This was an interesting week on Muzei. For some reason I had two Da Vinci and two Monet appearing on my wallpaper. Is this a sign? Maybe! I like to think of that. So here it is, this week, my little exhibition.
#1 Monaco Monte Carlo by Alphonse Mucha - With his innovative design for Gismonda Mucha (a Czech artist) arrived on Parisian street art scene at an opportune moment. As Mucha later wrote, his poster was ‘a breath of fresh air’ which the public had been looking for. More about Mucha’s creations you can find here.
#2 The little owl by Albrecht Durer - Even though I couldn’t find nothing particularly on this painting, Durer it’s a very interesting figure of German art. His high-quality woodcuts established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since.
#3 Lily by Leonardo da Vinci - This drawing of the lily flower is the only survivor of the “early studies of flower copied from nature” that was recorded in a list of works done by Leonardo in Florence to Milan. A sepia wash was applied to the drawing of the model to show the forms of the plant in the three-dimensions. More about this study and other works you ca read over here.
#4 Hauling a boat ashore, Honfleur by Claude Monet - Probably one of the most impressionist and the one that’s got our hearts with his colors, with his different approach when it comes landscapes and portraits. Well, Monet is a true master of light and his works basically shout this out loud! Despite his achievements he was very depressed in his later years (*a subject I was reflecting a lot recently), he wrote to one friend that “Age and chagrin have worn me out. My life has been nothing but a failure, and all that’s left for me to do is to destroy my paintings before I disappear.” More about Monet you can find here.
#5 Study for the head of Leda by Leonardo da Vinci - If you click on each picture you will see some more details about it, and as you can see, both Da Vinci’s Leda and Durer’s owl were created in the same year and are both part of the Renaissance era. There are only four survived studies, after most of them were destroyed in eighteen century. some art historians believe that Leda’s face in most cases was finished by his pupils, and instead Leonardo focused on her braids. More about the creation you can read over here.
#6 Liberty leading the people by Eugene Delacroix - Delacroix wrote in a letter to his brother that a bad mood that had been hold of him was lifting due to the painting on which he was embarking (the Liberty painting), and that if he could not fight for his country then at least he would paint for it. The French government bought the painting in 1831, with plans to hang it in the room of the new king Louis-Philippe, but it was soon taken down for its revolutionary content. Lady Liberty was eventually the model for the Statue of Liberty, which was given to the United States 50 years later, and has also been featured on the French banknote. More information about the artwork you can find here.
#7 The train in the country by Claude Monet - The artist died on December 5, 1926, at his home in Giverny. Monet once wrote, “My only merit lies in having painted directly in front of nature, seeking to render my impressions of the most fleeting effects.” Most art historians believe that Monet accomplished much more than this: He helped change the world of painting by shaking off the conventions of the past. By dissolving forms in his works, Monet opened the door for further abstraction in art, and he is credited with influencing such later artists as Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.