Marseille was an important European trading centre and remains the main commercial port of the French Republic. Marseille is now France’s largest city on the Mediterranean coast and the largest port for commerce, freight and cruise ships. More on Marseille
Albert Marquet (27 March 1875 – 14 June 1947) was a French painter, associated with the Fauvist movement. He initially became one of the Fauve painters and a lifelong friend of Henri Matisse. Marquet subsequently painted in a more naturalistic style, primarily landscapes, but also several portraits and, between 1910 and 1914, several female nude paintings. More on Albert Marquet
Anthony Thieme (20 February 1888 – 6 December 1954) was a landscape and marine painter and a major figure of the Rockport (MA) School of American regional art.
Born in Rotterdam on 20 February 1888, Thieme studied at the Academie of Fine Arts in Rotterdam for two years and then, briefly, at the Royal Academy, the Hague. He traveled widely in Europe, frequently finding work as a stage designer.
Thieme traveled to the United States at the age of 22. He quickly found work as a stage designer at the Century Theater in New York, designing sets for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. When the commission ended, he traveled to South America, primarily Brazil and Argentina. Stage work again provided his livelihood. A return to Europe followed with further work in England, France, and Italy.
Returning to the United States with a contract for additional stage work, Thieme found himself in Boston. He discontinued work on the stage in 1928 and from then on made his living with the sales of his paintings and etchings. He established the Thieme School of Art. He exhibited his work frequently at the Grand Central Art Galleries in New York.
Thieme committed suicide on 6 December 1954 in Greenwich, CT. The circumstances of his death are not fully understood. There have been stories of deep depression or major illness, but no definitive rationale for his suicide has emerged.
Anthony Thieme was a full member of the American Watercolor Society, Art Alliance of America, the Salmagundi Club, the Boston Art Club, North Shore Art Association, Rockport Art Association, New York Water Color Club, Art Alliance of Philadelphia and the National Arts Club. More Anthony Thieme
Kasia Derwinska “Photography is my way of communicating with the world. In my work, I talk about own experiences, thoughts, doubts, fears and hopes trying to reflect my own life’s path. In addition to my experiences, my creations are inspired by night dreams as since childhood I remember most of them and I believe that dreams are the most simbolic language of our subconscious, a guide to navigate in the modern world. I am autodidactic and I don´t recognize myself as a photographer. I use photography as a tool, like a brush for painting or an instrument to play music. My work is an attempt to connect substantiality of the world that surrounds us with elusiveness of feelings and thoughts. For that reason I describe my creations as building a bridge between the visible and the invisible. My works are divided in four basic series: fairytales and fantasies, conceptual black and white, night dreams, and the color serie called “who sings, frightens away his fears” More on Kasia Derwinska
Mousehole is a village and fishing port in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Penzance on the shore of Mount’s Bay. An islet called St Clement’s Isle lies about 350 metres offshore from the harbour entrance.
Mousehole lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Almost a third of Cornwall has that designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park. More on Mousehole
Dame Laura Knight, (née Johnson), DBE RA RWS (4 August 1877 – 7 July 1970) was an English artist who worked in oils, watercolours, etching, engraving and drypoint. Knight was a painter in the figurative, realist tradition and who embraced English Impressionism. In her long career, Knight was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain.
In 1929, she was created a Dame, and in 1936 became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal Academy since its foundation in 1768. Her large retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1965 was the first for a woman. Knight was known for painting amidst the world of the theatre and ballet in London, and for being a war artist during the Second World War. She was also greatly interested in, and inspired by, marginalised communities and individuals, including Gypsies and circus performers. More on Dame Laura Knight
Joe Norris was born in 1924 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The family moved to Lower Prospect when Joe was seven years old. Much of his childhood was characterized by sickness, in particular pleurisy. This kept him away from school a great deal of the time. Being confined, he took up painting to keep himself occupied. Later on he worked as a fisherman and construction worker. A severe heart attack at age forty-nine forced him into early retirement. This is when he went back to painting, and through the encouragement of a visiting nurse he continued painting and eventually nailed some of his pictures to the front wall of his fish house. Through this initial display he found an outlet for his completed paintings.
Joe Norris painted seven days a week in his little yellow house he had built himself in the early 1970s. He often painted for about twelve hours solid each day. Generally he began with no preconceived idea, no drawing or sketch. He just worked at his brightly painted pictures of the world around him using several very small brushes. In addition to the pictures he also painted the occasional piece of furniture including tables, chests and mantles.
As he worked there was often a steady flow of children, neighbours, and near-by relatives going in and out of his house. Joe, a bachelor, missed the fishing life. He once said “I’d rather be fishing. I’m out in the air and stuff, and I like working… hard old life fishing.” When asked if his paintings would ever make him famous, “no” was his answer. Joe Norris died in 1996. More on Joe Norris
Johnny Popkess was born in London, “I spent much of my early life in various fairly remote parts of Africa, developing a fondness for beauty in its most natural state – as things really are, rather than as they are often made to appear. I moved to the heart of Paris, within a stone’s throw of the Sorbonne, the Louvre and my neighbour, the Musee d’Orsay, from where a love of art proved irresistible. 2011 was my debut year as a professional artist, one that saw my first solo exhibitions. My work is now hung in an ever growing group of fine art galleries throughout the UK, France, Germany Switzerland, Bahrain and South Africa, with recent exhibitions in Antwerp and Paris and a forthcoming one in Boston, planned for early 2018. 2014/2015 were both award winning years.
My aim is to strip away the veneer of a subject and to capture a moment, not a dramatic one, something evocative perhaps, occasionally ordinary but always honest and without the need for a narrative. Art is nothing, if it does not speak… If the power of art is to move the soul, then I am influenced by an an army of giants of whom Caravaggio, Velasquez, Titian, Caillebot, Pizarro and Freud lead.
I am a figurative artist with a passion for the human form. I portray the body as it should be seen, bold and proud, not hidden by layers of cliche. Painting exclusively with the finest oils on stretched linen canvas, my work is classically crafted in the Caravaggio tradition with a contemporary feel, depicting a moment in time. It is for the viewer to add the narrative.” More on Johnny Popkess
Jonas Lie (April 29, 1880 – January 18, 1940), was born in Norway, and lived there until the death of his father at the age of twelve. He was sent to live with his uncle in Paris, a distinguished poet and novelist with the same name, but reunited with his mother, an American woman from Hartford, Connecticut, and sisters in New York the following year. He later enrolled at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.
While seascapes and scenes of water stand out as a favorite theme, biographers and critics of Lie make mention of his early training, painting urban motifs. With a light infused palette dominated by cool tones, he utilized broad avenues of pigment and decisive brushwork to create an incomplex yet striking composition. “The very simplicity of his treatment gives to his canvases a power and a charm which a different technique could not impart” .
His familiarity with infrastructure became evident once again as an observer and visual recorder of the building of the Panama Canal in 1913; he was impressively able to convey a genuine sense of the vastness and the splendor of the undertaking there.
Between 1905 and 1938 Lie had fifty-seven one-man shows, each including between twelve to forty-five paintings. He participated in annual and biennial exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, as well as a number of world fairs. In 1934 Lie was the first foreign-born person to be elected president of the National Academy. He resigned in 1939, and passed away the next year. More on Jonas Lie