Charles Louis Müller, ODALISQUE 01 Painting, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #65

Charles Louis Müller
Charles Louis Müller, 1815 – 1892, FRENCH
ODALISQUE
Oil on canvas
130.5 by 89cm., 51 by 35in.
Private collection

An odalisque (Turkish: Odalık) was a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish seraglio, particularly the court ladies in the household of the Ottoman sultan.

An odalık was not a concubine of the harem, but a maid, although it was possible that she could become one. An odalık was ranked at the bottom of the social stratification of a harem, serving not the man of the household, but rather, his concubines and wives as personal chambermaids. Odalık were usually slaves given as gifts to the sultan by wealthy Turkish men. Generally, an odalık was never seen by the sultan but instead remained under the direct supervision of his mother, the Valide Sultan.

If an odalık was of extraordinary beauty or had exceptional talents in dancing or singing, she would be trained as a possible concubine. If selected, an odalık trained as a court lady would serve the sultan sexually and only after such sexual contact would she change in status, becoming thenceforth one of the consorts of the sultan.

In contrast to European depictions of nude harem women, they more often wore androgynous robes resembling those worn by the male pages of the palace. The conditions of the Ottoman harem “resembled a monastery for young girls more than the bordello of European imagination. More on an odalisque

Charles Louis Müller [also known as Müller de Paris] (Paris 22 December 1815 – 10 January 1892 Paris) was a French painter. He was a fecund producer of historic pictures and portraits.

A pupil of two renowned masters of neoclassical and pre – romantic painting , Antoine-Jean Gros and Léon Cogniet , he was a versatile talent, a painter of history , a genre painter , a portraitist and a decorator. Presented at the Salon in 1834, he exposes until his death and is awarded several times.

It also enjoyed strong institutional recognition. He is appointed inspector of works of art at the Manufacture des Gobelins . Elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1864, Charles Müller sat as a member of the admission committees for the 1878 World Fair in Paris. Decorated with the Legion of Honor in 1849, he was elevated to the rank of officer of the same order in 1859. More on Charles Louis Müller

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Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, LADY OF MARRAKECH 01 Painting, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #64

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, 1865 – 1953, FRENCH
LADY OF MARRAKECH
Pastel on paper
50 by 62cm., 19½ by 24½in
Private collection

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (September 30, 1865 – September 24, 1953) was a French Symbolist/Art Nouveau artist whose works include paintings, drawings, ceramics, furniture and interior design.

He was born Lucien Lévy in French Algeria. In 1879 he began studying drawing and sculpture in Paris. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1882. In 1887 Lévy began making his living near Cannes in southern France, overseeing the decoration of ceramics. From 1886 to 1895 he worked as a ceramic decorator and then as artistic director of the studio of Clément Massier. Around 1892 he signed his first pieces of ceramics, which were influenced by Islamic Art. In 1895 he left for Paris to begin a career in painting; around this time he visited Italy and was further influenced by art of the Renaissance.

In 1896 he exhibited his first pastels and paintings. He earned high praise for the academic attention to detail with which he captured figures lost in a Pre-Raphaelite haze of melancholy, contrasted with bright Impressionist colouration.

After 1901 Lévy-Dhurmer moved away from expressly Symbolist content, incorporating more landscapes into his work because of his travels in Europe and North Africa. He continued to draw inspiration from music and attempted to capture works of great composers such as Beethoven in painted form.
He died in Le Vésinet in 1953. More on Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer

 

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Paul Hitter, The Pit 01 Painting, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #63

Paul P (b. 1977)
Paul Hitter, (b. 1977)
The Pit, c. 2018
Oil on canvas
120 × 100 cm
Private collection

Paul Hitter, (b. 1977) is from Bucharest Romania, Paul studied in Munich at the prestigious Akademie der Bildenden Kunste. While completing his studies, he was showcasing his art with famous musicians like Gogol Bordello, Taraf de Hajdouks, Rona Hartner and Fanfare Vagabondu. This form of exhibiting his art with music, brought him instant international recognition. Now he lives and works in Los Angeles, California and occasionally tours the US.

He is a prolific artist, constantly searching for inspiration on everyday life. His art is influenced by the life of nomad gipsy as well as the poor and the underdog. So far Paul Hitter created his own style, his own artistic universe; all inspired by Romanian folklore, and the stories and legends scattered allover the Balkans. His strong colors as well as the ability to keep them in harmony made his art unique and recognizable. More on Paul Hitter

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BINOY VARGHESE, Untitled 01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #125

BINOY VARGHESE (b.1966)
EnBINOY VARGHESE, (b.1966)
Untitled, c. 2009
Acrylic on canvas
46.75 in x 46.5 in | 119 cm x 118 cm
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Born in 1966 in Kerala, Binoy Varghese is a National Diploma holder in Fine Arts from R.L.V. College, Thripunithura. He worked as artist-in-residence at Madhavan Nair Foundation India in Kochi, at Cholamandal Artists’ Village in Chennai, Kanoria Art Centre in Ahmedabad, Apparao Galleries in New Delhi and then at the Banff Centre for Arts in Canada and with Aicon Gallery in New York, finally setting up his studio in Delhi.

