Country Woman Paints

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The father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917),  is seen working in his studio in Paris, 1915. The artist’s process  is shown close-up as he sculpts a piece in marble. Where did I learn to understand sculpture? In the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds, in the …

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Leonora Carrington

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Leonora Carrington on making art, seeing art and being who you are. A fascinating glimpse into the mind of a complex artist of her time and beyond it. Apologies I didn’t have the energy to get all the titles on these works but if the link is followed the information is easily discovered.

I painted for myself…I never believed anyone would exhibit or buy my work.” ~Leonora Carrington

 

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Seraphine Louis (1864-1942) or “Seraphine de Senlis” was an artist during a time when women, especially impoverished women, never became “serious” artists. She was compelled to create soaring, lush paintings, some over two meters high. She painted at night and in secret, making paint with diverse ingredients like flowers, blood and candle wax. Much about her process she never divulged. She was illiterate and, in her later years, committed to an insane asylum, where she died.

Claude Renoir, youngest son as child

renoir arthritis+paintingFrench impressionist painter Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) painted despite partial paralysis and cruel rheumatoid arthritis until the end of his life. Painting with his brushes taped to his crippled hand, especially moves me. To the end of his life, Renoir’s three sons helped their ill father, who was wheelchair-bound later in life. His children often helped him in his painting, posing for him from the time they were small and later as he grew more disabled, binding his brush to his arthritic hand and with his paints, brushes and palette. Renoir’s wife passed away a few years before his death.

From an NPR interview linked here…

Artwork & Text by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved. “Angel” watercolor and gouache on watercolor board {first splashes are here} This started out looking differently. Somehow as I painted, pouring more and more color, a catharsis, she stepped out from the mists. And I kept her. ~~~ Modigliani and Jeanne ~ A tragic love… Upon learning …

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View-of-Arles-by-Van-GoghI am in awe of van Gogh’s work, his use of color and line, his passionate vision and determined will to keep painting, how he almost never gave up. Had he not suffered from periods of severe mental illness with little treatment available at the time, perhaps he would not have gone that fateful summer’s day. He said~
If you hear a voice within you say
‘you cannot paint,’
then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
His last words following shooting himself were…

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