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^ Died on 07 January 1722: Antoine Coypel, French painter born on 11 (12?) April 1661.
— He would be the most distinguished artist of the Coypel family, stylistically drawn away from the influence of his father Noël Coypel [25 Dec 1628 – 24 Dec 1707] and Charles Le Brun [1619-1690] by the attractions of the style of Rubens [28 Jun 1577 – 30 May 1640] and the theories of Roger de Piles. Antoine Coypel is the father of Charles-Antoine Coypel [11 Jul 1694 – 14 Jun 1752] and the half-brother of Noël-Nicolas Coypel [17 Nov 1690 – 14 Dec 1734]. — {Was Coypel coy? pale?}
— Antoine Coypel went to Rome as a child with his father and there is a strong Italian element in his style. This comes out particularly in his most famous work, the ceiling of the Chapel at Versailles (1708) which derived from Baciccio's ceiling in the Gesù in Rome. This and Coypel's decorations at the Palais Royal in Paris (1702, destroyed) rank as the two most completely baroque schemes found in French art of this period. The Versailles ceiling is more successful than much of Coypel's work, which often combines the bombast of the Baroque and the pedantry of the classical style without the virtues of either.
— Antoine studied at the Collège d’Harcourt and then trained in his father’s studio and at the Académie Royale. In 1672 Noël Coypel was made Director of the Académie de France in Rome, and Antoine, who accompanied his father to Italy, benefited from the education given to the students there. He also joined in their long sessions spent copying frescoes by Raphael [26 Mar 1483 – 06 Apr 1520] in the Vatican Loggie and the works of Agostino Carracci [15 Aug 1557 – 22 Mar 1602], Annibale Carracci [03 Nov 1560 – 15 Jul 1609], Lodovico Carracci [21 Apr 1555 – 13 Dec 1619], and Domenichino [21 Oct 1581 – 06 Apr 1641] in the Palazzo Farnese. He met Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini [1598-1680] and Carlo Maratti and was awarded a drawing prize by the Accademia di S Luca. During his return journey Antoine stopped in northern Italy to study the works of Correggio [1489 – 05 Mar 1534] — which were to have a decisive influence on him — as well as those of Titian [1485 — 27 Aug 1576] and Veronese [1528 – 19 Apr 1588]. On reaching Paris in April 1676 he resumed his place as a student at the Académie Royale, where he was awarded second prize for painting in November of that year.

Self~Portrait (1734)
Democritus (1692, 69x57cm)
The Swooning of Esther (1704, 105x137cm)
Louis XIV reçoit l'ambassadeur de Perse
Venus Imploring Jupiter in Favor of Aeneas
Head of a Young Man (1717, red, black, and white chalk with stumping; 25x19cm) _ The most important French painter of his generation, Antoine Coypel worked during the period of transition from the monarchy of Louis XIV (reigned 1643-1715) through the Regency (1715-1723) and the ascendance of Louis XV (reigned 1715-1774). A beautiful colorist also steeped in the academic tradition of drawing, Coypel used red, black, and white chalk together on this sheet to achieve tonal range. This drawing is connected to Coypel's greatest achievement: the series of large painted decorations for the Gallery of Aeneas in the Palais Royal in Paris. This study of facial expression shows one of the mourners attending the funeral of Pallas, a scene from the Aeneid of Virgil [70-19 BC]. This painting still exists, though in a ruined state. But most of the paintings for the Gallery of Aeneas did not survive at all. However there are numerous drawings for the project.
Athalie chassée du temple (1696, 156x213cm; 535x768pix, 38kb) _ La tableau fait partie d'une série de sept oeuvres à sujet biblique exécuté entre 1695 et 1697 que l'artiste reprendra à partir de 1710 en grand format pour une tenture de tapisserie dite de l'Ancien Testament. Les attitudes théâtrales et les mimiques parlantes des personnages relèvent de la recherche de “l'expression des passions”, souci constant chez Coypel, influencé en cela par Le Brun.
^ Born on 07 January 1906: Óscar Manuel Domínguez Palazón, Spanish Surrealist painter and sculptor, active in France, who died on 01 January 1958 (31 Dec 1957?) after committing suicide as the New Year was about to begin.
— He first lived in Paris in 1927 while working for his family’s banana export business, coming into contact there with avant-garde groups and from 1929 undergoing the influence of Surrealism. Typical of the dreamlike and highly sexual early works that formed the basis of his first one-man exhibition, held in May 1933 at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Tenerife, is Surrealist Landscape (1933).
— Óscar Domínguez Palazón, nacido en La Laguna (Tenerife), es uno de los artistas más atractivos e innovadores del siglo XX. Llevó a cabo su actividad principalmente en Francia. Su formación artística fue totalmente autodidacta. En 1927 visitó por primera vez París y cayó bajo el hechizo de los surrealistas. En 1929 realiza su primera obra plenamente surrealista, Sueño y en 1932, una de sus obras maestras Souvenir de París. En 1933 inauguró, en Tenerife, su primera exposición surrealista. Sus obras tempranas tienen influencia de la primera etapa de Dalí y Magritte, pero al poco tiempo de instalarse en París en 1934 comenzó a experimentar con técnicas de automatismo y a él se atribuye la invención de la decalcomanía. Fue discípulo de André Breton, Dalí, Max Ernst, Tanguy, Marcel Jean, Arp, Brauner, Matta, y Picasso, entre otros. En sus obras utilizó elementos como los paisajes cósmicos, los objetos mecánicos, animales, insectos, escenas de tauromaquia, representación femenina, elementos del subsuelo, esoterismo, etc. Entre sus mejores obras se cuentan: Máquina de coser electro-sexual, Le Dimanche, El Toro y Cueva de guanches. Además de pintor, se dedicó a la escultura surrealista, a la que incorporaba elementos tipo ready-made. Se suicidó en París, el día de Nochevieja de 1957.

