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Louis Buisseret (1888-1956, Belgian)

Louis Buisseret was Belgian painter, draftsman and engraver.
At the age of 16, Buisseret enrolled at the Art Academy of Bergen where he studied engraving and met Anto Carte, with whom he became friends. Later in life he was appointed a director of the Art Academy of Bergen, a position he had kept for 20 years.
In 1908, Buisseret started studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels under Jean Delville who had a major influence on Buisseret's later artistic work. In 1910, as a student Buisseret won the second prize in the Belgian Prix de Rome competition in painting and in 1911 he won first prize in the Prix de Rome competition in the engraving.
 Portrait of Mary Louise McBride (Mrs Homer Saint-Gaudens), 1929

After the training was completed at the Brussels Academy, Buisseret and his father traveled to Italy to study the works of Italian artists of the Quattrocento and Cinquecento. During WWII Buisseret traveled to Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.
Buisseret mainly painted realistic portraits, nudes and still lifes. From 1920 Buisseret took an active part in leading salons and gallery exhibitions in Belgium. In 1922 he married Emilie Empain, the model that often sat for him.
Louis Buisseret, Lady with Parrot, 1923

In 1927 one of Buisseret's work was refused at the Salon of La Louviere due to an obscene character. His friend Anto Carte took over the defense of Buisseret and blamed the salon an immature attitude. This incident was the prelude to the establishment of the group of artists Nervia in 1928 by Buisseret, Carte and Leon Eeckman. The group gave support to promising young artists. In 1929, he was awarded the silver medal at the Salon of Barcelona. That same year he became director of the Art Academy of Bergen where he also gave lessons in painting.
In 1947, Buisseret became a member of the Royal Academy and in 1952, Buisseret was elevated to Commander of the Order of Leopold.


Milt Kobayashi, Contemporary Artist

"... he paints remarkably French post-impressionist-looking scenes with an updated palette and sensibility. Images of women and men, alone and in groups appear moody and evocative of late nights and inner demons. Rumpled clothes, ruddy complexions and messy hair render Kobayashi's subjects intriguingly bohemian. His intimate portrayals are personal translations of what he has witnessed on city streets, in movies and at museums. There are plenty of (Japonisme) bright patterns to provide visual allure amongst these subtly dark depictions." (eisenhauergallery.com)

British art correspondent, Godfrey Barker wrote of Kobayashi, "Milt Kobayashi's compositions are wicked in their education, wicked in their skilful calculation and wickedly clever in their balance, their tonal contrasts and their negative space. In short, we're looking at an unusually professional and well-sourced artist, cultivated in a manner uncommon in the desert of Disney that is modern America. He's apart from his age and we need to see more of him!" (London Evening Standard) (eisenhauergallery.com)


George Agnew Reid (1860-1947) Canadian Painter

George Agnew Reid is best known as a genre painter. His father was a farmer who came from Scotland at the age of twenty four to Weston, Ontario. George was one of six children.
In 1879, he studied at the Central Ontario School of Art, Toronto, and later at the Pennsylvania Academy, at the Julian and the Colarossi Academies in Paris, the Prado in Madrid. Later in life he was principal of the Central Ontario School of Art and Design.
 George Agnew Reid, Adagio, 1893

George Agnew Reid, Gossip, 1888

George Agnew Reid, The Call To Dinner , 1886-87


Hugo von Habermann (1849-1929) German Painter

Hugo von Habermann was born into a noble family and attended prestigious schools in Munich where his family settled in 1858. He started studying law but gave it up in order to take art classes. In 1879 Habermann opened his own studio. In the 1900s he discovered the Spanish painter El Greco, which had an immediate and obvious effect on his style. (wikipedia)
Portrait of a young lady, 1889

