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ART “4” “2”-DAY  03 March
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DEATH: 1928 TOOROP
^ Died on 03 March 1928 Theodoor Jan Toorop, Dutch Symbolist painter born on 20 December 1858. — [Vous ne trouvez pas qu'il y a des O de Trop dans son nom?]
— Dutch painter, born in Java. Studied art in Delft and Amsterdam. A grant allowed him to study in Brussels, where he came into contact with the XX group, and became a member in 1885. He befriended Khnopff, Ensor and de Groux. In 1886, he met Whistler in London. He discovered the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris' views on art and socialism. In 1890 he developed his own version of Symbolism using elements of a Javanese aesthetic. Met PÚladan in 1892. In 1905 converted to Catholicism. His themes thereafter became religious and even mystic. His style simplified and he adopted a technique close to Pointillisme, which he put at the service of a fragmentation of the surface of the painting at poles from the measured unity to which Seurat aspired. These fragmentary surfaces relate Toorop to Expressionism.
O grave, where is thy Victory (1892, 62x76cm) _ Two angels are removing thorns from a corpse coveted by the forces of Evil, on the right. The curved lines express good, the broken lines evil.
Poster for Delftsche Slaolie, (1894) — The Sea (1887) — The Seduction (1886, 67x77cm) — Les Calvinistes de Catwijck (1891; 68x78cm) Also known as Hell and Doubt or Old Superstitious Dreamers. — The Young Generation (1892)
Le Passeur d'eau (1895) _ A book illustration for the poem of Émile Verhaeren (21 May 1855 – 27 Nov 1916).

Le passeur d'eau






Le passeur d'eau, les mains aux rames,
A contre flot, depuis longtemps,
Luttait, un roseau vert entre les dents.

Mais celle hélas! Qui le hélait
Au delà des vagues, là-bas,
Toujours plus loin, par au delà des vagues,
Parmi les brumes reculait.

Les fenêtres, avec leurs yeux,
Et le cadran des tours, sur le rivage
Le regardaient peiner et s'acharner
De tout son corps ployé en deux
Sur les vagues sauvages.

Une rame soudain cassa
Que le courant chassa,
A flots rapides, vers la mer.
Celle là-bas qui le hélait
Dans les brumes et dans le vent, semblait
Tordre plus follement les bras,
Vers celui qui n'approchait pas.

Le passeur d'eau, avec la rame survivante,
Se prit à travailler si fort
Que tout son corps craqua d'efforts
Et que son coeur trembla de fièvre et d'épouvante.

D'un coup brusque, le gouvernail cassa
Et le courant chassa
Ce haillon morne, vers la mer.

Les fenêtres, sur le rivage,
Comme des yeux grands et fiévreux
Et les cadrans des tours, ces veuves
Droites, de mille en mille, au bord des fleuves,
Suivaient, obstinément,
Cet homme fou, en son entêtement
A prolonger son fol voyage.

Celle là-bas qui le hélait,
Dans les brumes, hurlait, hurlait,
La tête effrayamment tendue
Vers l'inconnu de l'étendue.
Le passeur d'eau, comme quelqu'un d'airain,
Planté dans la tempête blême
Avec l'unique rame, entre ses mains,
Battait les flots, mordait les flots quand même.
Ses vieux regards d'illuminé
Fouillaient l'espace halluciné
D'où lui venait toujours la voix
Lamentable, sous les cieux froids.

La rame dernière cassa,
Que le courant chassa
Comme une paille, vers la mer.

Le passeur d'eau, les bras tombants,
S'affaissa morne sur son banc,
Les reins rompus de vains efforts,
Un choc heurta sa barque à la dérive,
Il regarda, derrière lui, la rive :
Il n'avait pas quitté le bord.

Les fenêtres et les cadrans,
Avec des yeux fixes et grands
Constatèrent la fin de son ardeur ;
Mais le tenace et vieux passeur
Garda quand même encore, pour Dieu sait quand,
Le roseau vert entre ses dents.
Le Passeur d'Eau

Died on a 03 March:
1901 Achille Jean-Baptiste Zo, French artist born on 30 July 1826. — [Il manquait d'O pour un zoo.]
1855 Anthony-Vandyke Copley Fielding, British artist born on 22 November 1787. — LINKS
1808 Anton van Maron, Austrian painter born in 1733. — LINKS
1695 Jean Michelin, French painter born in 1623. — [At the time nothing could make a Michelin tire.] — LINKS

Born on a 03 March:

1867 Guy Rose, US painter who died in 1925 (possibly in November). — Guy Rose was an Impressionist and a founder of the California Art Club. The Art Club, whose members were known for their plein-air paintings, was established in 1909 and finally disbanded in 1995. It has only been recently that Rose and other members of the Art Club, including Franz Bischoff (1864-1929), Edgar Payne (1882-1947), Elmer Wachtel (1864-1929), Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985), Maurice Braun, Donna Norine Schuster (1883-1953), and Hanson Puthuff (1875-1972) among others, have been getting a reappraisal and the credit they deserve. From 1890-1904 Rose spent time in Giverny along with Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939), Richard Miller (1875-1943), and Edmund Greacen (1876-1949). Calling themselves the "Giverny Group" they exhibited together in New York in 1910. — [You didn't want a rose guy? you wanted a tulip guy? Sorry, but this guy didn't paint any flower.] — LINKSThe Green Parasol (1909)
1847 Édouard Jean E. Ravel, Swiss artist who died on 08 March 1920. — [It's a shame that I can't find any of his pictures on the internet. I bet they would have been music to my eyes, just as Maurice's compositions are colorful to the ears.]
1826 Anton Doll, German artist who died on 02 May 1887. [Did he like being called a doll past the age of 2?]
1814 Abraham Louis Buvelot, Swiss Australian painter who died on 30 May 1888. — LINKS
1700 Charles Joseph Natoire, French painter who died on 29 August 1777. — Winner of the Rome Prize, academician, director of the French Academy in Rome, he executed numerous decorative cycles and tapestry models for the Gobelins and Beauvais factories. — LINKSTruth (24x19cm) — Le Siège de Bordeaux (Histoire de Clovis) _ An episode from the conquest of Aquitaine, at that time a Visigoth kingdom, by Clovis I, King of the Franks. This representation bore witness to a revival of interest in national history and was inspired by a passage from a heroic poem in twenty-six cantos, Clovis or Christian France, written by academician Jean Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin (1595-1676) and published in 1657. — Télémaque dans l'Ile de Calypso (1745, 121x153cm)
1610 Pierre Dupuis (or Dupuy), French artist who died on 18 February 1682.

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