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From the mouths of artists

Posted in ART, ART QUOTES with tags , , , on August 9, 2010 by echostains

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

There have been many great quotes about art and painting.   Sometimes it seems that if you are a great artist it automatically follows that you will utter a clever quote which will be taken down avidly by critics and fans and passed on.  Picasso was aways coming out with profound quotes, they just seemed to trip off his tongue:-

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”

As a prolific painter, this was probably true.  There is something about being absorbed in a project that keeps the memento up as each experiment leads to a new discovery and the original concept (used as a starting point) starts to take on a completely different personality of its own.  It is the journey which is important to me personally.  A printed out bus ticket (the end product) needs the map to go with it to trace where the journey begins – and how it ends.

Mona Lisa

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”

Leonardo da Vinci puts this so succinctly.  He was both profound and clever (though the two don’t necessarily always go hand in hand).  I like the way he juxtaposes poetry with painting, making each lyrical.  Poetry does indeed paint a picture with words in our minds and vice versa.

Great art picks up where nature ends”This quote is by Marc Chagall.  What does he mean by it though?  That art is beyond nature? above nature? unnatural?  or is he trying to say that art transcends nature – that we leave our natures and soar above ourselves like his famous flight paintings!

Chagall image from here Picasso image here and Leonardo Da Vinci here

Quotes from here

Chagall 'flight'

 

 

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Art for Arts sake?

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, exhibitions with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by echostains

 Unbelievable that 6 important pieces of art have been stolen from the  Museum of  Modern Art in Paris!  How fine is the security of these buildings?  Considering the priceless works of art they house – sadly not good enough it seems to keep greedy thieves out.   The crime is estimated to have taken place at  6.50 am Thursday.   The single masked raider struck through a reinforced glass window, though it is thought that an inside secutity lock  was also tampered with and he may have had help from an insider.

Braque landscape with olive tree

It is thought that the paintings  will be offered back at a phenomenal price later – a usual practise as these works are too well-known.  These important paintings are; by Picasso, Matisse, Leger, Braque and Modigliani.  They are estimated to be worth £430 million!

Dove with green peas Picasso

The six paintings are by Matisse, Leger, Modigliani and Picasso and are important pieces.  they are estimated to be worth  around £430 million! 

matisse detail La Pastorale' 1905

 The paintings stolen were Pigeon with Green Peas by Picasso; Pastoral by Henri Matisse; The Olive Tree near Estaque by Georges Braque; The Woman with the Fan by Amedeo Modigliani ; and Still Life with Chandeliers by Fernand Leger. 

The six paintings are by Matisse, Leger, Modigliani and Picasso and are important pieces.  they are estimated to be worth  around £430 million!  The paintings stolen were Pigeon with Green Peas an important early piece of cubism by Picasso; Pastoral, a plein air painting by Henri Matisse in his Fauvist period. 

still life with candlestick by Fernand Leger detail

 The Olive Tree near Estaque by Georges Braque who was inspired by Cezanne and developed his own Fauvist style as well as inventing  cubism with Picasso. 

 The Woman with the Fan by Expressionist Amedeo Modigliani  and Still Life with Chandeliers by Fernand Leger who became a leading member of the cubist movement in 1912.   The theft is thought to be the biggest Art Heist ever.

Modigliani Woman with fan

Braque image from here, Modigliani here, Leger here
Read about the biggest art heists in history here  more images from here

 

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‘Happy Birthday Paul Cezanne!)

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by echostains

  

Paul Cezanne

 Today is the birthday of Paul Cezanne the French Post impressionist (1839 – 1906).  Cezanne, son of a banker in Province, he came to fame relatively late in life  He studied law before entering his father’s bank (1859 -61) but left to study art in Paris at Académie Suisse, where he met Pissarro, Monet and many other painters though he failed his entrance exam for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  Pissarro became an important influence in Cezanne’s early career, introducing him to some of the techniques of impressionism.  But Cezanne wanted to lend more weight to, what he referred as the lack of structure of impressionist painting;-

“I want to make of impressionism something solid and lasting like the art in the museums” 

 
 
 
 

mount sainte victoire

Early in his career, Cezanne used to paint from memory rather than use actual models , though later in his career, the artist  preferred to work from his own observation of nature and the permanancy of classical composition.  Cezanne painted still lifes and Landscapes for a long time and was obsessed with the geometric shapes of the cone, cylinder and sphere which appear in nature, as well as colour as  tone. In his early work his  main concern was with the figure within the landscape. 

 

The Bathers Cezanne

 

Cezanne was very influential towards other artists and is sometimes called the ‘father of modern art’ as he paved the way towards abstraction and Cubism.  This can be seen by the strong geometry element that lies within his work, coupled with solidity and depth of volume and form.  This flattening of space and form did indeed go a long  some way to influencing  Picasso and cubism.   Picasso who didn’t give praise lightly, had this to say about Cezanne: 

“My one and only master . . . Cezanne was like the father of us all”.

There are a lot more of artist’s birthdays – look in my categoreis

For a more detailed look at this artists life HERE and HERE

THIS  site has a lot of his work

PS………

 

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

Transcription: Paula Rego ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ page 31 and 32

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by echostains

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page-31

Continuing with the transcription of ‘Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ –

For this page, I attempted a bit of cubism (a  movement invented by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso 1907).  This is where the surface is broken up, put back together, so that different viewpoints emerge.

To be continued tomorrow…..

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

Transcription: page 29 and 30

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , on March 15, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with my Transcription of ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego, page 29

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Using an idea that I used in ‘The Lute Player’, which was inspired by Picasso’s ‘Seated Woman’, I have used a basket weave and various pattern making to translate the shape of the stepmothers body.  I was trying for a hollowed out effect.  It may be interesting to extend this to the whole composition.  It may or may not provide a springboard for further ideas.

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Transcription continued: page 18 The end of the road for now

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by echostains
 
Transcription continued pages 18……

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transcription-p18

I would very much like to explore the textures I have identified within the image.  These would translate well into ceramic: different glazes could be used to achieve this.    The image also suggest a map or an Ariel view.  However these are just experiments that I shall have to leave here for the time being.  They are warm ups for my main transcription which is going to be ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego.

transcription-figure 1 p15

 

 

transcription-figure 1 p15

filonov-living-head

filonov-living-head

The multi layered complex of Pavol Filonov’s would translate itself well to Figure 1.  Filonov was obsessed with heads and in the majority of the artist’s compositions, he used his own as the model.  In ‘Living Head’ 1924, the artist’s features almost merge into the background, whilst the nose has almost snout like proportion.  Perhaps figure 1 could be worked in the same way: some features emerging, and some disappearing into the background.  This would afford many different possibilities.

figure2- page 17

figure2- page 17

picasso-seated-woman

picasso-seated-woman

Figure 2 might benefit from the basketwork construction as used by Picasso in his composition ‘Seated Woman’ 1938.  Here the artist was creating a skeleton shape by the use of weblike lines.  As well as the possibility of transformation as a sculpture or a ceramic, this figure could be transformed into a 3D pen and ink drawing.

figure 3 transcription-p18-

figure 3 transcription-p18-

 

tree-of-life-klimpt

tree-of-life-klimpt

 

Figure 3 as Gustave Klimt’s  ‘Tree of Life’, where the artist calls into question, the blackbird, symbol of death.  Figure 3 could also be given a stylised effect and the tree bark that I derived from the positive and negative  could be worked in sections to make a collage effect or style.  This transcription would also work well with the different glazes that are used in ceramics.

This is the end of these transcription exercises. 

 The main one ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’ by Paula Rego is an extensive one, and coming soon…..