2017/06/23

SAVITSKY

Konstantin A. Savitsky (1844-1905). Russian painter.

LONGONI

Emilio Longoni (1859-1932). Italian painter.

2017/06/22

GERHARTZ

Daniel Gerhartz (1965-). American painter.
I have set the goal of keeping this blog in order to help my readers to recognize and appreciate Art. Here is a perfect example of a painter whose value is almost null. Although this portrait of woman is apparently seductive ( I chose one of his best) it detects its banality. This artist works completely out of time, simply aping very summarily artists of the late nineteenth century.

2017/06/21

KRUEGER S.

Shawn Krueger (1993-). American painter.

2017/06/20

KREUGER

Nils Kreuger (1858-1930). Swedish painter.

2017/06/17

STASSEN

Franz Stassen (1869-1949). German painter and illustrator.

KORZHEV

Geliy Korzhev (1925-2012). Russian painter.

2017/06/16

MYASOEDOV

Ivan G. Myasoedov (1881-1953). Russian painter.

2017/06/15

DASCANIO

Emanuele Dascanio (1983-). Italian painter.

2017/06/14

MALLIA

Giuseppe Mallia (1957-). Italian painter.

2017/06/13

BENEDICENTI

Luigi Benedicenti (1948-). Italian painter.

2017/06/12

RYZHENKO

Pavel E. Ryzhenko (1970-2014). Russian painter.

2017/06/11

Ryzhenko and other.

Leave me space to do some indispensable critical considerations. So let's take an artist like Ryzhenko. I suppose he is well-known in Russia, but in our Western world is not enough or even unknown. For our misfortune he died before the time. He was an artist who did precise and unambiguous choices, an artist whose caliber is far superior to the average, an artist who can not be ignored with silence. Yet it is what has been done by the great international museum institutions. Is there any reason for it? There are more than one. First of all he is Russian, the other side of the world, in addition he was not a dissident. He chose to follow the aesthetic canons of the Academy, so his painting is not only extremely understandable but also dated, in the sense that if we would to compare with other painters we should go back to the late-Symbolism, an art movement widely developed especially in France but hindered by art dealers who did other choices promoting those artists who would have guaranteed them a greater profit; I refer not only to merchants but also to art critics who just in those years were hardly earning an undisputed celebrity. So Ryzhenko painted in an outdated way. But there is more. Ryzhenko represented the history of Russia seen from an angle opposite to that of official historiography; then painting with nostalgia and regret the Tzar and the society of that time is really something that Power could not tolerate. Therefore Ryzhenko is out of time and terribly anti-historical. This is what I suppose was their judgment. Yet Ryzhenko is a great artist. But it is better to promote the shameless of art-build artists, the general public must be educated to accept new form of art that are nothing but confusion and deception. Institutions invest money in order to obtain huge profits and above all cultural credibility. Have you never wondered why some very rich countries are collecting modern art collections with works that belong to the Western world and that contradict the culture and the lifestyle of those countries? It is just about investing money, and this will call more money in an endless vicious cycle. People are becoming more stupid and presumptuous in the illusion of enjoying freedom of expression, but this a tragic lie.

RYZHENKO

Pavel V. Ryzhenko (1970-2014). Russian painter.

ZHILINSKY

Dmitry Zhilinsky (1927-2015). Russian painter.

2017/06/09

REPIN

Ilya E. Repin (1844-1930). Russian painter.
Magnificent, impressive, touching!

2017/06/08

GANDY

Greg Gandy (1980-). American painter.

MANN

Jeremy Mann (1979-). American painter.

2017/06/07

GANDY and MANN

Greg Gandy (1980-). American painter.
Jeremy Mann (1979-). American painter.
Two painters too often associated, but to look closely are very different. They both belong to American Realism. They strongly resemble the same aesthetic appeared since the early '50s in the illustrations of the magazine of the time. Mostly urban reality images. Of course both Gandy and Mann have introduced their own characteristics: the first one is clear and the second one is blurry. Obviously the cutting images, such as photographs, is more risky and unusual. So far, so good. But there is a kind of insecurity or indecision in their chosen themes, more in Mann and less in Gandy, making them swinging and digressing in different contents that seems to be non belonging to them but simply borrowed.

2017/06/06

VAN STEIN

Thomas Van Stein (1961-). American painter.

TIFFANY

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). American glassmaker.
Laurelton Hall, Long Island, New York.

2017/06/05

LALIQUE

Vase "Martinets".

2017/06/04

KOLBE

Georg Kolbe (1877-1947). German sculptor.

NEWGRANGE

Newgrange Entrance Stone, Ireland, c. 3200 BC.

2017/06/03

SANDOW

Eugène Sandow (1867-1925). German strongman.

LOPEZ GARCIA

Antonio Lopez Garcia (1936-). Spanish painter.

2017/06/02

SINGLEY

Greg Singley (1950-). American painter.

2017/06/01

SMITH K.

Kay Smith (1923-). American painter.

FISHER

Dean Fisher (?). American painter.

2017/05/31

LOPEZ GARCIA

Antonio Lopez Garcia (1936-). Spanish painter.

2017/05/29

FRIEDLANDER

Paul Friedlander (1951-). British artist.

2017/05/28

RIEDER

Marcel Rieder (1862-1942). French painter.