Tsuguharu Foujita

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita was a French/Japanese painter and printmaker, best known for his participation in the bohemian culture during of the 1910s in Montparnasse, Paris.

He was born in 1886, Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan and he died in 1968 at the age of 81 in Reims, France. He received his formal training at the Imperial School of Fine Arts in Japan, before moving to Paris in 1913. He was also involved in the Post-Impressionism movement in France and converted to Catholicism later on in his life.

  Foujita's works mostly displayed a fondness for white and pale shades like lavender and gray, and he walked a fine line between Japanese and European art, and was repeatedly inspired by women, cats and himself.

Some of his most notable works included his 'Book Of Cats', which has been described by rare book collectors as the most desirable book on cats ever publishe,  and the Foujita Chapel which he had designed and conceived himself whilst he neared his death-it is now listed as an historic monument in France.

One of his arts that I admire is 'Cyclamens'.
I like it as it was a surrealist-fantasy like look, though it looks real, it also looks like it came out of a storybook.

I also practically adore his choice of colour scheme as to give it a softer and gentle look , and the blending, which makes the plant stand out within the smooth monochrome background while still being part of the picture whole.

I also like many of his prints on cats as they all look so life-like, this is just one of them, but I particularly like the use of only two-toned grey or cream to give more emphasis on the cat's realistic looking fur and to give the cat a glowing outline as to stand out.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol  was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and utilize a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962).

Marilyn Diptych

The Marilyn Diptych (1962) is a silkscreen painting by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The work was completed during the weeks after Marilyn Monroe's death in August 1962. It contains fifty images of the actress, which are all based on a single publicity photograph.

Campbell’s Soup Cans

Campbell's Soup Cans, which is sometimes referred to as 32 Campbell's Soup Cans, is a work of art produced in 1962 by Andy Warhol. It consists of thirty two canvases, each consisting of a painting of a Campbell's Soup can.

The individual paintings were produced by a printmaking method—the semi-mechanized screen printing process, using a non-painterly style. Campbell's Soup Cans' reliance on themes from popular culture helped to usher in pop art as a major art movement in the United States.


Brillobox is a work from 1964 by the American pop artist Andy Warhol .

The work is built on the basis of the package of Brillo , a US trademark of steelwool padIt consists of wooden boxes which are painted white in acrylic paint with a silk-screen print in blue and red. The print consists of the logo "Brillo®" with lyrics "New!", "Soap pads", "With rust registers" and "Shines aluminum fixed". The original boxes dimensions are 43.5 × 43.5 × 35.6 cm, but later copies have been made in other sizes.
Andy Warhol was an artist most associated with the pop art movement. He was trying to show art is actually existent in everyday objects, such as Campbell soup cans, washing powder… Just not everyone sees it.
2 of my favourite pieces from Andy Warhol

Campbell Soup Cans
The way he produced 32 paintings of the Campbells Soup Cans attracted me to this artwork. I found it interesting, as he used different types of Campbells Soup. Such as Chicken Noodle Soup, Tomato Rice Soup and Beef Noodle Soup. 
He uses silkscreening method to produce 32 artworks fast. I can employ this technique if I want to mass produce my artworks.

Marilyn Diptych
I was attracted by how this artwork make use of different kinds of vibrant colours on a same image. Since Andy Warhol used vibrant colours in his artworks, I think I can employ this technique to make my artwork more colourful and attracting.

Zhang Xiao Gang

Who is Zhang Xiao Gang? 
Zhang Xiaogang is a contemporary Chinese symbolist and surrealist painter. Paintings in his Bloodline series are predominantly monochromatic, stylized portraits of Chinese people, usually with large, dark-pupiled eyes, posed in a stiff manner deliberately reminiscent of family portraits from the 1950s and 1960s. Recently, he also created sculptures, translating for the first time into three dimensions many characters of the sort seen in his "Bloodlines—Big Family" portrait series. These sculptures have featured in many exhibits and continue his work as one of China's leading, and most highly sought-after, contemporary artists.

How he started his interest in art
“From early on, my parents worried that I would go out and get into trouble. They gave us paper and crayons so we could draw at home. . . . I gained more and more interest in art. I had a lot of time, because I didn't have to go to school. My interest increased. After I became an adult, I never gave up art. So that's how I started to draw.”

