Thursday, August 31, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
House of Dread, Newfoundland, 1915 by Rockwell Kent, Plattsburgh State University of New York.
"Upon a bleak and lofty cliff's edge, land's end, stands a house; against its corner and facing seawards leans a man, naked even as the land, and sea, and house; his head is bowed as though in utter dejection; and from an upper window leans a weeping woman. It is our cliff, our sea, our house stripped bare and stark, its loneliness intensified. It is ourselves in Newfoundland, our hidden but prevailing misery revealed." p. 290, Its Me O Lord by Rockwell Kent
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Where the Eagles Soar (date unknown) by Franz Johnston, Art Gallery of Ontario.
Also known as "Frank" Johnston, he was a member of The Group of Seven but loosely associated after he moved to the United States in 1910. His work concentrates on the wilderness around Northwest Ontario.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Wild Flowers, 1938 by Grant Wood, Assorted collections.
During the Depression many artists were not able to make a living so two New York Art Dealers commissioned working artists such as Wood to do a series of lithographs that they sold in the back of magazines for $5-$10 each. Today some of them go for around $10,000. If only I could travel back in time....
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The Long Awaited Day Finally Came, 2004 by Holly Lane, Forum Gallery, Inc.
A working artist whose fantastic artwork is fit into her intricate hand-made frames. Her frame style is so rich and detailed, while her paintings have a distinctly surreal look. Lane was born in Cleveland and went to school in California.
Monday, August 14, 2006
The Last Judgment, 1536-1541 by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Vatican.
Michelangelo and the Vatican butted heads over the nudity in this colossal fresco of the second coming of Christ and the apocalypse. All of the souls are being judged and either ascending to heaven or falling down into hell. Some of the figures are coming to grips with their fates based on how they lived they lives.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Egyptian Faience Hippo, Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty 1650-1550 BC, Louvre, Paris.
Faience is a type of ceramic with a high concentration of quartz. When fired it turns a bright blue. While the Ancient Egyptians considered the male hippo very dangerous the female was thought to bring luck in maternity. The Lotus flower decorates the body and represents the river where the hippo lives.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Laocoon and his Sons (or Laocoon Group), Greek Hellenistic (most likely 42 -20 BC), Vatican Museums, Rome.
Laocoon warning about the Trojan Horse earned him the wrath Poseidondon who seserpentsnts to attack him and his sons. Michelangelo was influenced by this work and the contortions of the body of Laocoon can be seen in many of his works, especially something like the Dying Slave.
Dying Slave, 1513-16 by Michelangelo, Louvre, Paris.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Nike of Samothrace, Greek Hellenistic period (220-190 BC) The Louvre, Paris.
It is thought that this work was originally created to celebrate a naval victory. The dramatically flowing drapery on the figure as well as the wings lend credence to the idea that it was in honor of a naval battle for she stands in the prow of a ship.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Dying Gaul, Roman Copy from Greek Bronze, 230-220 BC, Capitoline Museum, Rome.
The work was commissioned for the Altar at Pergamon and was commissioned by Attolos I in honor of the Roman victory over the Gauls. The enemy was depicted in a noble manner so it could be shown that they had defeated worthy adversaries.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Pity, c. 1795 by William Blake, Tate Gallery, London.
From Shakespeare's Macbeth Act I, Scene VII when Macbeth what would happen after Duncan is murdered "And pity, like a naked new-born babe, Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air."
Blake's unique style developed from his training as an illustrator and his unbounded imagination.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Suprematism, 1915 by Kasimir Malevich, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Malevich is the Father of the Suprematist movement which led to Abstraction. He considered his ultimate goal to be communication through "non-object" representation, culminating in a final "white on white" painting. He considered the conveying the feeling of a work more important than portraying an object. After the Russian revolution in 1917, he became a teacher and was quite influential on the Bauhaus artists, architects and designers.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The Mock Turtle's Story, 1907 illustrations by Arthur Rackham for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
...They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and, as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break. She pitied him deeply. "What is his sorrow?" she asked the Gryphon, and the Gryphon answered, "very nearly in the same words as before, It's all his fancy, that: he hasn't got no sorrow, you know. Come on!"....