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Vincent and the Doctor (2010)

The Doctor: Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?

Curator: Well… um… big question, but, to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

p.s. not sure who’s the author of this gif but i simply love it!

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Vincent van Gogh. Happy Birthday!

When it comes to Van Gogh I cannot find right words to describe how much he and his art means to me…

I used to say that no one else but yourself could change your life. At some point I realized that I was wrong. Vincent van Gogh, his art, his great talent and story of his life did help me to change mine. (I believe not only mine!)

Today, 30th of March 2015 is the 162nd birthday of the greatest artist of all time.

Happy birthday, Vincent van Gogh! Ah, if we only had a chance to tell you how thankful we are for the beauty your created, for the inspiration you brought and example you set!!!  This world would be so different without your ART!

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) - Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat. Paris, September - October 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). (Oil on canvas, 44.5 cm x 37.2 cm)

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) - Almond Blossom. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, February 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). (Oil on canvas, 73.3 cm x 92.4 cm)

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) - Sunflowers. Arles, January 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). (Oil on canvas, 95 cm x 73 cm)

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) - Irises. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). (Oil on canvas, 92.7 cm x 73.9 cm)

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) - Shoes. Paris, September - November 1886. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). (Oil on canvas, 38.1 cm x 45.3 cm)

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) - Avenue of Poplars in Autumn. Nuenen, October 1884. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the Vincent van Gogh Foundation and the Rembrandt Association). (Oil on canvas on panel, 99 cm x 65.7 cm)

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890) - Cafe Terrace at Night or The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum. Arles, 1888. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (Netherlands). (Oil on canvas on panel, 80.7 cm × 65.3 cm)

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 150th Birthday


Of course one should not drink much, but often.” - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

He is best known for his painted scenes of wild, bohemian Parisian nightlife, including his posters for the opening of the Moulin Rouge: Today would have been Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 150th Birthday. 

Joyeux Anniversaire! 

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“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” ©

Claude Monet was born on this date November 14 in 1840. Thank you for the beauty you’ve brought to this world, Master! 



Pierre Auguste Renoir - Portrait of Claude Monet (half). 1875. Paris, France. Musee D'Orsay. (Oil on canvas. 85 cm x 60.5 cm)

Claude Monet - Water-Lily Pond. 1897. New Jersey, USA. The Art Museum of Princeton University. (Oil on Canvas. 90 cm x 90 cm)

Claude Monet - Boulevard des Capucines. 1873-74. Missouri, USA. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. (Oil on Canvas. 80 cm x 61 cm)

Claude Monet - Women in Garden. 1866. Paris, France. Musee D'Orsay. (Oil on Canvas. 255 cm x 205 cm)

Photograph: unknown

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Happy Birthday Alfred Sisley!
October 30, 1839, Paris, France - January 29, 1899, Moret-sur-Loing, France
The Small Meadows in Spring -  1880-1881. London, National Gallery. (Oil on canvas, 54.3 x 73 cm)
The young girl is the artist’s daughter, Jeanne, symbolizes an epitome of spring in this painting.

Happy Birthday Alfred Sisley!
October 30, 1839, Paris, France - January 29, 1899, Moret-sur-Loing, France

The Small Meadows in Spring - 1880-1881. London, National Gallery. (Oil on canvas, 54.3 x 73 cm)

The young girl is the artist’s daughter, Jeanne, symbolizes an epitome of spring in this painting.

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Edouard Manet “In art the best results are achieved by intuition rather than by intellectual processes”

Edouard Manet  is one of the finest artists of 19s century, the artist in whose paintings we can see transition from realism to impressionism. His discoveries of his own style, his rejection of high academic rules, his use of pure colour and his naturalistic view of life had set an example which heavily influenced the Impressionists. Yet the Impressionist were never in any real sense “Manet’s band”, nor was Manet in any real sense one of them. He never painted truly impressionist picture, that is to say one of which is no black is used. He was only impressionist to the limited extent that under the impact of Monet and Renoir he took to using lighter palette, broken brush strokes and experimenting more often than before with open-air subject.


He never considered himself as impressionist and never displayed his canvases at the exhibitions organized by his friends. “The salon is the real field of battle, it is there that one must take one’s measure” he claimed. True Manet aspired to be recognized like Ingres. And yet Manet loathed academism, partly because it falsified the image in the mirror and partly because he felt that the traditions of old masters had ceased to be valid.




Many paradoxes in his life as well as in art can be explained that there’s a deep-seated dichotomy in Manet’s character and that the artist like the man had more than single face. He both was devoted domesticated husband as well as impenitent lady’s man; a pious catholic as well as sceptic humanist; an ardent socialist as well as comforting bourgeois; and finally hard working artist as well as elegant merrymaker. Moreover the synthesis of opposites which was at the root of his character helped Manet to fuse seemingly ambivalent elements - taken from Daumier, the Spanish and Venetian masters, contemporary photographs, Japanese wood engravings and many other sources - into a violable modern style. In art the best results are achieved by intuition rather than by intellectual processes.