His art education
Upon the reinstitution of collegiate entrance exams, Xiaogang was accepted into the Sichuan Academy of Fine arts in 1977 where he began study oil based painting in 1978. At the time of his collegiate education, Zhang's professors continued to teach styles of Revolutionary Realism as instituted by Chairman Mao. This only served to inspire Xiaogang and his peers to opt for topics of western philosophy and introspective individualism while shunning political and ideological subject matter.
In 1982, he graduated from the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in the city of Chongqing in Sichuan province but was denied a teaching post he had hoped for. This led Zhang to fall into a period of depression between 1982-1985. During this time he worked as a construction worker and art director for a social dance troupe in Kunming. It was a time of intense self-examination for Xiaogang as he had difficulties fitting into society. Suffering from alcoholism, he was hospitalized in 1984 with alcohol induced internal bleeding causing him to paint "The Ghost Between Black and White" series which put visual form to his visions of life and death in the hospital.

Per Krohg

Per Krohg was a Norwegian artist. He is most frequently associated with the mural he created for the United Nations Security Council Chamber, located in the United Nations building in New York City.

Per Krohg, full Per Lasson Krohg is a painter who was one of the major figures in the renascence of mural painting in Norway after 1920. He was the son of the painter Christian Krohg and studied under him from 1903–1907 in Paris. He also studied under the French painter Henri Matisse from 1907 to 1909. Krohg returned to Norway in 1930, where he taught at the State Art and Craft School from 1935–1946 afterward being appointed professor at the State Art Academy in Oslo.
He was born in June 18,1889 in Norway and died in March 3, 1965 in Oslo.

He adorned many other public buildings with large frescoes ,including the Physics and Chemistry Buildings at the University of Oslo and the Oslo City Hall. He is represented at the National Museum for Art and Skagens Museum.
In 1950 he received the King's Medal of Merit and 1955 was appointed Commander of the Order of St. Olav and in 1948 he was awarded the Prince Eugen Medal.

Krohg’s early paintings were primarily landscapes and portraits, but his large, expressive, flowing strokes were better suited to the monumental character of mural paintings.
Krohg's work as an artist covered a wide field, from paper drawings, illustrations, and posters to set design, sculpture, and monumental paintings

Lucy vidil 1911

paul gauguin

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (/ɡˈɡæn/French: [øʒɛn ɑ̃ʁi pɔl ɡoɡɛ̃]; 7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. Underappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin's art became popular after his death, partially from the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career, as well as assisting in organizing two important posthumous exhibitions in Paris.[1][2] Many of his paintings were in the possession of Russian collector Sergei Shchukin[3] and other important collections.
He was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. His bold experimentation with color led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art, while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.

two of his works i like:

yellow christ
Tahitian Women on the Beach

I like these two paintings as they are by the same artist,but using different styles.the first one is more
colourful and with prominent lines,while the second one is darker and with less prominent lines.They are both symbolic and leaves a deep impression on me.

Henri Matisse

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (French: [ɑ̃ʁi emil bənwɑ matis]; 31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.
Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting.His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.
Henri Matisse, 1913, photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn.jpg  
A photo of Henri Matisse, 1913, by Alvin Langdon Coburn


By The Sea 1905

Sailor 1, 1906

Matisse's used pure colors and the white of exposed canvas to create a light-filled atmosphere in his Fauve paintings. Rather than using modeling or shading to lend volume and structure to his pictures, Matisse used contrasting areas of pure, unmodulated color. These ideas continued to be important to him throughout his career.The human figure was central to Matisse's work both in sculpture and painting. As seen from Sailor 1, the importance for his Fauvist work reflects his feeling that the subject had been neglected in Impressionism, and it continued to be important to him. At times he fragmented the figure harshly, at other times he treated it almost as a curvilinear, decorative element. Some of his work reflects the mood and personality of his models, but more often he used them merely as vehicles for his own feelings, reducing them to ciphers in his monumental designs.

