"Why on earth isn't this guy really, really famous??"
I came across a wonderful discovery while partaking in a little Art History research recently... The wonderful classical Artist Hans Zatzka! Who? He also went by the name P. Ronsard, and was an academic Austrian artist born in Vienna, 8th March 1859.
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I think in a split second he became my favourite classical artist of all time! All of his work is so BEAUTIFUL and imaginative and masterfully painted!
The only thing that's been running through my head while I've been devouring his work on google images is: "Why on earth isn't this guy really, really famous??"
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Why haven't I ever heard of him and why is he never in any classical art books, or in any classical art galleries I've visited? Why did none of my teachers and professors at Art School never tell me anything about him? Did they know who he was? Why is he not as well known as Michelangelo, Da Vinci and the other equally skilled celebrated classical artists?
Apparently, Zatzka dedicated most of his career to painting churches across Austria (which he was highly regarded for) but he was always more widely known for his beautiful paintings of women in mythological settings. He later reproduced most of his paintings as postcards, which are still widely sought after by collectors today!
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I could just look at these all day...
The thing that attracts me the most is his wonderful use of colour, and the light-hearted and happy spirit of each of his paintings. The ladies also are all painted gorgeously and with such beautiful dresses and attire (those who know me well know that is totally my thing!)
If you're interested in seeing more here is a link to a great site displaying a lot of his works: