Peter Paul Rubens, 1577 -1640
was a Flemish painter of the Baroque era;
a period of artistic expression, in which paintings
were emotive, dramatic, passionate, sensual.
Rubens’ collective oeuvre is exemplar supreme
of the sentiment of Baroque style.
(image from britishmuseum.org):
Peter Paul Rubens
Known for his voluptuous ‘Ruben-esque’ female nudes,
Rubens also created paintings of landscapes, portraiture
and religious/mythological themes.
(images from allartclassic.com):
‘Venus at a Mirror’, 1615
a Ruben-esque female
‘Paysage avec Philemon et Baucis,’ 1625
intense, dynamic landscape
Marquise Brigida Spinola Doria, 1606
Christ after the Punishment, 1620
Perseus and Andromeda, 1620/21
Rubens’ artistic flair greatly influenced his contemporaries.
One of his students, famed Flemish portraitist
Anthony Van Dyck, became court painter to
the English monarch Charles I.
Further, his significance is reflected in the works
of later artists such as landscape painter John Constable (18th C.)
and cubist artist Pablo Picasso (20th C.).
(image from metmuseum.com):
‘Study of a head
Anthony Van Dyck
rich colours, emotive, expressive
Contour painting by Pablo Picasso
study of the female form
In celebration of the genius of Peter Paul Rubens
the Royal Academy of Arts, London will present
Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne
an exhibition, which explores Rubens’ paintings
“through the lens of six themes:
power, lust, compassion, elegance, poetry and violence.”
Rubens and His Legacy:
Van Dyck to Cézanne
Royal Academy of Arts, London
24 January 2015 — 10 April 2015
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