artists that inspire

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When I talk about artists that inspire, I can talk about an enormous variety of different kind of artists. Van Gogh inspires me because of his creativity and his perseverance. He was so innovative in his style! Rembrandt inspires me, also for his life-story and his unique style. But I also am inspired by Pedro Campos, who’s paintings look amazingly realistic! Another great artist is Yossi Kotler; I’m still planning to create a painting in his style; which is really cool and unique.

Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Self-Portrait_-_Google_Art_Project_(454045)There are just so many artists who are able to inspire me. All have their own style and story. Today I discovered an artist named Savannah Burgess. She had spent this summer drawing the complete Chinese Zodiac, and it looks amazing!(go check it out here)

She finished her drawing the 19th of August, and from that day on, the picture has gone viral. And that, actually, really inspires me! Savannah Burgess is only 19 years of age, and she’s got a facebook-community with more than 5000 likes! This young girl from Florida, still a student, really deserves all these likes. I mean: her art is amazing and she worked real hard for it. She really is a good example of how to become a successful artist. She did it! And she’s only 19!

If only I knew her secret. Perhaps I should start by inviting more people to my facebook-community. So here’s my request: please go to: https://www.facebook.com/articated.nl and hit like! đŸ˜€ Thank you! Maybe one day I also will have 5000 likes.

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Today on pinterest, I was searching for art. I’m especially interested in new, unknown artists, who deserve to be discovered by me. đŸ˜€ That’s how I came up against a remarkable realistic and awesome still-life of cheese and wine. Realism is something I really admire in pictures. I’m really impressed by painters who can create photo-like paintings, I think those painters deserve to be venerated, and mostly they are. So that’s why I was surprised that, by googling the name of the artist of the cheese and wine picture, I found nothing,..

That was the first clue,..

The absence of any art-like ‘hits’ on google, when entering his name, made me curious. Because: even if you google me; a very unknown artist, with not much paintings, and without the ability to create photo-realistic paintings, you’ll find my art! So; what was with this guy: Nikolai Panov? To find out I followed the link of the pinterest-picture to the original website: http://500px.com/photo/41661488/cheese-&-wine-by-nikolai-panov: no information about the picture or the artist AT ALL! Again; what’s with this guy? *second clue*

Nicolai PanovOn the website you were able to buy the picture on canvas, wallpaper, or buy a licence for using the picture. These are great ways to sell your art, by the way. You get to keep the original, get money for your work, and your art travels the world, spreads among the people, and will ultimately promote your work! But, I didn’t visit the website to buy; I wanted to know more about Nikolai Panov, because I started to get the impression his art was not painted, but photography. No clues on this website though,.. I thought,..

After some more googling I found the same guy again on http://www.artflakes.com. Again; an artshop, and again no information on the guy. But they did provide me some more pictures. I posted one of his artworks right here; I’m probably not allowed to do so, even though I’m promoting Panov’s work by posting it,.. But I really wanted to share it with you. What do you think: painted of photography? Difficult; right? It is so realistic! But it really looks like a painting still! (Only without signature,.. which could be a third clue,..)

But, about a year ago, I visited an exposition of pictures of Bas Meeuws in the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, the Netherlands. This Bas Meeuws created still-lifes, inspired by the popular, supererogated, flower compositions from the 17th century. Meeuws’ pictures are digitally manipulated photographs, and therefore deceptively real. (check his website) If you do not know they’re manipulated photo’s, you’ll spend you’re time in front of the picture wondering it’s character. Just like I did with the pictures of Panov.

But eventually, my presumptions were confirmed by checking the http://www.500px.com website again. (This was the website the pinterest-link directed me to) The website appears to be a premier photography community; Panov definitely is just like Meeuws! Still awesome pictures, and they kept me busy for a while, but they’re no paintings.

With the rise of photography, the world of art changed. People like Panov and Meeuws confirm this change, and actually I think it’s a good thing; it really is art. But I don’t think they’ll replace painted art ever.

 

Art in Prague

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Oh my gosh! It really has been a loooong while since my last post! But I got a good reason for being absent the past 3 months: I graduated! (*taking a bow and receiving the congratulations with a big ‘thank you’*) And after I graduated I enjoyed my holiday big time. But now I’m back, and I got a lot of art-talk to share with you.

dancing buildingMy boyfriend and I visited Prague this summer. Prague is very, very cool. It’s a beautiful city, but I was a bit worried about the amount of visible art in Prague. When we were planning our holiday, I hit a certain blogpost telling me that, in Prague, I only could find art in galleries. The blogpost provided its readers a list of great galleries, which I did not copy. *sigh* Later, when I was in search of the blogpost, I couldn’t find the blogpost anymore, so I was even more worried I would face a holiday without art,..

Of course, Prague’s famous for its architecture. The center city of Prague has beautiful buildings, built in the styles of different centuries. The most famous building will probably be the dancing building, which is built in the nineties of the nineteenth century. But you also can visit the Prague castle, which is built in the ninth century. I like architecture, but I like paintings an awful lot more, so my search for painted art was begun as soon as I arrived in the Chech Republic.

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The first day in Prague we just walked through the city; we went up a hill and visited the National Museum. Not much art there; only a lot of history, (which I also like!) and a great view. The second day we went to the Prague castle, where I found the first paintings in the st George’s basilica. It was a painting of the assumption of Mary, painted by an unknown painter. If you havent seen art for a while, this is a very nice painting; it shows skilled labour. But dispite the skilled labour, I can’t deny the fact that it still is a very average painting, just like the paintings I found in the old royal palace. The royal palace had paintings of the noblesmen and -women of Prague’s history. The painting of Maria Eleonora of Mantua was the most remarkable, mainly because her appearance didn’t match with my personal idea of beauty. CAM00871

The third day, suddenly, I found a museum! We had to travel a long while to get there, for it was in the northern part of town, but this museum was amazing! It was called VeletržnĂ­ Palace and is the home of contemporary and modern art in Prague. Not only was I able to see the work of great Chech artists like Kupka and Mucha, they also displayed a huge amount of French art. I really enjoyed the large collection of Picasso paintings. The oldest Picasso in the VeletržnĂ­ Palace is from 1906, and the most recent Picasso is from 1922. I took a picture of “violin, glass, pipe and anchor: souvenir of le havre” with “the port of CadaquĂ©s” in the background. These paintings are respectively from 1912 and 1910. I especially liked ‘souvenir‘ very much, mainly because of the combination of color and words / letters. It is brown, except for the blue and yellow parts in the top. I love those colourful accents!

The big Chech surprise was Mucha. He got my attention in the ‘normal’ exhibition with a painting which displays ultimate tragedy ‘controlled’ by a serene woman in white in the center of the painting. The contrast of the serene woman and the tragedy is something I like. Mucha is primarely famous for his Slav epic, this are 20 monumental paintings telling the story of the Slavic people, and his stained glass window in the st Vitus cathedral inside Prague castle. In the pictures below you’ll see the Mucha ‘tragedy’-painting (don’t know the actual name), followed by Picasso and Renato Guttoso. Guttoso is a Chech painter from the 20th century and I really liked the painting because of the use of colour and the emotions the painting displays. Enjoy!

Oh, and by the way: the galleries in Prague are also pretty cool! Well; except for the fact that galleries are, in fact, shops, and are hosted by sales-girls instead of a museum guide.CAM00877CAM00879CAM00882