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Poll Truth or Fiction?

Posted in ART, ART QUOTES with tags , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by echostains

Which of these art quotes speak truthfully to you and which do you disagree with?  Just vote for your favorite and why you disagree with any.  Truth or fiction?  It’s all subjective. 

I agree with Da Vinci who illustrates the difference between poetry and art so succinctly.  

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

But as usual, Picasso has a rather dramatic yet persuasive way with words (but I can’t disagree with him)

We all know that Art is not truth.  Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.  The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.  ~Pablo Picasso

 I can see where Mattise is coming from – but he makes it sound so boring:-

I don’t paint things.  I only paint the difference between things.  ~Henri Matisse

  I also agree with Degas too.  I have seen a lot of very delightful art made by untrained children and sometimes breaking the rules can free your art. 

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.  ~Edgar Degas

Rouault’s strangled laugh sounds quite terrifying, a kind of torturous escapism  (and one I haven’t experienced…yet) so I would have to disagree with him:-

For me, painting is a way to forget life.  It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.  ~Georges Rouault

I have to agree with Claes Oldenburg to an extent, I do like art to do something rather than sit in a museum – but I do like to know where it is for when I want to visit it 🙂

I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.  ~Claes Oldenburg

So, to sum up  Leonardo Da Vinci gets my ‘truth’ vote and poor old Rouault gets my disagreement vote 😉 

Art quotes are from The Quote garden

The puzzle image comes from here

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The Ghosts of 2010

Posted in ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, BODIES IN PRESERVATION, CRITIQUE CORNER, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, Lancaster, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, POEM CHALLENGES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by echostains

Although I have cut down on my  posts from one per day to one every 4 or 5 days in 2010 starting in August, I managed 256 posts.  I hope to improve on this year and continue to build up Bookstains, which is proving popular. This year Echostains celebrated 16 artists birthdays (another area I intend to improve on).  Some earlier categories have gone and I have plans for some new ones.  This year saw the arrival of slide shows and polls.  WordPress is a learning process and I’m still learning:-)

PS This video was completed in 2010 and was supposed to go on New Years day.    I have had to revise it because it was originally over 20 minutes long 😀

Picasso Pops up

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART VIDEOS with tags , on December 6, 2010 by echostains

Art pops up in the most unexpected places (see my post about Michaelangelo’s work found behind a sofa…).   271 pieces of Pablo Picasso‘s work have now turned up in a garage on the French Rivera.  They have lain there in a cardboard box for 40 years. Retired electrician 71-year-old Pierre Le Guennec sought to have them authenticated by the Picasso administration.  The artist’s son Claude Picasso and 5 other heirs say that the works are stolen and have slapped a lawsuit upon Le Guennec.

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The previously unseen work includes drawings, lithographs, cubist collages, a watercolour and notebooks.  They are estimated to be worth between 60 -80 million dollars according to different sources.  Le Guennec included photographs of 27 of the works in an email to the Picasso administration.  Christine Pinault, Claude Picasso’s assistant and an employee of the Picasso Administration and the family have  acknowledge authenticity but question how Le Guennec came into possession of the works.  Le Guennec says that he received the works from Picasso’s wife in return for alarm systems he installed.  The family say that whilst Picasso did give gifts – he usually dedicated them.

Picasso - Pipe, Glass, Bottle of Vieux Marc an example of the artists collage work

Meanwhile, the works  were seized by France’s Central Office for the Fight Against Traffic in Cultural Goods October 5  and are now holding them in a vault at its Nanterre office, northwest of Paris.  The couple have said theat they don’t want to sell them – just have them authenticated  and clear the matter up for their children.  I wonder what the outcome shall be of this interesting case?

More info and another video from here

youtube video from itnnews thanks!

Picasso photo from here and collage here

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Don’t forget the latest poetry challenge over on Bookstains!

http://bookstains.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/poetry-challenge-the-art-of-progress/

Happy Belated Birthday Picasso! plus poetry challenge

Posted in ART, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, POEM CHALLENGES with tags , , on October 26, 2010 by echostains

 It was Pablo Picasso‘s birthday yesterday (25th October 2010).  Born 1881 Malaga Spain, Picasso is probably the most innovative, exciting and original artist to have lived.  He had a long life  (1881 –   1973, Mougins, France) filled with creative output and daring.  Some have called him a genius, but most agree that he was quite an opinionated, forceful  and sometimes difficult character.  Picasso had strong opinions about  art, life, politics – everything, and he wasn’t frightened of voicing them.   Here is just a few of the artist’s quotes and a few of my own observations.  please feel free to add your own.  For more about this artist please look at my earlier post (here)

Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?

(Picasso managed to carry out all three – see his cubism period)

 
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

(I suppose by this, Picasso may mean that in order to create one has to throw away the maps and the rules and find your own way – tear down to build anew)

Everything you can imagine is real.

(imagination in itself is its own reality)

Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.

(being an extremely prolific artist – this was probably no idle boast 🙂

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal

(Well Picasso was certainly an individual – but then so was Matisse his closest rival – each fired up the other)

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Joy of Life Matisse

 

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.

La Celestina 1904 from the Blue Period

 (and colours affect the senses)
 

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephantand the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

(one can only imagine how this quote was interpreted…)

He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.

(well observed Pablo…. and it’s easy to see which camp the artist fall into)

I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!

