Jan Van Eyck - The Madonna With Canon Van Der Paele 1436

Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)

The date of van Eyck's birth is not known. The first extant record of van Eyck is from the court of John of Bavaria at The Hague, where payments were made to Jan van Eyck between 1422 and 1424 as court painter, with the court rank of valet de chambre, and first one and then two assistants. This suggests a date of birth after 1395, and indeed ... More

James Tissot - Waiting For The Ferry, 1878

James Tissot (1836-1902)

James Tissot was a French painter, engraver, and enameler famous for his portraits of late Victorian society. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); After receiving a religious education, Tissot went to Paris at age 19 to study art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Ingres, Flandrin and Lamothe. In 1859 he ... More

James Kay - Venice

James Kay (1858-1942)

James Kay was a Scottish artist famous for his paintings of the landscapes and shipping around the River Clyde. Born on the Isle of Arran, Kay spent much of his working life with a studio in Glasgow and living at Portincapleon Loch Long in Argyll and Bute. He was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolor... More

Henri Edmond Cross - The Mediterranean, East Wind, 1902

Henri Edmond Cross (1856-1910)

Henri-Edmond-Joseph Delacroix was born in Douai, a commune in the Nord départment in northern France in 1856. He had no surviving siblings. His parents, with a family history of ironmongery, were Alcide Delacroix, a French adventurer, and British Fanny Woollett. In 1865 the family moved to a location near Lille, a northern ... More

Sandro Botticelli - The Birth Of Venus 1485

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)

Sandro Botticelli  was one of the greatest painters of the Florentine Renaissance. His "The Birth of Venus and Primavera" are often said to epitomize for modern viewers the spirit of the Renaissance. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Botticelli's name is derived from that of his elder brother Giovanni, a ... More

Gustave Loiseau - Fish Market At The Port Of Dieppe, 1903

Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935)

Loiseau was born in Paris on 3 October 1865 in the affluent commercial family. He was largely self-educated and worked with a decorator, painting the outskirts of Paris in his free time when he was young. An inheritance from his grandmother provided him with a certain degree of financial comfort and independence allowing him to concentrate ... More

Giovanni Boldini - The Return Of The Fishing Boats, Etretat, 1879

Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)

Giovanni Boldini enjoyed a long and successful artistic career. Born in Ferrara, Italy in 1842 and trained on the Italian Renaissance masters from childhood with his religious artist-father, Antonio Boldini. He also studied under other accomplished artists, gaining a reputation even at that young age as an accomplished portrait painter. ... More

Georgia O`Keeffe - The Lawrence Tree

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. Born on ... More

Childe Hassam - San Pietro, Venice, 1883

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) Part I

Frederick Childe Hassam was born in his family home in a suburb of Boston in 1859. His father Frederick was a cutlery merchant and descended from a long line of New Englanders, while his mother Rosa was a native of Maine. He demonstrated an interest in art early in his life. He had his first lessons in drawing and watercolor while ... More

Ferdinand Hodler - Turnerbankett, 1878

Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918)

Ferdinand Hodler was one of the most famous Swiss painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in Bern, the eldest of six children. His father, Jean, made a living as a carpenter and his mother, Marguerite, was from a peasant family. When Hodler was eight years old, he lost his father and two younger brothers as a ... More