–- Corrida (1947, 48x32cm; 1187x795pix, 218kb)
–- Matador y Toro (55x38cm; 714x870pix, 53kb)
–- Le Coup de Grâce (53x72cm; 800x1080pix, 60kb)
Le Rêve (1947, 80x100cm; 400x495pix, 41kb)
Le Chasseur (1933, 61x50cm; xpix, 33kb) _ At the end of the nineteen-twenties, Óscar Domínguez discovered Surrealism in Paris, although his personal contacts with the movement’s leading figures date from the mid-thirties, more or less coinciding with the date of Le chasseur. In 1933, Domínguez exhibited a selection of his works at the Fine Arts’ Circle in his native Tenerife, at a time when the influence of Dalí and Ernst in his painting was clear. Two years later he was officially welcomed into André Bréton’s Surrealist fold, and he later took part in a series of International Exhibitions of Surrealism.
     Le chasseur provides a number of viewing points and is full of dream images from the artist’s subconscious. The silhouette of a man in overcoat and hat with his back to the spectator provides the basic reference for following the scene as it develops. His clearly defined profile gradually melts into a viscous mass that introduces us to an amalgam of new, anthropomorphic-like structures leading to a wire cage in the shape of a hand with a bird inside. Further back, there is an ethereal mass of clouds and the clearer detail of a keyhole.
     Faithful to Surrealist dictates, Domínguez depicts things from the real world related and mixed in a highly idiosyncratic way, transmuting any kind of unified or coherent meaning. What we can legitimately deduce, however, is the tension between the real, everyday world and the world of dreams and their interpretation; in short, images, some guessed at or intuited, and others metaphorical or, better still, symbolic.
Pájaros (1950, 100x35cm; 430x150pix, 12kb)
L'épingle de sûreté (1934; 580x466pix, 85kb).
^ Died on 07 January 1507: Cosimo Rosselli (Filippo di Lorenzo), Florentine painter born in 1439.
— Rosselli's successful career (the highpoint of which was painting frescoes in the Sistine Chapel together with Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino) was based on his facility and high standard of craftsmanship rather than on any great distinction or originality as an artist. In Florence his painting includes frescoes in SS. Annunziata and S. Ambrogio. His students included Fra Bartolomeo and Piero di Cosimo.
Piero di Cosimo was an assistant of Rosselli.
— Rosselli's students included Fra Bartolommeo, Mariotto Albertinelli, Francesco Botticini, Ridolfo Ghirlandaio.

