Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1st - the birthday of two very different artists, Botticelli and Kokoschka

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, known as Sandro Botticelli (Italian: [ˈsandro bottiˈtʃɛlli]; c. 1445 – May 17, 1510), was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici, a movement that Giorgio Vasari would characterize less than a hundred years later in his Vita of Botticelli as a "golden age". Botticelli's posthumous reputation suffered until the late 19th century; since then, his work has been seen to represent the linear grace of Early Renaissance painting.

Among Botticelli's best-known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera.

March 01, 1886. Oskar Kokoschka (1 March 1886 - 22 February 1980) was an Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes. In this image: Ex-Chancellor Konrad Adenauer presents his latest portrait to the German Parliament (Bundestag) on May 17, 1966 in Bonn, Germany. From left are: the artist Oskar Kokoschka, Eugen Gerstenmaier, President of the Bundestag and Konrad Adenauer.

From Wikipedia:
Kokoschka's literary works are as peculiar and interesting as his art. His memoir, A Sea Ringed with Visions, is as wildly psychedelic as anything written by others under the influence of actual hallucinogens.

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I love the work of Botticelli and always have. I'm a fan of Renaissance painters, though. The Birth of Venus is a huge favorite of mine. I had never heard of Kokoschka. And while not Botticelli, his use of color is interesting. Not exactly to my taste, but intriguing nonetheless. I love being introduced to new artists!