Before the BallGiuseppe de Nittis, 1879

Giuseppe de Nittis, art

Vincent Van Gogh Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass, 1888, oil on canvas, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The painting’s composition and color paid tribute to the Japanese aesthetic Van Gogh admired. He painted a sprig of an almond branch, which he forced into early flowering in a glass of water. The irregular pattern of the little branch, covered with pale, translucent blooms, gave him a subject that recalled the depiction of flowers in Japanese prints. The simple division of the silvery...

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James Ward Marengo, 1824, oil on canvas, private collection. Marengo was the famous war mount of Napoleon I of France. Named after the Battle of Marengo, through which he carried his rider safely, Marengo was imported to France in 1799 as a 6-year-old. The gray Arabian was probably bred at the famous El Naseri Stud. Marengo was wounded eight times in his career, and carried the Emperor in the Battle of Austerlitz, Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, Battle of Wagram, and Battle of Waterloo. He survived th...

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau After the Bath, 1875, oil on canvas, 181 x 90.5 cm, Museum - Theatre Salvador Dali, Figueiras, São Paulo, Brazil. William Bouguereau was a French academic painter, a traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human body. Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons. He was very famous in his time...

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Maurits Cornelis Escher Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror, 1935, litograph. M.C. Escher was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints; for his impossible constructions, explorations of infinity and architecture. In his graphic art, he portrayed mathematical relationships among shapes, figures and space. Additionally, he explored interlocking figures using black and white to enhance different dimensions. Integrated into his prints were mirror images of cone...

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Alexander Brullov Natalia Pushkina, 1831, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia. Nataliya Nikolaevna Goncharova, was the wife of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin from 1831 until his death in 1837 of a duel with Georges d’Anthès. Georges d’Anthès was married to Natalya’s sister, Ekaterina Goncharova and was suspected to be having an affair with Natalya. Natalie (as she was familiarly known) met Alexander Pushkin at the age of 16, when she was one of the most talked-about beauties of Moscow. Her st...

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Vincent Van Gogh Peach Tree in Bloom (in memory of Mauve), 1888, oil on canvas, 73 x 59.5 cm, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands.

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Claude Monet’s iconic 1907 painting “Nymphéas” (“Water Lilies”), painted in his beloved garden Giverny, France, has been sold for $24 million to an undisclosed Asian buyer in the season-opening auction of impressionist and modern art at Christie’s.  The work is part of heiress Huguette Clark’s estate and has been off the market since 1930. Now Christie’s is selling hundreds of items from Clark’s collection after a feud over her estate was settled in the fall. The Montana copper...

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Jaroslaw Kukowski (b. 1972) Mermaid, oil on board, 120 x 80 cm, private collection. Kukowski is a contemporary Polish widely-known painter. Kukowski’s works are described as examples of surrealism or photosurrealism. He uses techniques of drawing and oil painting. Kukowski’s work is directed towards the in-depth study of human nature. It is the world of surrealistic creatures, which disturb the spirit of sensitive observer.

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Guido Reni (1575-1642)Atalanta and HippomenesOil on canvasc1612297 x 206 cm(9’ 8.93" x 6’ 9.1") ___ “This key work in Reni’s oeuvre tells the story of Atalanta, the daughter of Schoeneus, king of Arcadia. Seeking a husband, she offered to marrie anyone able to outrun her in a race. Suitors unable to do so, however, would be killed. Hippomenes was enamored of her and thus accepted the challenge with the help of Venus, who gave him three golden apples. He was supp...

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Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers, 1888, oil on canvas, 91 × 72 cm, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany. Vase with Twelve Sunflowers is the third version of the second Sunflowers series by Vincent van Gogh, executed in Arles during August 1888. The background is blue green and the flowers seem much more yellow than in the former two versions. Van Gogh painted countless depictions of sunflowers in his lifetime, though no two are identical. Many artists have attempted to replicate these famous works, an...

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist Portrait of a Black Woman, 1800, oil paint on cloth, 81x65cm, Louvre Museum, Paris, France. In 1800, the work was exhibited in Paris. Six years previously, slavery had been abolished, and this image became a symbol for women’s emancipation and black people’s rights.

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau The Veil, 1898, oil on canvas, 114.3 x 80 cm, private collection.  William-Adolphe Bouguereau was a French academic painter, a traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human beauty. Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons.

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Tigran Tsitoghdzyan  (born in Armenia in 1976) Mirror, 2012, oil on canvas, 254 x 178 cm, collection of the artist.

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Henri Matisse The Italian Woman (L'Italienne) 1916 Oil on canvas 116.7 x 89.5 cm Guggenheim Museum, New York ___ Henri Matisse often painted the same subject in versions that range from relatively realistic to more abstract or schematic. At times the transition from realism to abstraction could be enacted in a single canvas, as is the case with The Italian Woman. From the earlier state of the portrait, which depicts a heavier figure, Matisse pared down the model’s image, in the process mak...

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Claude Monet Path in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, 1902, oil on canvas, 89 × 92 cm, Österreichische Galerie, Vienna.

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Montague Dawson (1895-1973)Crest of a WaveOil On Canvas36 x 24 cm(14.17" x 9.45")Private collection

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