The Last Supper
Crossing of the Red Sea Sistine Chapel fresco (690x1112pix; 194kb _ ZOOM to 1400x2223pix, 642kb) _ Built between 1475 and 1483, in the time of Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere, the Sistine Chapel has originally served as Palatine Chapel. The Chapel is rectangular in shape and measures 40.93 m long by 13,41 meters wide, i.e. the exact dimensions of the Temple of Solomon, as given in the Old Testament. It is 20.70 m high and is roofed by a flattened barrel vault, with little side vaults over the centered windows. The architectural plans were made by Baccio Pontinelli and the construction was supervised by Giovanino de'Dolci. The wall paintings were done by Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Rosselli, Luca Signorelli and their respective workshops, which included Pinturicchio, Piero di Cosimo and Bartolomeo della Gatta. Michelangelo Buonarroti was commissioned by Pope Julius II della Rovere in 1508 to repaint the ceiling; the work was completed between 1508 and 1512. He painted the Last Judgement over the altar, between 1535 and 1541, being commissioned by Pope Paul III Farnese [12 Oct 1534 – 10 Nov 1549].
The Sermon on the Mount and the Healing of the Leper Sistine Chapel fresco (600x951pix, 276kb _ ZOOM to 1335x2193pix, 727kb)
The Giving of the Tables of the Law and the Worship of the Golden Calf Sistine Chapel fresco (600x962pix, 316kb _ ZOOM to 1400x2244pix, 806kb)
–- Adoration by the Magi (1480, 891x1262pix, 225kb _ .ZOOM to 1782x2524pix, 625kb)
Vocation and Vesting of Saint Filippo Benizzi (1475, 600x896pix, 236kb _ ZOOM to 1400x1347pix, 420kb) _ Born on 15 August 1233 into a noble family of Florence, Italy, Philip Benizi (or Benitius) became a brilliant student of medicine at Paris and Padua, receiving his doctorates in medicine and philosophy by age 19. He practiced medicine for about a year, but following a vision of the Virgin Mary, he quit to join the Order of Servites [13 Mar 1249~] as a lay brother at Monte Senario in 1254. He was ordained a priest at Siena in 1258. He tried to hide his education so he could remain a simple member of the order, but he was persuaded to use his gifts and background to further the Servite mission. He became novice master at Siena in 1262. Sent to Forli, Italy to resolve a conflict between the papacy and the emperor, he was heckled and then physically attacked while preaching. Philip turned the other cheek. Father Philip's non-violent ways occasioned the conversion of Peregrine Laziosi [1265-1345] who later became a Servite saint. Benizi was superior of several Servite friaries. He was elected prior-general of the order on 05 June 1267. He attended the Council of Lyons. He codified the Servite rules.
      The Second Council of Lyons in 1274 put into execution the ordinance of the Fourth Lateran Council, forbidding the foundation of new religious orders, and absolutely suppressed all mendicant institutions not yet approved by the Holy See. The enemies of the Servites renewed their assaults, and in 1276 Innocent V [1225 – 22 Jun 1276] in a letter to Philip Benizi declared the order suppressed. Benizi went to Rome, but before his arrival there Innocent V had died. His successor, Adrian V, was elected on 11 July 1276 and died on 18 August 1276. Finally John XXI [1215 – 20 May 1277], on the favorable opinion of three consistorial advocates, decided that the order should continue as before.
      Philip Benizi worked to bring peace to the Guelphs and Ghibellines in 1279.
      During the almost three year vacancy of the Holy See after the death of Clement IV [23 Nov year unknown – 29 Nov 1268], Benizi was considered papabile; when he heard the rumor, he went into hiding on Mount Tuniato until after the 01 September 1271 election of Pope Gregory X [1210 – 10 Jan 1276].
     Benizi worked with Blessed Andrea Dotti [1256 – 31 Aug 1315], a former military commander who had joined the Servites in 1278 after hearing a sermon by Philip Benizi. Benizi helped Saint Juliana of Cornillon found the Servite Third Order. He sent the first Servite missionaries to the East in 1284. He lived his last few months in retirement in a Servite house in Todi. where he died on 22 August 1285. He was the first Servite to be canonized, which was done on 12 April 1671 by Pope Clement X [13 Jul 1590 – 22 Jul 1676]. Saint Philip Benizi's feast day is on 23 August.
The Burial of Christ (600x396pix, 96kb)
^ Born on 07 January 1549: Francesco Giambattista da Ponte Bassano, Italian Mannerist painter who committed suicide by throwing himself out of a window on 03 July 1592.
— His father, Jacopo Bassano, [1517 – 13 Feb 1592] was the most celebrated member of a family of artists who took their name from the small town of Bassano, about 65 km from Venice (original name: Jacopo da Ponte). Francesco the Younger had three painter brothers: Gerolamo [1566-1621], Giovanni Battista [1553-1613], and Leandro [26 Jun 1557 – 15 Apr 1622]. They continued their father's style. Francesco and Leandro both acquired some distinction and popularity working in Venice.
— From one of the 16th century’s largest and most productive north Italian families of painters, Francesco Bassano was one of four sons born to Jacopo Bassano. Jacopo was trained in Venice, and after returning to Bassano established an important workshop there. He became known by the name of the town, and together with his sons Francesco, Giovanni Battista, Leandro, and Gerolamo ran a large and well organized operation.
      In addition to altarpieces and other paintings of a religious nature, the Bassano workshop produced mainly works celebrating country life and nature as shaped by the work of farmers. These paintings were so well received that the younger men were required to paint endless new versions of them, frequently entire series. It is difficult to distinguish between their various hands, thus authorship of specific works is disputed.
      In 1579 Francesco moved from Bassano to Venice.