Personal Reflection

Henri Matisse's style of art, although arcane, adopted a 'wild beast' style of painting, using pure colors and white on the canvas to create a form of contrast shows Henri's revolutionary impact on society. I found his daring attempt to revolutionize French Art an admirable trait, a trait that can be seen from his paintings.

credits - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse

Chua Mia Tee

Chua Mia Tee was born in 1931 in China and moved to Singapore in 1937. Chua’s body of work includes colourful koi, majestic animals as well as panoramic views and sprawling landscapes of countriesHe received training in drawing, sketching with watercolour and painting, both with oils on canvas and with Chinese ink and colours on paper under the tutelage of pioneer artists. Chua paints in a realistic style. His works display his keen eye for details and an understanding of light. He believes that art should be realistic because it reflects life.

Goldfishes (Prosperity) 2008

Koi (2009)

I like him because he does amazingly life-like art pieces and can capture the image insanely well. I admire him for his oil paintings and how he can make the water look so realistic. It feels as if you can put your hand in and just touch the water.

Blue Macaws (1993)

I admire his art and how he makes every detail ( e.g. the feathers on the birds)  so intricate and real.

Hannah Hoch

                                  HANNAH HOCH

Hannah Hoch is a German Dada artist
She was best known for her work of the Weimar Period,when she was one of the originators of photomontage 

Hannah's work existed to dismantled the fable and dichotomy that existed in the concept of "New Woman".
'New Woman' symbolise an energetic,professional and androgynous woman who is ready to take their place as a man's equal.

Hannah's interest in the topic was how the dichotomy was structured, as well as who structures social roles.

Many of her pieces sardonially critiqued the mass culture beauty industry at the time,gaining significant momentum in mass media through the rise of fashion and advertising photography.

One of Hannah's most popular art works is the "Cut With The Kitchen Knife'.She chooses to give specifications, such as kitchen knife and beer-belly, to make it clear that this piece is social commentary regarding gender issues in post-war Germany. The Dada movement wished to critically examine German culture by not glossing over the negative aspects, but rather accentuating them. Hoch cut out pieces of images and text found in magazines, advertisements, newspapers and journals. She carefully pieced all these clippings back together in a way that made sense to her and as she felt appropriately served her purpose of critical examination.

Hannah attended school of Applied Arts in Berlin under the guidance of the glass designer Harold Bergen.

Personal Reflections
Hannah Hoch is the first artist that does her works differently than others.
Other artists will paint or draw but Hannah uses pictures that she has and cut to paste in together will other pictures to create an artwork.

She uses a variety of colours which i personal like as colours make an artwork more outstanding instead of monochrome in my opinion.
How does her artworks inspire me?
Well there has to be some meaning behind every artist's artwork. They use different methods to express their experience and feelings on their artwork.Her artworks inspire me to believe that everyone can use anything to create their own artwork to represent themselves.Not being afraid to try new methods to creating and artwork.

Information and pictures taken from:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_H%C3%B6ch

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama was born on 22nd March 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan. From an early age, Kusama began creating art. Vivid hallucinations such as flashing lights, auras or dense field of dots were one of the inspirations leading to the art that she creates now.

Kusama has worked with a variety of media such as painting, collage, soft sculpture, performance art and environmental sculpture. 

One of Kusama's pumpkin sculptures

Kusama inspires me with the way she uses vivid colour and intense detail in her painting. She was able to infuse her hallucinations, what she saw in her everyday life and gave meaning into her art, in her own way. 

Look at the details on the painting above!

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Moïse Kisling

Moïse Kisling (1891 –1953) was a Polish-born French painter. He went to the School of Fine Arts in Karków where he studied under Pankiewicz and was exposed to the Impressionist style of painting. 

His artworks are heavily influenced with the Impressionism style. His friendship with artists Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque also did influenced him to develop his style. However, what makes his style unique is the blocky, bold, simplistic environment containing stylistic exaggeration figures with wide-set limbs and eyes.

Jeune Femme à la Blouse

La Sieste a Saint-Tropez, 1918

His style also gives out the surreal, dreamy look and that is what I find striking in most of his paintings.

Portrait of Jean Cocteau, 1916 

My favourite artworks by him are the La Siesta a Saint-Tropez and the Portrait of Jean Cocteau paintings. What I like in both paintings (all his painting, in fact) is that the lines are not harsh and it gives out a soft look. Also, the La Siesta a Saint-Tropez painting appeared to look very lively with the variation of colors used, combined with the subtlety of the shapes.