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Art in my Home
The Art in my Home
The art in my home is not all old. On this page, the third in a series of three about art, I will present an eclectic mix of paintings I have acquired, beginning with some living artists who caught my eye recently.
First up is a painting entitled "Pannonia" by Csaba Markus. Csaba was born behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, Hungary in 1953. He moved to California in 1978 where he resides today. There is something exotic about his paintings.
From Hungary to Italy
Pino (Daeni) now lives in New Jersey; and in Naples, Florida. He was born and reared in Italy and specializes in painting beautiful women. And this one is special indeed. This Pino painting was named "Evening Thoughts."
SHADOWS OF LOVE
From Italy to Ireland and Israel
I just love the colors in this painting by the only female painter I own a painting by, Sevitt Francis. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1942, she moved to Israel in 1959 where she has lived ever since. I own two Sevitt Francis paintings and this one is titled "Shadows of Love."
From Israel to Poland
Tomasz Rut is from Poland but now makes his home in Hollywood, Florida. He spent considerable time in New York City, and Asheville, North Carolina as well. I own three of his paintings and they are quite sensual, if not erotic. This name of this painting is "Volere."
From Poland back to Israel
Isaac Maimon is an Israeli painter who was born in 1951. His paintings evoke the Parisian "Boulevard Culture." The title of this suite is "Le Cotillion."
CHRIST IN GETHSEMANE
An American painter from Chicago
Warner Sallman was from Chicago. He was born in 1892 and died in 1968. He was the best known artist of the 20th Century—though I wonder how many remember his name today in 2009. His painting, "The Head of Christ," is the best selling painting in the history of the world; selling over 500,000,000 copies. I have that painting, of course, but I am presenting his painting entitled "Christ in Gethsemane" because it has sentimental value for me. My Paternal Grandmother, who was a Saint and a Prophet, went straight to Heaven (without passing Go) in 1987. Every time I visited her home I saw this painting there (as well as the "Head of Christ" and "The Lord is our Shepherd" and "Christ our Pilot").
LE MOULIN de le GALETTE
Let us proceed to Paris
Renoir was a French artist who was one of the originators—and my personal favorite—of the Impressionist style of painting. He was born in 1841 and died in 1919. I present here the "Le Moulin de la Galette,", which he painted in 1876. Is not it fabulous?
GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE
Back to The United States
I love this painting. Look at George standing up in the boat as they traverse treacherous, icy waters with his ragtag bunch of individuals that he must mold together as a team. It is life or death, of course—for these men and for the American Revolution.
Emanuel Leutze was born in 1816 and died in 1868. He created this Painting: "George Washington Crossing the Delaware" in 1851.
George Washington is my favorite American personage. He was not only the leader of the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States of America. What I love most about him is, that he is one of few individuals in the history of the world who declined when his citizenry wanted to make him their king.
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
The Mona Lisa of the North
Johannes (or Jan) Vermeer lived a short life; born in 1632 and dying in 1675. Obviously, he was an incredible painter. I own a copy of "Girl with a Pearl Earring," which I shall present to you now below.
Giorgione of Venice
I have many more paintings in my home including exquisite copies of the "Mona Lisa" and "The Doge." But now, I will close out this hub by leaving you with one last painting from my collection—and something to think about.
Giorgione only lived to about 32 years old. People were well acquainted with death in those days. Their loved ones did not die in antiseptic hospitals. They died at home; in front of their eyes. And many died young of various diseases that were not understood. Much like cancer today.
Giorgione was born in Venice, Italy, in 1478 and died in 1510. Who knows what he might have accomplished as a painter had he lived longer; or if he had known he wouldn't. He was a great painter. Here is his painting "Old Woman." The Old Woman has a piece of paper in her hand. It says, "With Time" or "In Time." I will not explain what this means because one of the great gifts of art is to make us think and reflect about what a created piece of art from a human imagination means.