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Famous Painters: Interesting Facts.

Leonardo Da Vinci:

Born on april 15, 1452, in the village of Vinci in Florence Italy, Leonardo was a sculptor, a scientist, an inventor, an architect, a musician, and a mathematician.  He studied under a painter named Verrochio and when he was twenty, he helped complete one of Verrochio’s paintings. It was called “The Baptism of Christ.”

It was said that DaVinci painted the robes on the figure on the right, and as well; parts of the scenery in the background.  His skill was also said to have surpassed his mentor’s even before his apprenticeship ended.

At the age of twenty, Leonardo qualified as a master in the Guild of St.Luke; a guild of artists and doctors of medicine.

He also had a great respect for life and this was evidenced by his vegetarianism.  It was recorded that he would purchase caged birds only to set them free.

When he was thirty, he moved to Milan where he painted most of his pictures. His paintings were done in the realist style and he is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time.  His works included the conceptualization of many modern objects and ideas. Things such as the helicopter, the tank, focused solar power, the double hull, and the theory of plate techtonics can all be attributed to Davinci’s superior intellect and creativity. He also invented a machine that was used for testing the tensile strength of wires.

Claude Monet:

Born on November 14, 1840 in Paris.

He was a founder of French impressionist painting.  He was a very  skilled artist when he was young, and his pictures were so good that an art supply store allowed him to hang his pictures in their window.  He was baptized in the Notre Dame de Lorette.

Monet’s parents did not want him to become an artist. His father wanted him to take up the family grocery business. Monet however, wanted to become a great artist and so he continued to develop his artistic skils. He wasn’t the only one in his family who had artistic abilities. His mother was herself a singer.  Disliking the traditional ways in which art schools in that time taught art, he took on an apprenticeship program with an artist by the name of Charles Gleyre.  Monet drew inspiration from other artists such as John Constable and Joseph Mallord William Turner.  Claude Monet was also a friend to the famous artist, Renoir. Monet’s paintings were done in the impressionist style.

He once served in the military. It was in the First Regimen of the African Light Cavalry where Monet was signed up to serve  for a minimum of seven years; but after only two years, he contracted Typhoid, and thus his military career ended.

Monet married Camille Monet. She gave birth to two children. Jean and Michel. Camille was the subject in many of his paintings. She was a great source of inspiration for the artist.

In 1878, the Monets temporarily moved into the home of Ernest Hoschede. Alice Hoschede, Ernest’s wife, helped Monet raise his two sons by taking them to Paris to live alongside her own children.

Blanche (who eventually married Jean Monet), Germaine, Suzanne, Marthe, Jacques and Jean-Pierre.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir:

Born on Feb 25, 1841 in France.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir worked  as a shoe tailor and as a dress maker when he was young.  He was the child of a working class family. When he was 13, he worked in a porcelain factory where he used his artistic skills to decorate fine china.  He often visited the Louvre to study the French Master Painters.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a friend to famous artist Monet.  Some of his most famous portraits are of women and groups of people. Renoir’s paintings were done in the impressionist style.  Impressionism is a late 19th century art style that is described as painting as if the artist just took a quick look at the subject. Paintings of this type were usually outdoor scenes like landscapes.

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2 comments on “Famous Painters: Interesting Facts.

  1. Monique
    02/22/2010

    Hi,

    My name is monique I would like to find out, how much would a painted copy be of Irene cahed anvres(little irene) by Renoir it was painted about 100 Years ago, and is still in very good condition

    Please reply

    Looking forward to hear from you

    • digitalempire
      02/23/2010

      Hi Monique. I did a quick google search on Irene Cahen D’Anvers and found several online auction sites listing copies of the painting at prices ranging from $122 to $1500. (Depending on the size and quality of the reproduction) My best recommendation is to pay only what you’re willing to pay to obtain a copy, or if you own a copy and want to sell it, sell it at a reasonable price. The original will undoubtebly be priceless as it is a beautiful painting. I’m not sure of how to help you any further, but perhaps other artists can help shed some light on the value of these paintings. :)

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