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Marcel Rieder (1862-1925) French painter

The French painter Marcel Rieder studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and spent most of his life in Paris. By 1894, he became famous for the effects of light in his artworks. In one of his letters he wrote: "A picture of a waterfall is well done when you hear the water running."

Lydia Datsenko - Still Life (Ukraine)

J. C. Leyendecker ( 1874-1951) American illustrator

Joseph Christian Leyendecker, famous American illustrator, was known for his poster, book, advertising illustrations and numerous covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Leyendecker painted more than 400 magazine covers, 322 for The Saturday Evening Post alone during the Golden Age of American Illustration. Leyendecker was born in Germany, his family immigrated to Chicago in 1882. J. C. Leyendecker received his formal artistic training at the school of the Chicago Art Institute and later he and his younger brother Frank enrolled in the Académie Julian in Paris for a year, where they were exposed to the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, and also Alphonse Mucha, a leader in the French Art Nouveau movement.
Leyendecker never married, he was able to indulge in a very luxurious lifestyle and was known for the famous gala-like social gatherings in the 1920s. For much of his adult life Leyendecker lived with another man, Charles Beach who is assumed to have been his lover and who was the original model of the famous Arrow Collar Man. Leyendecker was a chief influence upon his friend Norman Rockwell, Leyendecker's drawing style was cited as a major influence on the character designs of Team Fortress 2, a first person shooter game for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. (wikipedia)

Lu Cong, American artist

Born in Shanghai, in 1978, Lu Cong immigrated to the US at the age of 11. He graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Biology and Art in 2000, but chose to pursue portrait art over medicine. The artist was recognized by a number of art publications as a notable emerging artist between 2003 and 2007 and since then he has developed a distinctive look that many has regarded as an original approach to figurative realism. (

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) French academic painter

"William Bouguereau is unquestionably one of history's greatest artistic geniuses. Yet in the past century, his reputation and unparalleled accomplishments have undergone a libelous, dishonest, relentless and systematic assault of immense proportions. His name was stricken from most history texts and when included it was only to blindly, degrade and disparage him and his work. Yet, as we shall see, it was he who single handedly opened the French academies to women, and it was he who was arguably the greatest painter of the human figure in all of art history." (Damien Bartoli,

The Grape Picker, 1895