THE ART COLLECTION

The Art Collection is a continuous work in progress; you may say it's 'a labour of love'. Here you will find what is essentially a weekly online exhibition, presenting some twenty works of any one artist. I trust you will be inspired and experience thoughtful moments that lead to creativity in whatever you do.
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THE ARTISTS

Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity and its raw sexuality, and the many self-portraits. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism.
View Art : Egon Schiele
Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish Baroque painter. A proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, colour, and sensuality, Rubens is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat.
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Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. Chagall flirted with many radical styles. Yet he rejected each of them in succession, remaining committed to figurative and narrative art.
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Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant, which was exhibited in 1874.
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Joseph Turner

Joseph Turner

Joseph Turner, was an English Romanticist landscape painter. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting.
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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, architecture and is considered one of the greatest painters of all time.
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Rossetti was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.
View Art : Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is among the most versatile and prolific artists of the twentieth century. Though chiefly remembered for his painterly output, in the course of his long career he successfully turned to sculpture, printmaking, fashion, advertising, writing, and, perhaps most famously, filmmaking.
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Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch was a European painter of the late Middle Ages. He is widely considered one of the most notable representatives of Early Netherlandish painting school. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes, and illustrations of religious concepts and narratives. Within his lifetime his work was collected in the Netherlands, Austria and Spain.
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Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow. His parents saw him in the future as a lawyer. In 1893 he became Associate Professor of Law Faculty (Moscow University). A thirty-year-old Kandinsky was appointed Professor to the Department of Law (Derpt University), but at this particular time he decided to give up a successful career to devote himself completely to painting.
View Art : Wassily Kandinsky
Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Tanning was an American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet born in Galesburg, Illinois and attended Knox College before studying painting in Chicago. In 1941, now in New York, she met the art dealer, Julien Levy who gave Tanning two one-person exhibitions, and also introduced her to the circle of émigré Surrealists.
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Leonor Fini

Leonor Fini

Born in Buenos Aires to Italian and Argentine parents, Leonor grew up in Trieste, Italy, raised by her strong-willed, independent mother, Malvina. She was a virtually self-taught artist. Her career, which spanned some six decades, included painting, graphic design, book illustration, product design, and set and costume design for theatre, ballet, opera, and film.
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Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting. He was a member of the Utagawa school. The range of Kuniyoshi's subjects included many genres: landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats and mythical animals. He is known for depictions of the battles of legendary samurai heroes.
View Art : Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Japanese Art

Japanese Art

Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints, kirigami, origami, dorodango, and more recently manga, along with a myriad of other types of works of art. It has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan to the present.
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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was a French painter, draftsman, sculptor, and printmaker. Known for his use of color, his work is regarded as responsible for laying the foundation for modern plastic arts, along with the work of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. At the age of 18, he went to study law, working as a court administrator. After a bout of appendicitis, during which his mother gave him paints.
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Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo, Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
View Art : Katsushika Hokusai
Mersad Berber

Mersad Berber

Mersad Berber was the most considerable artist to emerge from the chaos the of Balkan wars of the 1990s. He achieved a degree of international celebrity previously unknown for any artist who came from this region of Europe, with exhibitions in London (Albemarle Gallery), Hamburg, Istanbul, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Madrid, Zurich and New York.
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Camille Corot

Camille Corot

Camille Corot was a French landscape and portrait painter as well as a printmaker in etching and famous art teacher in Paris. Corot was a leading figure in the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.
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Gu Hongzhong

Gu Hongzhong

Gu Hongzhong was a Chinese painter during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period of Chinese history. Gu was active until 960 CE and was most likely a court painter for the Southern Tang Emperor Li Yu. His most well-known work is the Night Revels of Han Xizai. Gu's original no longer exists, but the painting survives as a 12th century remake.
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Chinese Art

Chinese Art

Chinese art is visual art that, whether ancient or modern, originated in or is practiced in China or by Chinese artists. Chinese art has arguably the oldest continuous tradition in the world, and is marked by an unusual degree of continuity within, and consciousness of, that tradition, lacking an equivalent to the Western collapse and gradual recovery of classical styles. 
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Paul Delvaux

Paul Delvaux

Paul Delvaux's career developed in the shadow of Nazi Germany. It should not come as a surprise then, that his work is known for a distinct sense of anxiety and unease. Surprisingly, that anxiety is not expressed in overtly political subjects. Delvaux was instead interested in exploring humanity and the hidden recesses of the subconscious.
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Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch (12 Dec 1863 - 23 Jan 1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism in the early 20th century. One of his most well-known works is The Scream of 1893.
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Riza Abbasi

