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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Spooky!

I love spooky scenes in art, as long they're not violent. This one is yummy spooky—called Lithuania by Artur Grottger, 1864


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not by Mucha

This piece is what art elitists would think of as lowbrow art, kitsch, or art for the masses.

Yeah . . . so?

I think it's a charming Art Nouveau graphic that isn't by Mucha for a change. It's from an old postcard.



1903-ish, artist: I. Dunno.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Handsome Is as Handsome Does

A handsome character sketch of a handsome rake of a character...

Anton von Werner — 1875