Posted: June 11, 2015 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: Magritte, memory of a voyaye, modern art, Rene Magritte, still life, Surrealism
Memory of a Voyage. Rene Magritte
Posted: February 14, 2015 Filed under: Art, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tags: brown globe, Carol Ann Duffy, Charles Jones, love, onion, still life, valentine, valentine's day
By Carol Ann Duffy
Not a red rose or a satin heart.
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.
I am trying to be truthful.
Not a cute card or a kissogram.
I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.
Onion Brown Globe. Charles Jones
Posted: August 15, 2014 Filed under: Art, Sculpture | Tags: 1951, 50s, bottle, pablo picasso, Picasso, sculptire, skull, still life
Goat Skull and Bottle. Pablo Picasso. 1951
Posted: June 1, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1952, 50s, American, death, Dorothea tanning, London, roses, some roses and their phantoms, still life, Surrealism, Tate Modern
Some Roses and their Phantoms. Dorothea Tanning. 1952.
Here some roses from a very different garden sit?, lie?, stand?, gasp, dream?, die? – on white linen. They may serve you tea or coffee. As I saw them take shape on the canvas I was amazed by their solemn colors and their quiet mystery that called for – seemed to demand – some sort of phantoms. So I tried to give them their phantoms and their still-lifeness. Did I succeed? Clearly they are not going to tell me, but the white linen gave me a good feeling as if I had folded it myself, then opened it on the table.
(Dorothea Tanning: Birthday and Beyond, exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia Museum of Art 2000, n.p.)
Posted: March 12, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1932, 30s, abstract, Abstraction-Creation, alto, companion, dux et comes, edward wadsworth, leader, music, Paris, soprano, still life, Tate
Dux et Comes I. Edward Wadsworth. 1932.
Wadsworth began introducing more abstract forms into his nautical still lifes towards the end of the 1920s. In the following decade he made a number of abstract paintings, and 1932 became a member of Abstraction-Création, a Paris-based organisation of abstract artists.
This painting belongs to a series called Dux et Comes, a musical term used to describe choral roles in a fugue. It translates from the Latin as ‘leader and companion.’ The leader (soprano) sings in one key, the companion (alto) replies in another. Wadsworth’s series explored human relationships and moods, as indicated by subtitles, in this case Rebuff.
Posted: February 19, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1889, 19th century, flowers, French, Gauguin, Japanese, modern art, nature morte, oil on canvas, Paul Gauguin, post-impressionist, still life, Symbolist, Tahiti, vase, woodcut
Nature Morte à L’estampe Japonaise. Paul Gauguin. 1889.
Posted: December 5, 2013 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1913, bananas, dream, fruit, Giorgio de Chirico, Greece, Italy, pineapple, portrait, sculpture, still life
The Dream Turns. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.