Art: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Artists and Their Work

By Susie Hodge

From the influential craftsmen of the excessive renaissance to the Dutch masters, and from the rococo and neoclassical pursuits of the 18th century to romanticism, modernism and modern artwork, the lives of the nice artists are as diversified and multifaceted because the works of artistic genius they produced.

The nice paintings Guide introduces readers to a hundred of the world's most crucial artists, from the thirteenth century to the current. Works via artists similar to Caravaggio, Vermeer, van Gogh and Warhol are prepared chronologically and set of their old context through Susie Hodge's authoritative narrative.

Succinct and insightful artist profiles are followed by means of fine quality reproductions of the individual's most important artworks. together with a thesaurus of key phrases and a finished record of an important artwork associations from around the globe, this concise and readable advisor is a pleasure for college kids of artwork or an individual eager to be aware of extra approximately nice artistic endeavors.

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Artists of the time comprise Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard and Chardin. except Chardin, who used to be extra restricted, the aforementioned painters’ paintings exemplified “joie de vivre” (the pleasure of living). In England, Rococo used to be regarded as “French flavor” and it seemed in landscapes or in satirical pictures of society. In Italy, flowing or specific photos have been produced through artists reminiscent of Canaletto and Giambattista Tiepolo (1696–1770). The Age of Enlightenment Radical new advancements persevered through the century, in technological know-how, expertise and the humanities. a number of the previous methods, reminiscent of guild platforms and non secular authority, have been being misplaced. schooling was once increasing for the center periods and traditional humans have been gaining extra autonomy. highbrow, social and political reforms gave humans wish for the long run as students instructed that cause can be used to beat oppression and lack of know-how and create a greater international. They started speaking approximately their time as “The Age of cause. ” Later, in the course of the nineteenth century, the interval was once often called “The Age of Enlightenment. ” With all this intellectualizing, the style for superficial aesthetics decreased. by way of the 1760s, Neoclassicism emerged—a wide awake use of Greek and Roman parts, corresponding to classical structure or fresh traces and excellent contours. The rebellious attitudes that instigated the yank progressive battle (1775–83) and the French Revolution (1789–99) led to even less attackable critiques that frothy, bubbling artwork was once pointless. as an alternative, humans regarded to the republics of Greece and Rome, perceiving parallels among their very own and the traditional societies. Renaissance artists were encouraged through classical antiquities, however the discovery in Italy of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum (excavations begun in 1748) prompted a extra medical curiosity. Neoclassicism had ethical in addition to creative implications—its diversified types have been often according to advantage and heroism. distinctive drawing (or accuracy of illustration) used to be preferred over colour. the best Neoclassicist painter was once David, who celebrated historical past and civic delight in huge codecs. His top pupil, Ingres, turned the critical Neoclassicist painter for the subsequent iteration. timeline c. 1717–18 The Dance, Watteau (1684–1721) c. 1737 Fury of Achilles, Charles-Antoine Coypel (1696–1752) c. 1739 cleaning soap Bubbles, Chardin (1699–1779) c. 1740 Venice: the higher Reaches of the Grand Canal with San Simeone Piccolo, Canaletto (1697–1768) 1743 Marriage à los angeles Mode, Hogarth (1697–1764) 1748–49 Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, Gainsborough (1727–88) 1750–53 Würzburg Ceiling, Tiepolo (1696–1770) 1752 Reclining woman, Boucher (1703–70) 1755 Portrait of Madame de Pompadour, Maurice Quentin de los angeles travel (1704–88) 1757 historical Rome, Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691–1765) c. 1759 Portrait of Madame Lalive d’Épinay, Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702–89) c. 1770 An Architectural Caprice, Francesco Guardi (1712–93) 1771–72 The assembly, Fragonard (1732–1806) 1778 building of Apsley apartment, Adam (1728–92) 1779 John Parker and his sister Theresa, Reynolds (1727–88) c.

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