The precision is such that the hyper-realistic paintings by the Chinese artist Leng Jun look like photographs. Not only the look and the structure of the faces but also the hair, the skin texture, even the fibres of the fabrics look perfect.
Leng Jun paints in oil on canvas, without preparatory drawings, without shortcuts. Freehand, with the models standing in front of him. All improvised but absolutely perfect.
It’s not just the perfection of the painting but it’s interesting to see how he has been influenced by masters from the past. The models (mostly women) wear contemporary clothes, but their poses and demeanour reminds us of famous classic paintings.
Waterlilies by Monet at the Musee de L’Orangerie, Paris. War Memorial to World War One
New documentary on Raphael, watch the trailer
Raffaello. The young prodigy is the title of the new docu-film produced by Sky and distributed by Nexo Digital. Directed by Massimo Ferrari and with the narrating voice of Valeria Golino , the documentary aims to tell Raphael starting from his female portraits in all their different roles.
“To guide us in the discovery of the artist, as well as Vincenzo Farinella, full professor of History of Modern Art at the University of Pisa and historical-scientific consultant of the project , there will be the interventions of Lorenza Mochi Onori, art historian and expert of Raphael, Giuliano Pisani, classical philologist and historian of Italian art , Tom Henry, director of the University of Kent in Rome, Amélie Ferrigno, art historian and associate researcher at the Center d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR Tours), Ippolita di Majo, screenwriter and historian of art and Gloria Fossi, historian of medieval and modern art.” And we can’t ignore the amazing animation by Giordano Poloni.
The movie is part of series The Great Art at the Movie Theatre and you can watch the trailer here.
Large retrospective exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe in Madrid
The exhibition, currently underway at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, traces the long career of the American painter, through 90 works that reflect O’Keeffe’s research and style, an elegant and mysterious combination of figuration and abstraction.
Georgia O’Keeffe is widely regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century and one of the greatest artists in history. She is famous for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and close-up shots of animals.
O’Keeffe was born in 1887 in a remote part of Wisconsin and then moved to Texas as a child. After graduating from high school, she took art classes at Art Students League in New York City. In 1912 O’Keeffe moved to New York City and began studying with famed artist William Merrit Chase. She became an active participant in the “American modernism” movement that originated in Europe earlier that century.
Ninety works have been selected for the exhibition, the first ever in Spain at the Thyssen–Bornemisza National Museum. After Madrid will also touch th the exhibition will go to Paris and Basel.
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