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Henri Matisse | artnet

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Henri Matisse was one of the giants of 20th century art. Along with his friend and peer Pablo Picasso , Matisse's inventive figuration and expressive palette redefined Modern painting and sculpture. A founding member of the Fauvist movement, his exploration of intricate pattern and bright color in landscapes, portraiture, and still lifes cemented his place as one of the most influential painters of the era--a legacy that can be seen in the works of later artists such as Richard Diebenkorn , David Hockney , and Alex Katz . "What I dream of is an...

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Head Of A Woman by Pablo Picasso on artnet

Picasso Fifteen Drawings, City Island, N.Y., Albert Carmen / Pantheon Books

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Pablo Picasso | artnet

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Pablo Picasso was one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century. His contributions to the history of Modern Art--namely Cubism, the movement he developed with Georges Braque --as well as his ingenious use of form, color, and perspective, influenced countless artists, including Willem de Kooning and David Hockney . "There are artists who transform the sun into a...

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir | artnet

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French painter and leading figure in the Impressionist movement. Best known for his luminous scenes of figures in landscapes, Renoir applied pigment with lively brushstrokes that effectively captured flickering light and atmosphere, as seen in his Bal du moulin de la Galette (1876). Using the technique of applying a combination of complimentary colors in short strokes, the artist captured everyday moments in Parisian society. "For me, a picture must be a pleasant thing, joyous and pretty yes, pretty. There are...

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El Greco | artnet

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El Greco was a Greek-born Spanish artist known for his ecstatic depictions of religious scenes. Implementing a mannered elongation of forms and glowing colors, he produced works such as The Burial of Count Orgaz (1586), which are both haunting and dynamic. Born Doménikos Theotokópoulos in 1541 in Crete, Republic of Venice (present day Greece), he was trained as an icon painter before moving to the artistic mecca of Venice in 1567 to study under Titian . While in Italy, he...

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Raoul Dufy | artnet

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Raoul Dufy was a French artist and designer whose paintings and prints portrayed leisure activities and urban landscapes. He created airy washes of light and shade, into which he would draw bold calligraphic brushstrokes. The artist's breezy yet experimental use of color was influenced both by Claude Monet and his Fauvist peer Henri Matisse . "Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones it will always stay blue," the artist mused. "Whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red...

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Young Spanish Peasant by Pablo Picasso on artnet

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Lionel Smit | artnet

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Lionel Smit is a contemporary South African artist best known for portrait paintings and sculptures of Cape Malay--or mixed-race South African--women. Smit's work integrates Abstract Expressionist gestures into both his large-scale paintings and bronze...

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