Manet’s style was deeply influenced by Hispanolisme, especially by Spanish performers whom he saw in theaters and music halls in 1860s. This period was largely responsible for transforming Manet from a brilliant student into a mature and original artist.


He succeeded because like most of the greatest modern innovators - Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso - he was primarily an artist, not a theorist with preconceived notions of ideal beauty.


Edouard Manet, 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883

paintings - Edouard Manet:

1. Music in the Tuileries Gardens, 1862 - London, National Gallery (Oil on canvas, 76 x 118 cm)

2. The Conservatory, 1878/9 - Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen (Oil on canvas, 115 x 150 cm)

3. Luncheon in the Studio, 1868 - Munich, Neue Pinakothek (Oil on canvas, 120 x 153 cm)

4. At Pere Lathuile’s, 1879 - Tournai (Belgium), Musee des Beaux-Arts Tournai (Oil on canvas, 93 x 112 cm)

5. Autumn (Mery Lautent), 1881- Nancy (France), Musee des Beaux-Arts (Oil on canvas, 73 x 51 cm)

6. Lola de Valence, 1852 - Paris, Musee d'Orsay (Oil on canvas, 123 x 92 cm)

7. The Plum / Plum Brandy, aprox. 1877 - Washington D.C., The National Gallery of Art (Oil on canvas, 73.6 × 50.2 cm)

8. The Balcony, 1868 - Paris, Musee d'Orsay (Oil on canvas 170 x 125 cm)

9. Self-Portrait with a Palette, 1879 - Private Collection (Oil on canvas 83 × 67 cm)

written by Turkan Kasamanli.

Sources: “Manet” John Richardson, “Iskusstvo” Moscow.

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Impressionism - history of terminology.

It was Monet, with his ideas and paintings, who made the most decisive contribution to the development of impressionist art. Even the name of the whole movement was called after his “Impression. Sunrise” (“Soleil levant”),1873. This painting was displayed at the first exhibition organized by young artists at Capucines Boulevard in photographer Nadar’s studio. Ten days after the exhibition took place, Louis Leroy published a sarcastic review in one of the Parisian newspapers in which he called the painters “impressionists”. As artists themselves often referred to the concept of “impression” in explaining the focus of their art, soon this expression came into common usage as an accepted term without negative meaning. 



Claude Monet - Impression Sunrise. 1872-73. Paris, Musee Marmottan. (Oil on canvas. 48 cm × 63 cm ).

written by Turkan Kasamanli.

Sources: Masterpieces of Western Art. Taschen

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Artists from Capucines Boulevard

My most favorite rooms in any museum are always those with the Impressionist paintings. In my opinion it is almost impossible to stay indifferent if you have ever had a chance to see those paintings in the flesh. It literally feels like canvases breathe with energy and life.


Impressionism is an art movement that began to formalize in France during the 1960th. These artists’ paintings differ from everything that has been done centuries before. Not only the manner and style of paintings is changing, the most significant shift is – the motifs. Mythological, historical and religious themes are being replaced with fleeting impressions of everyday life – domestic genre, nude, portraits, landscapes and still lifes. Today, in retrospective, it is often said that these artists were not particularly revolutionary. But in the eyes of their contemporaries, however, they were revolutionary indeed. 


It is important to mention that the Impressionists were one of the first artists who discovered plein-air (painting on the open air). They observed various different light situations from the same point under different conditions. In their enthusiasm for plein-air painting Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and Renoir had gone further in their experiments with light, colors and shadows. Monet was the first to ban gloomy black from his palette, replacing it with a vital, vibrant blue. Painters forswore a precisely delimited reproduction of photographic precision in favor of atmosphere in their paintings – using painterly techniques to transfigure portrayals of distance and close-up objects, breaking down homogenous color planes and lines, and using brushwork and texture as creative media in themselves.



Along with this the history of Impressionism is, at the same time, a history of great bonds of friendship between artists, as is true of most of non-academic art movements in the 19th century. The support offered by a circle of friends, including often necessary financial assistance, gave painters, who turned their backs on tradition and society, the power and peace of mind to pursue their painterly aims unerringly.  


1. Claude Monet - Poppies. 1873. Paris, Musée d'Orsay. (Oil on canvas. 50 x 65 cm)

2. Alfred Sisley - Grand Jatte. 1873. Paris, Musée d'Orsay. (Oil on canvas)

3. Jean Auguste Renoir - Sewing c. 1899. Art Institute of Chicago. (Oil on canvas
. 55.4 x 46.5 cm) 

4. Frédéric Bazille -  Bazille’s Studio. 1870. Paris, Musée d'Orsay. (Oil on Canvas. 98 x 128.5 cm)

written by Turkan Kasamanli.

Sources: Masterpieces of Western Art. Taschen; Impressionism by Powell-Jonjes; Impressionists. “Iskusstvo” Moscow.

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I love art. So much.

In view of the fact that (unfortunately) I don’t have any special talents in this field, the only thing I can do is contemplating and admiring what other artists have done already or what they are still doing. I really enjoy it.

I want to share with you perceptions that I acquired while visiting different museums, galleries and exhibitions, as well as reading thematic books and articles.

I was planning to start writing this blog for so long and I think that I am finally ready!

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