I Caesar

I  Julius Caesar (100BCE – 44BCE)

Well where else to start!? As an Asterix fan there was no where else but. Still despite this comic interpretation Caesar was indisputably the person who led the Roman Republic down a path, once he crossed the Rubicon, to the inevitable series of emperors that were to follow.A1 t

If there was a person who ever lacked ambition it was not him. Driven by the knowledge that his hero Alexander the Great had conquered the known western world and created an enormous Macedonian Empire all the way to India before dying at 33 he set to work. His bust provides an emphasis on cerebral as well as military power. Undoubtedly he was a general of genius as his conquering of Gaul at Alesia tells us.a-caesar

The cerebral features reminded me not only of his great strategic and tactical thinking when in battle but also of his possibly greater political sensibilities. He manipulated the then political constructs to ensure he ruled supreme. A power-base that quickly turned even his closet friends against him in the end. I felt the 27 stabs, as I painted, that brought his reign to an end and his immortality to a beginning.  www.brambleart.com. A1 d2

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A Born Artist – 16th May

16th May

Lempicka4The ‘Baroness with a Brush’ Tamara de Lempicka was born on the 16th May 1898. In Paris during the Roaring Twenties she became part of the city’s bohemian life. Lempicka2Although clearly influenced by Cubism she became a leading exponent of the Art Deco style and real favourite of the Hollywood set.Lempicka1

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A Born Artist – 15th May

15th May

Vasnetsov_5The Russian Artist Viktor Vasnetsov was born on May 15th 1848. He specialized in mythological and historical subjects. He is considered the co-founder of Russian folklorist and romantic modernist painting and a key figure in the Russian revivalist movement.vasnetsov2vasnetsov4

 

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A Born Artist – 14th May

14th May

Gainsborough5Thomas Gainsborough  was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker born on this day in 1727 and founder member of the Royal Academy. Gainsborough3He surpassed his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds to become the dominant British portraitist of the second half of the 18th century. His a light palette and easy strokes became the method from then on. Gainsborough1He preferred landscapes to portraits, and is credited (with Richard Wilson) as the originator of the 18th-century British landscape school.Gainsborough2

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A Born Artist – 13th May

13th May

Braque2The French Artist Georges Braque was born on the 13th May 1882. He worked in many media and styles including but is often best remembered for the development of Cubism alongside Picasso around 1911. Braque3Prior to painting in the Cubist style he worked in the ‘Fauvist’ manner of Derain and Matisse and in 1907 he successfully exhibited works of in the Salon des Indépendants.

Braque1It was in 1907 that his style became influenced by Paul Cezanne, who had died the year before, after visiting his major retrospective at the Salon d’Automne. It was this show that greatly affected Braque, and others, and ultimately resulted in the advent of Cubism.Braque4

 

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A Born Artist – 12th May

12th May

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rossetti3Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator, was born on this day in 1828. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 along with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. These young men were to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. rossetti4His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement. Rossetti’s personal life was closely linked to his work, especially his relationships with his models and muses Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth and Jane Morris.rossetti1

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A Born Artist

11th May

Dali4Salvador Dalí was born on this day in 1904 and was aDali1 prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. What is left to say! Known the world over as an artist who brought the subconscious to us through his adherence to realism.

Dali3In 1922 Dalí  began studying at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid with a crowd that were to be later distingushed in their own fields, namely Pepín Bello, Luis Buñuel, and Federico García Lorca. Wow what a team!Dali2

 

 

 

 

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