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Max Ernst. (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet.

Max Ernst, 1942 by Arnold Newman
Max Ernst: “Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.”

Hieronymus Bosch was born Jheronimus (or Jeroen) van Aken (meaning “from Aachen”)

self portrait

Little is known of Bosch’s life or training. He left behind no letters or diaries, and what has been identified has been taken from brief references to him in the municipal records of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and in the account books of the local order of the Brotherhood of Our Lady. Nothing is known of his personality or his thoughts on the meaning of his art. Bosch’s date of birth has not been determined with certainty. It is estimated at c. 1450 on the basis of a hand drawn portrait (which may be a self-portrait) made shortly before his death in 1516. The drawing shows the artist at an advanced age, probably in his late sixties.

Contemporary Chinese oil paintings

(270 pictures) 

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Zdzisław Beksiński Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor (part 1)

Zdzisław Beksiński  (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter,photographer, and sculptor who is best known as a fantasy artist. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his ‘fantastic realism’ period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment. The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksiński’s later paintings. Beksiński was murdered in 2005.
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