Pablo Picasso, "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust", 1932, Oil on canvas, 163 x 130 cm, Private collection.
Pablo Picasso dominated 20th-century European art and was central in the development of the image of the modern artist. Painting was his principal medium, but his sculptures, prints, theatre designs and ceramics all had an impact on their respective disciplines. In this painting one of his many muses, Marie-Thérèse Walter, is depicted. Picasso first encountered Marie-Thérèse in January 1927. The two became involved but their relationship had to remain secret from his wife, Olga. It was only in 1931 that he began to make sculptures and paintings in which the manipulation of Walter’s body was explicit, complex and highly eroticised. Although Picasso had long disguised his affair with Marie-Thérèse, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, is among the group of works which openly chart the obsessiveness between the lovers. Picasso often completed the large nudes in a single, sometimes consecutive, days and mark a high-point of his creative energy. The setting, probably in the studio of the Château de Boisgeloup outside Paris, includes besides Marie-Thérèse’s body, the luxuriant forms of a philodendron plant, a buste, a blue curtain and a still life with fruits. Picasso makes use of Matisse’s color and style for creating voluptuous curves as a way of displaying sexual pleasure. Sold at auction for a record $106,482,500 in 2010. Picture taken at Tate Modern, London.
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Painting Name: Untitled RIOT
Artist: Christopher Wool (1955)
Painting Highlights: Christopher Wool is one of the most talented living American artist. Wool contrasts bold stenciled text or abstract brushwork on white backgrounds. This 274 x 183cm Enamel on Aluminum painting was auctioned in 2015 at Sotheby’s NY for nearly $30M.
Portrait of a lady with Kokoschnik (c.1890)
🎨 Painted by Konstantin Makovsky.
Born: 20 June 1839, Moscow, Russia.
Died: 17 September 1915, Saint Petersburg, Russia. (aged 76)
🖼 Oil on canvas 36,4 x 29,6 cm.
🏛 Location: Private Collection.
📝 Konstantin Makovsky was an important Realist painter, renowned for “his nostalgic historical paintings,” which find their roots in and respect “the old-world customs of Russia.” He was part of the Wanderers cooperative of artists who opposed the academic restrictions set out by the conventional art world.
Born in Moscow in summer of 1839, Makovsky was the son of Russian amateur painter Yegor Ivanovich Makovsky and his composer wife. He showed an aptitude for both painting and music at an early age and his parents encouraged a vocation in the arts. Therefore, he enrolled at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the age of 12. His scholastic ability was singular, and he rose steadily to become one of the top pupils at the academy, garnering every accolade and award that was offered.
Makovsky trained under MM.I Skotty, himself a student of Karl Bryullov, the painter who effected the transition from neoclassicism to romanticism earlier in the early 19th century. Makovsky’s inclination towards embellishment and detail can be seen as the direct influence of his instruction.
After graduating from secondary school, Makovsky traveled to France in search of classical composers to refer to. He journeyed through Europe, listening to the various forms of traditional folk and classical music. According to his journals, he often felt a compulsion to improve upon what he heard and struggled to choose between his parents’ professional dreams for him. Ultimately, he chose art.
By the end of the century, he was one of the most highly regarded and well-paid artists in Russia. Although some critics consider his compositions shallow, others have hailed him as a precursor to Russian Impressionism.
Konstantin Makovsky died in September of 1915 when his carriage was hit by an electric tram in St. Petersburg.
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Peter Sedgley, Colour Cycle III, 1970. Acrylic paint on canvas, with 3 dichronic lamps and programmed control gear. Thank you Tate Modern.
Enrique es dueño de su talento, pero cuando se dice “dueño” es en el sentido que el escultor francés Rodin dijo: “hay que amañarse del oficio”, que no significa otra cosa que estar disciplinadamente todos los días dibujando y pintando, de modo que la musa te sorprenda trabajando.
Y ¿cuál es la musa de Enrique? A mi modo de ver es el “relieve”, pero no en modo literal, sino que como dice el buen Rodin: “Cuando modeléis no penséis en superficie sino en relieve.” En la conversación cotidiana hay una expresión muy usada: “poner de relieve algo”. Relieve significa resaltar, hacer sobresalir de un plano.
Eso es lo que veo en la pintura de Enrique: que siempre pone el relieve algo, una figura humana, un trolebús, el reflejo de una calle. Y no de cualquier parte, sino que, de Valparaíso, ¡que es puro relieve!
¡Salud Enrique! ¡Vamos por más!