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Peter Paul Rubens Peter Paul Rubens was the quintessential painter who could turn his canvas into a masterpiece whether he were painting a portrait or a landscape. He was best known for his nude art of curvaceous ladies in what became known as the Flemish Baroque style and the term Rubenesque is given full meaning as it is still used to this day to describe ladies of a voluptuous nature. Rubens was fortunate to travel and study the Italian masters of the renaissance period and he quickly learned to hone his trade as he sketched his way through the galleries of Europe. His work got noticed in the higher echelons of Italian society and he progressed through the major royal courts of Europe where he became the artist of choice in France, Spain and even England. Rubens became a diplomat of some note that was, along with his art, recognised with a Spanish and British knighthood. Today Rubens works of art can be found at the most significant art galleries in the world and on the rare occasion a Rubens comes up for sale it always fetches a record breaking price for a old masters. In between their brush strokes the old masters were always good for a one liner so here is my list of eight of the best Peter Paul Rubens quotes.

  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Peter Paul Rubens
  • Born: 28th June 1577, Siegen, Nassau-Dillenburg, Holy Roman Empire
  • Died: 30th May 1640, Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands
  • Occupation: Artist, painter and diplomat
  • Style: Traditional Flemish Baroque
  • Influenced by: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian and Caravaggio
  • Influenced: Gustave Courbet, Rembrandt, John Constable, Eugene Delacroix and Anthony van Dyck
  • Awards: He was knighted by both Charles I of England in 1624 and Philip IV of Spain in 1630 for his artistic and diplomatic services to both countries. Squeezed in between these knighthoods he was also awarded a honorary Master of Arts degree from Cambridge university
  • Trivia: Two Peter Paul Rubens paintings hold the record for Old Masters that were sold at both Sotherby's and Christies auction houses. The Master of the Innocents (1609–11) fetched usd$76.5 million at Sotheby's London in 2002, while Lot and His Daughters (1613–14) by Rubens set a new record for an old masters at Christies in 2016 when it sold for usd$58.1 million

"I paint a woman's big rounded buttocks so that I want to reach out and stroke the dimpled flesh"

Peter Paul Rubens

"I am by nature and inclination a peaceful man, the sworn enemy to disputes, lawsuits and quarrels both public and private"

Peter Paul Rubens

"The English are increasing their insolence and barbarity. They cut to pieces the captain of a ship coming from Spain and threw all the crew into the sea for having defended themselves valiantly"

Peter Paul Rubens

"Every child has the spirit of creation. The rubbish of life often exterminates the spirit through plague and a souls own wretchedness"

Peter Paul Rubens

"My talent is such that no undertaking, however vast in size... has ever surpassed my courage"

Peter Paul Rubens

"My passion comes from the heavens, not from earthly musings"

Peter Paul Rubens

"White is poison to a picture; Use it only in highlights"

Peter Paul Rubens

"Painting a young maiden is similar to cavorting with great abandon. It is the finest refreshment"

Peter Paul Rubens





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