Joseph Mallord William Turner - Dido Building Carthage

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Part III

Turner left a small fortune which he hoped would be used to support what he called "decayed artists". Part of the money went to the Royal Academy of Arts, which does not now use it for this purpose, though occasionally it awards students the Turner Medal. His collection of finished paintings was bequeathed to the British nation, and he ... More

Joseph Mallord William Turner - Mortlake Terrace, Early Summer Morning

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Part II

Turner placed human beings in many of his paintings to indicate his affection for humanity on the one hand (note the frequent scenes of people drinking and merry-making or working in the foreground), but its vulnerability and vulgarity amid the 'sublime' nature of the world on the other hand. 'Sublime' here means awe-inspiring, savage ... More

Charles Ephraim Burchfield - Sunburst, 1929-31

Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) Part III

After 1940 Burchfield's style changed, however, and by the mid-1940s he had abandoned realism, returning to his early interest in personal interpretations of nature. His paintings from this period convey a sense of wonder at the color, movement, and forms of nature, particularly in connection with the seasons. A notable example of his later ... More

Charles Ephraim Burchfield - Autumn Morning, Gardenville, New York, 1946

Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) Part II

From 1912 to 1916 Burchfield attended the Cleveland School of Art. He returned to his home in Salem, Ohio, where he had an industrial job and in his spare time painted imaginative watercolors of nature. After military service in World War I, he worked as a wallpaper designer in Buffalo until 1929, when, having received critical acclaim and ... More

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Ilene Meyer (1939-2009)

Ilene Meyer was a self-trained oil painter whose works combined realism and fantasy. At the age of seven she contributed work to a time capsule at Alki Point, Seattle. She made her career as an oil painter in the 1970s with her first solo exhibition in 1979. Her early work was based on the fruit and flowers she used as models, with ... More

Joseph Mallord William Turner - Dent De Lion, Margate, 1791

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Part I

Turner was born in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, England. His father, William Gay Turner (27 January 1738 – 7 August 1829), was a barber and wig maker. His mother, Mary Marshall, became increasingly mentally unstable, perhaps, in part, due to the early death of Turner's younger sister, Helen Turner, in 1786. She died in 1804, ... 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

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

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

Charles Ephraim Burchfield - Winter, East Liverpool, 1927

Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967) Part I

Charles Ephraim Burchfield was an American painter and visionary artist, famous for his passionate watercolors of nature scenes and townscapes. The largest collection of his paintings, archives and journals are in the collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. Burchfield's paintings are in the collections of ... More