Some Inspiration for 2016

This year 2016 the Italian goverment has given 500 euros for each 18 year old to spend on museums and cultural events. What a shame that I am not 18 so here’s to 2016 and maybe a lottery win (!!) to dream and spend on a round the world ticket to go and see these well known paintings from life that inspire me.

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Giorgio Belloni, Mareggiata. Oil on linen. 40 x 60.5 cm, 1911

Giorgio Belloni (1861-1944) was a well known artist from the north of Italy.  He painted Italian alpine scenes and portraits and specialised in seascapes which were painted from life during summer stays near Genova and the Ligurian Riveria near to where I live.  His paintings are distinguished by a poetic and evocative atmosphere and I love his use of light in this painting.

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. “Cosiendo la vela”, 1896

I enjoy looking at Sorolla’s (1863-1923) beautifully painted representation of a group of Spanish fishermen and their wives (?) sewing the sails under the dappled sunlight of Valencia in 1896. Measuring 222 x 300cm it is a big canvas and full of life.

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Arthur Streeton. The Purple Noon’s Transparent Might, 1896

Authur Streeton (1867-1943) is known for his landscapes that capture the unique light and colour of the Australian outback. Often when he painted he bought with him poetry to read, ‘The Purple Noon’s Transparent Might’ is a title influenced from a poem by the poet Shelley that embraces the natural world, the sun, sky, water and mountains. Apparantly the painting was painted in two days while experiencing a fiery trance due to the sweltering Australian heat!

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John Singer Sargent, An Artist in his Studio, 1904.

Here we are looking over the shoulder of the Italian artist Ambrogio Raffele while he paints in his cramped and untidy hotel bedroom during a summer holiday in the Italian Alps with Sargent and his friends. I think this painting is one that Sargent has handled with an extraordinary display of brilliant brushwork. My eyes keep on looking at the back of the artists head as he contemplates his painting.

All the Best for 2016 and thankyou for your support and inspiration!

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6 thoughts on “Some Inspiration for 2016”

  1. Happy New Years to you Anna – such a wonderful collection in your post to feast my eyes on. Love the seascape by Belloni and Sargent at the end – I could get lost looking at them, such beauty.

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  2. When I first saw your post in the WP reader I nearly fell off my chair as I thought the seascape was your painting.

    Thank you for sharing your inspiration. As I’m more familiar to your paintings than the ones here, I feel that all of these have a lot of Anna Dennis in them 😉

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  3. Happy New Year to you too Anna! What a wonderful group of paintings these are! Truly magnificent! I can see why you are drawn to them…. and I can see their influence in your work! Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring work in 2016. ~Rita
    PS. Good luck with a lottery win too! 🙂

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