...this month's featured artist is: Munch

Edvard Munch is considered as one of the major symbolist painters, forerunner of the expressionist movement. "I don't paint what i see, but what i've seen" he said, to underline his distance from the (post)impressionism. Munch is interested in showing what happens inside his head, how his unrational side takes over the rational one and modifies the reality perceived... Read more >>.

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Dalì

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Kandinsky

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Monet 2/2

Monet was a pure impressionist, a real master of the style, entirely focusing his attention on the colours and light effects of the landscapes that he used to paint en plain air.

He...

Renoir 2/2

General Informations
NamePierre-Auguste Renoir
Birth25 February, 1841
Death3 December, 1919
MovementsImpressionism
MusicGabriel Fauré (12-05-1845 - 04-11-1924)


Renoir's painting is probably the most carefree and lightheaded one among the impressionists: his scenes are happy, funny, sometimes sensual, the artist is fascinated by feminine beauty, and there are no other purposes in his works except personal pleasure.  Even his teacher used to yell at him, complaining that he was representing too frivolous scenes..

Renoir was a close friend of Monet. They used to paint together natural sights en plain air as the impressionism stabilished, leaving us some pictures of the same sight at the same hour from 2 slightly different points of view (see "La grenouillere").

During the decline of the impressionism, feeling the weight of the critics, Renoir moved towards a more classical painting inspired by Raffaello: "The Large Bathers" drew on the classical late-renaissance theme of the nude women in the landscape, near a water source. That subject was allowed as the represented women were always goddesses and nymphs.

Selected Works

 

Ancora - Stoccolma, Nationalmuseum

Grenoullere

 

Ancora - Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Large Bathers

A few words about the music

19th century French painting with 19th century French music... What else may be more appropriate?

This Pavane (the name comes from a slow processional Spanish court dance) ebbs and flows from a series of harmonic and melodic climaxes, conjuring a cool, somewhat haunting, Belle Époque elegance.

From the outset, the Pavane has enjoyed immense popularity. It entered the standard repertoire of the Ballets Russes in 1917, where it was alternatively billed as Las Mininas or Les Jardins d'Aranjuez. Fauré's example was imitated by his pupils, who went on to write pavanes of their own, like Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte and Debussy's Passepied from his Suite bergamasque.

It was written for a small orchestra (strings and one pair of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns) and optional chorus.

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