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Contemporary Art Paintings by Liu Ye

Banned Book 2, 2008

Liu Ye studied industrial design and mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts before moving to Germany to pursue an MFA at the Fine Arts University in Berlin. His acrylic-and-oil canvases have been presented and extensively exhibited in China, Germany and Switzerland. In the US he is represented by Sperone Westwater, his debut took place in 2006.
In April 2010 his painting “Bright Road” was sold for $2.5 million at a Hong Kong auction, the most for a Chinese contemporary artist in two years.
According to art historian Pi Li, “Liu Ye’s work implied the arrival of a new era concerned with invidualism and the self.” (speronewestwater.com, flickr wakarimasita)

Miss, 2008

Night, 2005

Tuesday

Belgian Renaissance Painter Rogier van der Weyden (1400-1464)

Belgian Renaissance Painter Rogier van der WeydenSt Luke Drawing a Portrait of the Madonna
c.1435 (Self-portrait as Saint Luke), setting is derived from the Madonna of Chancellor Rolin by Jan van Eyck, c. 1440, Boston

Rogier van der Weyden was considered one of the greatest of the Netherlandish masters of the 15th century. He was very famous during his lifetime, had a big studio full of students and followers, and was patronized by princes and dukes across Europe. The contemporaries referred to him in superlatives: 'the greatest', 'the most noble' of painters. Hans Memling, another great Early Netherlandish painter, was among his students.

Belgian Renaissance Painter Rogier van der WeydenBraque Family Triptych (right wing) c. 1450-52 (Louvre)

Now he is among the rarest, his famous works were mostly destroyed, about 40 works, which can be attributed to him, survived.
Not much is known about his life, there is no paintings signed by him, the artworks mentioned in the documents are barely described, so that the art historians can’t identified them for sure, but being guided solely by circumstantial evidence.

Braque Family Triptych by Belgian Renaissance Painter Rogier van der WeydenBraque Family Triptych
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Still Lifes by Contemporary Artist Hugo Grenville


the artist's site
Women in Interior by Hugo Grenville British Painter



Swedish Landscape Painter Anton Genberg (1862-1939)




Friday

Feminine and Casual - Japanese Illustrator Mayumin



Though she originally earned her B.A. from Bunka Girls University in Garment Design; after gaining a large breadth of experience from working in the fashion industry as a designer, sales promotion planner, and various other roles, she transitioned into illustration. Her works use transparency to show the lives and beauty of women, scene by scene. “I think it’s truly joyous when a picture brings to mind some beloved place or treasured memory, if only for a moment,” says MAYUMIN. That sentiment is aptly conveyed through the softness of her works. MAYUMIN resides in a home she redesigned herself, and lists her main hobby as gardening. (artas1.com, mayumin.net)


The Louvre calls for help to purchase Cranach's painting

The Three Graces by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531

The Louvre is seeking individual donors to help buy a masterpiece of Lucas Cranach, The Three Graces.


"We have assembled three-quarters of the sum, so it should be the last effort to make this painting join the national collections," said Henri Loyrette, the director of the Louvre Museum since 2001.
Never exposed to the public, the painting remained in private collections since its creation in the sixteenth century. The small painting (24 cm x 37 cm) depicts three young naked women on a dark background. It was probably a private commission and has been kept since 1932 by the same owner in France who has put it up for sale for four million euro.
Some scholars believe The Three Graces to be an allegorical representation of Charity, Friendship and Fidelity although the title says the Three Graces.
There's another Cranach's famous representation of the same subject at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in Kansas City, USA.

The Three Graces by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1535, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

"The astonishing perfection of the artwork, its rarety and remarkable state of preservation allowed to declare it the National Treasure, " says the Louvre. Mr. Loyrette is convinced also that this painting can become a sort of icon in the museum. Director of Paintings at the Louvre Vincent Pomarède says: "It is a work at the same time fun, troubling, mysterious, and extremely sensual."
This appeal to the individual donors is the first of the kind in France, but common in other countries. Thus, in 2008, the Tate Gallery was able to acquire a drawing by Rubens "The Apotheosis of James I (1628), now the English national heritage treasure. Viscount Hampden, its owner then, threatened to sell it abroad. The Tate purchased it for £5.7 million after launching a public appeal, (1 Euro = 0.8877 British pound). In 2009, the National Gallery and National Gallery of Scotland have managed to raise through public appeal £100 million for the Titian painting, Diana and Acteon (1559) acquired from the Duke of Sutherland.

Monday

Beautiful Young Artist Victo Ngai




Victo's real name is Ngai Chuen Ching.
She was born and raised in Hong Kong.

Victo's cultural background is hard to nail down: she speaks Chinese(Both Cantonese and Mandarin), English and Japanese. She attended Christian schools, but is not Christian. She holds a British National (Overseas) passport but is not truly British. She is a Hong Kong citizen but does not have a Chinese ID card. Her parents live in Hong Kong; her grandparents are Chinese American living in the west coast of the States; and Victo goes to Rhode Island School of Design on the east coast.

Luckily Victo is an illustrator and finds her true identity there. Drawing gives her lots of joy, and hopefully it will get her some money, too.

Swiss Genre Painter Albert Anker (1831-1910)

Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert AnkerChildren's Breakfast, 1879

The exceptionally popular Swiss painter and illustrator Albert Samuel Anker has been called the "national painter" of Switzerland for depicting the village life of the 19th century with photographic precision.

The son of a veterinarian, Anker attended school in Neuchâtel, the Gymnasium Kirchenfeld in Bern, later studied theology in Bern and at the university of Halle, Germany. Inspired by the German art collections, he pursued an artistic career. After moving to Paris, Anker enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1855-60. In Switzerland he set up a studio in his parents' house, exhibiting regularly in his homeland and in Paris. In 1866, Anker was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Salon, and in 1878 he was made a knight of the Légion d'honneur.

Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert AnkerSunday School Walk 1872

Albert Anker's artwork made him Switzerland's most popular genre painter of the 19th century, and his paintings have continued to enjoy a great popularity due to their general accessibility. Anker married Anna Rüfli in 1864, and they had six children together; the four children who did not die at an early age – Louise, Marie, Maurice and Cécile – appear in some of Anker's paintings.
Many Swiss postage stamps and other media have incorporated Anker's work.

Portrait Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Oil Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Oil Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Oil Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Portrait Painting by Swiss Artist Albert AnkerArtist's Daughter Louise

Children in Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert AnkerSchoolboy


Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Children in Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Portrait Painting by Swiss Artist Albert AnkerPortrait of Dora Luthy 1900

Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Portrait Painting by Swiss Artist Albert AnkerPortrait of Marie Anker 1881

Oil Paintings by Swiss Artist Albert AnkerPortrait of Christine Preiswerk 1887

Oil Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Oil Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Genre Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Painting by Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Rosa and Bertha Gugger 1883

Artwork of Swiss Artist Albert Anker

Art of Swiss Artist Albert Anker
Artwork of Swiss Artist Albert Anker
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