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June 3, 2015


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  1. June 3, 2015 8:50 pm

    “Anders Leonard Zorn (18 February 1860 – 22 August 1920) was one of Sweden’s foremost artists. He obtained international success as a painter, sculptor and printmaker in etching.”

  2. June 3, 2015 8:55 pm

    “Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863 – 1923) was a Spanish painter. Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the sunlight of his native land.”

  3. June 3, 2015 9:04 pm

    Oh look – it’s TB’s courtyard..!!

  4. June 3, 2015 9:05 pm


  5. June 3, 2015 9:09 pm

    The subtle art of light and shadow…

    I did study Art history at UNI….. Clearly I was a poof…What’s your excuse ToSY?

  6. June 3, 2015 9:10 pm

    I meant that in a joking self deprecating fashion ……. 🙂

  7. June 3, 2015 9:11 pm

    Google image search”: Rembrandt Chiaroscuro.

  8. June 3, 2015 9:17 pm

    “What’s your excuse ToSY?”

    I thought I remembered you referring to some kind of art study.

    I have no excuse. I did some art at school, but nothing since. I was drawn back into it by chance. Fortunately.

  9. June 3, 2015 9:25 pm

    “DAVID A. LEFFEL, is not only recognized by his peers as a painters’ painter, he is considered by many to be no less than the artistic reincarnation of Rembrandt.”

    So says his blurb. But his work definitely follows the Rembrandt tradition.

  10. June 3, 2015 9:25 pm

    Well you certainly have more talent than me (I?)….I’m just an admirer of art….

  11. June 3, 2015 9:41 pm

    “Well you certainly have more talent than me”

    I don’t know about that. According to Richard Schmid, whose book ‘Alla Prima II’ I’ve just had delivered:

    (And I transcribe)

    “You can learn the skills required for painting in the same way you can learn anything else you are strongly drawn to. I don’t mean to underestimate the difficulties, however. The great painters devoted their lives to their art, often to the point of total obsession. Serious painting is not something that can be learned casually. You must be willing to sacrifice many other things. So don’t waste time worrying if you’re talented – and don’t blame any failures on the lack of it – that is the ultimate cop-out.”

  12. Tom R permalink
    June 4, 2015 9:33 am

    ….I’m just an admirer of art….

    omg, reb IS georgebrandis

    So don’t waste time worrying if you’re talented – and don’t blame any failures on the lack of it – that is the ultimate cop-out.

    copping out is what I do, but that’s just because I can’t paint 🙂

    I studied Art in yr 12, luckily it was the Renaissance, which I loved. I still don’t get “modern”, but am beginning to see the beauty in some other forms (especially the likes of van Gogh) with bold brushes and not necessarily “perfect” looking realism. But it has taken me a while

    But I still reckon you can’t go past the Sistine Chapel. The one place I really want to visit before I cark it.

    Until then, I’ll make do with the Virtual World 🙂

    (if you click it, it might take a while to load, but worth the wait imo

  13. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 4, 2015 9:57 am

    Middle period Keis:

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    June 4, 2015 10:08 am

    LOL! This …

    I was drawn back into it by chance. Fortunately

    And then this …

    … in the same way you can learn anything else you are strongly drawn to …

    Painting yourself into a corner there, ToSY … (Chuckle)


    Middle period Keis:

    Modern shit … ya mean …


    I’ll just ignore your childish comment earlier, sreb … this is a serial fred …

  15. Tom R permalink
    June 4, 2015 11:58 am


  16. June 4, 2015 2:21 pm

    “I still don’t get “modern”, but am beginning to see the beauty in some other forms”

    You’re not alone on that. Richard Schmid again, Alla Prima II:

    “My younger days were not easy times in which to gain a meaningful art education. The reason stemmed from the predominance of Modern Art, and its emphasis on intuition and impulse rather than skill throughout most of the twentieth-century. The definition of Art itself had been radically altered away from what had been considered art before 1900. Indeed, most art prior to that time was largely repudiated as naïve. Instruction in highly skilled painting methods along with the supporting technology was in many cases methodically phased out of school systems and replaced by a laissez faire do-it-yourself arrangement. Representational painting was simply renamed illustration.

