Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Breaking it Down

Composition 8, 1914 by Piet Mondrian, The Guggenheim Museum, NYC.

This is Mondrian's interpretation of a tree after seeing the cubist work of Braque and Picasso. He eventually took it to an even more abstract level.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Big Business

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

Hey, where you goin'?

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

Sick Bed

Sleeping Beauty by Henry Meynell Rheam (1859-1920) - Location?

Your Daily Art was interrupted due to unexpected illness - all is well, and the regular posts will resume shortly.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Speak softly...

La classe de danse (The Dancing class), c.1873-75 by Edgar Degas, MuseƩ 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.
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