— Jacopo and Francesco jointly painted The Element of Water (1577, 144x187cm; 917x1182pix, 803kb _ ZOOM to 1676x2161pix, 2952kb) _ This nocturne shows a fish market being set up on a riverbank at dawn. The vendors display a variety of seafood, while other activities involving water, such as laundering, ferrying, and drinking, take place nearby. Above, Neptune, god of the sea, drives his chariot across the sky. The dramatically lit landscape with many figures and meticulously rendered still-life details represents a new type of pastoral scene devised by Jacopo Bassano and his son Francesco. The large Bassano family workshop produced several series of such landscapes — the Four Seasons, the Four Elements, the Months, and well-known biblical stories. These proved so popular that the Bassanos made replicas of them for decades. This painting, in which Francesco is believed to have had the primary role, is from a suite of the Four Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water). It is the earliest surviving version of a subject copied well into the 1580s.
–- Autumn (1577, 115x145cm; 762x1008pix, 71kb)
Allegory of Summer (97x127cm; 770x1026pix, 182kb)
— an almost identical version of /S#*>Allegory of Summer (78x112cm; 562x800pix, 128kb)
— Jacopo and Francesco jointly painted Christ in the House of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (1577, 98x126cm) _ Beginning in the mid-1570s the Bassanos, father and sons, specialized in Biblical scenes or allegories in which they stressed genre details over narrative content. In these pictures they marketed what they knew best –– life in the countryside around the provincial town of Bassano. This image of Christ being welcomed into the house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus emphasizes not the protagonists but the exaggerated abundance of foodstuffs and utensils and the preparations for a sumptuous meal. The Bassanos favored nocturnal scenes with a variety of light effects, using glowing colors and scintillating highlights to increase the sense of material reality.
The Return of the Prodigal Son (1580; 632x906pix, 50kb)
The Agony in the Garden (38x28cm)
— /S#*>Busy Market Scene (139x234cm; 536x900pix, 129kb) _ There are at least two more versions of this composition by Francesco. It is not clear whether the invention was Francesco's own or whether he was drawing on one of his father's designs, but no compositions of this type by Jacopo are known. The densely-packed scene, teeming with people, animals, foodstuffs and objects, with meat and vegetable sellers, and a beggar in the foreground, is characteristic of Francesco's overcrowded compositions.
— /S#*>Adoration by the Magi (121x148cm; 731x900pix, 146kb) _ There are another two painting of the same subject by Francesco Bassano.
— /S#*>The Flight to Egypt (42x92cm; 388x860pix, 79kb)
The Adoration by the Shepherds (600x936pix)
The Departure of Abraham for Canaan (600x744pix)
^ >Died on 07 January 1928: Albert-Marie-Charles Lebourg, French painter born on 01 February 1849.
— He had an early interest in architecture and studied under the architect Drouin at the Ecole Municipale de Dessin in Rouen. He became increasingly interested in art and through Drouin met the landscape painter Victor Delamarre [1811–1868] who advised and taught him. Giving up architecture altogether, he then attended the École Municipale de Peinture et de Dessin in Rouen under Gustave Morin [1809–1886]. In 1871 he met the collector Laperlier through whom he obtained the post of professor of drawing at the Société des Beaux-Arts in Algiers. He remained there from 1872 to 1877, producing works such as Une Rue à Algers (1875). He also experimented with depicting a single site in a variety of different lights, in a manner similar to the late works of Monet. After giving up his teaching post in Algeria in 1877 he returned to Paris where he attended Jean-Paul Laurens’s studio from 1878 to 1880.
      It was at this point that he became aware of Impressionism; later he became friendly with Degas, Monet and Sisley. He first exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français in 1883 and again in 1886, and after the foundation of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (1889) he exhibited there regularly from 1891 to 1914. Between 1884 and 1886 he spent much time in the Auvergne region, producing such Impressionist works as Neige en Auvergne (1886), in which a river re-establishes the habitual presence of water in his work. After living and working in numerous places in northern France, Lebourg went to the Netherlands (1895–1897), and in 1900 he spent a short period in Britain, which confirmed his love of Turner, Constable, and Gainsborough. He continued working in a luminous Impressionist style with landscapes such as Petite Ferme au Bord de l'Eau (Ile de Vaux) (1903), up until 1921 when he was paralyzed by a stroke.

