Georg Nicolai Achen (1860 – 1912) was a Danish painter.
Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 – 1904), French painter
Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was a Dutch painter. It’s a guilty pleasure, right?
Wiki : “A classical-subject painter, famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky”.
It’s too much, OK. It’s classicism. And it’s fascinating, right? So much work… I love him!!!
It’s exactly the contrary of adventure. Precise, gorgeous, well done. And marble! Imagining stories about this people. This first woman, awaiting (who, a lover, a father?). This last woman, the readhead : what does she do?
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Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910, “best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art.”
I saw a painting from Homer in le Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, a long time ago (it’s the first of the works I chose for you). The last one (the reader, at the bottom of this page) was my choice for my Journal, years and years ago…
I’m not a critic, I can’t talk about this guy. I just keep amazed by his… poise, his ease. It’s perfect, elegant, gorgeous, and sometimes even risky (see what he does with silhouettes, with the light, or weird angles…).
Is he well known? If you like him, you’ll find plenty more on Google Images.
In all these, I can… see the Wyeth family coming. The grand-father with his almost mythological America, the father with some dark moods, and the son : the sea, the sense of wind in the seashore… I’ll blog about them very soon.
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“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Segantini was an Italian painter (1858-1899).
No genius here, and it’s maybe why I love his work so much. His “Bad Mothers” is a masterpiece. I love his way of painting the simple life of people in the mountains at the time. You can feel the wind, right? His “sense of sun” is absolutely fantastic. What a light!
OK, I shut up now : here’s what I found for you…
Jean-Marie Poumeyrol was born in 1946. This French painter is said to be a “fantastic realist” (which probably must makes him smile). Symbols. Erotica. Lands. Boats…
I like him a lot for a couple or reasons : it’s gorgeous, but also enigmatic. Some paintings are like… games, riddles. You need time to see things, guess what’s happening (whose shoes are they, in the first picture?), etc…
But as usual with great artists, photographers, poets, painters : words are very, very weak to explain. So :
Carl Spitzweg was a German poet and painter. I won’t talk much about that : his paintings are DARLING. Well, yes, I think about N. Rockwell, at times. Do you? I chose five pieces but you’ll find some more easily.
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I like this guy. He’s a good surrealistic artist. Not too disturbing, but yet… No toxic genius, but yet… He’s amazing, though!
It’s a very strange balance in me. Something’s lacking, yes – but it also makes me feel “I want to follow this guy, he’ll surprise me more in a few years”. He’s good enough to make you want to see more, and more, etc. My left eyebrow doesn’t climb, but I have a good smile, and curiosity. Thank you!
Vrubel (1856-1910) was a Russian Painter.
You can Google Image his name or “Михаи́л Алекса́ндрович Вру́бель” to find his work. It’s haunting, like made of scales, and it’s a perfect example, for me, or strangeization.
When you encounter his work, there’s a chance your brain begins to… like… address his case. It’s a very good indication, for me!
After the picture of his Seated Demon, there’s a fragment of the right part, like it?
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Douglas Kennedy says that there are two ways to meet tragedy. The first one is the bad luck coming from nowhere : brain cancer, car accident – among encounters with idiots and traitors. The second one is our own (and sometimes powerful) ways to make bad choices, auto-sabotages and other subtle ways of self destructing.
“Mission : not to be duped by myself” and it is easy to say : we all are, at one moment, pastures new seekers. Et donc…
I bought Libération, the newspaper, because yesterday was the first day of our new president in France. French people are funny, they already complain about this guy. They want change, but every attempt puts the whole country on strike!
Well, he’s been elected, right? He’s 39 years old and I’m 51 today, that’s a bit disturbing ! So I watch all the messy mess and I smile : people will very soon Facebook “Macron Go Away”, like with the previous president. But he won’t go away, for sure. I’d say : shut up and let him work.
I read a long interview with Ridley Scott. He talked about Francis Bacon (the painter) as an inspiration for his chest buster. He talked about The Duellists, so graphically gorgeous (after Barry Lyndon) he was accused by critics of inventing “too beautiful images”. “Fuck off”, he said : “I used no filters!”.
I remember the letters A L I E N in the movie theater when I was a student, and today I went to the cinema to watch Alien Covenant to… do something for my birthday. In the movies I saw a blowing wink towards Giger (knowers will know) and a surprising re-creation of The Isle of the Dead, by Böcklin. If you want to play with Google, you’ll learn that Giger painted his own version of the painting…
I was a very young man when I saw one of the five Böcklin versions, in le Musée d’Orsay, in Paris. I stopped in front of the gigantic painting for maybe half an hour. Tremendous shock.
