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message 1: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl

Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria, the later Queen Marie Antoinette of France, 1769
Joseph Ducreux (French, 1735–1802)
Pastel on parchment
64.8 × 49.5 cm (25.5 × 19.5 in)
Palace of Versailles

This portrait was sent to the Dauphin, so he could see his bride before he met her.


message 2: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait Lobstergirl wrote: "This portrait was sent to the Dauphin, so he could see his bride before he met her."

Lol. I guess they didn't have online dating back then. ;)


message 3: by Book Portrait (last edited May 01, 2014 10:47PM) (new)

Book Portrait

Ascension, 2000
Bill Viola (American, b.1951)
10-minute Video
Snippet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oZ3R...
Slightly longer snippet: http://vimeo.com/29978729


message 4: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1859 comments I've seen a couple of his installations. They were great.


message 5: by Book Portrait (last edited May 02, 2014 05:25AM) (new)

Book Portrait Ruth wrote: "I've seen a couple of his installations. They were great."

I didn't know his work before glimpsing the poster of his big exhibition showing in Paris at the moment. I'm seriously tempted to go see it now that I've watched some of his videos online! :)

A quick intro to Viola's exhibition/work (3 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg19G...


message 6: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

Kairouan (III),1914
August Macke (German, 1887–1914)
Watercolor
22.5 × 29 cm (8.9 × 11.4 in)
Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History


message 7: by Lobstergirl (last edited May 03, 2014 07:52PM) (new)

Lobstergirl Hmm, that looks like a lot of Paul Klee watercolors. Except that Klee's colors are not quite so light/bright.


message 8: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl

1957-D No. 1, 1957
Clyfford Still (American 1904-1980)
oil on canvas
113 x 159 in.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York


message 9: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885-6
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856‑1925)
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/s...


message 10: by Tom (new)

Tom Wow, love the rich contrasting colors ... need to look up more of this guy!

Book Portrait wrote: "Kairouan (III),1914
August Macke (German, 1887–1914)
Watercolor
22.5 × 29 cm (8.9 × 11.4 in)
Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History"



message 11: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait Beautiful isn't it? :) Macke was part of the Blau Reiter ("blue rider") movement. And Klee was friendly with them too. :)



Blaues Pferd I, 1911
Franz Marc (1880–1916)
Oil on canvas
112 × 84.5 cm (44.1 × 33.3 in)
Lenbachhaus (Bestandteil der Sammlung Bernhard Koehler, Berlin) in Munich


message 12: by Tom (new)

Tom "Blau Reiter" -- I like the sound of that, as much fun to say as view. I imagine Rilke writing a poem titled Blau Reiter, or perhaps he already did, but under a different title: "The Unicorn": "But it's gaze, bounded by no object, / cast image after image into space -- / and a blue legend cycle was completed." (Edward Snow trans.)

Book Portrait wrote: "Beautiful isn't it? :) Macke was part of the Blau Reiter ("blue rider") movement. And Klee was friendly with them too. :)

Blaues Pferd I, 1911
Franz Marc (1880–1916)
Oil on canvas
112 × 84.5 cm (4..."



message 13: by Tom (last edited May 05, 2014 08:10AM) (new)

Tom This ekphrastic poem by Edward Hirsch was purportedly inspired by Kandinsky's The Blue Rider and Macke's Blue Horse. (if I knew how to post images here, I'd include K's painting, but alas, I'm illiterate in that regard)

The Blue Rider, Edward Hirsch

He remembered leaping over the corral
And riding on a blue horse
Through a blue valley flooded
With orange light in early morning.

The sky calm and unbending,
The sun shining with the glassy,
Transcendental clarity
Of high ceilings

In medieval German churches,
The radiance transfixed
Under the arches and glimmering
Through the rose-tinted windows,

But then the sky clouded over
And he woke up to a gangster moon
Pressed against the blurred windows
Of a train carrying soldiers

Over a bridge at nightfall,
The light blistered and bandaged
In smog, the blue horse gone
Into the flaming, war-torn mountains,

The sun crushed like a cinder
Under the metallic boots
Of twilight advancing,
A tunnel opening its black jaws

Over the glistening steel tracks
Stretching into darkness,
The wheels pounding, the iron
Hooves clattering beneath him.


message 14: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait Tom wrote: "This ekphrastic poem by Edward Hirsch was purportedly inspired by Kandinsky's The Blue Rider and Macke's Blue Horse. (if I knew how to post images here, I'd include K's painting, but alas, I'm ill..."