–- Swiss Lake Landscape (979x1331pix, 115kb)
View of the Town of Pont-du-Château (1885)
–- Boats by the Banks of Lake Geneva at Saint-Gingolph (822x1018pix, 119kb)
–- Notre Dame de Paris and the Bridge of the Archévêché (631x1013pix, 133kb)
105 images at the Athenaeum
^ Born on 07 January 1865: Valentin Alexandrovitch Serov, Russian painter specialized in portraits, who died on 22 November 1911.
—  Serov was born into the family of composer Alexander Nikolayevich Serov [11 Jan 1820 – 20 Jan 1871 Gregorian]. In 1872-1873 the little boy with his widowed mother, née Bergman, lived in Munich, where he had lessons from the artist K. Kepping. In 1874, they moved to Paris, where Valentin regularly visited the studio of Ilya Repin, who was very fond of the little boy. In 1875, the Serovs came to live at Abramtsevo, the estate of the industrial tycoon Savva Mamontov, and the cultural center of the time, where artists, musicians and actors were always welcome.
      Valentin grew up in an atmosphere of constant creativity, which characterized the Mamontovs’ household. He was lucky in getting a professional education from early childhood from the best Russian artists, and he soon showed himself to be a remarkably precocious draftsman. He would catch the likeness of a model often more quickly and surely than the older artists in the ‘facetious drawing competitions’, which were so much a part of the gay and idyllic life of Abramtsevo. At the age of 15 Serov entered Academy of Arts in the class of professor Pavel Tchistykov. There he met his lifelong friend Vladimir Derviz. His first exhibited works Girl with Peaches. Portrait of Vera Mamontova. (1887) and Girl in the Sunlight. Portrait of Maria Simonovich. (1888) were a sensation. Critics called them a new word in painting. At the time of painting them Serov was unfamiliar with the works of the French Impressionists, yet he came very close to Renoir in these luminous, sunny, splendidly composed portraits.
      Serov tried himself in different genres: he was a beautiful landscape painter in a more sensuous and less nostalgic vein than another teacher of his, Isaac Levitan: Pond in Abramtsevo. (1886), The Overgrown Pond. Domotcanovo. (1888), Village. (1898), Watermill in Finland. (1902). Serov’s historical paintings are also of value and interest: Peter II and Princess Elizabeth Petrovna Riding to Hounds. (1900), Peter the Great. (1907).
      Serov became the most successful and brilliant portraitist in Russia of the 1890s and first decade of the 20th century. His most famous portraits are Portrait of the Actress Maria Yermolova. (1905), Portrait of Henrietta Girshman. (1907), Portrait of Ida Rubenstein. (1910), Portrait of Princess Olga Orlova. (1911).
He traveled much, participated in exhibitions in Russia and abroad. In 1897-1909, Serov taught in Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He was a superb technical master of the many media in which he practiced and that too did not fail to impress his students. Among his students were N.N. Sapunov, M.I. Mashkov, P.V. Kuznetsov, N.P. Krymov, K.S. Petrov-Vodkin, C.Y. Sudeykin, K.F. Yuon and others. In 1903, he was elected the academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts.

