Art Appreciation

      After studying a lot about underground subjects that I won’t mention, I am finally going back to my forte, criticizing paintings. I don’t know if I am good at it at all but I really like doing it. Anyways, here it is.

 

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Rembrandt, Self-Portrait

      This one is a favorite of mine. I don’t know, there is something normal about this portrait. An unknown gaiety you would never see in others. All other portraits are stiff and formal and this one looks ordinary.

       The artist is none other than the “generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history“, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. 

       His specialty, Baroque arts.

 

 for more information about him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt

 

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Girl With a Pearl

      Another natural portrait by Johan Vermeer.

   A desription about him;

Like most painters of his time, Vermeer probably first executed his paintings tonally, using either only shades of gray (“grisaille”), or a limited palette of browns and grays (“dead coloring”), over which more saturated colors (reds, yellows and blues) were applied in the form of glazes. Vermeer produced transparent colours by applying paint to the canvas in loosely granular layers, a technique called pointillé (not to be confused with pointillism). No drawings have been positively attributed to Vermeer, and his paintings offer few clues to preparatory methods.

 

      I am not quite sure about him since his era is definitely not my type. Although he was also using baroque as his style, and I love Velasquez’s work, I am not  really a fan of this style.

 

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Charles II of England

        This one is definitely a Stuart painting. I don’t know about the artist, I just bumped into this portrait and admired its realistic features. Not all artist can paint like that.

 

        Artist: UNKNOWN

 

 

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– Portrait of Hélène Fourment

 

       This one is from Peter Paul Rubens.

       Describe as;

was a Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, colour, and sensuality. He is well known for his Counter-Reformationaltarpiecesportraitslandscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.

 

      For more information about him, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Paul_Rubens

 

    Another description;

 

Rubens was a prolific artist. His commissioned works were mostly religious subjects, “history” paintings, which included mythological subjects, and hunt scenes. He painted portraits, especially of friends, and self-portraits, and in later life painted several landscapes. Rubens designed tapestries and prints, as well as his own house. He also oversaw theephemeral decorations of the Joyous Entry into Antwerp by the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand in 1635.

His drawings are mostly extremely forceful but not detailed; he also made great use of oil sketches as preparatory studies. He was one of the last major artists to make consistent use of wooden panels as a support medium, even for very large works, but he used canvasas well, especially when the work needed to be sent a long distance. For altarpieces he sometimes painted on slate to reduce reflection problems.

His fondness of painting full-figured women gave rise to the terms ‘Rubensian’ or ‘Rubenesque’ for plus-sized women. The term ‘Rubensiaans’ is also commonly used in Dutchto denote such women.

 

 

  Bye for now. I’ll upload soon.

 

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