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I had the greatest pleasure in assembling this extraordinary collection of paintings by John Everett Millais, one of the founder members of the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood, in 1840s England. I call him extraordinary because he produced so many masterpieces from such a young age,( 'Isabella' aged 20 and 'Mariana' aged 21) and subsequently developed his art, over his lifetime, to produce magnificent works in later life, such as 'Dew Drenched Furze,or, Speedwells Darling Blue, or 'Lingering Autumn', to name only a few outstanding paintings. The pictures are accompanied by music from my symphonic compositions - Symphony 1 & 10 ( both tuneful and romantic works). I have also added a small amount of narration, at the start, by way of introduction, and also, during the programme, when a particular favourite picture of mine is shown.
Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema: A collection of 194 paintings (HD) Description: "Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Dutch-born painter of scenes from everyday life in the ancient world whose work was immensely popular in its time. Alma-Tadema, the son of a Dutch notary, studied art at the Antwerp Academy (1852–58) under the Belgian historical painter Hendrik Leys, assisting the painter in 1859 with frescoes for the Stadhuis (town hall) in Antwerp. During a visit to Italy in 1863, Alma-Tadema became interested in Greek and Roman antiquity and Egyptian archaeology, and afterward he depicted imagery almost exclusively from those sources. Moving to England, he became a naturalized British subject in 1873 and was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1879. He was knighted in 1899. Alma-Tadema excelled at the accurate re-creation of ancient architecture and costumes and the precise depiction of textures of marble, bronze, and silk. His expert rendering of settings provides a backdrop for anecdotal scenes set in the ancient world. Alma-Tadema’s wife, Laura Epps, was also a painter.." Feel free to subscribe!
Anthony van Dyck: A collection of 449 paintings (HD) Description: "Southern-Netherlandish painter, a major Baroque artist. Van Dyck was the son of a wealthy merchant from Antwerp. At the age of ten he already studied with a master painter, Hendrik van Balen. In 1615 he opened a workshop together with Jan Brueghel the Younger. His talent was recognized by his main example, his fellow Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens employed Van Dyck in 1617. The oldest known and remaining work from his early period is a bearing of the cross from 1617. In 1620 he made his first journey to England, where he stayed at the court of king James I. The next year he travelled to Italy, where he spent most of his time in Genua. His main example in Italy would be Titian. Van Dyck also developed his skill in the painting of portraits, a genre that was to become his favourite. In Italy his style lost some of its strong melancholy and gained in sensitivity, with the use of warm southern colours. Back in Antwerp (1627) he enjoyed great fame and produced a series of masterpieces. One of those is a portrait of the archduchess Isabella, the governour of Flanders, who had appointed Van Dyck as court painter. He also painted several large altarpieces. In 1632 Van Dyck moved to England, where the passionate art collector king Charles I also made him a court painter. King Charles earlier had persuaded Rubens to stay at his court. Van Dyck was granted a pension, became very popular, married the daughter of a lord and had a mistress. He also often travelled abroad. During a visit to Paris he fell seriously ill. Back in London he died in 1641. Van Dyck was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral." --- SUBSCRIBE: www.youtube.com/c/LearnFromMasters?sub_confirmation=1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LearnFromMasters/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+LearnFromMasters Contact: LearnFromMasters01@gmail.com --- Thanks for all support!
