Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Soutine was a Russian artist of Jewish extraction living in France. Produced the majority of his works from 1920 to 1929. He seldom showed his works, but he did take part in the important exhibition The Origins and Development of International Independent Art held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1937 in Paris, where he was at last hailed as a great painter. Soon thereafter France was invaded by German troops. As a Jew, Soutine had to escape from the French capital and hide in order to avoid arrest by the Gestapo. He moved from one place to another and was sometimes forced to seek shelter in forests, sleeping outdoors. Suffering from a stomach ulcer and bleeding badly, he left a safe hiding place for Paris in order to undergo emergency surgery, which failed to save his life. On August 9, 1943, Chaim Soutine died of a perforated ulcer. Soutine was interred in Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris.
Friday, March 26, 2010
European Illustration 1979/1980
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Natural History Artists
These beautiful images have been created mostly by anonymous artists who illustrated books written by natural history investigators. The only ones of these represented here who illustrated their own books were the great American ornithologist John James Audubon and the British genius of science Robert Hooke.