- Tamara De Lempicka 1898-1980 | Art Déco
- Alda Merini | Alla tua salute, amore mio
- Gustav Klimt | 1862 -1918
- Amedeo Clemente Modigliani | 1884 - 1920
Posted: 21 Aug 2011 04:08 AM PDT
"...I live life
in the margins of society,
and the rules of normal society
don't apply to those
who live on the fringe."
- Tamara De Lempicka, 1898 - 1980, born Maria Górska in Warsaw, in partitioned Poland, was a Polish Art Deco painter and "the first woman artist to be a glamour star."
Posted: 20 Aug 2011 05:02 PM PDT
Sono folle di te, amore
che vieni a rintracciare
nei miei trascorsi
questi giocattoli rotti delle mie parole.
Ti faccio dono di tutto
tanto io sono solo una fanciulla
piena di poesia
e coperta di lacrime salate,
io voglio solo addormentarmi
sulla ripa del cielo stellato
e diventare un dolce vento
Posted: 20 Aug 2011 03:11 PM PDT
Gustav Klimt, 1862 -1918, was one of the most innovative and controversial artists of the early twentieth century. The son of an engraver, he studied at the State School of Applied Arts in Vienna. In the 1880s and 1890s he produced murals for public buildings - including Vienna's Burgtheater and new Kunsthistorisches Museum, in the prevailing classical-realist style. Klimt's style grew increasingly experimental, however, and his murals for Vienna University, commissioned by the State in 1894, were roundly attacked by critics for their fantastical imagery and their bold, decorative style. Partly in response to this reaction, in 1897 Klimt helped form the Secession, a group of artists dedicated to challenging the conservative Academy of Fine Arts. Influenced by European avant-garde movements represented in the annual Secession exhibitions, Klimt's mature style combined richly decorative surface patterning with complex symbolism and allegory, often with overtly erotic content.
Posted: 20 Aug 2011 12:26 PM PDT
Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, 1884 - 1920, was an Italian artist, practicing both painting and sculpture, who pursued his career for the most part in France. Modigliani was born in Livorno, in Northwestern Italy and began his artistic studies in Italy before moving to Paris in 1906. Influenced by the artists in his circle of friends and associates, by a range of genres and art movements, and by primitive art, Modigliani's Luvre was nonetheless unique and idiosyncratic. He died in Paris of tubercular meningitis - exacerbated by poverty, overworking, and an excessive use of alcohol and narcotics - at the age of 35.