William Merritt Chase: A collection of 362 paintings (HD) Description: "Born in 1849 in Indiana, William Merritt Chase showed artistic talent as a young boy. His family arranged for him to begin formal training in art at the age of eighteen with a local portrait painter in Indianapolis. In 1869 Chase went to New York, where for two years he was a student at the National Academy of Design. He moved briefly to St. Louis, as his family had relocated there, and in 1872, sponsored by contributions from a group of St. Louis art patrons, Chase went to Munich to attend the Royal Academy, something that had been his dream for years. In Munich he studied with Karl von Piloty, who helped him to perfect a quick, bold brushstroke and taught him the dramatic Munich “dark manner.” A few years later Chase abandoned this somber palette in favor of the lighter tones of French impressionism. He returned to New York in 1878 to teach at the Art Students League, a position he held until 1896, when he opened his own art school in the city. Suited to teaching by intellect and personality, he began a long and successful career. He traveled abroad continually, looking at new art and old—the paintings of Velázquez, Whistler, Sargent, as well as Japanese prints—eventually incorporating travel into his teaching career by taking his students abroad. By 1874 Chase was established in his Tenth Street studio, located in a building that was a center for artists. His works often contain views of his studio, an aesthetic setting extravagantly furnished with art and decorative objects he had collected. In his studio, Chase painted, taught, and entertained other artists, students, and patrons. His early portraits and figural compositions show backgrounds that are loosely brushed, with abstract geometric arrangements of paintings, mirrors, and textiles as a foil for the figure, creating a lively counterpoint of straight and curving forms. In 1886 Chase married Alice Gerson, who had been his model. Not only did he depict his wife frequently in his paintings, but also their many children. The family spent their summers in a large house in Shinnecock, Long Island, N.Y., and the fresh and sparkling outdoor scenes he painted there established Chase’s reputation as a superb landscape painter. Between 1891 and 1902 Chase directed a summer school in Shinnecock Hills, which became the most important outdoor art school in America. He was elected president of the Society of American Artists in 1885, a position he held for the next ten years, and in 1890 he was elected academician in the National Academy of Design. Chase was a well-known and prolific artist. His paintings were admired in the United States and abroad for their luminous color, virtuoso brushstroke, and assured composition, and his work was exhibited widely, often winning prestigious awards. He was an influential teacher whose students included many of America’s noted modernist painters—Sheeler, O’Keeffe, Hartley, and Demuth among them. Besides founding the Chase School in New York, he traveled regularly to Philadelphia to teach at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and in his later years, taught summer classes in England, Spain, Holland, and Italy." Feel free to subscribe!
Arthur Hughes (1832–1915) was an English painter and illustrator associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Hughes was born in London. In 1846 he entered the art school at Somerset House, his first master being Alfred Stevens, and later entered the Royal Academy schools. Here he met John Everett Millais and Holman Hunt, and became one of the Pre-Raphaelite group of painters. His first picture, Musidora, was hung at the Royal Academy when he was only 17, and thenceforth he contributed almost annually not only to the Royal Academy but later also to the Grosvenor and New Gallery exhibitions.
In 1855 Hughes married Tryphena Foord, his model for April Love. Hughes died in Kew Green, London in 1915, leaving about 700 known paintings and drawings, along with over 750 book illustrations. Following the death of Tryphena Hughes in 1921, their daughter Emily had to move to a smaller house. There was, therefore, a shortage of space. As a result, she had her father’s remaining preparatory sketches, and all his private papers and correspondence, destroyed. He was the father of the English painter Arthur Foord Hughes and the uncle of another, Edward Robert Hughes.
Hughes is buried in Richmond Cemetery.
His best-known paintings are April Love and The Long Engagement, both of which depict troubled couples contemplating the transience of love and beauty. They were inspired by John Everett Millais's earlier "couple" paintings but place far greater emphasis on the pathos of human inability to maintain the freshness of youthful feeling in comparison to the regenerative power of nature.
Like Millais, Hughes also painted Ophelia which is housed at Toledo Museum of Art and illustrated Keats's poem The Eve of St. Agnes. Hughes's version of the latter is in the form of a secular triptych, a technique he repeated for scenes from Shakespeare's As You Like It. His works are noted for their magical, glowing colouring and delicate draughtsmanship.
The oil portrait Springtide, first exhibited in Dublin in 1855, features his wife Tryphena.
Hughes was in close contact with the writer George MacDonald and illustrated some of his books, as well as producing numerous illustrations for Norman MacLeod's monthly magazine, Good Words.
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