Wonderful! I had no idea. Here's Kandinsky's painting. :)



Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), 1903
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944)
Private collection, Switzerland


{I'd happily explain how to post pictures on GR but each time I've tried it has not been a success. ;)}


message 15: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait The MOMA's page on the Blaue Reiter:

http://www.moma.org/explore/collectio...

I love Macke's Lady in a Park (1914):



Description (view spoiler)


message 16: by Tom (last edited May 06, 2014 10:07AM) (new)

Tom Book Portrait wrote: "Tom wrote: "This ekphrastic poem by Edward Hirsch was purportedly inspired by Kandinsky's The Blue Rider and Macke's Blue Horse. (if I knew how to post images here, I'd include K's painting, but a..."

Dat's da one! (Looks a little like a gothic version of Paul Revere's ride, eh.) Thanks -- especially for MoMA link. Great stuff.


message 17: by Tom (new)

Tom Yes, that is marvelous. I'm saving it to my art file. Such a revelation, this Macke. Never heard of the guy before now.

Book Portrait wrote: "The MOMA's page on the Blaue Reiter:

http://www.moma.org/explore/collectio...

I love Macke's Lady in a Park (1914):



Description

Macke played a key role in Der Blaue Reit..."



message 18: by Book Portrait (last edited May 07, 2014 03:43AM) (new)

Book Portrait

Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995
Nam June Paik (Korean, 1932-2006)
Fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound
Approx. 15 x 40 x 4 ft.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu/collections...


message 19: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl

How We See/Look I/Daria, 2014
Laurie Simmons (American b. 1949)
Pigment print
70 x 48 in.


message 20: by Book Portrait (last edited May 07, 2014 11:15PM) (new)

Book Portrait

Cover project for Hugo's Les Orientales, 1855
Victor Hugo (French, 1802-1885)
Fusain, plume et pinceau, encre brune et lavis, rehauts de blanc, de bleu, de vert, de rouge, empreinte de dentelle, réserves au pochoir {not sure how to translate all this!}
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Manuscrits
http://expositions.bnf.fr/hugo/grands...


message 21: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1859 comments Jim wrote: "Lobstergirl wrote: "How We See/Look I/Daria, 2014
Laurie Simmons (American b. 1949)
Pigment print
70 x 48 in."

She needs more blush...."


She needs a wash cloth.


message 22: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl

The First Steps, c. 1788
Marguerite Gérard (1761-1837)
Oil on canvas
45.5 x 55 cm
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia


message 23: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

Ebih-Il, the Superintendent of Mari
Period of the Archaic Dynasties, circa 2400 BC
Temple of Ishtar, Mari (Syria)
Gypsum, lapis lazuli, shell
H. 52.5 cm; W. 20.6 cm; D. 30 cm
André Parrot excavations, 1934-35
Louvre, Department of Near Eastern Antiquities: Mesopotamia
http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notice...


message 24: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1859 comments Book Portrait wrote: "Ebih-Il, the Superintendent of Mari
Period of the Archaic Dynasties, circa 2400 BC
Temple of Ishtar, Mari (Syria)
Gypsum, lapis lazuli, shell
H. 52.5 cm; W. 20.6 cm; D. 30 cm
André Parrot excavatio..."


I love this guy and all his companions with the big eyes. Some people think the eyes are so big and wide open so they can stay up all night praying.


message 25: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait Ruth wrote: "I love this guy and all his companions with the big eyes. Some people think the eyes are so big and wide open so they can stay up all night praying."

I didn't know that. Aren't their eyes magnetic? It's the bright, artificial eyes of the blond girl posted by Lobstergirl that reminded me of these guys. :)


message 26: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

Clara, the rhinoceros in Venice, 1751
Pietro Longhi (1702–1785)
National Gallery
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/pai...


message 27: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey | 201 comments What´s with blackened out face? Is this Baldessari at work?


message 28: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait Geoffrey wrote: "What´s with blackened out face? Is this Baldessari at work?"

