Posts Tagged ‘suicide’

Artist of the moment………English painter John Godward


John Godward was an outstanding artist renown for his spectacular works with the female figure and lansdscape. John Godward was born in the year 1861. The artist grew up in the Wimbledon area of England.

His father worked in the financial services industry. Godward was the first of five children born to the couple.

The artist would often paint many similar images of one particular scene.

In 1912 Godward moved to Italy to live with a model. His family disagreed with his decision and ceased to speak to him again. His image was even removed from photographs.

Godward is often compared to Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. Both artists had a penchant for depicting the nude, landscape, and wonderful architecture.

Below a great montage of works by John Godward:

Frustrated by his status in the art world Godward said the world wasn’t big enough for both he and Picasso. John Godward took his own life in 1922 at the age of 61. His family was ashamed and removed his images from all of their photographs. No photographs of the artist are known to exist. His family did not approve of his choice to become an artist.


Price range information: Sorry none available.

Godward showed tremendous ability in painting skin tones. The artist had a great sense of design and included many abstract elements in his work such as clothing that remind me of the great Andy Wyeth.



Artist of the moment…….Ernst Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany in the year 1880. The artist was a painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

For his artistic education Kirchner attended school in Dresden and Munich, Germany. He studied art and architecture.

Kirchner was part of the legendary New York  City Armory Show of 1913.

Was a participant in World War 1 but was discharged due to a nervous breakdown.

In this clip some works by Kirchner set to music:

Kirchner had much of his art seized by the Nazi party. His work was called degenerate and the artist was made to resign his position as a member of the Prussian Academy where he had been in the position for six years. Much of his work was destroyed or sold.

After having so much of his art and career ruined by the Nazi party, Ernst Kirchner took his own life in 1938.

In this clip a work from 1913 by Kirchner is talked about by a curator at the M.O.M.A.:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for prints to more than $2 million for works at auction.

Kirchner is part of several important collections including the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art both located in New York City.


photographer Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was an American photographer renown for her black and white images of people. Diane Arbus was born in 1923 in New York City. For her subjects she found people from all walks of life from circus performers and clowns, exotic dancers, and children.

Diane Arbus attended the New School for Social Reseach located in New York City where she studied photography.

In 1941 she married Allan Arbus. She and Allan began a fashion photography business. The couple divorced and Allan became an actor appearing on many syndicated shows including Matlock and M.A.S.H. Allan Arbus passed away in 2013 at 95 years old.

Arbus also taught at Parson’s School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.

After the divorce she continued her studies with professionals including American photographer Richard Avedon.

Diane Arbus committed suicide in 1971.

In 1972 Diane Arbus was the first American photographer to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $650,000.

In this clip some great photographs of people taken by Diane Arbus:


Artist of the moment…..Bernard Buffet…

The artist was born in France in 1928.  Went to the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Was a studio assistant to well known painter, Eugene Narbonne. Narbonne was primarly a figure painter.

A great clip here showing  a work of the artist that sells at auction for $56,000. Very exciting!

Refreshing images of the artist set to music here. After seeing so many great impressionist paintings of coastal europe its quite refreshing to see someone that is dependent on lines and as an artist keeps many sharp edges. His paintings are like etchings in that regard.

Buffet was a true artist and mastered many mediums over his career. He worked in crayon, oils, etching, watercolor, acrylics, and drypoint.

High price range:  Oil painting of a clown broke the $200,000 mark earlier this year.  Watercolor high is $32,000.  Gouache is $122,000.

Low price range: Many lithographs are available from $1,000 to $2,000. Works done in pencil mainly priced from $1,000 to $5,000.

Part of a group called the Anti- Abstract Movement.  The artist illustrated a book that won many fans titled “LE CHANTS DE MALDORER.”

In 1955 a magazine gave the artist first prize amongt ten up and coming post world war II artists. When he was thirty the first restrospective of his career was held.

The artist was lover to the fashion designter Yves St. Lauren.

After this arrangement ended he married an actress and writer named Annabel Schwob. The couple ended up having two daughters and one son.

A musueum showing exclusive works by the artist was opened in Japan in 1976.

In 1978 at the request of the French Postal Service he designed a special stamp featuring the arts. At this moment the post office also held a retrospective of the artist’s career.

Very prolific as an artist, right up there with Grandma Moses! He produced more than 8,000 original paintings and drawings and a great number of prints in addition to the originals.

The artist died in a sad manner. Buffet developed Parkinson’s disease and was unable to work. The artist was seventy one years old when he took his own life in Tourtour, France. He put his head in a plastic bag that was attached to his neck with tape. The artist died in 1998.

The artist was fascinated for both his private life and his painting career. Similar to Van Gogh in his feeling the need to express himself. Also for the fact he took his own life since he could no longer paint. What a sad ending to life that brought us the viewer more than 8,000 works! The main thing to learn from this artist is to master your own style. If line is part of your end result, VARY THE LINES!
And of course PAINT PAINT PAINT!