Tuesday, January 23, 2007

How Long?

Waiting (L'Attente) by Edgar Degas, Norton Simon and Getty Museums.

Degas' paintings of the life that goes on behind the scenes at the ballet are among his most beloved because they are real and show what went on, not just the finished product on the stage. We see the dancers trying to stay limber, the chaperones trying to stay awake, caught by an artist who managed to blend into the woodwork to bring us their world.


Anonymous said...

BORING - Come on Martha there is a LOT of current, realism out there happening today, now in the art world.(Check out Lipking, Liepke, Nelson Shanks, Peter Cox etc, etc) There is also a lot of obscure realism from the 17th thru 20th century that no one ever gets to see. These are tired old images that appear in every cheap art book on the sale rack of my local Barnes & Noble. No one is commenting because nobody's interests are being piqued.

Martha said...

You have very nearly convinced me to give it up altogether. Maybe I will leave it at the 362 posts I have done over the past two years and change the name to Your Tired Old Art.


Jerry said...

I don't find it boring myself. Many of us are not art history students, so are not yet hardened in cynicism against what might be popular images in art books. Besides, I am more interested in the commentary about each work, which is news to me. If someone wants to write an art blog with what they like, there are plenty of free tools to do so. I would say I'd probably be rather un-piqued if I felt like the blog writer was looking down upon their readers, though.

Anonymous said...

Well Martha, I know the comment was heavy handed. In the past, I've tried to subtly suggest alternative directions that you might want to investigate. That didn't work. I've never seen an Anigoni, a Carpeaux, a Richter. Well, maybe a Righter i think. Anigoni for instance is an incredible master that no one ever speaks of. I dare say his painting skills are at the level of Da Vinci. I've seen his amazing work in a one man show in Florence. And that's just the tip of the ice berg. What about the works of Od Nerdom or Cladio Bravo - they each get over 6 figures for their work. Why don't you rename your blog Amazing and obscure realist artwork that you never even knew existed.How about the works of Charles Bargue or Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), Canneletto, Piranesi. the list goes on. But you know what - it's your blog. I'm just making suggestions. I'm sure someone will be writing in to tell me where to go - or to start my own blog. But the button does say "comment". So that's my comment.

am said...

Keep on doing what you do. I don't often leave comments, but that's not because your blog is boring. Thanks for all you have posted so far.

Anonymous said...

I only recently discovered your blog and it made my day to see this delightful composition; please keep it up! Perhaps we could all do well to review the Proust quote above?

Judy said...

Please don't stop. This is my favorite art site. It has really imspired me and taught me a lot. Yesterday I went to the Hyde museum because of you and and there are no words to discribe the feeling of beint in the presence of a true masterpiece.

Martha said...

Thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement.


John Schoffstall said...

Anonymous: I'm just making suggestions. I'm sure someone will be writing in to tell me where to go - or to start my own blog.

The latter. You seem to have strong opinions and a lot of good ideas: by all means, do your own art blog, and show us what you think is great out there.

"There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays,
And every single one of them is right!"

"Your Daily Art" fills a niche. There are a lot of folks haven't yet seen even the major monuments in art history. This isn't a blog for working artists or critics, but for the lay public. I'm familiar with most the artists Martha posts, but haven't seen every one of their works. I welcome the occasional unfamiliar name as well.

If you think you could do better, then *do* better. I'll bet there's not a soul here who wouldn't be delighted to be exposed to new names and new art.

Anonymous said...

Dear Martha, the critic said it was tired and old ??? This painting is so poetic and beatiful. How is it tired and old ??? As for the cheap art books at Barnes & Noble, I love them! I get them all the time. I can't afford to travel the world to see these works in person. Please, Please, Pleas, don't stop what you're doing. I also love the educational write ups.

gabrielle said...


I’ve been following your blog for a while and love everything about it the concept, the name, the choices and of course your comments

Visiting your blog is one of the first things I do when I switch on my PC it allows me a much needed escape from the realism happening today It’s always a thrill to discover what you chose for us, a bit like opening a present please do not give it up

I have not commented so far as I assumed you must have known how much your blog was being enjoyed and I did not think I had anything interesting enough to say… I was very tempted at one point though, when I read how Steve Wynn put his elbow through Picasso’s Le Reve

Martha said...

Thank you for the nice comments. While it was a shame the Picasso was damaged, I am sure everyone there was relieved he did it and not them.


a.me said...

I have been looking at this pastel for a long time because it is the subject of an essay. I just noticed the shadow of an imposing figure on the right. Did anyone else notice that?

jg said...

anonymous earlier said "Well Martha, I know the comment was heavy handed. In the past, I've tried to subtly suggest alternative directions that you might want to investigate. "
this guy is such a jerk. its so typical. id bet anything hes a frustrated and bitter artist himself. if hes so led to write about them then why doesnt he start his own blog instead of critiquing yours. you can be sure that he hasnt absorbed what this image has to offer. sometimes, images are popular just because they are popular, but sometimes they are popular for a reason. usually its a bit of both, but the idea that one could dismiss degas as a boring image is idiotic. yeah there are lots of other people one could and should explore, but you are following what interests you and your attention. your subjects dont need the approval of this coward intellectual they already paint circles around him.

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