Ours has become a successful company because we manufacture picture frames for lots of great art. And, in the process, we have naturally developed not only a love for the framing process but for the fascinating and well-executed work that customers continually bring to us to frame. This commercial success means that, as a mature business, we can afford to give a little back to the art-lovers who are the mainstay of our client-base, art-appreciators who share our enthusiasm. No we're not quite as affluent as the Medici family, so we cannot sponsor the 21st century equivalent of Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. But we can manage a bit of patronage and philanthropy when it comes to youngsters. So on this site you will find an already-substantial resource, one that grows all the time, which you are welcome to utilise entirely free of charge.
The Italian genius Giovanni Bellini was recognised, during his lifetime, as one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance and an exponent who was particularly adept at capturing natural illumination by using soft, saturated and sumptuous colours. And, actually, that’s no mean feat to have achieved when one considers that his contemporaries included the likes of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and Sandro Botticelli.
Born in Wisconsin as Georgia Tottoo O’Keeffe, the American artist was already a living legend in the 1920s when she was only in her mid-thirties. Her versatility in the medium really makes her difficult-to-define, since she has been called both an exponent of ‘precisionism’ (a smooth-but-sharp American approach prevalent in the 1920s with origins in cubism, futurism and ‘orphism’ – a French variant on cubism) as well as of modernism, surrealism and abstract art – seemingly difficult-to-reconcile approaches and techniques. So, O’Keeffe, who managed to combine an attention-to-detail with the abstract, is an artist who resists being compartmentalised.
Born in Argenteuil, which lies within the department of Val-d’Oise just to the North West of Paris, Georges Braque was an influential, avant-garde and arguably revolutionary 20th century painter, print and collage-maker, draughtsman, stage designer, plaster engraver and sculptor.
Born Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker. His larger-than-life character seemed to fit him to being a romanticist. In that guise he had a long and successful career during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and indeed he is famous for documenting the politics and conflicts occurring during the era in which he lived.
Born Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix in France just a year before the end of the Revolution, Delacroix is memorable for several reasons. A painter, muralist and lithographer, he is widely regarded as stylistically the last of the ‘Old Masters’ (ordinarily considered to be those painters who worked in Europe before 1800, though technically he was just a baby at the time).
This article is about Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a bohemian German artist, a painter and printmaker, who is credited with being part of a movement (epitomised by Die Brücke - or ‘The Bridge’ in English - because it spanned the gap between the old and the new worlds) that developed a home-grown German expressionism and abstract art.
This article is about the French painter Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun who, during a lengthy career interrupted by the hiccough of the French Revolution which removed some of the heads she’d thankfully already captured on canvas, depicted many of Europe’s royals and privileged celebrities. She was, in her time, a mould-breaker for several reasons. And she continues to be. In 2019 her seemingly-modern full-sized work ‘Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan’ (above) sold at Sotheby’s for US$7.2 million (almost exactly £6 million at the time), which was then the highest price for work by a female pre-modern artist. Indeed in doing this she simply smashed (five-fold) her own record, held for one of many self-portraits of her. On this basis she is considered to be an ‘old master’.
This article is about the innovative French painter and printmaker (1832–83), a 'modernist' who is sometimes credited with being not only the father of modernism but one of the artists (if not the artist) whose work initiated the transition from realism to impressionism.
This article is about the Spanish painter Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599 – 1660). He was essentially a portrait-painter and a 'tenebrist', that is he worked in a style made famous by Caravaggio and where the subjects are in shadows that are dramatically illuminated by beams of light which are usually from identifiable sources.
This article is about the French painter Claude Monet, the founding-father of the 'impressionist' movement and whose hazily-executed work 'Soleil Levant' (or 'Impression, Sunrise'), originally exhibited in 1874, is acknowledged to be the painting that first expressed the outcome when an artist tried to record his perceptions rather than accurately, and perhaps clinically, depict his exact observations.