of Saint Nicholas of
Tolentino in Città di Castello (1501). Unfortunately nowadays only some cut sections and a
preparatory drawing remain. In the following years he painted works for other churches there,
including the “Mond Crucifixion” (about 1503) and the Brera Wedding of the Virgin (1504), and
for Perugia, such as the Oddi Altarpiece. Some of these works are in fresco. In these years he also
started to paint cabinet paintings such as Madonnas and portraits.

Raphael traveled a lot, working in various centres in Northern Italy, but spent a good deal of time
in Florence. The works of these years are mostly influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, who returned to
the city from 1500 to 1506. Raphael began to paint in more dynamic and complex way.

By the end of 1508, Raphael had moved to Rome, where he lived for the rest of his life. Raphael
was commissioned by Pope Julius II to fresco what was intended to become the Pope’s private
library at the Vatican Palace. This was the most important commission than any he had received
before. The Vatican projects took most of his time, but have been regarded ever since as among
the supreme works of the grand manner of the High Renaissance, and the “classic art” of the post-
antique West.

In 1514 became engaged to Maria Bibbiena. After her death Raphael had relationships with
Margherita Luti, the daughter of a baker. Raphael had many affairs, but he never married.
One interesting fact is that it’s considered that Raphael was born on a Good Friday, which in 1483
fell on March 28, and died also on Good Friday (April 6, 1520). It’s is said that the cause of the
death was a night of excessive sex with Luti, after which he fell into a fever. He didn’t tell his
doctors that this was its cause, and was given the wrong cure, which killed him. Raphael was
buried in the Pantheon.

Visiting online art gallery

11 October 2011

All artists want to grow their careers. They need to promote their works. Online art gallery allows
artists to show their art online to a worldwide audience. That’s why online art gallery is a great
opportunity for artist to reach a wide audience and increase their client base. Online galleries give
the viewers an opportunity to search for artwork by genre, medium, style, region or keyword.
This is a great option: people can find the artwork they look for with the help of advanced search
functions.

It’s a nice idea to visit online galleries where you can see more art for sale by each artist, create
an account and choose your favourite artists and artworks. You can choose from a wide variety of
art in all styles and mediums. There is a plenty of original paintings for sale. Many of them are on
canvas, framed or unframed for a contemporary modern look. So, it’s easy to find a painting that
will please and tantalize your senses. You will buy original affordable contemporary art, for your
home or workplace.

Successful art galleries strive to provide artists in all areas and skill levels. They need to show
people quality and mesmerizing art. The artworks displayed in the gallery should not only catch an
attention of the viewer, but also bring something new and exciting. The objective of the gallery is to
provide its clients with quality art that will suit their needs and tastes.

Some galleries set high commissions. That’s why not all artists can afford themselves to show their
artworks to the public. Some charge less: they take cash only when a sale takes place. The best
option for artist is to find a gallery that maintains and helps new artists market their works. Still
there are art galleries that show the works of artists all-free of charge.

Some famous art galleries may promote new artists. They display artist’s works to the public and in
this simple for them way do a big favour for young artist. Painters, sketch artists, photographers,
sculptors, all these richly talented artists express their ideas through their art. If you are a portrait
painter
or a landscape artist or paint abstracts of still life, you have many chances to find a wide
audience of admires and buyers.

If you have passion for all things creative, visit different art galleries, become a part of an active,
talented and passionate world of art. We invite you to walk through the online gallery and
share your feelings and experiences. Be sure you will find something to fall in love with… Enjoy
your visit and find the art you are looking for. The gallery will meet your tastes and budgets.

Diego Rivera a celebrated and controversial artist

6 October 2011

One of the most famous Mexico’s painters, Diego Rivera, was born in Guanajuato, Guanajuato
State, Mexico, on December 8, 1886
. Diego began drawing when he was only three years old. His
father decided to build him a studio with canvas-covered walls and art supplies to keep Diego from
drawing on the walls and furniture. At the young age of 10, Diego decided he wanted to become an
artist. In 1897 Diego began studying painting at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Mexico
City. His instructors taught him that a good drawing was the basis of a good painting. In Academy
Rivera learned how to produce three-dimensional effects. In 1902 Rivera was expelled from the
academy for leading a student protest. After that Rivera traveled throughout Mexico painting and
drawing.

In 1907 Rivera traveled to Spain to study the works of Goya, El Greco, and Brueghel at Madrid’s
El Prado museum. Then in 1909 he moved to Paris, France. In Paris he was influenced by
impressionist painters. Later he worked in a postimpressionist style. During the years of 1913
to 1918, Diego Rivera devoted himself almost entirely to the cubist school of art. Some of the
artworks have Mexican themes, such as the Guerrillero (1915). By 1918 he was producing pencil
sketches
of the highest quality, an example of which is his self-portrait. He continued his studies in
Europe, traveling throughout Italy learning techniques of fresco and mural painting before returning
to Mexico in 1921.

Rivera was painting large murals on walls in public buildings as he believed that all people
should be able to view the art that he was creating. Rivera had a great sense of color and an
enormous talent for structuring his works. Rivera’s first mural, the Creation (1922), in the Bolívar
Amphitheater at the University of Mexico, was the first important mural of the twentieth century.

Between 1923 and 1926 Rivera created frescoes in the Ministry of Education Building in Mexico
City
. The frescoes in the Auditorium of the National School of Agriculture in Chapingo (1927) are
considered his masterpiece.

He rebelled against traditional school of painting and developed his own style that combined
historical, social and political ideas. Most of his artworks reflect cultural changes taking place
in Mexico and around the world in 20th century. Both his original painting style and the force of
his ideas made a great impact on America’s conception of public art. In San Francisco he painted
murals for the Stock Exchange Luncheon Club and the California School of Fine Arts. Two years
later he had an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. One of his most
important works is the fresco in the Detroit Institute of Arts (1933), which depicts industrial life
in the United States. After Rivera and Kahlo returned to Mexico, he painted a mural for the Palace
of Fine Arts in Mexico City (1934). In 1935 Rivera completed frescoes which showed Rivera’s
political beliefs and his support of Marxism.

Social realist muralist Diego Rivera remained a central force in the development of a national art in
Mexico throughout his life. He was a talented printmaker, sculptor and book illustrator. As a painter
of the people and for the people Diego did not want his art to be isolated in museums and galleries,
but made accessible to the people, spread on the walls of public buildings. For him, the frescoes’
size and public accessibility was the perfect canvas on which he could express himself and show the
history and future. It was a perfect canvas, because this kind of art could be seen to many people.
Diego Rivera believed that art should be enjoyed by everyone, no matter rich or poor people.
In 1909 he met a young Russian painter Angelina Belhoff who later became his common law wife
for the next twelve years. In 1922, he married Guadalupe Marin, whom he met while on travels in
Mexico to study the various landscapes and history. In 1928, he met Frida Kahlo, his third wife.

They married in 1929, the year he was also appointed the head of the Department of Plastic Crafts
at the Ministry of Education. In 1954 his wife Frida Kahlo died. One year later, he married Emma
Hurtado
, his dealer since 1946. Diego Rivera died of heart failure in Mexico City on November 25,
1957
. He was buried in the Rotunda of Famous Men in Civil Pantheon of Mourning. Nowadays his
artworks are hung in museums around the world. Some of the most famous Diego Rivera paintings
include: Peasants and Nude with Calla Lilies.