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Ferdinand Heilbuth (1826-1889) French Painter

Born in Hamburg, Ferdinand Heilbuth became a naturalized French in 1876. He was already a well known painter in Paris by then.
Ferdinand Heilbuth had his own studio in the Rue de la Rochefoucauld in Paris. He exhibited several times at the Royal Academy in London and the Grosvenor Gallery as well as the Athenaeum in Boston in 1863, he was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1861 and officer of the same order in 1881.
He also had lived in Rome for a while where the major subject of his paintings were the cardinals. He was even called the 'peintre des Cardinaux' (painter of cardinals).
In his letter to a friend Vincent Van Gogh expressed his admiration for the artist's talent.
 Ferdinand Heilbuth, Woman on a river bank
 Ferdinand Heilbuth. Summer Days at Giverny
 Boating on the Seine by Ferdinand Heilbuth


Contemporary Ukrainian Artist Yuri Klapoukh

Contemporary art - Peter McArdle, English painter

"I always paint with oil on canvas, which I prime and sand several times with gesso for a smooth surface. I sketch out in pencil and use a 000 (cat's whisker) sable brush to refine and define the sketch. Then I underpaint with burnt umber and glaze on top of that several weeks later - up to seventeen glazes. Paintings take six to nine months as an average. Usually a painting changes drastically in the last three or four months. At the final stage I reject around a third of the paintings." (stuckism.com)
In 2003 he founded The Gateshead Stuckists group as "a response to the Baltic's nihilism", and was exhibited at the Stuckism International Gallery. (wikipedia)

Cha Cha Cha
Enrobing the Bride

Playing at being a Princess


Bejin "Beautiful Woman" by Eiho Hirezaki (1881-1968) Japanese artist and illustrator

Eiho Hirezaki was born in Tokio. At 17, he became a disciple of an ukiyo-e artist. Later Eiho Hirezaki dedicated his art to book illustration, working for a number magazines and newspapers. He was well known for his kuchi-e iluustrations (kuchi-e were foldout prints put at the front of Japanese literary magazines in 1890s through 1910).


Anna Whelan Betts (1875–1952) American illustrator

American illustrator and art teacher Anna Whelan Betts was known for her paintings of Victorian women in romantic settings. Anna Whelan Betts was one of the artists of the golden age of American illustration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was born in Philadelphia into a family of a physician. Anna Whelan Betts studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy and later in Paris. After her return to the US, Anna Whelan Betts studied illustration under Howard Pyle. In 1899, her first illustration was published in Collier's magazine, followed by the publications in Century Magazine, Harper's, The Ladies’ Home Journal and others in the early 1900s. Anna Whelan Betts won several medals, one of them in 1915, at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. The artist retired from illustration after 1925 as her eyesight started failing, she worked as an art teacher at a private boys' school.


Carel Van Falens (1683-1733) Flemish Painter

The artist was born in Antwerp, but most of his life had lived in France. In 1726, he was made a member of the Académie royale. His painting style was influenced by the great Flemish master Philips Wouwerman.


Modern Art. Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919) Hungarian Painter

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry was was born to Polish parents in Kisszeben which is now part of Slovakia. He worked as a pharmacist until his late twenties, when at the age of 27 he had some sort of vision - a voice saying "you will be the greatest sunway painter, greater than Raphael!" After that he worked just to support his extensive travel - he visited Paris, Italy, North Africa and the Middle East. He even exhibited in Paris in 1907 and was well received by French critics. Although in the Kingdom of Hungary he was considered as an eccentric crank for his pacifism, vegetarianism, religious pamphlets, booklets about his life where he referred to himself as genius and his developing schizophrenia.
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

He produced more than a hundred paintings. The artist created his major artwork between 1903 and 1909. He stopped painting in 1909 and attended to writing letters to government offices with bizzare propositions regarding his artwork. His style cannot be determined exactly, it connects with both post-impressionism and expressionism. Csontváry died in Budapest.
There's a museum in Pécs, Hungary, which is devoted entirely to his oeuvre and most of Csontváry's paintings came from a collection of a Hungarian architect who bought a pack of the artist's works from his heirs trying to sell it as scrap linen. In 2006, Csontváry's painting "Meeting of the lovers" was sold for more than 1million euros.
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry. Company Passing a Bridge
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry. Springtime in Mostar

Women in Painting by Xi Pan Chinese Artist

Born in Wenzhou, China, Xi Pan studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou; a year later she transferred to the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts, where she got her Master's Degree in Fine Arts.

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Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) American Painter

Richard Diebenkorn was an American painter who came to define the California school of Abstract Expressionism of the early 1950s. Although he moved back and forth between making abstract and figural paintings throughout his career, his version of Abstract Expressionism became an important counterpart to the more well-known brand of the movement popularized by such New York artists as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

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