Tuesday, February 8, 2011

!00 paintings an artist should know, sub appendix 12

29) Return from the market by Jean-Baptiste Chardin 1699-1779
A Parisian, Chardin was known for still life and domestic interior scenes. Be became very popular through the sales of engraved reproductions of his paintings, becoming wealthy from the royalties. Although mostly self taught he was influenced by the Dutch painters of still life.

30) Landscape with Ascanius shooting the stag of Sylvia by Claude Lorraine 1600-1682

Claude was an impoverished French orphan who ended up an Italian painter. He was one of the earliest painters of landscape and sometimes had the figures added by another artist as they were unimportant to him. He was an important influence on the landscape painters yet to come, particularly Constable. His synthetic landscapes are set in settled places with ruins and classical architecture. Later landscapists would picture more natural and less "urban" landscapes, but his designs for landscape established a set of templates for their organization for generations. The example I have used is typical, but less well known than some of his other paintings.

30) The Blue boy, by Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788
An Englishman and founding member of the Royal Academy, Gainsborough was a society portrait painter and landscapist. Gainsborough had a falling out with the Academy and no longer exhibited there after several years of participation.
Some images from artrenewal.org


Bill said...

Referencing back to your Constable post, there's an interesting bit on Slate magazine about his cloud studies: http://www.slate.com/id/2281580

Stapleton Kearns said...

I will have to go look at that.

Bill said...

I've just discovered that they've got some amazing Constable stuff in the V & A collection: this is about the most "impressionist" Constable I've seen: Study of Tree Trunks.