Thursday, October 8, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 97

VERA ROCKLINE, (1896 – 1934, Russian)
NUDE WITH NECKLACE
Oil on canvas 
61.5 x 46.5 cm 
Private collection

Véra Rockline (1896 - 4 April 1934) was a Russian post-impressionist painter. Rockline started her career in Moscow, studying in the studio of Ilya Mashkov, who considered her one of his most brilliant students. In 1918 she became an apprentice at Aleksandra Ekster's studio in Kiev, Ukraine. Ekster, who personally knew Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire had great influence on Rockline's initial style, also inspiring her creative and free painting spirit.

In 1918 and 1919, she exhibited at the 24th Moscow Artists Association Exposition, and in other gallery and association exhibitions. Also in 1918, she married a Mr.Rokhlin, from whom she adopted his name. In 1919 she left Russia, spending two years in Tbilisi and in 1921 she immigrated to France, where she eventually obtained French citizenship. In 1922, they moved to Paris, where there were a large Russian community, of which Rockline became part, living near Montmartre.

In 1922, Rockline exhibited paintings in the Russian section of the Salon d'Automne, at the Salon des Independants and at the Salon Tuileries, where she had a positive reception from media and visitors. Some of her paintings won prizes in the expositions. After styling herself on Cubism and Impressionism, Rockline started to develop her own style, "something between Courbet and Renoir", according to the critics from L’Art et les Artistes" magazine'.

In 1927, she became member of Salon d’Automne Society, a privileged position and became independent of her husband, probably divorcing him and moved to Montparnasse. Her financial independence coincided with a change in her art style. Her works became lighter, free, closer to Impressionism. 

In June 2008, her painting Card Players (1919) was sold in an auction at Christie's, in London, for 2 million pounds. More on Véra Rockline




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Thursday, September 10, 2020

01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 140

Théodore Chassériau, (French, 1819-1856)
Deux femmes demi-nues, de dos (esquisse)/ Two half-naked women, back (sketch), c. 1848
Oil on canvas
15 7/8 x 12 ¾ in. (40.3 x 32.4 cm.)
Private collection

Théodore Chassériau (September 20, 1819 – October 8, 1856) was a French Romantic painter noted for his portraits, historical and religious paintings, allegorical murals, and Orientalist images inspired by his travels to Algeria.

Chassériau was born in El Limón, Samaná, in the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic). In December 1820 the family left Santo Domingo for Paris, where the young Chassériau soon showed precocious drawing skills. He was accepted into the studio of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres in 1830, at the age of eleven, and became the favorite pupil of the great classicist, who regarded him as his truest disciple.

After Ingres left Paris in 1834 to become director of the French Academy in Rome, Chassériau fell under the influence of Eugène Delacroix, whose brand of painterly colorism was anathema to Ingres. Chassériau's art has often been characterized as an attempt to reconcile the classicism of Ingres with the romanticism of Delacroix. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1836, and was awarded a third-place medal in the category of history painting. In 1840 Chassériau travelled to Rome and met with Ingres, whose bitterness at the direction his student's work was taking led to a decisive break.

In 1846 Chassériau made his first trip to Algeria. From sketches made on this and subsequent trips he painted such subjects as Arab Chiefs Visiting Their Vassals and Jewish Women on a Balcony...

After a period of ill health, exacerbated by his exhausting work on commissions for murals to decorate the Churches of Saint-Roch and Saint-Philippe-du-Roule, Chassériau died at the age of 37 in Paris, on October 8, 1856. More on Théodore Chassériau




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Friday, August 21, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 96

Helmut Newton
Charlotte Rampling at the Hotel Nord Pinus, Arles, France, c. 1973
Silver Gelatin Print
20 1/10 × 16 1/10 in, 51.1 × 40.9 cm
Private collection

Tessa Charlotte Rampling OBE (born 5 February 1946) is an English actress, model and singer, known for her work in European arthouse films in English, French, and Italian. An icon of the Swinging Sixties, she began her career as a model and later became a fashion icon and muse.

She was cast in the role of Meredith in the 1966 film Georgy Girl. She soon began making French and Italian arthouse films, most notably during this time in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969) and Liliana Cavani's The Night Porter (1974). She went on to star in Zardoz (1974), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), opposite Paul Newman in The Verdict (1982), Long Live Life (1984), Max, Mon Amour (1986), Angel Heart (1987) and The Wings of the Dove (1997). In 2002 she released an album of recordings in the style of cabaret, titled As A Woman.

In the 2000s, she became the muse of French director François Ozon, appearing in his films Under the Sand (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Angel (2007). On television, she is known for her role as Evelyn Vogel in Dexter (2013). In 2012 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, both for her performance in the miniseries Restless. Other television roles include work in Broadchurch and London Spy, for the latter of which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. For her performance in the 2015 film 45 Years, she won the Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress, the European Film Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 74th Venice International Film Festival for Hannah.

A four-time César Award nominee, she received an Honorary César in 2001 and France's Legion of Honour in 2002. She was made an OBE in 2000 for her services to the arts, and received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Awards. In 2015, she released her autobiography, which she wrote in French, titled Qui Je Suis, or Who I Am. She later worked on an English translation, which was published in March 2017. More on Charlotte Rampling

Helmut Newton was born on October 31, 1920, in Berlin, Germany. He attended the American School in Berlin. From an early age, Newton developed a keen obsession with photography, purchasing his very first camera aged 12. Four years later, Newton was to turn his back on mainstream education, taking an apprenticeship with renowned German photographer, Elsle Simon, known as Yva. Her surreal, multiple exposure photographs that took in fashion, theater and the nude were to inspire Newton throughout his career.

