Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A Lanky Pair

Detail of hair and face
Nu au miroir 1981-83 Copyright Balthus (from the book,"Balthus")
Le drap bleu 1981-82 Copyright Balthus (from the book, "Balthus")

I could not resist posting about Balthus again. These two portraits of lanky teens have such rich layers of paint. The green undertone makes their skin seem realer than real. I can remember standing like that with my knees in, belly out. And look at the way the golden hair is painted! It's all crazy-looking yet somehow it's just right. There is plenty of scumbled texture and a keen sense of design. In "Le Drap Bleu", the table legs are echoing the girl's out-stretched leg. Everything is reduced down to it's most basic, simple form.


Italian Nudes - Felice Casorati

Merrigio 1923 Felice Casorati
Le Signorine 1912 Felice Casorati
Felice Casorati by Herbert List 1949
Nude Study by Felice Casorati
I always admired the studio nudes painted by Italian Painter Felice Casorati (1886-1963), a contemporary of Antonio Donghi. He went from being part of the Symbolist movement in 1912 to being associated with the Italian Metaphysical painters ten years later. "Le Signorine" could mean "The Young Ladies" or it could mean "The Spinsters". Either way, the picture is humorous and psychological. Dolores F., Violante, Bianca (the "white" nude) and Gioconda are their names.
And, in the painting above it, "Merrigio", we want to know what the one nude is thinking while the other one sleeps. The hat and shoes are a nice contrast. And who is that naked guy in the background? Reminds me of Balthus with his mysterious background figures, but it is also a still life. It's all about form, texture and composition.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Foxtrotting Gal

Blues Gal Sketch #6 Copyright 2006 Amy Crehore

Here's a drawing I did a week or so ago. My gal's a little fox-trotter. She's headed off to parts unknown with her guitar. Don't ask me what it all means.

Genius of Goyo

Woman Washing Her Hair 1920 Goyo
Woman Washing Her Face 1920 Goyo
Here are two more wonderful images of women by Hashiguchi Goyo. I had read that his prints are very rare and he only did 8 prints of women on his own, but this website shows us more images:
(Thanks again Internet Weekly)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Always in Style- Japanese Prints

Hashiguchi Goyo 1915 Bathing
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1888 Shy Woman
Hashiguchi Goyo 1920 Thin Garment
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1888 Looking Delighted
I love these Japanese woodblock prints of women. The economy of the line and the elegance of the style. They are the same ones that inspired so many artists who came before me (Mary Cassatt, for instance). Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's 32 Aspects of Women Series and Hashiguchi Goyo's 8 prints of women- the only ones he did in his lifetime.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bosch Action Figures

Tree Man
Devil on a Night Chair
These figures are from the Parastone Mouseion Collection . They were directly inspired by the painted masterpiece, "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch.
Thanks Internet Weekly for another great link.

Small is Big

"Nude Seated on a Rock" 1921 Pablo Picasso
The last time I went to the Museum of Modern Art, one painting seemed to stand out for me. It was teeny-tiny- measuring only 6 1/4"x 4 3/8"- but it simply glowed with color and feeling, dwarfing all of the large paintings around it. It's an oil on wood by Pablo Picasso done in 1921 - one of his best years in my opinion. He had a way of painting the human form that was so solid and peasant-like, almost sculptural. This painting was a magnet that pulled me in and held me there. Everyone wanted to stand in front of it and get personal with it. Small can be powerful.