The very first thing that a writer has to face is that he can not be told what to write. Nobody asked me to be a writer. I chose to be a writer. The one thing you have to do is try to tell the truth. In order to do it, when the book comes… Continue reading The artist is not free to do what he wants to do
Paul Gauguin, born Eugène-Henri-Paul Gauguin, June 7, 1848, in Paris, France, is the painter, printmaker, and sculptor who sought to achieve a “primitive” expression of spiritual and emotional states in his work. The artist, whose work has been categorized as Post-Impressionist, Synthetist, and Symbolist, is particularly well known for his creative relationship with Vincent van… Continue reading The Life You Give: Paul Gauguin *1848
Albrecht Dürer, born May 21, 1471, in the Imperial Free City of Nürnberg, Germany, is the painter and printmaker generally regarded as the greatest German Renaissance artist. His vast body of work includes altarpieces and religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings. His woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), retain a more… Continue reading The Life You Give: Albrecht Dürer *1471
Joseph Beuys was born in Krefeld, a small city in northwest Germany. He was an only child, to the merchant Josef Jakob Beuys and his wife Johanna Maria Margarete Hulsermann. The two were a devout Catholic couple of the northern Rhine-Westphalian middle-class. Just months after Beuys's birth, the family moved south to the industrial town… Continue reading The Life You Give: Joseph Beuys *1921
In society — of the animal, of the spirit, of culture — amongst all its members, the artist is one of the few working daily with the raw beauty and raw challenge of being in life, while inspired to digest, express, and share it.
Antoni Tàpies (Antoni Tàpies Puig, marqués de Tàpies), born December 13, 1923, in Barcelona, Spain, was a Catalan artist, credited with introducing contemporary abstract painting into Spain. He began as a Surrealist but developed into an abstract artist under the influence of French painting and achieved an international reputation.In 1943 Tàpies began studying for a… Continue reading The Life You Give: Antoni Tàpies *1923
During his brief artistic career, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the lively and often sordid atmosphere of Montmartre’s late 19th-century dance halls, cabarets, and theaters. Recording the performances he viewed and the establishments he visited on a nightly basis, he functioned as artist and narrator: his paintings, drawings, prints, and posters expose the complexities of the… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec! 1864
Frida Kahlo “The Classic” (Black and White) 1939. Photograph by Nickolas Muray (American, born in Hungary, 1892–1965). Gelatin silver print. Because Frida Kahlo loved music, I will be sharing some music, interpreted by some of the important Mexican tenors that have been on the best opera stages for the last couple of decades. Today, July… Continue reading Mexicans tenors to celebrate Frida Kahlo — July 6 1907
Art can neither be bought, nor sold. Only art pieces may. And being an artist is NOT a business. The created pieces may be bought and sold. Yet, being an artist is NOT a business.