    “The reasons why such a foolish situation came about are complicated, but it did.”

  17. June 4, 2015 2:35 pm

    I like Jeffrey Smart…

  18. June 4, 2015 2:37 pm

    And Magritte…

  19. June 4, 2015 2:38 pm

    And Dali (of course)…

  20. Tom R permalink
    June 4, 2015 4:12 pm

    And it was supposed to be a portrait of Salvador Dali, because I thought that would be funny, but I don’t think anybody noticed it.

  21. Tom R permalink
    June 4, 2015 4:19 pm

  22. June 4, 2015 4:38 pm

    On a rainy day in Melbourne …

    David Chen, Wet Day Swanston Street

  23. June 4, 2015 5:27 pm

    “In 1969 Dali was approached by Spanish confectioners Chupa Chups to design a new logo, and the result became as instantly recognisable as his melting clocks. Dali incorporated the Chupa Chups name into a brightly coloured daisy shape. Always keenly aware of branding, Dali suggested that the logo be placed on top of the lolly instead of the side so that it could always be seen intact.

    “Eye-catching, bold and deceptively simple, the logo has barely changed since Dali created it.”

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    June 4, 2015 7:41 pm

    I really like the Chen … and while Magritte is “interesting” its simple mindplay really …

    That Chen is superb …

  25. June 4, 2015 8:02 pm

    “its simple mindplay really …”

    Yeah, never mind the technical excellence…It’s just a gimmick… 🙄

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    June 4, 2015 9:16 pm

    Ya got it in one, sreb … I could fix in a few minutes with … still I concede its the artistic concept that you are looking at … I reckon you could do faster than me wiv yer Apple … 😉

  27. June 4, 2015 9:20 pm

    Joaquin Sorolla, After Bathing, Valencia,1909

  28. June 4, 2015 9:33 pm

    Valentin Alexandrovich Serov, St. Mark Plaza in Venice, Study, 1887

  29. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 4, 2015 9:39 pm

    Apparently some well intentioned elderly woman was widely criticised for attempting a little restoration of a decaying work of art.

    Religious types are so finicky.

  30. June 4, 2015 9:41 pm

    Mancini, The Little Seminarian, 1872

    Vermeer, Girl With A Red Hat, 1667

  31. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 4, 2015 10:02 pm

    There has been a little restoration done of some of Andy Warhol’s paintings too!

  32. June 4, 2015 10:16 pm

    “Alfons Maria Mucha (24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939), often known in English and French as Alphonse Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist.”

    Alfons Mucha, The Red Cape, 1902

  33. Tom R permalink
    June 5, 2015 8:54 am

    Art comes in many forms 🙂

  34. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 5, 2015 10:37 am

    You are so very right, Tom R. There are thousands of pieces of music that I would rate above any painting.

  35. June 5, 2015 1:32 pm

    Joseph Zbukvic, Rainy Evening Paris, Watercolour

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    June 5, 2015 6:19 pm

    WOW! and watercolour too … that light and shade is amazing!

  37. June 5, 2015 7:24 pm

    Herman Pekel, Chapel Street

  38. June 5, 2015 7:57 pm

  39. June 6, 2015 7:51 pm

    Qiang Huang, Dragon’s Eyeballs

  40. June 6, 2015 7:56 pm

    David Leffel, Red Onion, Eggs & Paint Tubes

  41. June 6, 2015 8:05 pm

    Frank Mason, View from my Studio, Old Police Dome, New York, 1975

  42. June 6, 2015 8:35 pm

    “Jean-Léon Gérôme (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904) was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax. He is considered one of the most important painters from this academic period, and in addition to being a painter, he was also a teacher with a long list of students.”

    Jean Leon Gerome. Arnaut Blowing Smoke in His Dog’s Nose

    (Arnaut is oriental name for Albanian – This Arnaut warrior fought for Muhamed Ali (an Albanian), founder of modern Egypt.)

  43. June 6, 2015 8:46 pm

    Antonio Mancini, The Sulky Boy, 1875

  44. June 6, 2015 8:56 pm

    “While in Paris in the 1870s, Mancini met the Impressionist painters Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet. He became friends with John Singer Sargent, who famously pronounced him to be the greatest living painter.”