This portrait of Irena Beran (1921) has an interesting story reported by The Telegraph in 2007: "When the Nazis confiscated Rudolf Beran's family home in Czechoslovakia, he thought the beloved portrait of his mother would be lost for ever. Now, almost 70 years later, the 94-year-old has been reunited with the painting.
Mr Beran moved to England in 1937 and went on to own a lighting store in Birmingham. The Nazis seized the family home in 1942 and his father, Phillip, was sent to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where he died.
Their possessions were also taken, including his mother Irena's portrait. It was painted in 1921 by the well-known Munich artist Hugo von Habermann and when a German enthusiast set up a Habermann website, Mr Beran's son donated a signed sketch of Irena.
Then in May last year, an official at a castle in Potsdam, Berlin, saw the original painting and contacted the website. It took two years for Mr Beran to reclaim it and it cost almost £1,000 to have it sent to him in Birmingham.
The painting was valued at more than £2,000 but Mr Beran said the sentimental value was priceless. "Once again, at the age of 94, I will have the pleasure of gazing at my mother's image over my own mantelpiece."


David Larned, American Fine Artist

David Larned, born in 1976 in New York City, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Florence Academy of Art. He has exhibited from New York to San Francisco. The artist focuses on both private and institutional commissioned portraiture. A recipient of many awards including repeat semi-finalist in the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Competition, he lives and works with his wife, artist, Sarah Lamb and their daughter, near Philadelphia.


Pal Szinyei Merse (1845-1920, Hungarian)

Pál Szinyei Merse was a Hungarian painter and a politician.
He studied at the Munich Academy in 1864. In 1873, the artist won a medal at the World Fair in Vienna. The same year he returned to his family estate and painted less and less. It was not until 1896 that his work was gradually acknowledged; then he returned to the art life and won several gold and silver medal (1896 Budapest, 1900 Paris, 1901 Munich, 1904 Saint Louis, 1910 Berlin, 1911 Rome).
As Member of the Parliament, he fought for the modernization of art education. In 1905, he was elected the Director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Budapest.
Some of his paintings are considered the earliest examples of Hungarian and Central European Impressionism.
Pal Szinyei Merse,  Rózsi Szinyei Merse, the Artist's Daughter, 1897

Pal Szinyei Merse, Picnic in May, 1873

Pal Szinyei Merse, Mother and Child


Olga Sacharoff (1889-1967, Spanish)

Olga Nicolaevna Sacharoff was born in Georgia, which was a part of Russian Empire at the time. She studied at the School of Fine Art in Tbilisi, later she moved to Munich where she met her future husband, photographer and painter Otto Lloyd. In 1911, Olga Sacharoff moved to Paris, she was influenced by Paul Cézanne and later by cubism movement. In 1916, Sacharoff settled in Barcelona where she mostly lived.

Cheuk Hiu Kwong, Chinese Artist

Marie Desbons, Children's Books Illustrations (France)

Fikret Moualla (1903-1967) Turkish Artist

Fikret Moualla(Mualla)Saygı was an avant-garde painter of Turkish descent. His work was influenced by Expressionism and Fauvism, with subject matter focusing on Paris street life, social gatherings such as cafés and circuses. In 1939 he settled in Paris.


Oleg Maiboroda, Russian artist

Girl with flowers


Ron Monsma, American Artist

Ron Monsma received his BA in Fine Arts at Indiana University South Bend and has been an instructor of drawing and painting at the university since 1997. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and is represented in many private and corporate collections across the United States.

Professor Monsma’s work was included in 100 Artists of the Midwest, Pure Color, the Best of Pastel, 20th Century Indiana Landscape Painters, in the Chinese book Contemporary American Oil Painting. In 2008 he won the Jack Richeson Best of Show Award in the 9th Annual Pastel 100 competition sponsored by The Pastel Journal. Since 1990 Professor Monsma’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The Pastel Journal, International Artist Magazine, Art News Magazine and The Artist’s Magazine. Professor Monsma has conducted workshops in Finland and the United States and recently taught in Florence, Italy. (ronmonsma.com)

