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Scream and Scream Again!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART PORTFOLIO MY PERSONAL ART with tags , , , , on May 7, 2011 by echostains

The Scream by Edvard Munch 1893

Today is the anniversary of when the famous painting ‘The Scream’ by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) was recovered undamaged where it was first stolen in February 1994 from the Oslo Museum.  It had been missing nearly 3 months.

Artist and printmaker Munch explored themes of madness, jealousy and sexual awakening, among other psychological states.  His childhood was tragic.  His sister and mother died of tuberculosis and there was mental instability in his family.  The Scream’ (also known as ‘the Shriek) or to give its original title Der Schrei der Natur   means ‘The Scream of Nature) and the painting was part of his ‘Frieze of Life’ which he painted in 1893.

A lot has been written about Munch’s tragic personal life as well as his art  (read two of my earlier posts here and here ).  Munch. although striking, tall and handsome to women was himself quite wary of the opposite sex.  He had a fear of marriage, convinced that any children he may have may be prone to depression and physical illness – a family trait.

My original print re assembled

The location in the painting has been identified as the road leading up to the mental hospital Munch’s sister Laura Catherine was a patient in at the time of the painting.  I once watched a programme about Munch and this painting and it was said that screams could be heard from the interns  by Munch and his family.

In a page in his diary headed Nice 22.01.1892, Munch described his inspiration for the image thus:

I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.

This painting has inspired films, masks and other art – my own included.  The painting has been stolen a few times.  the first time was February 12th 1994 and recovered undamaged in May 1994. 

Final print

Another version of ‘The Scream’ (there are several) was stolen by gunmen in 2004 and recovered in 2006 (lots of details about the thefts here.

In 2004 I even ‘borrowed’ the painting myself, basing some lino prints on it.  The intention behind this was to show the alternative worlds between madness and sanity.  I did this by cutting my print up and re-assembling, then making  further prints.  The print is divided and has the line running down the middle to show the split personality of the self and other.  I have heightened the colours to show intensity and acuteness – but I have made one muddier and more nebular to show the hidden and less lucid mood.

Original Scream image from here

More about this painting here.

Munch Museum here

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Happy Birthday Odilon Redon!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , , on April 20, 2011 by echostains

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Today is the birthday of French Symbolist artist Odilon Redon (b. France 1840 – 1916).  Redon (real name Bertrand-Jean) was also a printmaker, draughtsman and worked in pastels.  Born to an affluent family Redon acquired the nickname Odilon from his mother Odile. 

Angel-In-Chains

He studied drawing at 15 but changed his path to architecture because his father approved this.  This was to prove a mistake because Redon didn’t pass his entrance exam to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, though he was to study painting there for a short time.

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Redon then took up sculpture  and the etching and printmaking but had to put his artistic career on hold whilst he joined the Franco-Prussian army in the 1870 war.  When he came back to Paris after the war, he began to work with lithography and in charcoal (he was to call these his noirs). 

The Cyclops The Guardian Spirit of the Waters

Recognition came in 1878 with Guardian Spirit of the Waters.  After 1900 Redon produced no more noirs, preferring to work in pastels and oils.  The legion of Honour was awarded the artist in 1903, exhibited with the Nabis at Durand-Ruel’s and in 1913 he was given the largest single representation in New Yorks Armory Show as well as having a catalogue and etching produced by Andre Mellerio.

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Redon’s work is both mysterious and revealing, exploring his inner feelings and his psyche.   This is what the artist says about his inner inspiration behind his work in his journal A Soi-même (To Myself);-

“I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased.”

More information from here and here

Images from here

PLUS Don’t forget there’s another poetry challenge over on my Bookstains Just click Julie Andrews (she’ll thank you for it 😀 )  This particular challenge is a real wacky fun one and is a departure from my usual art based one!

My Surfaces: Drawing journal ‘Gilding the Lily’

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by echostains
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I love doodling with gold and silver ink pens, somehow the drawing just grows and grows, and I get more and more carried away!  This is good in a sense as it is free expression.  It must be said though that it doesn’t do to be too free.  I feel there must always be a raison d’etre: an underlying reason behind what I do and that work like this must be balanced by more disciplined work: more control.  As my work progresses I have come to realise that my concerns reveal a dichotomy: control and automatism.

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Media used; silver and gold ink gel pens, inks, acrylics

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journal--detail-

Links for my other surfaces ;

Printmaking  journal

Life Drawing journal

Armageddon journal (project)

Ceramics journal

My Surfaces: Printmaking Journal

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by echostains
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printmaking -journal cover

 

This is the cover of one of my Printmaking  journals.  As you can see, I really went to town on this!  The techniques used are collage, layering and drawing.

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I am very fond of silver and gold pens and can doodle for hours with these.  Mark making was done with whatever was at hand.  Layers were build up with tissue paper.  I love building layers with these, as the colours show through each other.  I use PVA glue as it dries clear and provides a nice surface for working on.

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print-journal-detail-2

 

The very first thing I do when I get a journal is decorate.  It is a beginning.  Funnily enough though, if its a journal for writing in, I never write on the first page!  I have been known to start at the back.  It’s as if I don’t want to spoil the first page!  How crazy is that?