Self-Portrait (1883)
^ Died on 07 January 1830: Thomas Lawrence, British painter and draftsman born on 13 April 1769.
— Sir Thomas Lawrence was one of the foremost English portrait painters of his day. He was born in Bristol. A child prodigy, he was largely self-taught, although he spent some time at the Royal Academy of Arts. In 1789 Lawrence won recognition for his portrait of an actress, Miss Farren (1789). He became much in demand, and in 1792 he succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds [16 Jul 1723 – 23 Feb 1792], as principal painter to King George III, who knighted Lawrence in 1815. Lawrence was made a member of the Royal Academy in 1794 and served as president of the academy from 1820 to 1830. Lawrence was a brilliant stylist and technician, whose vitality, rich color, and dramatic silhouettes anticipated romantic painting. Although uneven in quality, his work at its best is marked by a taste and elegance that lends distinction to the portraits of his sitters. These portraits include Lady Peel (1827); Pope Pius VII and Archduke Charles of Austria; and The Calmady Children (1825). Lawrence was the first English painter to achieve success in Europe. With Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough [1727 – 02 Aug 1788] he stands at the apex of English portrait art.
— Lawrence was the most fashionable English portrait painter of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was the son of an innkeeper who owned the Black Bear at Devizes, where the young Lawrence won a reputation as a prodigy for his profile portraits in pencil of guests. Later he began to work in pastel, and in 1780, when his family moved to Bath, he set up professionally. He had little regular education or artistic training, but was working in oils by the time he moved to London in 1787. There he studied at the Royal Academy schools for a short time and was given encouragement by Sir Joshua Reynolds. He was handsome, charming, and exceptionally gifted. His early success was phenomenal, and when he was 20 years of age he was summoned to Windsor to paint the portrait, later widely acclaimed, of Queen Charlotte. He was elected associate of the Royal Academy in 1791 and academician in 1794.
      Lawrence was a highly skilled draftsman. He soon abandoned pastels but continued to make portraits in pencil and chalks. These were separate commissions and were rarely studies for paintings, as it was his usual practice to make a careful drawing of the head and sometimes the whole composition on the canvas itself and to paint over it. There are highly interesting references to his working methods in the Diary of Joseph Farington [1747-1821].
      After the 23 February 1792 death of Reynolds, Lawrence was the leading English portrait painter. His works exhibit a fluid touch, rich color, and an ability to realize textures. He presented his sitters in a dramatic, sometimes theatrical, manner that produced Romantic portraiture of a high order. After the death of John Hoppner [04 Apr 1758 – 23 Jan 1810] he had as patron the Prince Regent, who knighted him in 1815 and sent him in 1818 to the political congresses of Aix-la-Chapelle and Vienna, where he painted 24 large full-length portraits of the military leaders and heads of state of the Holy Alliance. Executed with sovereign verve and elegance, these works now hang together in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle - a unique historical document of the period. By these works Lawrence was recognized as the foremost portrait painter of Europe. On his return to England in 1820 he was elected president of the Royal Academy.
      Lawrence was also a distinguished connoisseur. His collection of old-master drawings was one of the finest ever assembled, and he was instrumental in securing the collection of Greek sculptures known as the Elgin Marbles for the nation and in the founding of the National Gallery.

Self-portrait (1825, 89x37cm; 600x461pix, 30kb)
Miss Martha Carry (1789, 76x64cm) — Diana Sturt, Lady Milner
The Angerstein Children (1807; 600x465pix, 105kb) — The Fluyder Children, (1805)
Queen Charlotte (1790, 239x147cm) _ The youngest of five children of somewhat improvident parents, Lawrence was an infant prodigy. At ten he was drawing profile likenesses of the clients of his father's inn at Devizes, and it was assumed early on that his talent for portraiture would support his family. Around 1787 he was brought to London by his father, began to paint in oils and to show at the Royal Academy. His fame as a painter of full-length portraits in oil was sealed at the Academy exhibition of 1790, which included, among a varied group of a dozen pictures by him, this masterly likeness of Queen Charlotte. Praised outside the royal family, the picture was never acquired by them, perhaps because the king was upset by the queen having posed bareheaded after Lawrence disliked the bonnet and hat she had chosen to wear. The queen herself found the 20-year old artist 'rather presuming' when he asked her to talk during the sitting, in an effort to animate her features. Eventually it was the Assistant Keeper of her Wardrobe who completed the sittings for such details as the bracelets bearing a portrait miniature of the king and his cipher. Lawrence, a draughtsman of extreme precision, worked very hard at the 'appearance of facility'. His dazzling brushwork, inspired by Rubens [28 Jun 1577 – 30 May 1640], Van Dyck [22 Mar 1599 – 09 Dec 1641], Rembrandt [15 Jul 1606 – 08 Oct 1669] and Titian [1488 – 27 Aug 1576], enabled him to enjoy painting draperies, unlike his ageing 'rival' Reynolds, who often left them to assistants. But there is more to admire here beside the rustling shimmer of the queen's silks, gauzes and laces. Queen Charlotte had been shocked and saddened by the onset of George III's illness shortly before the portrait was painted. X-rays show that Lawrence modified the careworn expression which he had first observed. Yet even in the final portrait, so formal in conception, so grand in execution, something of the queen's malaise remains touchingly evident. The landscape background shows a view of Eton College as seen from Windsor Castle. The trees are turning red — as they might well have been in late September when the queen posed for Lawrence, but also so that the color contrasts of carpet and dress may be echoed in the russet foliage against a blue sky. Although she cannot see the view behind her, the direction of the queen's glance draws our own eyes to these vivid yet melancholy harbingers of winter.

