Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seldom Seen

To be perfectly honest, I'm pretty tired of Monet's lily ponds and such, having seen them a kajillion times in my lifetime. Ah, but this seldom seen beautiful painting strikes a resonant chord with me!

Claude Monet
L'Église de Varengeville; soleil couchant
1882

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sweet Profile

A sweet profile painting, without being saccharin. I love the delicate 'lines' — a style used by a number of artists of this era. 

Paul Rink — 1890s

Monday, September 8, 2014

Arcadian Fantasy

Art Deco illustration makes any scene look like an arcadian fantasy.

George Brandt — 1921

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Arcadian Deco

Art Deco Arcadia from just about a hundred years ago...

Thomas Baumgartner — circa 1915

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tromping Angels

Illustrations of Alphonse Mucha are very satisfying to my eyes, even when I'm not familiar with the story involved. Here, the young lady hears something...possibly the angels tromping by or the bells swinging like there's no tomorrow. Either way, it's a lovely graphic work, is it not?

If you know the story involved here, please do share.

Where Holy Men Fell to Earth

The old days, the old ways, promoted world travel with most compelling graphics. Travel posters were glorious.

Isipatana means the place where holy men fell to earth, based on the legend that when the Buddha was born, devas came down to announce it to 500 holy me. The holy men all rose into the air and disappeared and their relics fell to the ground.

Sounds like an extraterrestrial close encounter.

This poster portrays a Buddhist pilgrimage to the sacred site. 

Art by Dorothy Newsome — 1930ish

Friday, August 22, 2014

Color Variant

I've seen several different color variations of this piece, 
but this is the most pleasing one for me. 

Alexander Benois — Chinese Pavilion — early 20th century

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Night

This is "The Night", as it was 99 years ago . . .

Gruber_ 1915