On November 9, 1938, Newton, secured passage to China, where he stopped in Singapore until 1940 before leaving to Australia and finding work as a truck driver in the Australian Army.

In 1948, he married actress June Browne, herself a photographer under the name of Alice Springs, a name she chose from a map of Australia. High-profile contracts with Australian Vogue in the 1950’s; British Vogue in 1957-1958; French Vogue in 1961 provided Newton with the exposure that would allow him to stamp his style on fashion photography over the next 40 years.

Known as the ‘King of Kink’, Newton’s erotically charged imagery was provocative as it was masterful in its compositional and narrative direction. Creating highly charged images layered with voyeuristic, sado-masochist undertexts, Newton was drawn to empowered woman presenting a potent image of female sexuality in the 60’s and 70’s. 

Newton died, aged 83, in 2004 following a major car accident in Los Angeles. More on Helmut Newton



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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

01 Photograph, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 142

Kasia Derwinska, Spain
Oblivion therapy
Color, Digital, Manipulated, Paint, Photo
15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0 in

Oblivionth: The state of being completely forgotten.

Kasia Derwinska "Photography is my way of communicating with the world. In my work, I talk about own experiences, thoughts, doubts, fears and hopes trying to reflect my own life's path. In addition to my experiences, my creations are inspired by night dreams as since childhood I remember most of them and I believe that dreams are the most simbolic language of our subconscious, a guide to navigate in the modern world. I am autodidactic and I don´t recognize myself as a photographer. I use photography as a tool, like a brush for painting or an instrument to play music. My work is an attempt to connect substantiality of the world that surrounds us with elusiveness of feelings and thoughts. For that reason I describe my creations as building a bridge between the visible and the invisible. My works are divided in four basic series: fairytales and fantasies, conceptual black and white, night dreams, and the color serie called "who sings, frightens away his fears"  More on Kasia Derwinska



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Sunday, August 16, 2020

01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 143

Adrien LeMayeur, (1880 - 1958)
Women with parasols
mixed media on mounted paper
h. 18-1/2 w. 23-1/2 in.
Private collection

Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres (9 February 1880 – 31 May 1958) was a Belgian painter from Brussels who lived the last part of his life in Bali.

Le Mayeur came to Bali at Singaraja in 1932. He then stayed in Denpasar and was fascinated by what remained then of Balinese culture, including the Balinese people's traditional way of life, the temple rituals and local dances. He was also impressed by the light, color and beauty of the surroundings in the then still quite unspoilt island.

Le Mayeur got acquainted with 15-year-old legong dancer, Ni Nyoman Pollok, known by her nickname Ni Pollok , who later on became Le Mayeur's model for his paintings.

After three years working together, in 1935, Le Mayeur and Pollok got married. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in World War II Le Mayeur was put under house arrest by the Japanese authorities. He continued painting, however, often painting on rice sack cloth and other surfaces he could find. After the war Le Mayeur's reputation grew at steady pace.

In 1958 Le Mayeur suffered from a severe ear cancer, and accompanied by Ni Pollok he returned to Belgium to have a medical treatment. After two months in Belgium, on 31 May 1958 the 78-year-old painter died and was buried in Ixelles, Brussels. Ni Pollok then returned home to take care of her house which had become the Le Mayeur Museum. She stayed there until her death on 18 July 1985 at the age of 68.

Le Mayeur and Ni Pollok's home is kept in its original condition and is a museum where about 80 of Le Mayeur's works are exhibited. More on Adrien LeMayeur




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Friday, August 7, 2020

01 Photograph, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 145

Richard D'Amore, California (1940-2006)
NUDE ON EAGLE, c. 1972
Black and white photograph
11"X14"
Private collection

Richard D'Amore dedicated more than thirty years to fine art photography, distinguishing himself as a master printer.  In 1970, D'Amore relocated to France with his brother to work and study. During this time, he taught photography at Camberwell College of Art in London.  D'Amore's  work was featured in fine publications. 

Upon returning to the United States in the late 1970s, Mr. D'Amore continued to expand his artistic horizons, concurrently working for the celebrated designers. Using vintage and specialized techniques. D'Amore took great pride in the handmade print.  

D'Amore was born on May 31, 1940 and was tragically murdered by his wife
on December 14, 2006.  More on Richard D'Amore




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Saturday, July 18, 2020

01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 95

JOHN BRATBY, R.A., 1928-1992
PAT IN THE BATH (BATH TIME)
Oil on board
122 by 76cm.; 48 by 30in.
Private collection

John Randall Bratby RA (19 July 1928 – 20 July 1992) was an English painter who founded the kitchen sink realism style of art that was influential in the late 1950s. He made portraits of his family and celebrities. His works were seen in television and film. Bratby was also a writer.

John Bratby was born on 19 July 1928 in Wimbledon. Between 1949 and 1950, he studied art at Kingston College of Art. He then began attending the Royal College of Art, completing his studies in 1954. He painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figure compositions, and had his first solo exhibition that year at London's Beaux Arts Gallery.

Bratby is considered the founder of kitchen sink realism, a movement in which artists use everyday objects, like trash cans and beer bottles as subjects of their works, which are often thickly-laden portraits or paintings. It began in the early 1950s and has been considered an aspect of John Osborne's "Angry Young Men" movement. Bratby often painted with bright colours, capturing his middle-class family's daily lives. 

Bratby was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1971.

Bratby's own work fell out of favour with the emergence of Pop art. More on John Randall Bratby







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01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 97

VERA ROCKLINE, (1896 – 1934, Russian) NUDE WITH NECKLACE Oil on canvas  61.5 x 46.5 cm  Private collection Véra Rockline (18...