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Francisco Goya: The Father of Modern Art

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Execution of the Defenders of Madrid, 3rd May, 1808, 1814

Francisco Goya, considered to be “the Father of Modern Art,” began his painting career just after the late Baroque period. In expressing his thoughts and feelings frankly, as he did, he became the pioneer of new artistic tendencies which were to come to fruition in the 19th century. Two trends dominated the art of his contradictory; they actually were not. Together they represented the reaction against previous conceptions of art and the desire for a new form of expression.

In order to understand the scope of Goya’s art, and to appreciate the principles which governed his development and tremendous versatility, it is essential to realise that his work extended over a period of more than 60 years, for he continued to draw and paint until his 82nd year.

The importance of this factor is evident between his attitude towards life in his youth, when he accepted the world as it was quite happily, in his manhood when he began to criticise it, and in his old age when he became embittered and disillusioned with people and society. Furthermore, the world changed completely during his lifetime. The society, in which he had achieved a great success disappeared during the Napoleonic war. Long before the end of the 18th century Goya had already turned towards his new ideals and expressed them in his graphic art and in his paintings.

As an artist, Goya was by temperament far removed from the classicals. In a few works he approached Classical style, but in the greater part of his work the Romantic triumphed.

Born in Zaragoza, Spain, he found employment as a young teenager under the mediocre artist José Luzán, from whom he learned to draw and as was customary, copied prints of several masters.

At the age of 17 he went to Madrid. His style was influenced by two painters who were working there. The last of the great Venetian painters—Tiepolo and the rather cold and efficient neo-classical painter—Antonio Raphael Mengs. In 1763 he entered a competition at the Royal Academy of San Fernando, and failed, as he did in the year 1766. In 1770, he want to Rome and survived by living off his works of art.

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Trish Biddle and Art-Deco Style Artworks

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Trish Biddle and Art-Deco Style Artworks

Trish Biddle is published internationally, and is collected around the world. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, American artist Trish Biddle studied at the Dallas Institute of Art, before beginning her career as an illustrator and textile designer. Her process of drawing, painting and designing melded onto canvases, creating romantic images and her unmistakable Art Deco figurative paintings.

Her expertise in capturing nature and light creates richly colored, breath-taking canvases. With a well-defined style, broad, romantic strokes and vibrant color, Trish paints figurative, floral, fashion icons and children’s art. She travels the world and enjoys translating her experiences into oil on canvas.

Trish Biddle

Showcasing her sense of design, Trish captures the Art Deco style of fashion, elegance, sophistication and the simplicity of the era. Tamara De Lempicka who defined Art Deco painting as we know it, Argentinean tango dancers and depression era dance marathons have all inspired Trish’s vintage, figurative paintings. The faces are obscured purposely to allow the viewer to identify with the images of the graceful dancers their own romantic notions. Backgrounds are evidence of textile, ironwork and architectural designs extracted from her own designs and travels. Trish currently resides in Westlake Texas.

Trish Biddle paintings are in corporate and private collections around the world, and she has been published internationally by Encore Art Group – Win Devon, Canadian Art Prints, Portal. Her art is available at most major retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-mart, Target, Tuesday Morning, Michaels, TJ Maxx, and e-tailer art.com. Trish has had over $1 million in retail sales and been commissioned by Hilton hotels, Churchill Downs, Westminster Kennel Club and Del Mar Thoroughbread Club. Actress Eva Longoria Parker is a fan of Trish’s work, and used her art for her charity, Padres Contra El Cancer in Los Angeles.

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Nude Maja by Francisco de Goya

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Nude Maja by Francisco de Goya

An image of Venus in the nude, lying on a green velvet divan with pillows and a spread. Legend would have it that this was the Duchess of Alba, but the sitter has also been identified as Pepita Tudó, who became Godoy’s mistress in 1797.

It is listed for the first time in 1800 as hanging over a door in Manuel Godoy’s palace, but without its companion, The Clothed Maja (P741). In 1808 it is mentioned again, along with The Clothed Maja (P741), in the inventory which Frédéric Quillet, José Bonaparte’s agent, made of the property of Manuel Godoy, who may have commissioned it. Then, in 1813, the two ladies are described as Gypsies in the inventory of Godoy’s property confiscated by King Fernando VII.

This work entered the Prado Museum in 1901 by way of the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, where it had been from 1808 to 1813, and again from 1836 to 1901. In the hiatus between those two periods, it was sequestered by the Inquisition.

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Girl Before A Mirror by Pablo Picasso

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Girl Before A Mirror by Pablo Picasso

Girl Before Mirror was painted in March 1932. It was produced in the style Picasso was using at the time and evoked an image of Vanity such as had been utilized in art in earlier eras, though Picasso shifts the emphasis and creates a very different view of the image. The work is considered in terms of the erotic in Picasso’s art, and critics in different periods have offered their assessments of the work to show a wide range of reactions. The young girl was named Marie Therese Walter and was painted multiple times during the 1930’s by Picasso.

Girl Before a Mirror was painted during Picasso’s cubism period. Picasso was an artist that was very bold with his artwork. Even with backgrounds that are normally placed to be a backdrop and mainly they’re to assist the main subject. He includes it within the painting to make it just as intense as the main focal point of the image.

