Thursday, August 31, 2006

Back Soon

Vacation is over, but computer problems are preventing new posts. Should be back in working order soon.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Newfies Get No Breaks

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

Plein Air

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.

Plein Air

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Northern Adventure

The Birch Grove, 1915-16 by Tom Thomson, Art Gallery of Hamilton.

We are off to Canada for about ten days so the posts will not be as frequent. I will try and post when computer access permits.


Fruits and Vegtables, 1938 by Grant Wood, Assorted Collections.

Another publication from Associated Amerian Artists. Wood hired his sister Nan and her husband to hand-tint the flower and fruits watercolors.

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

Working Artist

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

Last Judgment

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

By Suggestion

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

Winged Victory

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

A Strong Enemy

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.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

What Makes One Blog?

Jerry is interviewed! A NEO Blogger from way back.

Artist and Poet

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.

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!"....
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