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Old September 29th, 2013, 06:59 AM   #1

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Most interesting artist from your country


Which artist from your country do you find particularly interesting?

It would be great if you could recommend some people whose work isn't widely known (at least beyond their native countries).
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Old September 29th, 2013, 09:58 AM   #2

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Hopefully someone will come up with something from their country...

Late 19th c. artist I really like - Stanislaw Wyspianski (ref.my avatar).
He died young (in his thirties) but left a huge body of work, pastel drawings, book illustration, murals, stained glass and amazing theatre plays.

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Wyspianski scandalized his "good" Cracow family by marrying the peasant girl who had his child:

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He used such sketches of wild flowers in his church murals and stained glass windows:

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Stained glass "God creating the universe" in the Franciscan church in Cracow.

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Old September 29th, 2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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Charles Russell, painter of the American West?

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The wildlife refuge named after Russell is nearly 1 million acres:

Home - Charles M. Russell - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Old September 29th, 2013, 12:32 PM   #4

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Thanks Rory, we know too little about American painters.

Native Americans seem to have inspired American artists, the way Polish mountain-folk górale inspired some of ours in the 19th c., before the old highland way of life vanished or became phony folklore.I saw these in a museum in Zakopane and was surprised to see how the images of górale resembled American Indians:

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Władysław Skoczylas c.1919

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See the long braids in the second sculpure from the left!
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Old September 29th, 2013, 12:48 PM   #5

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Olga Boznańska (1865-1940)

Polish impressionist, eccentric spinster, kept mice and other animals in her huge, dilapidated Montparnasse studio.

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Her exquisite portraits seem veiled in cigarette smoke (Boznańska was a chain smoker). Hardly any good quality images on the net, unfortunately.

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Old October 1st, 2013, 08:05 AM   #6

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Not many people interested apparently I'll mulishly revive the thread in case someone recalls a little known artist from their country who is worth sharing...

NIkifor (1895-1957)

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Polish/Lemko primitive painter, considered mentally hadicapped, lived and died in abject poverty in the small town of Krynica. He got amazing hues out of a cheap watercolour box.
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Jan van Eyck

The Arnolfini portrait:

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Notice the reflection in the mirror:

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The Virgin of chancellor Rolin:

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Detail:

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Old October 2nd, 2013, 10:56 AM   #8

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Why from your country? Can't people find foreign artists interesting?
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 11:39 AM   #10

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Didn't know this thread was on the go antonina.

Scotlands own Paul Cadden -

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Look again, they are not photographs - Hyperrealism.
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