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Art for Art’s Sake (Part V)

March 11, 2015





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  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 11, 2015 10:36 pm

    That kid should go back to wherever he came from.

  2. March 11, 2015 10:53 pm

    Perfect comment ToM, just perfect… 🙂

  3. March 11, 2015 10:58 pm

    I wonder if that kid’s “earning, learning, or leaning?” It’s difficult to determine. At any rate, any sort of govt funding should be ceased immediately or at least means tested or sumthin’

  4. March 11, 2015 11:08 pm

    The UN Right and Triggs vindicated.. The LNP confirmed torturturing children in Detension

  5. March 12, 2015 3:31 pm

    Henri Matisse, Dishes and Fruit, 1901 (Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia)

  6. March 12, 2015 3:35 pm

    “Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labelled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.”

    Crockery on a Table, 1900, (Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia)

  7. March 12, 2015 3:37 pm

    Henri Matisse, Red Room (Harmony in Red), 1908

  8. March 12, 2015 3:42 pm

    Matisse, Woman with a Hat, 1905 (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

  9. March 12, 2015 4:27 pm

    “Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix’s use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement.”

    Delacroix, Horse Frightened by a Storm, 1824

  10. March 12, 2015 4:29 pm

    Delacroix, Woman with a Parrot, 1827

  11. March 12, 2015 4:37 pm

    Delacroix, Bedroom and Couch of Count Mornay, 1831–1832

  12. March 12, 2015 4:54 pm

    Delacroix, Frédéric Chopin, 1838 (The Louvre)

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    March 12, 2015 4:55 pm

    Aren’t these all on another art thread …

    Just askin’ … 😉

  14. March 12, 2015 5:00 pm

    “Eugène Delacroix was a curious mixture of skepticism, politeness, dandyism, willpower, cleverness, despotism, and finally, a kind of special goodness and tenderness that always accompanies genius” ~ Charles Baudelaire

    Delacroix, Selfie Self-portrait, 1837

  15. March 12, 2015 5:17 pm

    “Aren’t these all on another art thread …”

    Some might be, I haven’t checked. Would you play a record only once?

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    March 12, 2015 7:08 pm

    LOL! @ ToSY … record???

    I admit I still have a few platters, cassettes, CD’s … but these days ’tis all MPthreed …

    In fact there’s so much friggin’ music available (for free) that I rarely play the same album more than once …

    SHOUTcast radio gives me a constant flow of artists and music in a variety of genres … that I choose … bloody marvellous, old boy …

    Carry on …

  17. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2015 7:24 pm

    but these days ’tis all MPthreed

    I tried that, but the ipod fucked up the needle on me Luxman!

  18. March 12, 2015 9:40 pm

    John Singer Sargent. Detail: An Out-of-Doors Study (The artist’s hands):

  19. March 12, 2015 9:47 pm

    His and her hats, plus canoe.

  20. March 12, 2015 9:51 pm

    Boat, oar and grass.

  21. March 12, 2015 9:52 pm

    The ‘whole picture’:

  22. March 12, 2015 10:02 pm

    Detail, Sargent, The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907

    The artist’s face, her bonnet, the fountain, and foliage.

  23. March 12, 2015 10:06 pm

    Her hand, his face.

  24. March 12, 2015 10:09 pm

    The balustrade.

  25. March 12, 2015 10:10 pm

    The big picture.

  26. March 12, 2015 10:17 pm

    Detail, Sargent, An Artist In His Studio, 1904

    The artist’s head, hand, and palette.

  27. March 12, 2015 10:20 pm

    His coat.

  28. March 12, 2015 10:25 pm

    Picture and smock on bed.

  29. March 12, 2015 10:29 pm

    Coat, chair, and shoe.

  30. March 12, 2015 10:30 pm

    Complete composition.

  31. March 12, 2015 10:42 pm

    Detail, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882

    Girl, Doll, and rug.

  32. March 12, 2015 10:48 pm

  33. March 12, 2015 10:48 pm

  34. Cinématique permalink
    March 13, 2015 3:06 am

  35. March 13, 2015 2:03 pm

    “Gustave Caillebotte (19 August 1848 – 21 February 1894) was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists known as Impressionists, though he painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group. Caillebotte was noted for his early interest in photography as an art form.”

    Portrait de l’artiste (Self-portrait), c. 1892

  36. March 13, 2015 2:06 pm

    Caillebotte, Les Raboteurs de Parquet, 1875

  37. March 13, 2015 2:07 pm

    Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street, Rainy Day, 1877

  38. March 13, 2015 2:12 pm

    Caillebotte, Dans Un Café, 1880

  39. March 13, 2015 2:13 pm

    Caillebotte, Les Périssoires, 1878

  40. March 13, 2015 8:56 pm

    David Chen, Wet Day, Swanston Street

  41. March 13, 2015 8:57 pm

    David Chen

  42. March 13, 2015 8:59 pm

    David Chen

  43. March 13, 2015 9:02 pm

    Third time lucky?

  44. March 13, 2015 9:06 pm

    David Chen was born in China and holds both Bachelor and masters degrees in fine arts.He also holds a graduate diploma in arts education.

    David taught fine art in university for several years in China. In 1988 he was appointed an editor at the Peoples Fine Art Publishing House in Beijing where he edited several art magazines. In 1989 the French Embassy in Beijing invited him to hold a solo exhibition, however the exhibition was cancelled and his work was banned as he endured the difficult political climate in China after the events of june 4th, 1989.

    He later re-emerged as a respected artist and went on to win national and international acclaim.He was selected to participate in the ’100 Famous Chinese Artists’ a worldwide traveling exhibition in 1991. In 1992 he won the Silver Hawk Award at the Fourth International Art Contest, Nice, France.

    David arrived in Melbourne in 1993. He was invited to be part of the Hydra art group that was founded by the Australian Government and the Art Council.

    Since coming to Melbourne David has worked as a fulltime artist. As well as conducting various painting workshops he has held numerous solo exhibitions. In 1994 his work was exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2000 one of his beach paintings was selected to be hung at the United Nations Conference.Davids work is represented in private, corporate and municipal collections both in Australia and overseas..

  45. March 14, 2015 7:29 pm

  46. March 14, 2015 7:41 pm

    “Thomas William “Tom” Roberts (9 March 1856 – 14 September 1931) was a prominent Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School.”

    Tom Roberts, The Golden Fleece, 1894

  47. March 14, 2015 7:44 pm

    Tom Roberts, Shearing The Rams, 1890

  48. March 14, 2015 7:48 pm

    Detail, Shearing The Rams

  49. March 14, 2015 7:53 pm

    Further detail.

  50. March 14, 2015 7:54 pm

    (Click on all of these for larger images.)

  51. March 14, 2015 8:02 pm

    Additional detail.

  52. March 14, 2015 8:06 pm

    More Detail.

  53. March 14, 2015 8:09 pm

    It’s a masterpiece.

  54. March 14, 2015 8:22 pm

    Click to enlarge, then press F11 key for full screen effect. (It’s the best way to appreciate the artist’s technique, IMO.)

  55. March 14, 2015 8:47 pm

    Before TB complains, we’ve had this before. But, so what?. It’s so good it deserves an encore

    Vincent, Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888.

  56. March 15, 2015 6:33 pm

    “[Tom Roberts] based the pose of the young wool boy who enters the scene on the far left of the painting

    on that of the figure of Esau on the doors designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the Florence Baptistery (1425–52).”

    “This and other references to art historical sources in Shearing The Rams suggests Roberts’s desire to elevate his subject beyond the everyday to create an image with wider meaning and significance.”

  57. March 15, 2015 6:35 pm

    Oops. This is the image of Esau that Roberts based his ‘wool boy’ on.

  58. March 16, 2015 7:56 pm

    Claude Monet, Grand Canal, Venice, 1908

  59. March 16, 2015 8:02 pm

    Monet, The Magpie, 1868–1869

    “One of Monet’s early attempts at capturing the effect of snow on the landscape.”

  60. March 16, 2015 8:06 pm

    Madame Monet in a Japanese Kimono, 1875

  61. March 16, 2015 8:13 pm

    “Water Lilies (or Nymphéas, pronounced: [nɛ̃.fe.a]) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926). The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts.”

    Claude Monet, The Water Lilies – The Clouds, 1920–1926, Musée de l’Orangerie

  62. March 16, 2015 8:15 pm

    “A cycle of Monet’s water-lily paintings, known as the Nymphéas, was arranged on the ground floor of the Orangerie in 1927. They are available under direct diffused light as was originally intended by Monet. The eight paintings are displayed in two oval rooms all along the walls.”

  63. March 16, 2015 11:31 pm

  64. March 17, 2015 5:05 pm

    The artist who painted this

    Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Grounds, c.1825

    also painted this

    Seascape Study with Rain Cloud, c.1824

  65. March 17, 2015 5:07 pm

    ‘John Constable, RA (11 June 1776 – 31 March 1837) was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as “Constable Country”—which he invested with an intensity of affection. “I should paint my own places best”, he wrote to his friend John Fisher in 1821, “painting is but another word for feeling”.

    ‘His most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park of 1816, Dedham Vale of 1802 and The Hay Wain of 1821. Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, Constable was never financially successful. He did not become a member of the establishment until he was elected to the Royal Academy at the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more works than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon school.’

  66. March 19, 2015 9:39 am

    “Egon Schiele (June 12, 1890 – October 31, 1918) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity and its raw sexuality, and the many self-portraits the artist produced, including naked self-portraits. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele’s paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism.”

    Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Physalis, 1912

  67. March 19, 2015 3:15 pm

    “Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d’art. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.”

    Gustav Klimt, The Blind Man, 1896

  68. March 19, 2015 3:20 pm

    “Klimt’s ‘Golden Phase’ was marked by positive critical reaction and financial success. Many of his paintings from this period include gold leaf. Klimt had previously used gold in his Pallas Athene (1898) and Judith I (1901), although the works most popularly associated with this period are the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and The Kiss (1907–08).

    “Klimt travelled little, but trips to Venice and Ravenna, both famous for their beautiful mosaics, most likely inspired his gold technique and his Byzantine imagery.”

    The Kiss, 1907–08

  69. March 19, 2015 4:07 pm

    Detail, The Kiss

    Detail, The Kiss

  70. March 19, 2015 4:13 pm

    Detail, The Kiss 2

  71. March 19, 2015 5:57 pm

  72. March 20, 2015 7:31 pm

    Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, sold for a record $135 million in 2006

  73. March 20, 2015 7:50 pm

    Hope II, 1907–08

  74. March 20, 2015 8:00 pm

    Detail, Hope II

  75. March 20, 2015 8:08 pm

  76. March 20, 2015 11:32 pm

  77. March 21, 2015 9:41 pm

  78. March 23, 2015 6:22 pm

  79. March 23, 2015 9:40 pm

    “Sir Anthony van Dyck (22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draughtsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching.”

    Self-Portrait With a Sunflower, c. 1633

  80. March 23, 2015 9:45 pm

    Van Dyck, Christ Carrying The Cross, c. 1618

  81. March 23, 2015 9:53 pm

    “Samson and Delilah, c.1630, a strenuous history painting in the manner of Rubens; the use of saturated colours reveals van Dyck’s study of Titian.”

  82. Tom R permalink
    March 26, 2015 10:14 am

    Some further references for you if interested tosy

  83. March 26, 2015 10:57 am

    Thanks Tom, very interesting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem possible to copy the pictures from those books.

  84. Tom R permalink
    March 26, 2015 11:23 am

    it doesn’t seem possible to copy the pictures from those books.

    You can download pdf’s from a lot of them, otherwise, stuck with reading them online, which is limited

    I just downloaded “Along the Ancient Silk Routes” and the pdf quality is not too bad (for Philistines anyway 😉 )

    225 pages, 40mB

  85. March 31, 2015 4:23 pm

    Edward Hopper, New York Movie, 1939

  86. March 31, 2015 4:25 pm

    “Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.”

    Self Portrait, 1906

  87. April 2, 2015 11:05 pm

  88. May 7, 2015 8:21 pm

    Rembrandt, Selfie, c.1628, aged 22.

  89. May 7, 2015 8:39 pm


  90. May 7, 2015 8:54 pm


  91. May 7, 2015 8:56 pm

    Rembrandt did a shitload lot of self portraits.

  92. May 7, 2015 9:10 pm

    In that last one, he was alluding to the fact that he, too, could paint perfect circles, freehand.

  93. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 7, 2015 9:13 pm

    I’m getting bored with paintings of dogs playing cards. It’s time for a new genre-

  94. May 8, 2015 8:02 pm

    Rembrandt, Zelfportret, 1658

  95. May 8, 2015 8:08 pm

    “Rembrandt’s greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.”


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  97. May 8, 2015 8:26 pm

    “Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative, and gave rise to important new genres in painting.

    “Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt’s later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters.”

  98. May 8, 2015 8:46 pm

    John Singer Sargent, Street in Venice, 1882

  99. May 8, 2015 8:48 pm

    Sargent, Rosina, 1878

  100. May 8, 2015 8:52 pm

    Sargent, El Jaleo (Spanish Dancer), 1879 – 1882

  101. May 8, 2015 8:56 pm

    JSS, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1893

  102. May 9, 2015 7:33 pm

  103. May 9, 2015 7:43 pm

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