Yes I found a white feather just after I bought Libération. My brain said : “??!”. Is a feather is a tool to write, or a symbol?
“The gods weave misfortunes for men, so that the generations to come will have something to sing about.” Mallarmé repeats, less beautifully, what Homer said; “tout aboutit en un livre,” everything ends up in a book. The Greeks speak of generations that will sing; Mallarmé speaks of an object, of a thing among things, a book. But the idea is the same; the idea that we are made for art, we are made for memory, we are made for poetry, or perhaps we are made for oblivion. But something remains, and that something is history or poetry, which are not essentially different.”
― Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights
Misfortunes towards words. I know better now. Maybe.
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I’m just an ignorant in this field, but I often wander on DeviantArt to discover digital artists. There are masters, there are thousands of interesting artists. And sometimes, in the middle of bunches of good ones, your eyebrows never stop to get up. Like “Heyyyy”…
Aaron Nakahara – Cobaltplasma is one of them.
There’s a good path to follow to begin : explore his favorites in Deviant Art : http://cobaltplasma.deviantart.com/gallery/. You’ll find artists with a talent for : faces, drama, landscapes, darkness or colors, space, energy or perspective. This “door” could be enough to explore the whole website : explore their favorites’ too, and you have your own pathway into this, out of “popular” things, etc.
Him? I like his freedom and the part of casualness you smell in his fast sketches. His sense of exaggeration is amazing! His lines…
He writes a little text under some of his drawings, I invite you to read them.
It makes me wonder : will this guy become a master in finished pieces, or in his “30 mn” sketches?
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Robert Remsen Vickey (1926-2011). He seems obsessed by nuns, bicycles and children. His main quality for me is Strangeization, (“a way to avoid the boredom of “I’ve seen this” in art… by adding strange things“), like on this first painting above : a nun is running away, towards an intriguing colored fence. When you see this, your eyebrow climbs a little, wondering what’s happening here… That’s exactly the point!
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I’m fascinated. David Febland paints too much, he’s too fast, he cares but he doesn’t care that much. He has a great sense of light. For color… sometimes, sometime. He is amazing, in the middle of a big loosened casualness. In twenty years from now, he could be a legend. The path is… fascinating. I can’t get rid of his mistakes, his work, his successes. He’s great. Just look at it :
I’m blogging about tools for the brain, you know, little things your can apply. Aujourd’hui : la hache !
The Axe is one of them. It’s a radical one. The symbol of : I chop it.
So when you have a problem as a painter, a composer, a company CEO, a friend, a car pilot, a wife, a singer, a blogger, a gardener : examine your problem and you will find that there are only a few ways to deal with it.
- You can try to fix it (take your toolbox)
- You can welcome it and use it to invent a better thing (the problem seen as luck)
- You can chop it (take your axe)
- You can adapt (accept that there’s a problem : nobody’s perfect)
The painter made a pink mistake. He can paint over it. He can use the mistake to add an interesting element to the picture. He can trash the painting. He can keep the flaw and call his painting : “The Pink Problem”.
The composer got mixed up with tracks on his computer and a trumpet played the piano, how wrong! He can fix and put it back to piano, compose a new track full of new ideas lead by the error, he can trash the whole piece of music, he can keep the trumpet mistake and bend the music into an awkward dance.
The CEO hired a guy who’s a bit crazy at times. He can straighten him out in his office. He can put him into a creative team of brainstormers. He can fire him. He can… warn the other employees.
You have a friend, but he made a mistake, or hurt you one day. You can try to talk, make peace, forgive and go on “like before”. You can try to understand what happened, and invent a new way to be friends. You can use your axe and never talk to him/her again, ever. You can change the way you see this person, who is now more “complete”, more fragile, more human : you know his/her dark side.
- The Axe is a powerful tool which just “shuts the door” to a problem. It’s very solemn, but we sometimes have to use it!
We know that other solutions exists, though :
- you can work on you and adapt, and get richer of experience.
- you can work on the source of the problem to understand and fix it.
- you can also tango with reality and understand its imperfections…
Well, you could throw your axe and mix the 3 others, no?
- Your marriage is drowning in silence : divorce, or change, dialog, make it grow again, find a new, a richer way to live with your spouse?
- Your blog has no readers : shut it down, or find new ways to get readers, change your way to write, to present it, or just be more patient?
- This little sick tree in your garden, you ravage it, or you take care of it and accept he won’t be as tall as you thought?
What will you choose?
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It’s what I do that teaches me what I’m looking for.
“C’est ce que je fais qui m’apprend ce que je cherche.”