  45. June 6, 2015 9:05 pm

    Mancini, Selfie

  46. June 6, 2015 9:08 pm

    Mancini liked (painting) young boys, apparently.

  47. June 6, 2015 9:20 pm

    “Among the more prominent characteristics of Rembrandt’s work are his use of chiaroscuro, the theatrical employment of light and shadow derived from Caravaggio, or, more likely, from the Dutch Caravaggisti, but adapted for very personal means.”


  48. June 6, 2015 9:30 pm

    “Caravaggio’s innovation was a radical naturalism that combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro which came to be known as tenebrism (the shift from light to dark with little intermediate value).”

    Saint Jerome, 1605 – 1606

  49. June 6, 2015 9:58 pm

    The skull is a natural theme for artists. Anatomy is a way to (try and) understand the bumps and creases of the head (and body).

    Van Gogh, Skull

  50. June 6, 2015 10:06 pm

  51. June 8, 2015 1:12 pm

    Edouard Manet, <Still life With Fish, 1864

  52. June 8, 2015 2:46 pm

    William Merritt Chase, Still Life, 1903

  53. June 8, 2015 2:56 pm

    Van Gogh, Still Life With Mackerel, Lemon and Tomato, Paris, Summer 1886

  54. June 12, 2015 8:36 pm

    JMW Turner, Stonehenge, 1828

  55. June 12, 2015 8:49 pm

    Turner, Selfie, 1799

  56. June 12, 2015 10:06 pm

    Turner, Flint Castle, 1838

  57. June 13, 2015 6:38 pm

    Anders Zorn, Portrait Of Emma Zorn, 1887

  58. June 13, 2015 6:58 pm

    Zorn, Margit, 1891

  59. June 13, 2015 7:15 pm

    Franz Hals, Young Man With A Skull, 1626

  60. June 13, 2015 7:28 pm

    “Hals was a master of a technique that utilized something previously seen as a flaw in painting, the visible brushstroke. The soft curling lines of Hals’ brush are always clear upon the surface”

  61. June 13, 2015 7:33 pm

    Most of the paintings above have “the visible brushstroke” (which can be seen in detail by clicking on the picture twice).

  62. June 13, 2015 8:03 pm

    Diego Velázquez, An old woman frying eggs, 1618

  63. June 13, 2015 8:47 pm

    John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Carolus-Duran, 1879

  64. June 14, 2015 6:39 pm

    Fechin, Lepilov, 1909

  65. June 14, 2015 6:41 pm

    Nicolai Fechen, Lady In Purple, 1908

  66. June 14, 2015 7:18 pm

  67. June 16, 2015 12:00 am

    Fechin. Portrait of Sergey Ovsyannikov, 1908

  68. June 16, 2015 12:33 am

    Clayton Beck III, Carolyn Anderson

  69. June 16, 2015 12:43 am

    Zhiwii Tu, Dancer Reading

  70. June 16, 2015 12:44 am

    *Zhiwei Tu

  71. June 16, 2015 12:53 am

    Tu, Light On Son And Mother

  72. June 16, 2015 1:00 am

    Tu, Girl With Her Horses

  73. June 25, 2015 10:50 pm

    David A. Leffel.

    Three stages of a painting: Apricots with Hantz Vase, 1977

  74. June 25, 2015 10:56 pm

  75. June 25, 2015 11:06 pm

    Leffel, Selfie

  76. June 25, 2015 11:11 pm

    Rembrandt, Selfportrait, 1630

  77. June 25, 2015 11:14 pm

    Anthony van Dyck, Selfie, 1632

  78. June 27, 2015 7:39 pm


  79. July 3, 2015 7:58 pm

    John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Dr. Pozzi at Home, 1881

  80. July 15, 2015 9:13 pm

    Anyone in Melbourne who wants to see some good (local, collectible) art, even if you go to one exhibition this year, this is the one. More so if you want to buy a painting. You could not go wrong.

    Admission is free! (The paintings aren’t.)

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