• Refinement of technique and of sentiment is reflected in this erotic drawing by the Viennese artist Gustav Klimt.
    klimt who was at the height of his fame during the early years of the last century, skillfully used the clothing of his models to herhance the overall erotic effect, rarely revealing them nude.

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  • MacNeil Whistler, Rotherhithe, 1860 Etching and drypoint.

    Between 1863 and 1902 the famous American painter and Etcher james MacNeil Whistler visited the netherlands on several occasions. During is travels in the Netherlands he stayed for a time in Amsterdam,The Hague, Dordrecht, and various towns and villages on the island of Walcheren. In Amsterdam he choose to portray not the familiar landmarks of the city, But rather the picturesque, if somewhat dilapidated, backstreets of the old city centre, often from the vantage point of a boat. These prints, with their often strangely truncated buildings, are suggestive of photographs. At first his work came in for considerable criticism, but before long it was being imitaded by such Dutch artists as Willem Witsen, George Breigtner and Carol Storm van 's gravesande. Like their American colleague, they "took to water", and did their own prints, watercolours, Photographs and Paintings of those city backwaters.

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  • Amadeo de Souza Cardoso

    At the age of 18 he entered the Superior School of Fine Arts of Lisbon, and two years later he leaves to Paris, where he intends to continue his studies but soon he quits the architecture course and starts to study painting. In Paris he became close with artists and writers like Gertrude Stein, Juan Gris, Max Jacob, Delaunay and Brancusi.He was also a friend of Amedeo Modigliani,who exposed sculptures in is Paris studio. He returned to Portugal during World War I where he married with Lúcia Peretto and maintained contact with other Portuguese artists and poets like Almada Negreiros, Santa-Rita Pintor and Teixeira de Pascoaes. He died of influenza October 25th 1918.

    He worked In the first stage, under the Spanish painter Anglada Camarasa, his painting stile was close to naturalism and impressionism. Around 1910 he became one of the first modern Portuguese painters, influenced both by cubism as by futurism.His style is aggressive and vivid both in form and colour and the compositional structure of his works may seem random or chaotic at first sight but are clearly defined and balanced. His more innovative paintings, like "Trou de la Serrure" look like collages, and seems to pave the way to abstractionism or even dadaism in his painting. In 1913 he exhibited eight works at Armory Show in USA, some of them can be seen in American museums. As a gifted draughtsman his ink drawings, always figurative, for their decorative richness and oriental like style can be somehow related to those of Aubrey Beardsley. His work remained almost unknown after his death until 1952 when a room dedicated to his paintings in Amarante Museum gained the public's attention.

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  • Also known as " The Female Clown " 1899

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

    Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, né le 24 novembre 1864 à Albi et mort le 9 septembre 1901, est un peintre et lithographe français.

    Avec beaucoup d'esprit, il aimait à dire : "Je boirai du lait quand les vaches brouteront du raisin."

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