Died on a 07 January:

1965 Anne Redpath, Scottish painter born on 29 March 1895, daughter of a Scottish tweed designer who helped to foster her interest in pattern. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1913–1919) where she won a travelling scholarship (1919) and visited Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Florence, and Siena, taking a particular interest in Italian 14th-century painting. After marrying an architect, James Beattie Michie (1891–1959), in 1920, she moved to France, where she lived until 1934. Until 1950 Redpath painted mostly still-lifes, such as The Indian Rug (1942), and Scottish landscapes. After this date she began to paint scenes of Mediterranean life, such as The Poppy Field (1963), based on her travels, adopting more vigorous brushwork and more intense colors.

1955 Samuel John Lamorna Birch, British artist born on 07 June 1869. — Relative? of Charles Bell Birch [1823-1893]?

^ 1933 Rodolfo Abularach, Guatemalan painter specialized in pictures of one eye, or abstraction thereof. Born in Guatemala in 1933, Rodolfo Abularach is one of Latin America’s most distinguished artists. Abularach is best known for his works from the mid 1960’s that feature dramatic close-ups of the human eye. For some two decades he continued meticulously to explore the psychological and spiritual states of being inherent in the symbol of the “Eye”. This haunting work - often with titles alluding to ancient Greek mythology as well as literature – reveal a thoughtful, well-educated artist probing the mysteries of the psyche.
Montes en Llamas (1999, 102x127cm; 480x610pix, 40kb)
Ojo Avizor (309x413pix, 19kb)
— (four eyes on one page) (300x294pix, 59kb gif — 200x399pix, 58kb gif — 240x300pix, 49kb gif — 240x300pix, 8kb) two of the pictures are realistic, two are abstractions _ The pseudonymous Flodor Aboulikh-Arachid prefers one completely abstract image to four separate ones, so he has created his
      _ Four Ize aka iiii (2006; 707x1000pix, 367kb), which he further abstracted and expanded into
      _ 8i8 aka Eight I Ate (2006; screen filling, 354kb, ZOOM to 1000x1414pix, 836kb) and
      _ 888 aka Eight Ate Eight (2006; screen filling, 315kb, ZOOM to 1000x1414pix, 982kb). —(060106)

1926 Hugo Darien, French artist born on 08 January 1864.

^ 1862 Robert Brandard, British artist born in 1805. — LINKS
–- Fisherfolk on the shore at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight (900x1263pix, 121kb) 60% pale uninteresting sky.
–- The Bay of Baiae, Apollo and the Sibyl (engraving 34x47cm; 801x1272pix, 96kb) —(070106)

1858 Hippolyte-Jean-Baptiste Garneray, French painter and engraver born on 23 February 1787, son and student of Jean-François Garneray [1755 – 11 Jun 1837]. He produced mostly landscapes of Brittany and Normandy.

^ 1819 Marie-Geneviève Bouliard, French painter born in 1772.
Alexandre Lenoir _ Durant les destructions de la Révolution, le peintre et autodidacte passionné Alexandre Lenoir se consacra à la sauvegarde des monuments du passé, des tombeaux (notamment ceux de Saint-Denis et de Sainte-Geneviève) et des sculptures. Il fut mandaté par la Constituante en 1791, et rassembla les oeuvres épargnées au couvent des Petits Augustins, désigné Musée des Monuments français. Lenoir dut restituer l'essentiel de ses collections à leurs anciens propriétaires, publics ou privés, sous la Restauration, en 1816.
Adélaïde Binart Lenoir [1772-1832] (1796) _ The sitter was the wife of Alexandre Lenoir.
Aspasia (679x454pix, 14kb) —(060106)

1812 Stefano Raffaele Albertolli, Italian artist born on 21 September 1770. —(060106)

1766 Matthys Balen, Flemish artist born on 24 February 1684.

1536 Baldassare Peruzzi (or Perucci, Perugo, Perutio), Italian architect, painter, and draftsman, born in 1481. Although his mature career lay wholly within the 16th century and on his death he was honored by burial in the Pantheon in Rome next to Raphael, he was a transitional figure between the early Renaissance and the High Renaissance in Italy. Yet certain of his works had a strong influence on later architects in the 16th century, and his architectural theories can be said to have been extremely forward-looking. It is the balance between traditional and advanced thinking that characterizes Peruzzi’s life and career. — Brescianino was an assistant of Peruzzi, whose students included Antonio Maria Lari, Bartolommeo Neroni, Giovanni Battista Peloro, Sebastiano Serlio.

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1906 Oscar Manuel Palazón Domínguez, Spanish Surrealist painter and sculptor, active in France, who died on 01 January 1958 (or 31 Dec 1957?).

