Saturday, January 23, 2010

Van Gogh - The Marvelous Painter Who Cut Off His Own Earlobe

"I can't change the fact that my paintings don't sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture." - Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch painter was born on March 30, 1853, Zundert, Netherland. His life and work are legendary in the history of 19th and 20th century art. The art of Van Gogh, with its intense colour and writhing forms, became, through its impact on the Fauvists and German Expressionists, while his tragic biography is one of the most powerful examples of the myth of the artist as deranged and alienated visionary. Popularly viewed as the prototype of the misunderstood, tormented artist, he sold only one work in his lifetime.

The great majority of the works by which Vincent van Gogh is remembered were produced in 29 months of frenzied activity and intermittent bouts with epileptoid seizures and profound despair that finally ended in suicide. In his tragic struggle Vincent had one constant ally and support, his younger brother Théo, to whom he wrote revealing and extraordinarily beautiful letters describing his conflicts and aspirations. His early work, the Dutch period of 1880-85, consists of dark greenish-brown, heavily painted studies of peasants and miners, e.g., The Potato Eaters (1885; Van Gogh Mus., Amsterdam). He copied the work of Millet, whose idealization of the rural poor he admired. In 1886 he joined Théo in Paris, where he met the foremost French painters of the postimpressionist period.

Vincent van Gogh's work, though virtually unknown during his lifetime, is now highly regarded. Starry Night and Sunflowers are two of his best-known paintings.

Featured above is Van Gogh famous painting “Starry Night". His genius hauntingly shines in the swirled brushstrokes, vivid colors and distorted forms of “Starry Night.” While institutionalized, Van Gogh created “Starry Night,” his most famous painting, completely from memory. It now hangs in the permanent collection in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Read Detailed Biography of Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Michelangelo Buonarroti's Biography Added

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti

We have just added the biography of Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the greatest artists of all time. Michelangelo Buonarroti's versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival and fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. Unlike any previous artist, Michelangelo was the subject of two biographies in his own lifetime. Read More ...

Featured above is famous painting “The Creation of Adam,” which is part of his Sistine Chapel ceiling. This creation is considered by some to be his greatest artistic achievement. Commissioned by Pope Julius II, it was one of nine scenes from Genesis which Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) painted. Depicting the flash of life and love surging from God to Adam, it fluently replicates human anatomy and movement.