Art was deeply spiritual for Kandinsky and music was integral to many of his works. He was inspired by color and believed he could convey emotions through it. Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) was a group of artists who needed to transcend the ordinary by pursuing the spiritual value of art. Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc were the theoretical centers of the group, which included a number of Russian immigrants and native Germans. Click here to read more about Kandinsky. The painting below is called Black Lines done in 1913.
A colorist and dreamer Paul Gauguin paintings are like beautiful impossible colorful dreams. Read more about this painting he did in the 19th century by clicking here. The title is After the Sermon.
I think I am finally understanding what it means to be a painter. Brice Marden has known for a long time. His use of line is the primary thing. To read about him click here.
A self-taught artist, Basquiat began drawing at an early age on sheets of paper his father, an accountant, brought home from the office. As he delved deeper into his creative side, his mother strongly encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents.
Basquiat first attracted attention for his graffiti in New York City in the late 1970s, under the name "SAMO." Working with a close friend, he tagged subway trains and Manhattan buildings with cryptic aphorisms.
In 1977 Basquiat quit high school a year before he was slated to graduate. To make ends meet, he sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets of his native New York. Click here for more about Jean Michel Basquiat.
Cy Twombly has been a mystery to me and others for some time. When first looking at his work one might think, why is it art? It's marks and scribbles and text in bad hand writing, and yet it is beautiful There is a lyrical appealing, childlike quality to the work. Below is an image of his painting titled, Triumph of Galatea. To read more about Twombly click here and here.
Saul Steinberg could with a single line tell a story or make me laugh. He is most well known for his New Yorker covers. Click here for more about this artist.
An artist who is sometimes called the American Matisse. The painting below called Autumn, painted in 1944 is in my opinion one of his strongest exhibiting his masterly use of color and how his eliminating anything unnecessary to the composition creates the feeling that one is in the midst of a poetic autumnal scene. To read more about Avery click here.
Hilma af Klint was painting these kinds of abstract paintings before Kandinsky and other artists of her time but she did not want them to be seen until 20 years after her death. I was lucky to see them in the 1980's but did not realize their importance at that time. There is a show of her work at the Guggenheim in New York now, incredibly it is a spiral structure much like the spiral temple she spoke of. To read about her and the show, click here.
Sesshu Toyo who lived from 1420 to 1506 is considered Japan's greatest painter. Most of his paintings are with black ink. In Japan black and white are considered to be colors unlike in the west. The painting below is titled Hanshan and Shide (Kanzan and Jittoku in Japanese.) To read more about Sesshu click here.
The most beautifully painted images of animals are to be found in ancient caves. Click here