by or about famous artists
Great love springs from the full knowledge of the thing one
loves; and if you do not know it, you can love it but little or not at all.
Paolo Uccello (1397-1495)
We see no birds in the paintings of Paolo Uccello. In all his teeming world
the skies are empty. One looks up in hope, and sees no feathered creatures
in flight or perched on the branches of trees. Lowering one's eyes onto a
tranquil landscape peopled by hermits, one can discern, at the most, a pair
of wading birds and three swans.
Is an artist who does one thing well superior to an artist
who does lots of things well? Is less, or more, more? Although Michelangelo
was unsurpassed in the depiction of the male nude, Aretino accused him of
monmaniacally depicting the same stock figure again and again. Raphael
more versatile, able to
do portraits and landscape backgrounds
and distinguish between
sexes and ages.
I confess that I am by natural instinct better fitted to execute very large
works than small curiosities.
Peter Paul Rubens
Tintoretto encouraged the use of a nickname which identified him as the son
of a humble dyer, and sought the patronage of middle-class and artisan Venetians.
El Greco (1541-1614) art
El Greco was mainly ... a teller of old familiar stories, .. but he told them
in his own peculiar manner, and that manner tells another story, so enigmatic
that pore over it in fascinated bewilderment, trying to construe its meaning.
Caravaggio (1573-1610) art
There is no diversity in Caravaggio... His originality lies elsewhere; it
is less in the creation of the immediately identifiable, intensely personal
style ... but rather a look, a look which is his, and his alone... So Caravaggio
is original in this rather new sense: his style has a presence which bears
his name. This is invention not as diversity and multiplicity of talent, but
as an impassioned personalized narrowness. It is genius as obsession.
When our eyes rest on a painting by Rembrandt (on those he did in the last
years of his life), our gaze become heavy, somewhat bovine. Something holds
it back, a weighty force. Why do we keep looking, since we are not immediately
enchanted by the intellectual liveliness that knows everything and all at
once? ... Rembrandt not only stops the time that made the subject flow into
the future, but makes it flow back to the remotest ages. By means of this
operation, Rembrandt achieves solemnity.
Velasquez, with formidable audacity, executes the supreme gesture of disdain
that calls forth a whole new painting... Until then, the painter's eye had
Ptolemaically revolved about each object, following a servile orbit. Velasquez
despotically resolves to fix the one point of view. The entire picture will
be born in a single act of vision, and things will have to contrive as best
they may to move into the line of vision. It is a Copernican revolution, comparable
to that promoted by Descartes.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Working up from that base, he will set down their bodies, in thin white tonal
washes, tamp these back into the ground, with earthy or sooty overlays; re-gather
for another move upward into the light; conceal his traces again, glazing
however with more forceful hues, before committing himself to the declamatory
flash of impasto.... More often a brush load of near-dry paint rasps over
the grain of the canvas with an irritative sensuality, here dragging a cool
opaque bloom over the deep translucent heat of plum-flesh...
Julian Bell on the Bowl of Plums, Peach and Water Pitcher
Turner lived all his life in great simplicity, with his working-man father,
and two successive mistresses who were both illiterate. He amassed an immense
fortune and left it, with all his paintings, the best of which he refused
to sell, to his native country and to charity. (His will was broken by remote
and greedy heirs.)
For Whistler the nocturne was a concept as much as it was a perception, as
much an idea as an image. He could take it almost anywhere and, in addition
to paint, could use any number of painterly means. ("Paint should not
be applied thick," he had said. "It should be like breath on the
surface of a pane of glass.")
No man ever had more than one conception. Milton emptied his mind in his first
book of Paradise Lost, all the rest is transcript of self. The Odyssey is
a repetition of the Iliad. .. I can think of no exception but Shakespeare;
he is always varied, never mannered.
Each epoch must have its artists who express it and reproduce it for the future.
Monet announces: "Here is nature as you don't usually see it, as I myself
don't usually see it, but as you can see it - not necessarily this particular
effect but, in my wake, others which resemble it. The vision I offer you is
superior to the one we put up with; my painting will change reality for you..."
A minute in the world's life passes! To paint it in its reality, and forget
everything for that! To become that minute, to be the sensitive plate...
The truly original artist invents his own signs... The importance of an artist
is to be measured by the number of new signs he has introduced into the language
Matisse: the artist speaks
Hostile critics have seen his shifts in subject matter and style as somersaults
of a dilettante and common, while admirers see them as evidence of God-like
James Hall art
Cubism and Surrealism
Cubism was a way of painting which a group of painters imposed on themselves,
Surrealism a philosophy of life put forward by a band of poets. The first
was essentially a method of breaking up the object and putting it together
again according to concepts of pictorial structure... The second was the attempt
of a highly organized group to change life altogether, to make a new kind
Thieaud's streets live tremendously while people exist only by implication,
like the invisible drivers of a child's toy trucks and cars.
Piero Della Francesca (1439-1492) art
Friends say: well, you've been there and seen a lot; you liked Duccio, the
Dorian columns, the stained glass at Chartres and the Lascaux bulls - but
tell us what you've chosen for yourself; who is the painter closest to your
heart, the one you'll never exchange? A reasonable question since every love,
if true, should efface the previous one, should enter, overwhelm and demand
exclusiveness. So I pause and reply: Piero della Francesca.
the Younger art (large format hope you have broadband)
Holbein's lords no longer ride hunting. They are inmates of palaces, their
flesh is rounded, their limbs at rest, their eyes skeptical or contemplative.