Lol. I'm not familiar with Baldessari. Is he working on censorship? Plenty of work there! :)

Her face is not blackened out, she's wearing a small, round mask (not very becoming). The woman standing next to her is holding one such mask in her hand. You can zoom in on the picture to see the details if you follow the National Gallery link. :)


message 29: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

Rhinoceros in profile, 1515
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)
Paper, pen and brown ink
British Museum
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research...

Other versions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BCr...


message 30: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

Hippopotamus figurine
Second Intermediate Period, Seventeenth Dynasty, 1650-1550 BCE
Egypt, Thebes, Dra Abu el-Naga
Egyptian faience
H. 12.7 cm; L. 20.5 cm; W. 8.1 cm
http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notice...


message 31: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

Vase of Flowers (Pink Background), ca. 1906
Odilon Redon (French, Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris)
Oil on canvas
28 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (72.7 x 54 cm)
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/...


message 32: by Dvora (new)

Dvora That's lovely.
Book Portrait wrote: "Vase of Flowers (Pink Background), ca. 1906
Odilon Redon (French, Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris)
Oil on canvas
28 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (72.7 x 54 cm)
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/......"



message 33: by Judi (new)

Judi (jvaughn) | 59 comments Book Portrait wrote: "Vase of Flowers (Pink Background), ca. 1906
Odilon Redon (French, Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris)
Oil on canvas
28 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (72.7 x 54 cm)
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/......"



message 34: by Judi (new)

Judi (jvaughn) | 59 comments I love this painting. I work with young people and this painting relaxes me and makes me think of all the beautiful things in my world.


message 35: by Ruth (last edited May 13, 2014 01:07PM) (new)

Ruth | 1859 comments I much prefer Redon's darker, more surrealistic work.



Odilon Redon
Eye-Balloon
1878 (190 Kb); Charcoal, 42.2 x 33.2 cm; The Museum of Modern Art, New York


message 36: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey | 201 comments Book Portrait wrote: "Geoffrey wrote: "What´s with blackened out face? Is this Baldessari at work?"

Lol. I'm not familiar with Baldessari. Is he working on censorship? Plenty of work there! :)

Her face is not blackene..."


Baldessari is a conceptual photographer from CA, I believe. A man of the cloth who is considered one of the most seminal photographer of the last 50 years.


message 37: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait Geoffrey wrote: "Baldessari is a conceptual photographer from CA, I believe. A man of the cloth who is considered one of the most seminal photographer of the last 50 years."

Thanks Geoffrey. I actually looked him up when you mentioned him. :)


message 38: by Book Portrait (last edited May 14, 2014 02:50AM) (new)

Book Portrait Great image Ruth! Redon is amazing. I was actually looking for another illustration when I found the vase with flowers, which put me under its spell. :)



La Cellule d'Or, 1892
Odilon Redon
Drawing in oil and metallic paint
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/...


message 39: by Book Portrait (last edited May 13, 2014 10:19PM) (new)

Book Portrait Just because it's beautiful, here's Jim's Redon from the Musée d'Orsay:



Le Bouddha, between 1906 and 1907
Odilon Redon
Pastel sur papier beige
H. 0.9 ; L. 0.73
musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

ETA: Orsay has 129 of Redon's works! Thanks Jim. :)
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collecti...


message 40: by Book Portrait (last edited May 13, 2014 10:31PM) (new)

Book Portrait Last one, promised! For Dvora & Judi who liked the bouquet:



Bouquet de fleurs des champs dans un vase à long col, vers 1912
Odilon Redon
pastel sur papier chamois
H. 0.57 ; L. 0.35
musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collecti...


message 41: by Dvora (new)

Dvora Thanks for this. I find those others ugly.
Book Portrait wrote: "Last one, promised! For Dvora & Judi who liked the bouquet:

Bouquet de fleurs des champs dans un vase à long col, vers 1912
Odilon Redon
pastel sur papier chamois
H. 0.57 ; L. 0.35
musée d'Orsa..."



message 42: by Book Portrait (last edited May 14, 2014 11:18PM) (new)

Book Portrait Jim wrote: "If you have a chance to visit the Orsay, search out these pastels. They have the pastels in a low-lit gall..."

