Art: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Artists and Their Work
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From the influential craftsmen of the high renaissance to the Dutch masters, and from the rococo and neoclassical movements of the 18th century to romanticism, modernism and contemporary art, the lives of the great artists are as varied and multifaceted as the works of creative genius they produced.
The Great Art Guide introduces readers to 100 of the world's most important artists, from the 13th century to the present. Works by artists such as Caravaggio, Vermeer, van Gogh and Warhol are arranged chronologically and set in their historical context by Susie Hodge's authoritative narrative.
Succinct and insightful artist profiles are accompanied by high-quality reproductions of the individual's most significant works of art. Including a glossary of key terms and a comprehensive list of the most important art institutions from across the globe, this concise and readable guide is a joy for students of art or anyone wanting to know more about great works of art.
patriotism, clarity and purity of style. Once Napoleon had restored order to France, David became devoted to him. The Emperor commissioned many works, including portraits and large paintings glorifying his life. In 1803, Napoleon made David a knight (or chevalier) of his newly founded Legion of Honor. After the fall of Napoleon and the Bourbon restoration, although he was offered the position of court painter, David refused and fled to Brussels in 1816. Now approaching 70, he turned to
• UKIYO-E * * * Sudden Rainstorm at Shōno 1833–4 COLOR WOODCUT PRINT 25 × 35 CM (10 × 13¾ IN) THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US In this masterpiece Hiroshige has captured the effects of a sudden storm. The figures rush on, bent against the wind and rain. The diagonal composition adds to the feeling of energy and the different tones are portrayed in a simplified, stylish manner. One of the most influential artists of Japan’s Ukiyo-ē period, Andō Hiroshige’s
they were delicately colored, economical in line and serenely composed. As he was not part of a closed order, Fra Angelico could meet and talk to others and he was soon promoted to managing a busy workshop. He became prominent among a new generation of Florentine artists, including Fra Filippo Lippi (1406–69) and Andrea del Castagno (c.1418–57). In 1436, Fra Angelico’s order took over the convent of San Marco in Florence and he was commissioned to decorate the friars’ cells there. With the help
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, PHILADELPHIA, PA, US GAUGUIN * * * 1848–1903 • POST-IMPRESSIONISM, SYMBOLISM, PRIMITIVISM, SYNTHETISM, LES NABIS, CLOISONNISM * * * Tahitian Women or On the Beach 1891 OIL ON CANVAS 69 × 91.5 CM (27 × 36 IN) MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS, FRANCE Fascinated by the indolent charm of the women of Tahiti, Gauguin used a vibrant palette and layers of flat color to create a decorative, solid image. He advised his followers: “Don’t trust the model. The
world. This sits alongside the need to move on from outdated, traditional forms of art, architecture, literature and social thinking. Some Modernists self-consciously broke with the past, rejecting all established customs, while others simply attempted to reinterpret tradition and to give it a new, modern twist. While scientists such as Charles Darwin (1809–82), Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) and Albert Einstein (1879–1955) were refuting accepted theories and