Posted: June 14, 2015 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 19th century, 2008, a day of no gods, alex prager, bird of paradise, colours, day of the gods, drinking, french polynesia, Gauguin, girls, party, Paul Gauguin, rituals, smoking, sunday, Tahiti
Susie and Friends. Alex Prager. 2008
Reclining Tahitian Women. Paul Gauguin. 1894
The Day of the Gods. Paul Gauguin. 1894
Posted: December 5, 2014 Filed under: Art | Tags: 19th century, auti te pape, Gauguin, Noa Noa, Paul Gauguin, printmaking, Tahiti, women at the river, woodcut
Auti te Pape (Women at the River) from Noa Noa (Fragrant Scent) Series. Paul Gauguin. 1893-94. Woodcut.
Posted: May 2, 2014 Filed under: Art | Tags: 16th century, 19th century, art history, Goya, ingres, Maja Desnuda, Manet, Musee d'Orsay, nude, odalisque, Olympia, Paris, prostitute, reclining, Titian
With Olympia, Manet reworked the traditional theme of the female nude, using a strong, uncompromising technique. Both the subject matter and its depiction explain the scandal caused by this painting at the 1865 Salon. Even though Manet quoted numerous formal and iconographic references, such as Titian’s Venus of Urbino, Goya’s Maja desnuda, and the theme of the odalisque with her black slave, already handled by Ingres among others, the picture portrays the cold and prosaic reality of a truly contemporary subject. Venus has become a prostitute, challenging the viewer with her calculating look. This profanation of the idealized nude, the very foundation of academic tradition, provoked a violent reaction. Critics attacked the “yellow-bellied odalisque” whose modernity was nevertheless defended by a small group of Manet’s contemporaries with Zola at their head.
Text from Musée d’Orsay
Venus of Urbino. Titian. 1538
La Maja Desnuda. Francisco Goya. 1797-1800
Odalisque with Slave. Ingres. 1842.
Olympia. Edouard Manet. 1863.
Posted: April 26, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 19th century, drawing, face, flower, France, head, Odilon Redon, sketch, stem, surreal, Symbolist
Head on a Stem. Odilon Redon.
Posted: April 18, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1892, 19th century, Arearea, colours, dog, expressionism, French, Gauguin, joyousness, Paul Gauguin, red dog, Tahiti, tree, warm, women
Arearea (Joyousness). Paul Gauguin. 1892.
Posted: April 10, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 19th century, April, bright, fauvism, flowers, girls, light, Maurice Denis, picking, Symbolist, white, women, yellow
April. Maurice Denis. 1892.
Posted: April 3, 2014 Filed under: Art, Prose, Writing | Tags: 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, Alessandra Sanguineti, Alessandra Sanguinetti, art history, death, drowned, Ellen Kooi, Fire with Fire, Gregory Crewdson, Hamlet, John Everett Millais, Nadav Kander, Ophelia, recreation, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Ophelia, the way home, Tom Hunter, Virginia Madsen, water, William Shakespeare, woman
“There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Ophelia. John Everett Millais. 1851.
Millais‘ emblematic representation of Shakespeare’s Ophelia recreated through the ages:
Virginia Madsen recreates Ophelia in this scene from the film Fire with Fire, 1986.
The Way Home. Tom Hunter. 1999-2001.
Untitled (Ophelia). Gregory Crewdson. 2001.
Alessandra Sanguineti. Ophelia. 2002.
Erin Oconnor Posing as Ophelia. Nadav Kander. 2004.
Almere – Ophelia. Ellen Kooi. 2006.
“Lay her i’ the earth:
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
May violets spring!”