O.Wilde, Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. (...)
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. (...)

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. (...)
All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself...

O. Wilde (1854-1900),
Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Nicolaas Frederick Knip

Flower painting

1741 - 1808                                                         

Dutch painter and
decorative artist

Baigneurs au bord d'une rivière

Nicolaas Friederick Knip was a Dutch decorative artist and, later, he became a painter.
He  was born in 1741 in Nijmegen. He died in Hertogenbosch. Around the year 1772 he began to work as a wallpaper painter in Tilburg and about 14 years later he  was active in the town of Hertogenbosch.
During his life he  worked with other artists, too,  such as Quirinus van Amelsfoort (1762–1820), to whose landscapes he sometimes added his touch.
Later he decided to concentrate painting flower and fruit subjects. Unfortunately he lost his sight in his 50s. He died in Hertogenbosch at the age of 67.
Thanks to his precious teaching, some of his own children - Henrietta Geertruij  and Josephus Augustus - became famous painters, too. And in their works it is possible to find their father's different attitudes towards the art of painting. 


     Still life with flowers
     by Henrietta Geertruij Knip
     (1783 - 1842)

Figuren op een landweggetje
by Josephus Augustus Knip
(1777 - 1847)
Gezicht op de brug van
Binn met de Mattehorn,
by Josephus Augustus Knip
(1777 - 1847)

Bombardment of 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch)
by the French during the siège of 1794.
by  Josephus Augustus Knip,  1800

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