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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Armando Reverón is considered as the maximum exponent of venezuelan impressionism.  He was an important painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Venezuela. His mental health deteriorated but his artistic abilities remained. His use of color and light is highly appreciated in artistc circles. Very loved in Venezuelan culture, he is the subject of various homages in different medias, and is remembered by his "muñecas" or dolls.  His images are hardly triumphalist and his use of colors are liverish, sad and grimy.


Armando Reverón

(May 10, 1889 - September 18, 1954)

He was always painting women. Those from the 1930s gain a certain mystery from being done in close-valued whites and sepias. But basically they're standard academic nudes, slippery and slumberous. In the 1940s the tones darken, and the figures grow stranger.

This popular artist goes around major cities across Latin America and literally "stamps" the streets with his multidimensional chalk drawings that amazes spectators with unique images that makes them believe his illustrations have depth and are real.


Lasst year, during Tomasz Rut's audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, attended by thousands of spectators from around the world at the St. Peter's square in the Vatican, two large paintings by Tomasz Rut became part of the collection at St. Peter's cathedral after being blessed by the Holy Father.


Painted in 2011 to commemorate the beatification of John Paul II, the two originals on canvas: "Nolite Timere" & "Be Not Afraid" pay tribute to the beloved late Pope and depict John Paul II as the Saint and as the charismatic leader of the world accompanied by another legendary figure behind the political changes of the twentieth century, the first President of democratic Poland, Lech Walesa.


Claude Monet

November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926)

Monet is consider to be the founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. 


March 30, 1853 - July 29, 1890

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who had a short lived career. He cut off a portion of his ear-lobe during a moment of rage, and at the age of 37  he shot himself “for the good of all”.  Where he was when he shot himself is unclear.  Ingo Walther writes that "Some think van Gogh shot himself in the wheat field that had engaged his attention as an artist of late; others think he did it at a barn near the inn." In "Van Gogh: The Life", a biography published in 2011, authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith argue that van Gogh did not commit suicide. They contend that he was shot accidentally by two boys he knew who had "a malfunctioning gun". However experts at the Van Gogh Museum remain unconvinced.