The Weight, oil

Dancer with a Cat, pastel

Composition with Red and Green Apples


Ives Brayer (1907-1990) French Artist

Yves Brayer traveled widely to Spain, Italy, Greece, the US, Mexico, Egypt, Iran, Japan and Russia, trying to capture the light and colors of each country. He was interested in the techniques of copper plate engraving and lithography and produced illustrations for editions of such authors as Charles Baudelaire and Paul Claudel. He also created murals and wall ornamentations, tapestry cartoons, maquettes, sets, and costumes for the Théâtre Français and the operas of Paris, Amsterdam, Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Avignon. In 1957, Yves Brayer was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. He had also been president of the Salon d'Automne for five years.(wikipedia)

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863 –1923)

Duncan Phillips, an art collector and critic, one of the founders of The Phillips Collection, visited Sorolla in Madrid in the beginning of 1910s. He published his article Sorolla: the Painter of Sunlight in 1913. Here's a few excerpts from the article found on archive.org

"At his best Sorolla combines truth and beauty in a very exceptional way. His distinctive achievement is the effect of sunlight on white - white skin, white sails, white dresses, white walls. His whites are never twice alike, but they speak vividly of various sorts of surfaces and edges. There are no splatter-dashes to offend the sensitive, but from Monet or from experience he has learned that a slight mixture with pure white pigment of yellow or vermilion for parts in light, and of violet or blue for parts in shadow, will produce the illusion of air that sparkles with sunbeams. His sunlight on darker tones is equally successful; on the brown skins of little naked boys that race up and down his Valencian sea beaches, and on the orange tress and flame-red soil of his Andalusian orchards."

JOAQUÍN SOROLLA Y BASTIDA, A Walk on the Beach 1909

"Now Claude Monet painted sunligght so scientifically compounded of solar beams that it made us hot around the collar, and dazzled our eyes, Yet he never made us feel, a s i hope we all had felt on summer days, that this is the best of all possible worlds and that the golden sun is chiefly responsible for its being so nice. That is Sorolla's sentiment. he is a lyric poet, one of the familiar kind who goes about singing."
"It is the joy that Sorolla puts into his pictures that makes their sunshine so irresistible."
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Under the Awning at Zarauz Beach

"....This subjective strain makes his realism intimately impressionistic. It made me eager to know the man, to shake him by the hand. And so I took the opportunity at Madrid last sprin of visiting the painter in his new home. To my complete satisfaction he was just like his pictures. Whimsical, unconventional, jovial, kindly, the French would call him "Bon garcon." It is a familiar type in the studios of the world. But how few of them have the genius of this little Spaniard!"

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, My Wife and Daughters in the Garden

"Sorolla was a charming host, putting my companions and myself at once at our ease by his almost boisterous familiarity, assuring us that although we were not painters, yet we were Americans, and therefore easy for him to like and understand. He spoke with enthusiasm of his friends in America, of his new commission to decorate the Hispanic Museum at New York with mural paintins, of his admiration for the American spirit, his belief that from us shall come the great art of the future."

".... at the time of my visit, (in his studio) was a still larger canvas upon which he was yet working; a picture of three women in sun-flecked, summery dresses of white and pink, stretched out full length on the sun bathed grass in poses eloquent of utter, irresistible relaxation, once more as if seen from above. I fairly gasped at the daring of this point of view and Sorolla laughed and stroked his hands and exclaimed, "C'est terrible, ca" - which being interpreted meant - the illusion is quite overpowering, as I wished it to be."
La Siesta, 1911

"But I was all the more eager to remember the exquisite sweetness and gaiety of the man who could carry his sunshine about with him in his heart."
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Elena and Maria the Painter's Daughters on Horseback in Valencian Period Costumes

"On the wall of his library hangs a print of one of Vermeer's serene interiors. Pointing to it he said significantly, "le plus moderne des anciens." If Vermeer had lived in our free and frolicsome epoch of art his brush work would probably have been as big and brave as Sorolla's, and if Sorolla had been of the later seventeenth century in Holland, he might have been as "exquisite" as Vermeer."
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Clotilde and Elena on the Rocks at Javea

"...when I praised the beauty of his house and garden, he smiled as if remembering former doubts and compunctions about the realization of this expensive dream, and said very simply, "One can live only once. Let us be happy while we may."

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