The famous French Impressionist Claude Monet set out to create a garden which would exemplify the impressionists obsession with color and light - a garden influenced by Japanese styles, specifically arranged with regard to shade and composition, and yet looking carefree and unplanned, like a happy, spontaneous accident of beauty. His gardens at Giverny became a mecca for artists and still continues to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, including a large number of artists like Peter Ellenshaw.
Like many artists, British-born Peter Ellenshaw was fascinated by both Claude Monet's paintings and the amazing gardens at Giverny that inspired so many of them. After his enormously successful career as a matte artist in Disney films, Ellenshaw spent his "retirement" as a landscape painter, traveling to various beautiful sites around the world. Giverny was one of his favorite locations, and he visited and painted there often, in this case choosing a perspective mimicking one of Monet's most famous paintings.
Ellenshaw had traveled the world as he worked on films, but after his retirement, he had time to devote to the landscape painting he had always wished to do. Giverny was one of his favorite places and he returned to it time and again, as his paintings demonstrate. One of his favorite elements there were the bright red poppies with which Monet punctuated with floral composition. Like many painters, Ellenshaw revisited the vivid blooms repeatedly.
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After Kelly had made a name for himself painting the great houses of England, he was commissioned by the Conde Nast Publications to paint important American houses, some of which would be featured in its magazine House and Garden, including his first painting of the White House. Among these houses was Thomas Jefferson''s Monticello, a favorite for Kelly which he painted a number of times over the years. In this case, he depicts it "en fete", ready for a party, and decorated with the candy stripe motif that recurs throughout his works.
Created by: Kelly, Felix
After spending the first half of his life in the consistently war-torn Yugoslavia, Alexander Dzigurski came to America with his family in 1949. During the 1950s, he settled in California where he began painting the rocky coasts and seascapes for which he is best known. A New York critic once called him the poet of the sea. Dzigurski himself declared that the solitary beauty and grandeur of his mountain and ocean scenes, like this one of Moonlight, Carmel, were a metaphor for the freedom and peace he had enjoyed since coming to America.
Created by: Dzigurski, Alexander