Thursday, October 7, 2010

Artist of the Week - Edward Hopper

Hopper is famous for capturing the mood and feel of the mid-20th century in his paintings. From lonely diners and hotel rooms to houses on the shore, his paintings lend a vision of what life was like in those times.

 Nighthawks is a 1942 painting by Edward Hopper,that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is considered Hopper's most famous painting, as well as one of the most recognizable in American art. It is currently in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Following are more works by Edward Hopper, in chronological order

Queensboro Bridge

Blackhead, Monhegan

"There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions."   ~ Edward Hopper
Chop Suey
 Always reluctant to discuss himself and his art, Hopper simply summed up his art by stating, 
“The whole answer is there on the canvas."
Freight Car at Truro
(Cape Cod)

Room in New York

"If you could say it i words, there would be no reason to paint."
~ Edward Hopper

Shakespeare at Dusk
(Central Park)


The Martha McKeen of Wellfleet
(Cape Cod, Massachusetts)

"My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature."  ~ Edward Hopper

Sunlight on Brownstones
"In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people."


"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.


"Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world."
~ Edward Hopper

Chair Car

"Well, I've always been interested in approaching a big city in a train, and I can't exactly describe the sensations, but they're entirely human and perhaps have nothing to do with aesthetics."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ABC Wednesday - Letter L

L is for Toulouse Lautrec

(Henri Marie Raymond de)


One of Toulouse- Lautrect's most famous works,
Dance at the Moulin Rouge
"I paint things as they are. I don't comment. I record."
~Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi into one of the oldest aristocratic families. Henri was weak and often sick. By the time he was 10 he had begun to draw and paint. At 12 young Toulouse-Lautrec broke his left leg and at 14 his right leg. The bones failed to heal properly, and his legs stopped growing. He reached young adulthood with a body trunk of normal size but with abnormally short legs. During his convalescence, his mother encouraged him to paint. He subsequently studied with French academic painters L. J. F. Bonnat and Fernand Cormon.    read the rest here


Monday, October 4, 2010

Art Animalia - Le Zèbre

Mario Avati
Six Running Zebras


 photo close-up of a zebra
(artist unattributed)

 Lucian Frued

George Stubbs

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Picture for One Moment

Do you recall those "memes" where people tagged you and you could play along in any number of ways? Well, they're now appearing on Facebook and this time, I'm not participating!  Once in a while, it's a fun thing to do, if it's of interest but once these things gain a momentum, bloggers are bombarded with them and it's nothing but a nuisance.

In case you've not caught on, photo memes and what I call themed memes, work differently. A blogger thinks of a theme for photo subjects or for personal interpretation through writing, poetry, artwork or whatever other creative way he or she chooses. The entries are then linked on the host's blog through Mr. Linky. Those are the ones I love. You can choose whether or not to participate, there is no obligation and it's fun and rewarding to see what people make of the particular theme or category. 

On my photo blog The Pagan's Eye I've started my own feature called Picture for One Moment. I don't plan on using Mr. Linky on it, but if people see it, they can participate on their own blogs and play along. There are no rules. I'm calling it a "mememe" because it really is about one image that I choose for lots of reasons for no reason at all. My friend Linda of Vulture Peak Muse, has gone ahead to play it. Great stuff, Linda!

I'm now bringing this same idea to The Pagan Sphinx. Every once in a while you'll see the title Picture for One Moment and in it will be an image that caught my eye - either my own photograph, someone else's (with permission) or an artwork image. Sometimes there will be information and links, other times I may include very little; leaving it up to the eyes of the beholder to interpret or click off; enjoy or furrow their brow.  ;-)

Picture for One Moment is that of a creation by contemporary British artist Tracey Emin. This is not my photograph and I honestly don't recall where I found it.


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