antoine blanchard

13 06 2014

ANTOINE BLANCHARD, 1910 – 1988, is the pseudonym that french painter MARCEL MASSON chose, to experiment with nostalgic views of paris based on photo reference that he had collected from the turn of the century, the BELLE EPOCHE period. like EDOUARD CORTES and EUGENE GALIEN-LALOUE, LUIGI LOIR and JEAN BERAUD, he started to paint paris street scenes, often the same views in different seasons and weather situations. he became immensely popular and his style was faked by a lot of artists, using even his signature since the name was not copyrighted. different from CORTES expressive painting style BLANCHARD used smaller brush strokes characteristic to the great masters of the impressionist period, he used more vibrant colors and his motifs with pedestrians in period fashion are more alive than compared to his predecessors.

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© antoine blanchard





hans feibusch

30 05 2014

HANS FEIBUSCH, 1898 – 1998, was born to jewish parents in frankfurt, germany. after having served in WW1 on the russian front he joined in 1918 the berlin art academy and became master student of CARL HOFER. his admired artists at that time were the german EXPRESSIONISTS, especially FRANZ MARC, SCHMIDT-ROTTLUFF and KLEE. with a scholarship FEIBUSCH was introduced to mural painting in italy, with the works of GIOTTO, MASACCHIO and PIERO DELA FRANCESSCA. he was impressed by the grandeur and simplicity of their works. by 1923 he went to paris to continue his studies and from 1925 on he participated in exhibitions in berlin, frankfurt and duesseldorf. when the nazis took over in germany in 1933 feibusch was forced to emigrate to england, since his future wife was english. his work was considered as ENTARTETE KUNST ( degenerate art ) and destroyed by the nazis. in england feibusch became famous over the next decades for over forty murals in churches, cathedrals, synagogues and public buildings. later in his life he started to create sculptures and was active until just a few weeks before his 100th birthday.

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(c) Pallant House Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1937 by André Fougeron 1913-1998
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© hans feibusch





peder mørk mønsted

26 01 2014

please go here to my earlier post from 8-2010 about PEDER MORK MONSTED for more information. below some more of his stunning landscapes

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4By The River, Brondbyvester 1922
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© peder mørk mønsted





beauty of art 5

1 09 2013

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jean paul surin

28 07 2013

on my last trip through southern france I stayed in a hotel in ROUSSILLON, provence. a mural in the entrance hall caught my eye because of its vibrant colors and expressive brushstrokes. it reminded me of VAN GOGH, the motif was one of the villages in the neighborhood, GORDES. I found a catalogue of the artists work on a table next to the wallpainting. JEAN PAUL SURIN, born in 1946 in the ardennes, france, a student of the ecole des beaux arts in paris is for some years now represented in galeries throughout the world. he is a nature painter, applies the oil colors in thick layers on the canvas using a palette knife as well as brushes, sometimes it looks as if he wanted to sculpt his paintings with the palette knife. I am fascinated by his color combinations, you have to spend some time in southern france to believe they really exist. no wonder that most beautiful spot on earth attracted so many artists in the past and still does. see yourself below and let me know what you think…

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© jean paul surin





felix vallotton

8 07 2013

FELIX VALLOTTON, 1865 – 1925, grew up in lausanne, switzerland, in paris he studied art at the academie julian. he admired HOLBEIN, DUERER and INGRES, and painted his first portraits in the academic tradition. during the 1890s he created many woodcuts and established himself as a leader in the revival of woodcut as an artistic medium. especially UKIYO-E prints and the japanese woodcut had a big influence on him. VALLOTTON was closely connected to LES NABIS, a group of young artists, and you can see during that time a stylistic change in his paintings, the avant-garde look combined with his woodcut experience, flat areas of color and simplification of detail. always a prolific artist, by the end of his life VALLOTTON had completed over 1700 paintings and about 200 prints.

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© felix vallotton





mucha’s 4 seasons

30 06 2013

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ALPHONSE MARIA MUCHA, July 24, 1860 – July 14, 1939, a czech artist who studied in paris and munich, produced an immense amount of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was initially called the MUCHA STYLE but became known as ART NOUVEAU ( new art ). MUCHA’S works frequently featured beautiful young women in flowing vaguely neoclassical looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed haloes behind the women’s heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used pale pastel colors. the ART NOUVEAU style however, was one that MUCHA attempted to distance himself from throughout his life. he always insisted that rather than adhering to any fashionable stylistic form, his paintings came purely from within and czech art. he declared that art existed only to communicate a spiritual message, and nothing more.

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THE SEASONS, 1896, was MUCHA’S first set of decorative panels and it became one of his most popular series. it was so popular that he was asked to produce at least two more sets based on the same theme in 1897 and 1900. designs for a further two more sets also exist. the idea of personifying the seasons was nothing new – examples could be found in the works of the old masters as well as in other publications at that time. however, MUCHA’S nymph-like women set against the seasonal countryside background breathed new life into the classic theme, MUCHA captures the mood of the seasons – innocent spring, sultry summer, fruitful autumn and frosty winter.

