Famous paintings of Edouard Manet

Luncheon on the Grass, by Édouard Manet, 1832–1883

Famous paintings of Edouard Manet are among the most influential in the Impressionism art movement.

Edouard Manet,  Olympia, Museo de Orsay, Paris 1863 Oleo sobre lienzo
Edouard Manet, Olympia 1863
Edouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass, 1863, Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe
Edouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass, 1863
Edouard Manet, The Old Musician, 1862, Le Vieux Musicien
Edouard Manet, The Old Musician, 1862
Edouard Manet, Music in the Tuileries, 1862, Musica en las Tullerias
Edouard Manet, Music in the Tuileries, 1862


Hiroshi Matsumoto 9×9 Painting Abstract

Hiroshi Matsumoto, 9x9 painting

Unlike those extreme large-sized ones, these small 9×9 painting, are intriguingly less common in abstract artwork.

No other abstract artists have done it so passionately than this oil painter from Kobe city in Japan; he is Hiroshi Matsumoto.Hiroshi Matsumoto

To be more exact,  I would refer 9×9 painting as exceptionally ‘rare’; a better word to describe his abstract series of artwork.

There are also known as 4″x4″ painting with oil on canvas.

While seeing his paintings, I wonder how Hiroshi Matsumoto skillfully apply bold and dynamic brushstrokes on a little piece of canvas.

It is not possible to project and enlarge it, and reduced size to 9×9 painting. This is not similar to printing work.

There are original oil paintings on canvas created by Hiroshi Matsumoto.

From his website, he humbly says,

I never know what it is going to be until it’s complete. When I start to paint, I always put some colors on the canvas without thinking. My choice of colors is often accidental or intuitive.

His style of paintings characterized with bold brush strokes just fit into small canvas. Using oil medium laid on thick plaster, ever creamier than cake frosting.

An exclusive choice of colors and texture, creating a juicier blend and mixture of zeal in his series of appealing paintings.

Presentation of the 9×9 painting appears as a fusion of minimalism and simplicity.

Hiroshi Matsumoto presented his abstract painting by using a much wider off-white mat board, enclosed with a simple one-inch size frame.

These minimum use of neutral colors will not overemphasize the matting and frame, or even distract the viewer away from the central artwork.

In this way, the white border surrounding the 9×9 painting would simply draw the viewer’s eye inward, and towards the art piece.

Thus, admiring its beauty with delicate elegance on the high wall.

However, small is the paintings, it is able to create the maximum value of his artistic approach and painting style.

Needless for one to stand meters backward to view his abstract paintings. His work truly demands intimate appreciation from enthusiastic viewers.

I’m inspired by his artwork, in a way learning the value of being small and proactive can be efficacious to produce a desired result. Just like the quote:

Be faithful in small things because
it is in them that your strength lies.
~ Mother Teresa

Below sharing some of this recent 9×9 abstract paintings.

Hiroshi Matsumoto 9x9 painting

Hiroshi Matsumoto 9x9 painting

Hiroshi Matsumoto, 9x9 painting

Hiroshi Matsumoto, 9x9 painting

Hiroshi Matsumoto, 9x9 painting

More of 9×9 painting can be found in Hiroshi Matsumoto’s website.

The artist studied drawing and painting at the Art Institute of Osaka Municipal Museum of Art and have exhibited in many solo shows and group exhibitions.

All Images Courtesy of Hiroshi Matsumoto.

Shirin Sahba’s Contemporary Paintings

Shirin Sahba artwork

From afar, the paintings creating by Shirin Sahba looks unique with ‘brush strokes’ boldly painted on canvas.

Seemingly, resemblance a blend of techniques between Van Gogh’s impasto and pointilism.

Yet, it doesn’t appear to be coming out, as if medium was painted thickly on canvas, nor totally using point-dots.

Interestingly, the aestheticism of the entire artwork does strongly depict its color vibrancy and visual aliveness.

With the guided arrays of small objects, detailing as fish, floral, or even fine strokes, thus, creating a kind of landscaping effect on her art piece.

What has even more intriguing is the tiny characters appearing sparsely and breaking off the repeating patterns in her paintings.

You will start to examine closely as you wonder what’s that small object painted on that line.

Characteristic objects could be loving couples, fisherman, trishaw riders, a red fox, a horse, elephant, Indian’s dancer and musicians, trees, etc.

At first glance of the paintings by Shirin Sahba has not instantly caught my attention on the miniature characters painted on the canvas.

It took me quite a while to figure it out by looking far and near, and relating the close-up view.

Her paintings definitely demand a closer look.

All the paintings are worth your appreciation,  be it near or far.

Shirin Sahba, La Dolce Vita
Shirin Sahba, La Dolce Vita
Shirin Sahba, La Dolce Vita (Close-Up)
Shirin Sahba, La Dolce Vita (Close-Up)


Shirin Sahba, Feeding the Fish
Shirin Sahba, Feeding the Fish
Shirin Sahba, Shirin Sahba, Feeding the Fish (Close-Up)
Shirin Sahba, Shirin Sahba, Feeding the Fish (Close-Up)


Shirin Sahba, The Guru Walks His Dogs
Shirin Sahba, The Guru Walks His Dogs
Shirin Sahba, The Guru Walks His Dogs (Close-Up)
Shirin Sahba, The Guru Walks His Dogs (Close-Up)


More of her artwork is featured in website http://www.shirinsahba.com/index.html