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There’s nothing Romantic about Romanticism or is there? part three

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by echostains

Continuing from part one

part two

The English Landscape painter John Constable (1776 – 1837) also had a hard time with regards to his art being taken seriously.  He tried to gain respectability for Landscape painting,  trying to get it accepted as a proper subject matter.

Flatford Mill by John Constable

Flatford Mill by John Constable

 

“I should paint my own places best –  painting is but another word for feeling.”  John Constable

He believed that ‘God Almighty’s sunlight’ was as full of moral and spiritual values as a scene from ancient history.  He was about fifty years ahead of his time.  Although rejected in England, he was much admired in France.

Goya_witches sabbath, the great goat

Goya_witches sabbath, the great goat

The Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1746 – 1848), subordinated reason for feeling.  He was the first painter of the absurd.  His foremost influence was Velazquez.  In his painting ‘The Sabbath’ or ‘The Great Goat’, he showscross dressing men  engaging in a witches sabbath.  This was part of a group of paintings that came to be known as the ‘Black paintings’, paintings showing dark and horrific scenes of the degeneration of man,: a subject Goya was fascinated with.

detail from 'The Great Goat'

detail from 'The Great Goat'

William Blake (b. 1757 – 1827) was both a poet and an artist that strove for social and political freedom for all.  He used the visionary approach.  His work ranges form the religious ‘Ancient of Days’, that harks back to medieval beliefs of God as an architect,  –

William Blake 'The Ancient of Days'

William Blake 'The Ancient of Days'

– to the rather grotesque ‘Ghost of a Flea’, which owes something to Goya.

ghost of a flea by William Blake

ghost of a flea by William Blake

Henry Fuseli (b. Germany 1741 – 1825) taught John Constable, but later ridiculed him.  He infused classical structure with completely irrational thought.  His painting ‘Nightmare’ contains the stuff which bad dreams are made of…and is also a precursor to Surrealism.

fuseli-nightmare

fuseli-nightmare

Here’s an annotated view of this painting, explainting the various imagery Fuseli used. here

Lots of Goya’s work and information can be found here

Concluding tomorrow…

 

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Altered art book Page 15 continued: A Trashy Romance

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by echostains
page15-someone-was-god

page15-someone-was-god

Page 15 continued……..

The words on this page are: –

‘Someone was God and she was always flirting with him’

‘In her empire of Junk’

My first thought were to go with artists who were either spiritual, God Fearing or who just celebrated God: William Blake sprang to mind.  But then when I thought about it further, it seemed to me that perhaps ‘God‘ taken in this context, might be some sort of hero figure.  There is also a strange kind of romance going on: almost comic book or Mills and Boon.  Perhaps I should have tied some tiny tin cans to the threads that are wrapped  around the hearts…. perhaps not eh.

page15-in her empire of junk

 

 

 

 

page15-in her empire of junk

The words ‘Someone’ was God, suggests that the person is in favour or in the good books or is the flavour of the month (or however long it lasts).  Andy Warhol said that ‘everyone will be famous for 15 minutes’.  Coupled with ‘the empire of junk’,my thoughts then began to turn to our throwaway society, transient and fleeting.  Trashy romances, tabloid fodder: tomorrows chip paper.  Also the darlings of the Art world, here today gone tomorrow, little microcosms  of human life and struggles.

gavin-turk-sid-vicious

gavin-turk-sid-vicious

 Gavin Turk (b.Guildford UK 1967) exhibited a sculpture in the now famous ‘Sensation’  of 1993.  ‘Pop’ was a statue in a vitrine of the artist himself as Sid Vicious imitating the pose of  Andy Warhol’s painting of Elvis as a cowboy. 

elvis-warhol-1963

elvis-warhol-1963

 Turk was trying to get across the idea of the artist as an icon: in a sense the artist’s ‘death’ by becoming an embalmed pop icon.  Turk has turned himself into a prop, an object, a brand name, a commodity.  He has turned a bin bag into a painted bronze; a dirty old sleeping bag into a painted sculpture.  All the viewer needs to take, is that leap of faith and suspension of disbelief for a moment to ‘get’ Turks art. 

quinn-siren

quinn-siren

UK artist Marc Quinn (again) has a fascination with Greek art, which has led to his sculpture ‘Siren’.  The sculpture is of the famous British model Kate Moss and is made entirely of gold.  Quinn is alluding to Moss’s stature as an icon, like one of the Greek Goddess of the ancient world: a Goddess for our time. 

dirtywhitetrash with gulls -1998

dirtywhitetrash with gulls -1998

 UK artist Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s  (1966 and 1967) instillation was literally a pile of old rubbish collected from the streets of London.  ‘Dirty White Trash with Gulls’shows a mountain of rubbish with a projected light showing two shadows on the wall (the artists themselves).  The shadows of two people are surprising given the shape of the rubbish: unexpected.  This instillation was included in the opening show at County Hall London of the Saatchi Gallery.

 

 

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