Known for his skills in portraiture, his subject matter comes in a mix of landscape and a photo-realistic rendition. The colourful imagery on paper and canvas, often in a large format, focuses on issues of displacement, capturing posing protagonists, often women and children, in their newfound domains. Their socio-political and gender realities are highlighted by the dress they wear or the sharpness or softness of the background and foliage in the work.

Winner of several accolades, Binoy has participated in several national and international art camps and workshops. His work has been exhibited by well-known galleries in solo and group shows held in different Indian cities and abroad. Featured in India Art Fair, and auctions, his work is held in important collections including National Gallery of Modern Art. He has also designed a stamp for the Postal Department, Government of India. Binoy lives in Ghaziabad and works out of his studio in the city. More on Binoy Varghese

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Abraham Walkowitz, Isadora Duncan 03 Paintings, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Isadora Duncan, with Footnotes. #60

EnteAbraham Walkowitz, American, 1878-1965
Isadora Duncan
Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
13 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches
Private collectionr a caption
Angela Isadora Duncan (May 26, 1877 or May 27, 1878 – September 14, 1927) was an American and French dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50, when her scarf became entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding.

Isadora was born in 1877 in San Francisco and moved to Europe to become a dancer when she was in her early 20s. She had always loved to dance–in her teens, she worked as a dance teacher at her mother’s music school–but Duncan was not a classically trained ballerina. She was a free-spirited bohemian whose dances were improvisational and emotional; they were choreographed, she said, “to rediscover the beautiful, rhythmical motions of the human body.” Duncan typically danced barefoot, wrapped in flowing togas and scarves. Duncan’s performances celebrated independence and self-expression.

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Ştefan Câlţia, Princess 01 Painting, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, A Princess, with Footnotes. #61

Ştefan Câlţia
Ştefan Câlţia
Princess, c. 1989
Oil on fibreboard
49 × 38 cm
Private collection

Ștefan Câlția (born May 15, 1942) is a contemporary Romanian painter. Born in Brașov, he attended the arts and music high school in Timișoara from 1959 to 1963. He then graduated in 1970 from the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest.

Since the 1970s, Câlția has held exhibitions in Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Romania. In 1993 he became professor at the National University of Fine Arts in Bucharest, and in 2004 he became its chancellor. His works have been acquired by many important museums and art galleries around the world, such as the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, Norway, and the Museum of Fantastic Arts in Gruyère, Switzerland. More on Ștefan Câlția

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Walter Langhammer, Untitled (Indian Woman with Amphora) 01 Painting, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, with Footnotes. #59

Walter Langhammer, 1905 – 1977
Untitled (Indian Woman with Amphora)

Oil on canvas
23.5 x 31.5 in (60 x 80 cm
Private collection

An amphora is a type of container of a characteristic shape and size, descending from at least as early as the Neolithic Period. Amphorae were used in vast numbers for the transport and storage of various products, both liquid and dry, but mostly for wine. More on amphora

Walter Langhammer, 1905 – 1977, went to India before World War 2, fleeing the Nazis in Austria. An art student at the time, Langhammer had made friends with an Indian student, Shirin Vimadalal, who subsequently returned to India. After he wrote to her, she managed to persuade Sir Francis Low, editor of the Times of India, to appoint Langhammer first art director of the paper in about 1936. Adapting enthusiastically to his new home, Langhammer set up open house at his studio on Nepean Sea Road, and the young Indian artists who were to develop into the great names of the Indian Progressive Art movement would meet there on Sundays to hear his tales of the European art scene. Exhibiting regularly himself at the Bombay Art Society, Langhammer was soon surrounded by an ‘in crowd’ of fellow European Jewish refugees – professionals, artists, doctors and industrialists – who became important art patrons and accelerated the Progressive movement. 


Kekoo Gandhy, who was to found the long-running Chemould gallery of modern art in Bombay, recalls Langhammer’s confidence that contemporary Indian art would make a mark and have an impact on the art scene. India had a great store of inspiration to draw from and the colours and light of India would make the difference.’ 


Langhammer is considered one of the founding fathers of the most famous of India’s schools of modern oil painting, the “Bombay Progressives.” Founded after the partition of India in 1947, this group of young Indian artists had sought out Langhammer’s tutelage and drawn inspiration from the traditions of European oil painting to establish an independent artistic identity


Langhammer returned ‘heartbroken’ to Europe in the early 1960s, when his health deteriorated. More on Walter Langhammer

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