They are indolent statesmen, they deal in intrigues; they have already learnt
the meaning of the words "The balance of the powers," and in consequence
they wield the sword no longer; they have become sedentary rulers. Hans
Holbein the Younger art
Ford Madox Ford
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Gilbert & George
Its all Banksy this week - the film, the T shirt the DVD and the er! wall.
Blek the Rat is one of Banksy's wall art buddies pictured above. The school of Banksy
The big shocks in the art world ! An Artist has won the turner prize.
Controversialists must be in despair. The pile of atomised turbo jet engine didn't scoop the Turner Prize after all, even though it had been favourite to win the famously contentious award.
Instead, Richard Wright, who had been considered the "quietest" yet most established entrant in the flamboyant four-strong shortlist – which included works made from plastinated cows' brains and a whale skull – scooped the £25,000 award.
When asked what he planned to do with the prize, he said: "I can't give you an answer but like everybody else I have bills. I suspect I'll have to pay some of those with it." He added: "I'm shocked – is there another kind of reaction?"
Britsh Silver week - A Traditional artform
At the Tate Modern
Worth a visit to the Tate Modern to see what these two old perverts are
up to in the name of Art. Also at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, free Slide-"O"-art.
Great fun, though a long wait for the longest slide.
Gilbert & George Blood Heads
Banksy and his rats.
Westborne Grove, West London is the host to a nest of rats
and graffiti art by Banksy. You need a gimmic to get your art looked at
now days, and Banksy's rats worked on me. Creepy and squerming all over
the wood floor, of what could have been an estate agents office only last
week, so not much has changed.
Banksy Canvas Prints
Trafalgar square seems to be the in public ART place at the
moment - Not only the National Gallery, but Rolf Harris and his giant mosaic
Art works, and Marc Quinn and his controversial and ultra PC armless pregnant
woman sitting atop a plinth - A plinth, until now reserved for Monarchs and
great warriors, inventors or heroes.
"Alison Lapper Pregnant"
More trafalgar images
by Marcus Geiger
emm! as a PC arty statement or neo-classical sculpture, we think it aint arf
bad. In trafalgar square?- why not, untill we find a new English Hero to sit
What more large art?
Is this the largest art work ever ?
Wrapping up a River In Colorado. Christo and Jeanne-Claude are working on
their next project. "After more than 40 years of supersized artworks,
one last mega-art project remains on the couple's drawing board. They propose
draping nearly seven miles of reflective translucent fabric at periodic intervals
above a winding, 40-mile stretch of the Arkansas River in south central Colorado.
Self Portrait Marcus Geiger
print Marcus Geiger
JFK POP art
Is it Art ? *Troy The Movie*
edition signed by Artist
JFK (3) 30x20 inch.
80 inch x 30 inch "large wall" POP art
four seperate signed 230 GSM gloss prints. Inc P&P £155.00
Transvestite wins Turner prize
Grayson Perry "Essex
geezer in a dress" has won the prestigious Turner prize We can hear old
JMDubya spinning in his grave, not because of Grayson
Perry's choice in dresses, but because he is a potter (he also does fine
embroadery .ed). Having had a good look at Grayson work, we can only say its
a vast improvement over recent Turner winners - Photo
& GP's impresive CV
Van Hoogstaten great art collector or devil
Damien Hurst buys back his own "art" from Saatchi -There has been
bad blood between Hurst and Saatchi over the dollars for art scam - who is
scaming who? we are not sure.
Our investigator reports that Hurst may have cut up several bovine type creatures
(Cows), and presented them as art to the gulible Saatchi, who reportadley
paid Hurst several million dollars.
A local butcher, who visited the Saatchi gallery in August complained to Saatchi
that the cows belonged to him, and where due to be shipped to Mcdonalds processing
plant in Latvia. Hurst fearing legal action from Mcdonalds has negotiated(his
art dealer)the return of the cow p-arts. They will soon be returned to their
rightful owners. A spokesman for Mcdonalds tells us, the company will be marketing
a new range of Burgers.
" The Big Art"
Latest bovine picture
(northern twat or genius) unveils metal
Antony Gormley unveils his latest creation based on the plaster cast bodies
of 240 volunteers at the Baltic Arts Centre in Gateshead.
Turner and Venice - at Tate Britain 9th October to 11th January 2004
* Edouard Vuillard - at the Royal Academy
of Arts London W1 31st January to
18th April 2004
IT ART ?
da Vince show opens
The worlds finest collection of Leonardo da Vinci drawings, illustrating
his fascination with the Human form, opened at Buckingham Palace 9th May
The Divine And The Grotesque features more than 70 detailed pen-and-ink and
chalk sketches by Leonardo
The royal collection
Three paintings valued at over £1m have been stolen by a gang of crafty
mancunians from the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
*found by a toilet.*
The shortest art robbery in History?
grinner the cabage eaters
A site that makes art out of unusual grinners
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