It is always fascinating to see how artists’ personalities surpass framed canvases and spill over into their creative space. This is why we’ve continued the hunt for artist studios, which we hope will reveal more of what goes on behind each canvas.
1. Marc Chagall
“When Matisse dies,” states Pablo Picasso in the 1950′s, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is.” Born in 1887, Marc Zakharovich Chagall was a early modern Belarussian-Russian-French artist. His works span the mediums of painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints. Here he is in his studio in 1955:
2. Francis Bacon
Irish-born figurative artist Francis Bacon is known for his bold, graphic and raw imagery. After earning a living as an interior decorator and furniture designer, Bacon first felt satisfied with his paintings in 1944 – when his “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion” brought him recognition as a chronicler of the human condition.
3. Auguste Renoir
French artist and leading painter in the impressionist style, Auguste Renoir was a celebrator of beauty and female sensuality. After arthritis severely limited his movements, Renoir continued painting from a wheelchair using a moving canvas for bigger works. The studio below is likely in “Les Colletes” – a farm at Cagnes-sur-Mer, close to the Mediterranean coast – where he moved hoping that the warmer climate would help his joints.
4. Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter – known for his frank eroticism and favourite subject of the female body – born in Baumgarten, near Vienna, in 1862. His most famous work is most likely the “The Kiss” (1908), but his “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” is one of the Top 5 Most Expensive Paintings in the world.
5. Paul Cézanne
Paul Cézanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter who laid the foundation for the transition from 19th to 20th century art, namely the transition from Impressionism to Cubism. Both Matisse and Picasso are quoted as saying that Cézanne “is the father of us all.” Producing many famous works, his “Card Players” is the Most Expensive Painting in the World.
6. Yoshitomo Nara
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara lives and works in Tokyo, though he is widely recognised and exhibited worldwide. First gaining recognition during Japan’s Pop Art Movement of the 1990s, he now has a legion of cult followers around the world.
8. Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko is one of the most famous postwar American artists, along with Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Though he is sometimes classified as an “Abstract Expressionist” artist, Rothko rejected that title and even disliked the broader label of an “abstract painter.”
9. Auguste Rodin
François-Auguste-René Rodin was a French sculptor born in 1840. Although trained traditionally, Rodin is considered to be the progenitor of modern sculpture. His sculpture “The Thinker” (1879-1889) is probably the most recognised work in the entire medium.
10. John Singer Sargent
American artist John Singer Sargent, born in 1856, is known for his portrait paintings and his evocations of Edwardian era luxury. Although born in America to American parents, Sargent was trained in Paris before moving to London. He lived most of his life in Europe and well-known for his portraits, particularly his “Portrait of Madame X,” seen behind Sargent in his studio below: