March 16, 2009

First Impressions


"Is talent like that written on the face?" Salieri wondered about Mozart in the film "Amadeus".

I came across some photos of the French Impressionists recently and wondered the same thing. Here's a not-so-flattering photograph of someone whose art was imbued with a luminous sensuality.

Can you guess who this gent is?


I'll reveal a little more about him in the days to come.

19 comments:

tony said...

I dont know, but He does look very impressionable .........

"Blog Artists" said...

It's Renoir, Pierre-Auguste Renoir...I agree, I think they have a look about them which portrays MASTER in their profession...great post...that was fun!

subtorp77 said...

Looks a lot like Renoir...hmmmm, could it be?

Ima Wizer said...

Manet?

Anna said...

Don't know, but funny you mentioned Amadeus. Started watching it last Saturday with someone who had never seen it. Got in the mood to because of the bittersweet end of the movie Watchmen, which features a part of the Requiem. Interesting soundtrack to Watchmen. I'll write about it later. Can't wait to learn who this churly fellow is!

Beth Ahrens-Kley said...

I don't know either, so await eagerly your further clues. To me, I see a gentle intensity. Can these co-exist? Is it observable in his paintings?

willow said...

Well, he's not Lautrec, Manet, Monet or Cezanne. Who is he? I'm so curious!

Mia Linnman said...

At first I thought he looked like Van Gogh, but he's dutch ... So my guess will be Renoir.

Poetikat said...

If this were a Jeopardy question, the answer would inevitably be "Degas", wouldn't it? So, perhaps it is Gauguin. He's the one I think of in sensual terms.

Kat

The Clever Pup said...

Hi everyone,

I'll publish the correct answers tomorrow, so the game can last a little longer. I also have to compose a bio about the artist first and find some nice pictures.


Hazel

artslice said...

It's Renoir... Pierre Auguste that is. Funny that you mention Salieri... I often can relate to him when I'm feeling bad about my art! :)
~Brenda

giulia said...

Well, Pup, I'm humbled (Finally, my sisters would say:) Will be back to find out tomorrow. Just stopped by to see & say hi....xo, Susan

"Blog Artists" said...

I thought that was a little strange not seeing my answer...had to read down the list...then I saw why! Clever Pup!(we know now why you have your name...other than the book for your son!)
Have a great evening.

BloomingPink said...

I'm going to guess Renoir.

BloomingPink said...

Renoir liked painting women and girls...and all his lines were soft and scenes were sensual...to me anyway.

sallymandy said...

Matisse?

artslice said...

It's Renoir... I'd know him anywhere! I left a comment yesterday but I guess it didn't work :(
Happy St Patrick's day!
~Brenda

Poetikat said...

Is anyone watching the Jeopardy Tournament these weeks? The questions are killer, aren't they?

Will someone please tell me who would know who "Fragonard" was (except his mum)? The three champions didn't, that's for sure.

And please - someone get the woman in the grey sweater (or as my normally-couth husband said, "the birdlike one with the big knockers) to Victoria's Secret, pronto!

I corrected him and said they were actually, "hooters".

Kat

The Clever Pup said...

Well Poetikat,

I know a little about Fragonard off the top of my head.

A friend of mine in the 80s had painted a mural of his 'Girl on a Swing' on her kitchen wall. That is the painting he's best known for.

He's from the 2nd half of the 18th Century, ( around Mozart's time). Most of his stuff is pink and oomphy and fluffy.

He is best known for slightly saucy subjects. ie. in the Girl on the Swing there is someone in the shrubbery hoping to catch a glimpse up her skirt. Another is a half-clad girl playing with her dog and in another a nude women is playing with a cupid creature in bed.