Picasso was part of a movement that would become known as Modernism, a name which included a number of different artistic styles and aesthetic responses. Modernism is a term applied retroactively to certain literary and artistic trends at the beginning of the twentieth century. The disjointed time sense, the flight from the conventions of realism, and the adoption of complex new forms and styles in the modernist period were undertaken to provide new meaning, to illuminate the world in a different way, and to show different relationships within the observed world. Modernism rejected traditions that existed in the nineteenth century and sought to stretch the boundaries.

When you look closely at the image, you can interpret many different symbols within different parts of the painting. The woman’s face for one; is painted with a side profile and a full frontal image. One side shows the day time where she seems more like a woman, dolled up with her make up done. The other side with the rough charcoal texture portrays her at night. When she takes off the mask of makeup, and is more vulnerable as a young lady.

One way of interpreting the painting is when the woman looks at herself in the mirror; she is seeing herself as an old woman. From the green discoloration on her forehead, darkening of her facial features to the lines that show that her young body has been distorted, and gravity has taken its rightful place. Another way of viewing the painting is that she is self-conscious, and she sees all the flaws in herself that the world doesn’t see.

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Frida Kahlo Art: Autorretrato con Collar de Espinas y Colibri

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Autorretrato con Collar de Espinas y Colibrí, c.1940 by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)

Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón in her parents’ house in Coyoacán, which was then a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. His father was a painter and photographer of German-Jewish origin, whose family is originally from Oradea, Romania.

Following a crippling traffic accident in 1925, Kahlo turned her attention from a medical career to painting. Based on his experience, his works are often shocking in their representation of Stark pain and the harsh life of women. Fifty-five of his 143 paintings are self-portraits that incorporate personal symbolism complete with graphic anatomical references. She was also influenced by indigenous Mexican culture, aspects of which she depicts in vivid color, with a mixture of realism and symbolism.

Her paintings have attracted the attention of the artist Diego Rivera, whom she later married, divorced and remarried. An active supporter of communism, it would have had an affair with Leon Trotsky, who was assassinated by agents of Stalin in Mexico in 1940.

Although Kahlo’s work is sometimes classified as surrealist and she did exhibit several times with European surrealists, she disputed the label. His concern themes of women and figurative candor with which she expressed was something of a feminist cult figure in the last decades of the 20th century.

She probably committed suicide July 13, 1954, his ashes placed in a pre-Columbian urn which are exhibited in her former home La Casa Azul in Coyoacán, which has been transformed into a museum containing a number of his works.

A biography documentary containing archival footage, entitled Frida Kahlo, was released in 1982 in Germany. In 1984, director Paul Le Duc, released the film Frida naturaleza viva, which highlights Ofelia Medina as Frida Kahlo. In 2002, Miramax released a film called Frida, with Salma Hayek in the title role.

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Salsa Dancers Art Print

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Salsa Dancers Art Print

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Dance Posters: Flamenco II Art Print

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Dance Posters: Flamenco II Art Print

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All About Argentina Tango

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All About Argentina Tango

Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plate, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world.

Early tango was known as tango criollo (Creole tango). Today, there are many forms of tango extant. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one closest to the form originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

On August 31, 2009, UNESCO approved a joint proposal by Argentina and Uruguay to include the tango in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

The tango consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras of Argentina as well as in other locations around the world. The dance developed in response to many cultural elements, such as the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing. The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow have space between their bodies, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh, hip area (American and International tango).

Different Styles of Tango

Tango Vals
Tango argentino
Tango canyengue
Tango Oriental Uruguayan tango
Tango liso
Tango salon
Tango orillero
Tango camacupense (Angola)
Tango milonguero (Tango apilado)
Tango Nuevo (New Tango)
Contact tango
Show Tango (also known as fantasia)
Ballroom tango
Finnish tango

These are danced to several types of music:

Tango
Electronic tango-inspired music
“Alternative tango”, i.e. music that is an alternative to tango, or non-tango music employed for use in tango-inspired dance.

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The Colossus by Francisco de Goya

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The Colossus by Francisco de Goya

About Goya’s The Colossus Painting

The Colossus (also known as Giant) (Spanish: El Coloso) is a painting at one time attributed to Francisco de Goya, but now believed to have been painted by an apprentice, probably Asensio Juliá. In January 2009, the Museo del Prado reported that an investigation of the painting’s authorship had proved inconclusive: “The findings to this date do not confirm that the author was Juliá, the painting can only be attributed to a follower of Goya”.

The Colossus was painted between 1808 and 1812. It is possible that it is the painting identified as The Giant in the inventory of Goya’s goods in 1812, the year in which they became the property of his son, Javier Goya. Later it was owned by Pedro Fernández Durán, who passed his collection onto the Museo del Prado, where The Colossus has been kept since 1931.

The work has been interpreted in many ways, having received other names, including The Panic and The Storm.

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The Milkmaid of Bordeaux by Francisco de Goya

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The Milkmaid of Bordeaux by Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya – The Father of Modern Art

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 – 16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and as the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown, and through his works was both a commentator on and chronicler of his era. The subversive and imaginative element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet and Picasso.

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