(It is this way of thinking that marks Picasso out as a seeker and a striver and tells us a lot about the way he approaches art)

If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur.

(this remark is almost Dali like :-D). 

 
 
 
 

 

self portrait 1907

 

My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

(One of the things I most admire about Picasso is his belief in himself and it becomes obvious from where this belief sprang from…)

 Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

(Picasso’s inquisitiveness, his search for knowledge and his wilfulness is a trademark of his)

Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

(I quite like this emotive quote)

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

( this is so true – inspiration can come from anything and anywhere, it is the ability to transform that makes us artists)

There are only two types of women – goddesses and doormats.

(an unfortunate opinion – but true of the artist.  The muses start as Goddesses, but end as doormats as new muses are found)
When I die, it will be a shipwreck, and as when a huge ship sinks, many people all around will be sucked down with it.

 (this makes me smile – the idea of Picasso going down like a huge ship!  The artist’s own self-importance and self belief though egotistical never cease to amaze me! His ego and talent are of equal proportion!)

 
You mustn’t always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer.

(There we have it – Picasso cannot resist having his say, sometimes just for the sake of saying something.  However, there is a lot of truth in some of his comments and he has left us this legacy (….and the task of sorting the wheat from the chaff)

POETRY CHALLENGE

To commemorate Picasso’s birthday there is another Poetry Challenge over on Bookstains!  This time the inspiration comes from Picasso’s Weeping Woman.  Please click the woman for details of how to join in! 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Weeping woman 1937 by Picasso

Quotes from this website – with thanks!

 

 

Images from here  here and here and here and here and here with thanks! 

PS There’s a lovely Memorial Haiku page over on the HAIKUDOODLE blog.  Please remember loved ones and contribute a Haiku 🙂

‘Poll – Never a Truer word was said..’

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART QUOTES, POEM CHALLENGES, POETRY, POLLS with tags , , , , on October 10, 2010 by echostains

There are lots of wonderful art quotes around.  Some artists are more eloquent and verbose or wittier than others – Picasso, for example could fill a book with his quotes (but more on this artist coming soon….). 

 

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 Without letting the art work influence you, I would like you to pick your favorite ‘truth’ from these 6 quotes.  Although all true, the one that I like the most has to be Camille Pissarro as this shows the artist’s eye to see beauty in everyday things and elevates them from the mundane into the profound.

But, then again – who could disagree with Chagall‘s reasoning about art picking up where nature ends – like it’s a natural progression?

I also like the idea of Matisse painting the ‘difference’ between things rather than the object.  It is this difference which makes great art.

 I cannot argue with a Leonardo Da Vinci quote (which isnt in the poll) when he’s says that painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt – and poetry is felt rather than seen.  See for yourself by pressing Mona Lisa, reading the poems dedicated to her – and maybe take part yourself:)

PS  Another has been added today!

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Quotes from Here and Here.

Pissarro image here Chagall image here Dali image here  Matisse image from here
Blake image here

 

Happy Birthday Dear Pablo Picasso!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by echostains

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Today is the birthday of probably one of the most famous  modern  artists, Pablo Picasso (or to give him his real name – Pablo Diego JoseFrancisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso).  Most people called him Picasso…… and no wonder!

La Celestina from Blue period

La Celestina from Blue period

Picasso born in Spain 1881 – 1973 founded the Cubist movement.  This painter, sculptor and draughtsman was the most innovative artist of his time.  His paintings were always talking points and controversial.  The artist is also known for his different coloured ‘periods’ e.g.  Blue period, (1901 – 1904)  in which the artist’s depicted beggars, prostitutes and mournful subjects.  Whereas the Rose period is more cheerful period, with circus’s, Harlequins’ and comedy (1904 – 1906)

Les Damoiselles d;Avignon

Les Damoiselles d;Avignon

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is probably (along with the Weeping Woman and Guernica) one of Picasso’s famous works.  This painting was based on the artist’s fascination with African masks and Primitive art. Picasso developed Cubism (1909 1912)  with fellow artist Georges Braque.  By analising shapes, dissecting them then re assembling them, Picasso was able to create new compositions and perspectives.  Picasso’s preoccupation with Cubism was not met with enthusiasm by most critics at the time.  Undaunted, he carried on exploring this new art form. This period was to last from 1907 to 1917, quite a long time for Picasso.

Guernica Picasso

Guernica Picasso

  Picasso remained neutral regarding the first and second World Wars  and also the Spanish Civil War, refusing to fight or support either side on principle.  Guernica however depicts the German bombing of this Basque city  in the Spanish Civil War and is one of Picasso’s famous works.  ‘The Weeping Woman’ adds a poignant farewell to this period.

picasso-weeping-woman-1937 based on Dora Maar

picasso-weeping-woman-1937 based on Dora Maar

Picasso’ famous symbol ‘The Dove of Peace’ was produced for the World Peace Congress in 1949.  There are many versions of this symbol and it is still used internationally. Picasso’s personal life has been much documented.  He had two wives, four children by three women and many mistresses.  Each of these relationships inspired paintings and periods.  There’s an interesting website HERE  that shows the paintings with their muses.

Fantastic amount of his paintings and life story HERE

Other artist’s birthdays I have wrote about;

Rubens

Gauguin

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp

Hogarth

Beardsley

Munch

Hepworth