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“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them”.
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  • Vladimir Kush-Pillowbook Vladimir Kush (born 1965) is a Russian born surrealist painter and sculptor. He studied at the Surikov Moscow Art Institute , and after several years working as an artist in Moscow, his native city, he emigrated to the United States, eventually establishing his own gallery on the island of Maui in Hawaii. His oil paintings are also sold as giclée prints which contributed to his popularity and led to the establishment of further galleries in Laguna Beach, California and Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2011 Kush won the First Prize in Painting at the Artistes du Monde international exhibition in Cannes.
  • Auguste Toulmouche  (September 21, 1829 - October 16, 1890) was a French painter.   He studied under Charles Gleyre and is known mainly for his portraits of Parisian women ;  Émile Zola spoke of "Toulmouche's delicious dolls." Toulmouche was a master of contemporary fashion and fabric, delighting in the rich assortment of colours and textures afforded by the haute couture of his day.   Toulmouche’s place in French art history is secured by his important influence on the early career of Claude Monet, to whom he was related by marriage. Not only did Toulmouche play a key role in persuading the young Monet to enter Gleyre’s studio at the end of 1862, he served as his artistic advisor if not mentor during the early Paris years of the great impressionist’s career.
  • Born in Nantes, France, Auguste Toulmouche painted exquisitely detailed genre scenes of a specific type called costume painting. The term is an apt one, with a focus on the details of dress, fashion and accessories as much as on the heightened emotional tenor of the works. These paintings convey a decidedly romantic sensibility, and practically function as the entire chapter of a romance novel brought to life.  Toulmouche was considered one of the finest artists in this style, and Emperor Napoleon III purchased one of his works, as did Empress Eugenie.  The Letter of 1867 depicts a lovely young lady seated at her ormolu-mounted desk, staring dreamily into the distance, the contents of the letter in her hand clearly in her thoughts. The viewer is invited to imagine just what those contents might be, though surely it is a love letter. In the tradition of costume painting, Toulmouche has brought to life the heavy silk of her fashionable dress, the gold mounts on her lady’s desk, even the luster of the porcelain vase with lilies. It is a polished scene with deep romantic currents. Toulmouche studied with the noted Academic artist Charles Gleyre (1806-1874), and exhibited regularly in the Paris Salons. In 1870, Toulmouche received the honor of Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur in 1870. His paintings are held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in Saint Louis and in a number of museums in France, including Nates, Beziers and Beaufort.
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    2. 2. Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)Sir John Suckling, 1632The Frick Collection, New York
    3. 3. Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890)
    4. 4. Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890)Reading Lesson 1865Museum of Fine Arts,BostonAuguste Toulmouche (1829-1890)An Afternoon Idyll
    5. 5. The love letterAuguste Toulmouche (1829-1890)He studied with Charles Gleyre and is known mainly for his portraits ofParisian women; Émile Zola spoke of "Toulmouches delicious dolls."He was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour
    6. 6. Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890)
    7. 7. Sandro Botticelli (1445 – 1510)Virgin and Child (The Madonna of the Book)at Poldi Pezzoli Museum Milan Italy
    8. 8. Sandro Botticelli (1445 – 1510)Madonna of the Magnificat (Madonna del Magnificat 1481Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze
    9. 9. Sandro Botticelli (1445 – 1510)Madonna of the Magnificat (Madonna del Magnificat 1481Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze
    10. 10. Carl Herpfer (German 1836 - 1897)The Love LetterCamilo Mori (Chilean Painter, 1896 -1973)The Traveller, 1923
    11. 11. Carl Heinrich Hoff (German, 1838-1890)The EavesdropperCarl Heinrich Hoff (German, 1838-1890)A letter of importance
    12. 12. Carl Larsson (1853 –1919) was a Swedish painter and interior designer, representative of the Arts and Crafts Movement. His many paintings include oils, watercolors, and frescoes. He considered his finest work to be Midvinterblot (Midwinter Sacrifice), a large wall mural now displayed inside the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts.Carl Larrson (1853-1919)An Interior with a Woman Reading
    13. 13. Carl Larrson (1853-1919)Lisbeth reading
    14. 14. Carl Larrson (1853-1919)My Eldest Daughter (Min aldsta dotter), 1904
    15. 15. Fresco of a monk reading. Santa Maria dei Servi, Siena, Italy.Correggio (Italian Mannerist Painter, ca.1489-1534)St.Catherine Reading
    16. 16. Figurine Buddha monk reading bookantique gold 29cm Odilon Redon, (French, 1840-1916) l’Alsace ou moine lisant Oil on canvas, 68.5 x 54.2 cm, Kunstmuseum Winterthur (Switzerland)
    17. 17. St. Catherine of Sweden (right) and her Mother, St. St. Catherine of SwedenBridget of Sweden (left)Painting from the Högsby church in Smalandia.
    18. 18. Alexandre Cabanel (1823 – 1889)Cabanel painted historical, classical and religious subjects in the academic style.According to Diccionario Enciclopedico Salvat, Cabanel is the best representative of theLart pompier and Napoleon IIIs preferred painter Patricienne de Venise
    19. 19. Alexandre Cabanel (1823 – 1889)Cabanel took part in the decoration of thePantheon in ParisAlexandre Cabanel (1823 – 1889)Pantheon Left three panels
    20. 20. Alexandre Cabanel (1823 – 1889)Saint Louis Rendering Justice, Ending JudicialFighting, and Founding the Institutions thatare his Glory (Detail)
    21. 21. Alexandre Cabanel (1823 – 1889)The Education of Saint Louis at the knees of Blanche of Castile (Detail)Alexandre Cabanel (1823 – 1889)Monk Sitting, Reading the Bible 1877
    22. 22. Tiffany Window of St AugustineLightner MuseumSt. Augustine, Florida, USA
    23. 23. Francesco del Cossa (1473) Ventura Salimbeni (also later called Bevilacqua 1568 – 1613)oil on panel St Catherine of AlexandriaPinacoteca di Brera, Milan
    24. 24. Andrea del CastagnoDante, ca. 1450Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze
    25. 25. Carlo Dolci (1616 – 1686)St.Catherine Reading a Book
    26. 26. Carlo Dolci (1616 – 1686)Saint Mark
    27. 27. Vittore Carpaccio (c. 1465 – 1526) The Virgin Reading National Gallery of Art, Washington DCCornelis Bisschop (1630–1674)Old Woman Sleeping
    28. 28. Cornelis Bisschop (1630–1674)A Scholar in His Study c. 1655Agnes Etherington Art Centre, KingstonCornelis Bisschop (1630–1674)La lecture - Pays-BasMusées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
    29. 29. Text and pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu James Galway - Mercadante – Concerto in E minor - Largo