Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
The Chrysler Building, 1930, architect William Van Alen, New York.
An homage to all things modern, the tallest building (until the Empire State eclipsed it one year later), decorated with hubcaps, hood ornaments and steel so shiny it looks like chrome. It remains an Art Deco icon.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Awakening Conscience, 1851-53 by William Holman Hunt, Tate Gallery, London.
Hunt shows us a young woman who has seen the error of her ways just in time to save herself - it is explained that the song they are singing reminds her of her girlhood home and that what she is doing is wrong. Hunt was a deeply religious man and his faith drove his art.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
La classe de danse (The Dancing class), c.1873-75 by Edgar Degas, Museé d'Orsay, Paris.
Degas had access to all areas of the dancer's world and took advantage of this capturing them at rest, rehearsing, performing and dressing. They were a subject he returned to frequently over the years.