Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Today's Birthday King: Peter Paul Rubens

June 28, 1577. Sir Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 - 30 May 1640), was a German-born Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, colour, and sensuality. He is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. In this image: A visitor looks at the oil painting "Léda et le cygne" de 1600 by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens at the Louvre-Lens museum in Lens during the latest exhibition. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN.

From The Art Newspaper. By Theodore Rabb. 2 June 2015

The powerful presence of Rubens in every age

Almost impervious to changes in taste, he hovers over nearly every generation since his own, admired for virtues that ranged from his use of colour to his evocation of atmosphere. He was himself an avid copyist of those who preceded him—notably Raphael, Romano and Titian—and he inspired dozens who came after….Like just a handful of the powerful presences of the last 800 years, from Giotto to Cézanne, it is not solely his achievement that defines his importance; it is also the legacy that has kept him alive ever since his own exuberant career came to an end.



1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Rubens has always been one of my favorite painters. He epitomizes the Baroque style. His pieces are so lifelike, they almost look like photographs of the time. I love all the pieces you posted, especially the last one. And as others of his age, he apparently liked his women zaftig.