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© alphonse mucha





style 11.1

24 12 2012

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the look of the city has changed over the last centuries, some of them grew from small marketplaces in medieval times to huge sizes with tens of millions of people. the once atmospheric cosy environments turned into concrete jungle, with architecture not for people anymore. artists all over the world have captured these changes through their eyes in very different styles. this incredible variety is fascinating for me and it might influence your work as well, in case you need to get some ideas about URBAN LIFE.

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the painter poet

2 09 2012

that’s what CARL SPITZWEG was called, he lived from 1808 – 1885 in munich, germany, where he portrayed the daily life in humorous scenes, painted cartoons. you can read more about him in my earlier post from january 6, 2009. below some more of his artwork










© carl spitzweg





maritime 3

3 07 2012

some more powerful marine paintings created by one of the leading marine painters – MONTAGUE DAWSON, 1895 – 1973. go – here – for the earlier posts of his work.






© montague dawson





style 10.6.1

15 04 2012

the change of seasons is something I am missing since I live in this part of the world close to the equator, where you have only one season all over the year. I put together some paintings from around the world and from the last five hundred years illustrating that amazing change of colors and mood in very different styles.






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25 03 2012

more stylistic variations, looking at people in ART






style 10.5.2

9 03 2012

some more people in art…






style 10.4

10 10 2011

storytelling and the visual arts are very close connected. look at the stories on the walls of the caves of lascaux. or most religious art throughout the middle ages, like the illuminated manuscripts or the stained glass windows of the christian cathedrals. art helps us to perceive aspects of reality we could not see otherwise. a chinese proverb says – one picture is worth ten thousand words, or – what ivan s.turgenev wrote 1862 in his novel ‘fathers and sons’ – ‘the drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book.’
in the compilation of artwork below I have collected some stories from all over the world. note besides the content their composition, the way the artists lead your eyes through their story. and study how the color is used to support the atmosphere, to help the viewer develop an emotional feeling.







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17 09 2011

here are some more landscape and architecture style studies in classical paintings of the past…







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12 09 2011

it is a challenge to develop a special style for an illustration, an animated movie or just a character. the goal is to create something that nobody has done before. for that reason and of course for inspiration I recommend to gather all reference that is available. usually the amount of information we have is not sufficient, information not just about the designwork in illustration and film of the past few years, but information about what has been created in ‘the arts’ over the past 12.000 years. starting with the cave paintings of lascaux, early highly stylized egyptian art as well as greek- and roman sculptures and mosaics, and the whole medieval art from byzanthine to gothic. further in more recent centuries baroque, rokoko, romanticism, impressionism, art nouveau, expressionism and of course all the modern art of the past 70 years. not to forget russian-, oriental-, persian- and indian-, southern american-, african-, eskimo- and aborigine art.


the knowledge about all these different ‘styles’ is helpful. in the past it was pretty difficult if not impossible to find all the right publications or visit enough museums to study the vast amount of art that has been created all over the world. today it is much easier to research through the internet, with a bit detective work everybody interested enough can do it.


most of the above compiled artwork in figurative art was created over the past 500 years. the series will be continued, I want to concentrate on some more unusual and lesser known art. hopefully that will encourage you to start your own archives.





ludwig richter

4 08 2011

a while ago I posted some woodcuts of the german painter and etcher ADRIAN LUDWIG RICHTER, 1803 – 1884. he was very popular in his lifetime and is probably the most typical german illustrator of the romantic era. here now some of his paintings. you might notice how much his work influenced the art directors and background artists of the early disney films but as well later the style of SLEEPING BEAUTY.




© ludwig richter





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9 04 2011










© eugene galien-laloue





the orientalists

17 01 2011

after NAPOLEON had invaded egypt with his army in 1798 and was driven out by the british after one year, a lot of artists followed, writers and painters – to become well known as the ORIENTALISTS. the movement lasted about a century and many of them were pretty famous. some of the painters specialized in landscapes, archeology or in people, others in biblical or historical themes. but one thing they all had in common – the experience changed their lives, the journey affected these artists deeply.
I was introduced to the ORIENTALIST-painters when I worked on disney’s ALADDIN and was searching for reference of the middle east. following is a small selection of watercolors from four wellknown painters – CHARLES ROBERTSON, 1844-1891, cairo – WILLIAM WYLD, 1806-1889, algier harbour – AUGUSTUS OSBORNE LAMPLOUGH, 1877-1930, nile – CARL HAAG, 1820-1915, cairo.
the next post will be about the tales from this area.








rowland hilder

10 09 2010

he was described as THE TURNER OF HIS GENERATION, – ROWLAND HILDER, 1905 – 1993. you probably see the similarity between HILDER’S landscapes and the backgrounds in disney’s 101 DALMATIANS, together with RONALD SEARLE his artwork was used for inspiration. HILDER was born in long island in the US, but returned with his parents in 1915 to england, where he lived most of his life in a kentish country village. he illustrated numerous books and was a professor at goldsmith’s college school of art. someone described his style and technique as so recognisable that there are parts of England which, in tribute to his skill, seem to have grown physically like his paintings. he shares with JOHN CONSTABLE the distinction of having seen an entire region of England identified with his name and art. The description ROWLAND HILDER COUNTRY evokes a landscape as distinctive as CONSTABLE’S COUNTRY along the Suffolk Stour. That is as generous a tribute as any man could wish.









© rowland hilder








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