I tried to go to Orsay a couple of weeks ago but bailed when I saw the gigantic queues snaking out of the entrances and around the adjacent streets. It was insane! Orsay is everyone's favorite, plus they're having a big Van Gogh/Artaud exhibition that is proving even more popular than usual. I'm thinking about getting one of these "coupe-file" tickets or maybe an annual membership... >.<


message 43: by Book Portrait (last edited May 14, 2014 11:30PM) (new)

Book Portrait Dvora wrote: "Thanks for this. I find those others ugly."

LOL. In French we say "les goûts et les couleurs" (tastes and colours) cannot be discussed. ;)

I'm attending an art appreciation series of lectures and finding that I can appreciate Rubens' paintings when they are discussed but I cannot "like" them. There's no explaning why we are drawn to particular images or not. :)


message 44: by Book Portrait (last edited May 14, 2014 11:38PM) (new)

Book Portrait

Black Iris, 1926
Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986)
Oil on canvas; 36 x 29 7/8 in. (91.4 x 75.9 cm)
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-o...

ETA: The Met has an interesting short feature on the colour "black" (4 minutes): http://www.metmuseum.org/connections/...


message 45: by Tom (new)

Tom Book Portrait wrote: "

Black Iris, 1926
Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887–1986)
Oil on canvas; 36 x 29 7/8 in. (91.4 x 75.9 cm)
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-o...

ETA: The Met has an interesting short ..."


Joan Didion has an interesting essay on GO, titled simply "Georgia O'Keeffe," in which she argues, among other things, that "style is character." It's in her collection The White Album.


message 46: by Dvora (new)

Dvora I also took art history/appreciation classes in high school and in college (and architecture and furniture design history). So I also (sometimes) appreciate something that I don't like. And I agree, there is no accounting for taste!
Book Portrait wrote: "Dvora wrote: "Thanks for this. I find those others ugly."

LOL. In French we say "les goûts et les couleurs" (tastes and colours) cannot be discussed. ;)

I'm attending an art appreciation series ..."



message 47: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait Tom wrote: "Joan Didion has an interesting essay on GO, titled simply "Georgia O'Keeffe," in which she argues, among other things, that "style is character." It's in her collection The White Album."

Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading it. :)


message 48: by Book Portrait (last edited May 15, 2014 10:38PM) (new)

Book Portrait

Gartenweg mit Hühnern (Garden Path with Chickens), 1916
Gustav Klimt
Measures: 110 x 110 cm
Technique: Oil on canvas
Depository: Destroyed by a fire set by retreating German forces in 1945 at Schloss Immendorf, Austria.

http://www.klimt.com/en/gallery/lands...

ETA: for a big version: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7j8NdOgDwYc...

{Online versions show more or less vibrant colours. I wonder if it's because the painting was "recovered" by colourising black-and-white photographs...}


message 49: by Book Portrait (new)

Book Portrait

L'ours blanc (Polar Bear), Between 1923 and 1933
François Pompon (French, 1855–1933)
Stone statue
H. 163; W. 251; D. 90 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collecti...
also: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/t...


message 50: by Dvora (new)

Dvora I've never seen a painting by Klimpt that I didn't like. I recently read The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor about the portrait off Adele Bloch-Bauer. It's also about Klimpt, Adele, Jewish society in Austria prior to the War, what happened to this and thousands of other paintings in Austria during the War (stolen by the Nazis and the Austrians), and how, to this day, Austria has returned very few of the thousands of works of art that they stole now in Austrian museums and private collections. It's quite an interesting book.
Book Portrait wrote: "

Gartenweg mit Hühnern (Garden Path with Chickens), 1916
Gustav Klimt
Measures: 110 x 110 cm
Technique: Oil on canvas
Depository: Destroyed by a fire set by retreating German forces in 1945 at Sch..."



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