Riza Abbasi

Riza Abbasi one of the most celebrated Persian painters. Trained by his father, Riza joined the court of Shah Abbas I in his youth. In 1603, he received the honorific title "Abbasi" from his royal patron but left the court shortly afterward. Riza reportedly preferred the company of wrestlers, libertines, and other "lowlifes" to that of courtiers. He rejoined the royal atelier later.
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Gustave Moreau

Gustave Moreau

Gustave Moreau was a major figure in French Symbolist painting whose main emphasis was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. During his lifetime, Moreau produced more than 8,000 paintings, watercolors and drawings. André Breton famously used to "haunt" the museum and regarded Moreau as a precursor of Surrealism.
View Art : Gustave Moreau
Boris Grigoriev

Boris Grigoriev

Boris Grigoriev was born in Rybinsk and studied at the Stroganov Art School from 1903 to 1907. Grigoriev went on to study at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg from 1907 to 1912. He began exhibiting his work in 1909 as a member of the Union of Impressionists group, and became a member of the World of Art movement in 1913.
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Edward Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet ARA was a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The works of this first period are all more or less tinged by the influence of Rossetti; but they are already differentiated from the elder master's style by their more facile though less intensely felt elaboration of imaginative detail.
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Tiziano Vecellio

Tiziano Vecellio

Recognized by his contemporaries as "The Sun Amidst Small Stars", Tiziano Vecellio aka Titian was one of the most versatile of Italian painters, equally adept with portraits, landscape backgrounds, and mythological and religious subjects. His painting methods, particularly in the application and use of color, would exercise a profound influence on future generations of Western art.
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Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt

I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for painting than I am in other people, above all women. But other subjects interest me even more. I am convinced that I am not particularly interesting as a person. There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning until night.
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Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński did his paintings and drawings in what he called either a 'Baroque' or a 'Gothic' manner. His first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of "utopian realism" and surreal architecture, like a doomsday scenario. The second period contained more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.
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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Picasso is not just a man and his work. Picasso is always a legend, indeed almost a myth. In the public view he has long since been the personification of genius in modern art. Picasso is an idol, one of those rare creatures who act as crucibles in which the diverse and often chaotic phenomena of culture are focussed, who seem to body forth the artistic life of their age.
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Pieter Bruegel

Pieter Bruegel

Pieter Bruegel specialized in genre paintings populated by peasants, often with a landscape element, but he also painted religious works. Making the life and manners of peasants the main focus of a work was rare in painting in Bruegel's time, and he was a pioneer of the genre painting. His earthydepiction of the rituals of village life are unique windows on a vanished folk culture.
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Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani

A central participant in the Ecole de Paris, Modigliani modernized two of the enduring themes of art history: the portrait and the nude. Characterized by a sense of melancholy, elongated proportions, and mask-like faces influenced by such sources as Constantin Brancusi and African art, Modigliani's portraits are both specific and highly stylized.
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HenriRousseau

Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau became a full-time artist at the age of forty-nine, after retiring from his post at the Paris customs office - a job that prompted his famous nickname, "Le Douanier Rousseau," "the toll collector." Largely self-taught, Rousseau developed a style with its absence of correct proportions, one-point perspective, and use of sharp, often unnatural colors.
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Edward Hopper

Odilon Redon

The greatest of the French symbolists. In 1870 he settled in Paris. Worked at first with charcoal. In 1879, published a first series of lithographs In Dream. In 1884, he took part in the Salon des Indépendants, and in the Salon of the XX in Brussels. He took up pastels and colour in the 1890s.
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Ferdinand Hodler

Ferdinand Hodler

Ferdinand Hodler was one of the best-known Swiss painters of the nineteenth century. His early works were portraits, landscapes and genre paintings in a realistic style. Later, he adopted a personal form of symbolism he called Parallelism that emphasized the symmetry and rhythm which he believed formed the basis of human society.
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Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper was a prominent American painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

James McNeill Whistler

One of the most significant figures in American art and a forerunner of the Post-Impressionist movement, James Abbott McNeill Whistler is celebrated for his innovative painting style and eccentric personality. He was bold and self-assured, and quickly developed a reputation  for his verbal and legal retaliations.
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Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia (22 January 1879 – 30 November 1953) was a French avant-garde painter, poet and typo-graphist. After experimenting with Impressionism and Pointillism, Picabia became associated with Cubism. His highly abstract planar compositions were colourful and rich in contrasts.
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