Tuesday, August 22, 2017

THREE FRENCH NUDES






NU DESCENDANT UN ESCALIER No. 2 1912,
Marcel Duchamp.
Oil on canvas.
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)
This painting scandalised 

New Yorkers at the
Armory Show in 1913


 1887-1968. (Photo: Man Ray)
French painter, cartoonist, sculptor, 
chess master, writer,
Duchamp, along with Matisse and Picasso
had an enormous impact on art.
He rejected “retinal” art and 
chose to make
 thought-provoking art.

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NUS DANS LA FORÊT, 1910
Fernand LÉGER. 
(Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands)
Exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1911 it’s 
considered Léger's first 
major work showing his 
alliance with Cubism.


Joseph Fernand Henri LEGER
1881-1955
French painter, sculptor and filmmaker.
An early cubist, his work evolved
into more tubular forms with
primary colors, causing his style 
to be called "Tubism".
In 1938, Nelson Rockefeller commissioned 
him to decorate his New York apartment!

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STANDING FEMALE NUDE
Pablo PICASSO 1910. 
Charcoal on paper 
(Met New York.) 
Some think this is 
composed of 
the letters of 
Picasso’s name.









Pablo PICASSO 1881 – 1971
(Full name: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan 
Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano 
de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso)
Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist,

 stage designer, poet and playwright.
He wrote two surrealist plays: 

“Desire Caught by the Tail” 1941 
and “Les Quatre Petites Filles”, 
the former performed as a reading by himself, 
Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir
Valentine Hugo and directed by Albert Camus.
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ART, PICASSO, DUCHAMP, LEGER, CUBISM, TUBISM

Monday, August 14, 2017

LIVING WITH GREAT ART

It occurred to me recently that
thanks to the internet, I could have
the world’s best art on my walls.
I’ve always had the world’ best literature
in my bookcases/Kindles and now I could
have the pictures to go with it.


Downloaded art may not have the intimacy 
ofreal-life brush work or the excitement of
light gleaming on a paint smear and maybe
the colors aren’t exactly the same, but
Leonardos and Picassos and Hocknes 
on my very own walls? Thrilling. 



Every time I walk past one of my favorites,
I beam and savor another detail of
Uccello's beautiful compositions,
grin at Picasso's arrogant angles,
wince at the agonies of Bacon. 
Living with great art makes you
straighten up as you pass a masterpiece
and aim a little higher in your endeavors.



GUERNICA - a mural-sized painting 11′ 6″ x 25′ 6″
Oil on canvas by Spanish artist Pablo PICASSO
 April 26, 1937–June 1937, in Paris.
(Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain)
- Picasso requested that Guernica should remain
 at MOMA in NY until Franco died and 
only then be returned to Spain. 
Being an expressionof national outrage,
this painting has never been sold.
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 RHYTHMS OF A SLAUGHTER Triptych, Three Studies for a 
Crucifixion, 1962 Oil and sand on canvas by Francis BACON 
Irish-born British artist 1909-1992
(The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)
- Bacon’s work isn't easy on the eye but 
I do like the cheery tangerine of 
these three paintings despite the
cowering lumps of bloody gristle.
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THE BATTLE OF SAN ROMANO, triptych by 
Paolo UCCELLO. Tempera on wood panels. 1435 - 1460
(National Gallery, London /Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence /
Musée du Louvre, Paris)
- Uccello is easy on the eye: fat, prancing horses, designy lances, 
colorful pennants and turbaned warriors fighting in an orange grove.
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art, uccello, picasso, bacon

Saturday, August 5, 2017

BOOKS inspired by ART





















Nobel Prize winner V.S NAIPAUL’s 
cold, bereft, partly autobiographical book 
can be fully appreciated only by an immigrant. 
Its title, THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL, was
inspired by the sail, hinting at arrival,
in CHIRICO’s eponymous painting:



Giorgio de CHIRICO’s oil painting  
(Privately owned) was painted in Paris in 1912. 
The French poet Guillaume Apollinaire gave
the painting its title.

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“The Goldfinch” is a rarity that comes along 
 perhaps half a dozen times per decade,
 a smartly written literary novel that
 connects with the heart as well 
 as the mind.” –
 Stephen King
Donna TART’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning 
features the Fabritius painting




















 

THE GOLDFINCH (HET PUTTERTJE),
Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.
Oil on panel, a trompe-l’oeil painted by Dutchman 
Carel FABRITIUS in 1654, 
the year of his death.

In the 17th century, goldfinches were
popular pets because they
could be trained to draw 
water from a bowl with a 
miniature bucket.

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by Tracey CHEVALIER tells the story of 
Griet, whose life is transformed by
her brief encounter with genius...
even as she herself is 
immortalized... 


               











(MEISJE MET DE PAREL) 
Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands1665 
tronie oil painting by Dutchman 
Johannes VERMEER. 
Thought to be a portrait of his 
daughter.                                      

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ART, BOOKS, LITERATURE, 
PAINTING, PAINTINGandLITERATURE