Monday, October 27, 2008

Setting the Scene

Dancers in the Wings by Edgar Degas, c. 1878, Norton Simon Foundation, Pasadena, CA.

Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper by Edgar Degas, 1873, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Charcoal sketch which Degas used in a painting which is why he has added the grid lines to the drawing. He is well known for his superior ability to draw and to fade into the background so that he could capture a scene without influencing what was happening.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


First Communion by Pablo Picasso, 1895-96, Museo Picasso, Barcelona.

Picasso's father was a painter who taught his son the skills of an artist at a young age. That allowed him to complete this work at the age of 15.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Veiled Thoughts

Bronze Statuette of a Veiled and Masked Dancer, Greek Hellenistic Period, 3rd - 2nd century BCE, The Metropolitan Museum, New York.

This small statuette is a remarkable representation of a dancer caught in the midst of a complicated move. It is expressive and mysterious at the same time.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

World Economy

Welcome the World Famous Brand Name by The Luo Brothers, 1993-94, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney.
The Luo Brothers draw their inspirations from the modern world and Chinese propaganda images and combine the two to make statements about China's "modernization" and all that it entails.
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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Enhanced by Rain

Peeling Paint on Iron Bench, Kyoto, 1981 by Ernst Haas.
Even on the rainy days sometimes it pays to look at something more closely.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Time Out

Achilles and Ajax Playing a Game by Exekias, Greek amphora c. 540 BCE., Vatican Museums, Rome.

In this scene on a greek pot we see warriors of the Trojan battle taking time out to play a quick game of dice. We know who they are because the artist put their names by them and signed the pot with "Exekias made me."
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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Rapid Leg Movement

Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, Giacomo Balla, 1912, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.

A member of a group of Italian artists who struck by the changing world around them at the dawn of the 20th century, Balla vowed to paint dynamically and to protray movement on canvas. The movement was known as "Futurism."
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Quite Illuminating

"Zodiac Man" from the calendar pages of the Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry, 15th Century, France.

Found at the end of the calendar pages in this beautifully illustrated Book of Hours, the "zodiac man" illustrates the alignment on the body of the signs of the Zodiac.
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