Since the beginning of January, I’ve been sharing daily posts on my Facebook account (link) including some humorous images. I’ve recently started adding some of the best of the humorous images to items in my Zazzle and Cafepress stores. Feel free to hop on over to a store in your country to find out more.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau was popular in the USA and in his own life, The French painter was well-known for his focus on the female form. His work included reinterpretations of myths into more modern times.
At 14 he’d undertaken studies in the priesthood where he learned to paint and draw, but dropped out, choosing to become an artist.
He was very successful, creating more than 820 paintings in his lifetime, though critics suggested that he adapted his painting style to suit the tastes of the buying public.
Quote: “Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness, I can scarcely wait for the next morning to come… if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable.”
Francisco Goya: was one of the most important Spanish artists of his time, known for his prints, his portraits and his romantic paintings. He’s often referred to as both one of the last of the Old Masters, as well as one of the first of the Modern Masters.
Quote by George Frederick Watts: “I paint ideas, not things. My intention is less to paint works that are pleasing to the eye than to suggest great thoughts which will speak to the imagination and the heart, and will arouse all that is noblest and best in man.”
At a time when it was difficult for women artists to be recognised and accepted, Gentileschi had to fight other negative attitudes such as the claim that her first major painting at 17, was accomplished with the aid of her famous father, painter Orazio Gentileschi.
Strong women were a feature of her work, and of the 57 of her paintings, 94% were of this nature.
While there were several other talented artists before her, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.
He was one of Korea’s most famous painters, known for his realistic landscape works. Born to a poor family, it wasn’t until he was in his 40s before his talent was recognised, after which he gained a position in the court. He was a prolific painter until his death in his early 80s.