^ 1893 Rolf Nesch, Norwegian painter and graphic artist of German birth, who died on 27 October 1975. He studied under the decorative painter, Hagenmeyer, in Heidenheim in 1907 and attended the Kunst- und Gewerbeschule in Stuttgart between 1908 and 1912. He decided to become a painter in 1912 and went to Dresden, where he came into contact with works by members of Die Brücke and studied at the Kunstakademi for two periods (1912–1914 and 1920–1923). He was sent to the front before finishing his studies. After World War I he traveled and visited Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Davos in 1924. Kirchner’s influence on him resulted in appreciably more expressive paintings, drawings and prints at that time. As early as 1925 Nesch began experimenting with odd juxtapositions of unconventionally handled printing techniques, as in Café Vaterland (1926), which he later developed, notably, into his Metallgrafikk—Collagraph prints produced by laying different objects, including metal pieces, on to the plate. Nesch moved to Hamburg, where he became one of the leading figures in the Secession. At this time Nesch developed, together with Karl Ballmer, a painting technique (pulverteknikk) that involved sprinkling dry pigment in several layers on to a lacquered surface with fixative between each layer, into which the image was scratched. In these paintings there is a tension between the hazy coloring of the dry planes and the signlike forms. Like most of his colleagues, Nesch was also inspired by Edvard Munch and late Expressionism in Hamburg. With the series of 24 etchings of Karl Muck and his Orchestra (1931) he was established as an unusually gifted printmaker. These black-and-white prints, for which he used drypoint and etching techniques, among others, present compositions in which music and musicians are united rhythmically

1890 Rafael Barradas Pérez, Montevideo Urugayan artist who died on 12 Feb 1929. —(060106)

1852 Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret, French painter who died (full coverage) on 03 July 1929. —(060630)

1842 Ludwig Vollmar, German artist who died on 01 March 1884.

1808 Friedrich Eduard Meyerheim, German artist who died on 18 January 1879.

1802 Karel Ferdinand Venneman, Charles, Flemish~Belgian artist who died on 22 August 1875.

1787 Peter Patrick Nasmyth, Scottish painter who died (full coverage) on 17 August 1831.

1777 Lorenzo Bartolini, Italian artist who died: on 20 January 1850. —(060106)

1751 François Dumont l'aîné, French artist who died on 27 August 1831. — Relative? of sculptor Jacques-Edmé Dumont [10 Apr 1761 – 21 Feb 1844] and of others of that family of sculptors, including a François Dumont [1688 – 14 Dec 1726]?

1724 Antonio Baratti (or Baratta), Italian artist who died on 28 Jul 1787. —(060106)

Happened on a 07 January:

2005 The correctional court of Strasbourg, France, sentences “l'Arsène Lupin des musées”, waiter Stéphane Breitwieser, 33, to three years (including 10 months suspended) in prison for stealing 23 art works in France, Denmark, and Austria between 1999 and 2001. He had confessed to stealing, between 1994 ani 2001, from museums, churches, and art dealers in six European countries, almost 240 art works, including 16th and 17th century paintings, statues, jewels, and antique musical instruments. But the statute of limitations had expired for all but the 23. Only 112 of the items have been found, many of them broken or damaged, and some thrown into the Rhône-to-Rhine canal near the family home in Eschentzwiller (Haut-Rhin) by Breitwieser's mother Mireille Stengel, 53, a nurse; she receives a three-year prison sentence (with 18 months suspended) for receiving stolen goods and destruction of works of art. Breitwieser's ex-mate Anne-Catherine Kleinklaus gets an 18-month sentence, 12 of them suspended, for receiving stolen goods (“recel”).
      Breitwieser has always claimed that he stole because of his passion for art and took only what fitted into his collection, making no profit from his crimes. Prosecutor Manon Brignol expressed doubts about that, while admitting that Breitwieser stole "pour assouvir sa passion", but added that he did it "de manière égoïste et obsessionnelle" and "Ses actes ont un caractère compulsif et il y a chez lui un côté prédateur". She concluded: “Qu'il y ait eu vente ou non, cela n'enlève rien à la gravité des faits. Rien ne l'autorisait à priver le public des œuvres qu'il a dérobées. C'est un homme d'une extrême prétention qui a considéré qu'il en était le seul digne.”.
     Breitwieser had been arrested in Switzerland after the theft of a hunting horn at Lucerne's Richard Wagner Museum in November 2001, and was sentenced to 40 months in prison by a court in Bulle, Switzerland, in February 2003 for having stolen 69 works in that country. He was extradited to France in July 2004.
     Robert Breitwieser [1889-1975], a painter from Mulhouse, was a great-uncle of Stéphane Breitwieser.
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