February 8, 2016

Painting With The Girls 39

February 8, 2016.

Day 39,  (329 days to go).

Seagrass Batik

Postcard watercolor, 5X7 Matted

Albrecht Dürer was born in Nurenberg, (1471), the third of eighteen children. His father was a goldsmith of Hungarian descent. He worked in his father’s shop and took lessons from him on how to draw with a silverpoint. Dürer’s early self-portrait demonstrates how brilliant he was at age thirteen.

No artist ever drew or painted with more dedication and fondness as Dürer. He drew on scraps of paper, letters and kept journals at all times. Dürer became a very skilled and celebrated printmaker of his time. He raised the art of woodcut and engraving to a virtuoso level.

E. H. Gombrich writes in The Story of Art, “When at the age of fifty, Dürer visited the Netherlands, he was, indeed, received like a lord. He himself deeply moved, described how the painters of Antwerp honored him in their guild hall with a solemn banquet, ‘and when I was led to the table, the people stood, on both sides, as if they were introducing a great lord, and among them were many persons of excellence who all bowed their heads in the most humble manner’. Even in the northern countries the great artist had broken down the snobbery that led people to despise men who worked with their hands.”

His skills in drawing, watercolor and oil painting excelled those of any other German painters from his time. He also wrote treatises in art -The Book Of Human Proportions was an instructions book for painters. He worked for many years for the Emperor Maximilian.

He is mostly known for injecting Renaissance ideals into Germany’s art, that he brought back from Florence.