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Contemporary Artist Silvia Willkens (Germany)

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American Painter Guy Pène du Bois (1884–1958)

The American painter, Guy Pène du Bois was born in Brooklyn to a French family. He studied at the New York School of Art under William Merrit Chase and Robert Henri, his fellow-students were Edward Hopper and George Bellows. He also studied and lived in Paris.
Upon his return from Europe, the artist plunged into the whirl of life and it became the basis of his painting.

Guy Pène du Bois, Sunday Walkers

In 1940, he published his autobiography: Artists Say the Silliest Things. He mentioned there that "...William Merrit Chase, a glittering personality with a pointed gray beard and a handlebar mustache... could paint a life-size full-length portrait in only three hours, and he finished his most famous still life pictures so rapidly that the fish used in them, borrowed from a nearby market, were returned still fresh." In Paris, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the founder of the Whitney Museum, commissioned a portrait from her friend Pene du Bois when she discovered that he couldn't afford the outfit he needed to escort her to the opera.
His son was the French-American author and illustrator William Pène du Bois.(Wikipedia)

Guy Pène du Bois, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Dale Dine Out, 1924
Guy Pène du Bois
Guy Pène du Bois, Woman on Sofa
Guy Pène du Bois, Woman with Cigarette 1929

French Baroque Era Painter Jacques Linard (1597–1645)


Jacques Linard, The Five Senses with Flowers, 1639

Contemporary Russian Artist Alexei Adamov - Landscape Painting








Wednesday

Dutch Painter Lambert Sustris (c.1515-1520-c.1584)

Lambert Sustris was born in Amsterdam. The painter was active mainly in Italy. He had a distinctive northern Italian mannerist style that was the result of influences coming from Francesco Salvati and Titian.
Lambert Sustris - Venus and Cupid, Louvre, 1554

The painter had a son Friedrich Sustris, also a painter, who was likely born in Padua sometime close to 1540s and who was characterized throughout his life as a Netherlander, although he was born and trained in Italy and it is unlikely that he ever even visited the Netherlands.
Lambert Sustris - Judith with the head of Holofernes

The migration of Dutch and Flemish artists to Italy began in the early 16th century as a trip to Rome and Florence was considered to be an indispensable part of the education of the artist. Economic and political reasons often kept foreign artists in Italy and by mid-century, lucrative commissions at the courts of Francesco d'Medici (1541-1587) and his brother Ferdinando (1549-1609) created a permanent community of foreign and local artists employed in major projects at the Palazzo Vecchio under the direction of Francesco's artistic director, Giorgio Vasari. Northern artists were instrumental in creating the sort of international mannerist style that Florence became known for in the second half of the 16th century. (The Court Art of Friedrich Sustris: Patronage in Late Renaissance Bavaria by Susan Maxwell).
 Lambert Sustris - Liggende Venus, 1550
 Lambert Sustris - Noli me tangere
 Lambert Sustris - Trionfo della fama

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Georges de Feure (1868-1943) French Art Nouveau Painter

The real name of the artist was Georges Joseph van Sluÿters. Born in Paris, he was a French painter, theatrical designer, and industrial art designer in the symbolism and Art Nouveau styles. His father was a Dutch architect, his mother was Belgian.
De Feure was one of the eleven students admitted at the Rijkscademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam which he soon left for Paris.

Being of very independent nature, de Feure never again took up formal artistic studies, and forged his own independent path. He was however influenced by Jules Chéret in his posters for the café concert but most likely was never his pupil and became the key designer of Siegfried Bing for L'Art Nouveau. He exhibited at the Exposition Universelle de Paris, in 1900.

He designed furniture, worked for newspapers, created theater designs for Le Chat Noir cabaret and posters. In 1901, de Feure was nominated Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his contribution to the decorative arts.
De Feure had two sons, Jean Corneille and Pierre Louis, in the early 1890s with his mistress Pauline Domec and a daughter with his first wife Marguerite Guibert.


"La Fumeuse", gouache, 1908-1910, are part of a series commissioned by the Bardou-Job family to celebrate their business of paper cigarettes. The model for this work is thought to have been de Feure's companion, Julienne Raskin, whom he married in 1915.

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