Aside from his trips to Mexico and Canada, Remington was much less interested than other American artists of his time in traveling abroad. He was, however, continually interested in horses and horsemen. In 1892, writer Poultney Bigelow convinced Remington to join him on a trip to Russia and North Africa commissioned by Harper's Monthly by promising him that he would see some of the finest horses and horsemanship in the world. Dazzled by Arabian horses and the Spahi, light cavalry regiments of the French armies of Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco, Remington made a number of sketches and watercolor paintings of them. However, this particular watercolor did not go...
Created by: Remington, Frederic
A key member of the avant-garde in Paris in the early 20th century, Alexander Archipenko chose the title of this stylized nude from a controversial (and scandalous) German play about the sexual awakening of a young woman. Archipenko had already become famous as one of the earliest Cubist sculptors, second only to Picasso in employing the style in a three-dimensional form. He abandoned the Academic style taught to him in Kiev, studying the simple and solid forms of early Egyptian, Greek, and Assyrian art as well as avant-garde innovations, choosing instead of now static neo-classical forms to use faceted planes...
Created by: Archipenko, Alexander
As he began to find success with fine art, Edward Szymd purchased a home in Dania, Florida which he christened Orchid House, surrounding it with lush gardens, including a variety of orchids. In painting the sun-drenched landscapes and individual flowers and blooms he drew from that inspiration, he established himself as a master of both light and color in a traditionally realistic style. However, there was a downside. Szymd explained, "Florida's climate lends itself to growing orchids. I found myself with a collection of 4,000 plants which I maintained personally. This started to interfere with my career as an artist...
Created by: Szmyd, Edward
Some sage once noted that "If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you''ve imagined. Venice is-- Venice is better!" Ellenshaw painted one of its most famous sights, St. Mark's Square, anchored by the Basilica di San Marco, a magnificent church composed of Byzantine domes, mosaics, and plundered treasures from the Near East and Asia, including the relics of St. Mark. The ruler of Venice was the Doge, whose palace is next to San Marco, and the tall building is the Campanile, a 325 foot guard tower from the 8th century that was rebuilt after a sudden...
Created by: Ellenshaw, Peter
The young Baryes studies with the Italian sculptor Bozio and the French painter Gros convinced him that the classical conventions of the Academy which then dominated European art were both inadequate and counterproductive in terms of realistically depicting animals. Instead, he began a self-study of various naturalists, attended dissections, and made regular visits to the Jardin des Plantes with his friend, Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix, to observe and draw the exotic animals on display there, resulting in the small paintings like Stag Standing seen here. Though he is more widely known for the artistic mastery of his bronzes, these paintings...
Created by: Barye, Antoine-Louis