...this month's featured artist is: Munch

Edvard Munch is considered as one of the major symbolist painters, forerunner of the expressionist movement. "I don't paint what i see, but what i've seen" he said, to underline his distance from the (post)impressionism. Munch is interested in showing what happens inside his head, how his unrational side takes over the rational one and modifies the reality perceived... Read more >>.

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Dalì

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Kandinsky

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Monet 2/2

Monet was a pure impressionist, a real master of the style, entirely focusing his attention on the colours and light effects of the landscapes that he used to paint en plain air.

He...

Renoir 1/2

General Informations
NamePierre-Auguste Renoir
Birth25 February, 1841
Death3 December, 1919
MovementsImpressionism
MusicJohann Pachelbel (01-09-1653 - 09-03-1706) - Canon in D


Renoir's painting is probably the most carefree and lightheaded one among the impressionists: his scenes are happy, funny, sometimes sensual, the artist is fascinated by feminine beauty, and there are no other purposes in his works except personal pleasure.  Even his teacher used to yell at him, complaining that he was representing too frivolous scenes..

Renoir was a close friend of Monet. They used to paint together natural sights en plain air as the impressionism stabilished, leaving us some pictures of the same sight at the same hour from 2 slightly different points of view (see "La grenouillere").

During the decline of the impressionism, feeling the weight of the critics, Renoir moved towards a more classical painting inspired by Raffaello: "The Large Bathers" drew on the classical late-renaissance theme of the nude women in the landscape, near a water source. That subject was allowed as the represented women were always goddesses and nymphs.

Selected Works

 

La Grenouillere - Stoccolma, Nationalmuseum

Grenoullere

 

The large bathers - Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Large Bathers

A few words about the music

Pachelbel's Canon in D didn't receive much attentions from its contemporaries, but is nowadays one of the most appreciated and wide-known classical compositions.

Pachelbel's Canon, as the name says, uses the technique of the canon. This is a polyphonic device in which several voices play the same lines of music, but enter one by one, each after a delay. In Pachelbel's piece, there are three voices engaged in canon, plus a fourth voice, the basso continuo, which plays an independent part.

A comedian, Rob Paravonian, performed a fabulous 5-minutes-show regarding Pachelbel's Canon in D. You can find it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM. Be sure not to miss that!

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