Sunday, 23 December 2007

Brigid Marlin, Flight of the Churches

Brigid Marlin, Flight of the Churches.

Brigid Marlin (1936-)

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Blake Flynn

Blake Flynn, originally uploaded by Gatochy.


Saturday, 22 December 2007

Feng Yan, Narcissus and Bird, 1995

Image by © Artkey/Corbis. Found in Kavery.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Chang Hsitsun, Twin Birds in the Branches

Comtemporary. Image by © Artkey/Corbis.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Flying Fish

Flying Fish, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

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Monday, 17 December 2007

Sir John Everett Millais, The Black Brunswicker, 1860

John Everett Millais [English Pre-Raphaelite Painter, 1829-1896]

From the Flickr page:

"Historical Background from the Lady Lever Art Gallery:

The theme of "The Black Brunswicker" is an imaginative incident highlighting a historical moment. The Black Brunswickers were a special troop raised by Frederick William Duke of Brunswick (1771-1815) in 1809. The regiment consisted of the best German gentlemen and was known as the "Death or Glory," a name which was derived from their distinctive death’s head hat badge and their apparent devotion to duty. The troops suffered severe losses at the battle of Quatre Bras at Waterloo in 1815. In a letter to Effy, Millais described his idea and his enthusiasm for the subject:

"My subject appears to me, too, most fortunate, and Russell (the war correspondent of Times) thinks it first-rate… I have it all in my mind’s eye and feel confident that it will be a prodigious success. The costume and incident are so powerful that I am astonished it has never been touched upon before. Russell was quite struck with it, and he is the best man for knowing the public taste. Nothing could be kinder than his interest, and he is to set about getting all the information that is required."

Millais spent three months painting "The Black Brunswicker." Studies for the work exist both in the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s archives as well as in Tate Britain.

Millais used Charles Dickens’s daughter Kate as the model for the girl and a private in the Life Guards for the soldier. Each had to model separately for this passionate scene because of the strict Victorian morals of the time.

Millais wished to be historically accurate in making the girl’s dress look quite antique. (It is actually a compromise between the fashions of 1859 and 1815 when waists were still kept high). The intensity of emotions is well conveyed in the close encounter of the couple, the girl’s body attempting to obstruct the soldier from his task and prevent his destiny.

The dark and enclosed space enhances the tragedy of the scene. The work appeals both to spectators’ patriotism and sentimentality. The only distraction is perhaps the brilliant shine of the girl’s dress, its creases tempting spectators’ tactile senses. The dog at the soldier’s feet also draws attention to the humanity of the subject.

On the wall of the room an engraving of a painting by JL David (1748-1825), depicting Napoleon crossing the Alps serves as a reminder of Waterloo while also alluding to current events in 1860, when Napoleon III entered upon a war in Northern Italy in an attempt to expel the Austrians. "

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Andris Leimanis, Fall

Andris Leimanis, Fall, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

Andris Leimanis, Latvian born, Canadian, (1939-)

Monday, 10 December 2007

Matt Hughes, Arachne, 2004

Matt Hughes, Arachne, 2004, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

Don't visit Matt Hughes's site, it has a Trojan virus.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Jacques Poirier, Histoire d'H, 1990s

Jacques Poirier, Histoire d'H, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

Jacques Poirier (1928-2002)

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Saturday, 8 December 2007

Friday, 7 December 2007

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Higashiyama Midori, Nagano

Higashiyama Midori, Nagano, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Wolfgang Lettl, 1976

Wolfgang Lettl, 1976, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

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Wolfgang Lettl (1919-)

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Monday, 3 December 2007

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Alberto Abate, Vitalia

Alberto Abate, Vitalia, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

Alberto Abate (1946-0).

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Jadurani Devi Dasi, Junior Haridasa Sings for Lord Caitanya, 1975

Jadurani Devi Dasi

Sunday, 25 November 2007

David Hockney, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy, 1970

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David Hockney [British Pop Artist, born in 1937]

Friday, 23 November 2007

Dorothea Tanning, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1943

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Dorothea Tanning [American Surrealist Painter and Sculptor, born in 1910]

Monday, 19 November 2007

Max Ernst, The Robing of the Bride, 1939

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Max Ernst [German-born French Dadaist/Surrealist Painter, 1891-1976]

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Tamara de Lempicka, Kizette on the Balcony, 1927

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Tamara de Lempicka [Polish-born American Art Deco Painter, 1898-1980]

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Tamara de Lempicka, Andromeda

Tamara de Lempicka, Andromeda
Tamara de Lempicka, Andromeda, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

Tamara de Lempicka [Polish-born American Art Deco Painter, 1898-1980]

Friday, 16 November 2007

Tamara de Lempicka, Self-Portrait, 1925

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Tamara de Lempicka [Polish-born American Art Deco Painter, 1898-1980]

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Monday, 12 November 2007

Paula Rego, Auto-retrato em vermelho, 1962

Self-Portrait in Red.

Paula Rego [Portuguese Painter, born in 1935]

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Saturday, 10 November 2007

Abel Manta, Rua S. Bernardo, 1928

Abel Manta, Rua S. Bernardo, 1928
Abel Manta, Rua S. Bernardo, 1928, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

Saint Bernardo Street.

Abel Manta (1888-1982)

Friday, 9 November 2007

Abel Manta, Still Life with Conger, 1931

Natureza-Morta com Safio.

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Abel Manta (1888-1982)

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Magritte, Not to Be Reproduced, 1937

(La Reproduction Interdit.)

Rene Magritte [Belgian Surrealist Painter, 1898-1967]

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Sarah Afonso, As Meninas, 1928

Sarah Afonso, As Meninas, 1928, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

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Sarah Afonso (1899-1983)

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Sarah Afonso, Auto-Retrato, 1927

Sarah Afonso, Auto-Retrato, 1927, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

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Sarah Afonso (1899-1983)

Leonardo Flores, The Virgin of Pomata, School of la Paz, 17th Century

Leonardo Flores (Peruvian, 1650-1710)

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Eric Pape, 1919

Eric Pape, 1919
Eric Pape, 1919, originally uploaded by Gatochy.

Found in The Golden Age of Illustration Project thread.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007