Friday, November 5, 2010

Babar Spoofs The Masters

Above:  a "reworking" of Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - 1884

Laurent de Brunhoff  (1900-1937) , the son of Babar's creator, Jean de Brunhoff, picked up where his father left off, continuing to create new storybook adventures for Babar and his friends. Although Jean de Brunhoff created Babar with his art, it was the imagination of his wife, Cecile, from which Babar originated. She originally invented Babar as a character in bedtime stories which she told to her sons. Meet the family that gave us Babar

The watercolors depicted here are a few of several illustrations in a book called Babar's Museum of Art.The original works were also part of an exhibition geared toward children which toured U.S. museums and galleries in the summer of 2009.

 Shown in the exhibition are illustrations created for the children’s book Babar’s Museum of Art. “The book tells the story of how Babar the Elephant and his wife Celeste transform an old train station into an art museum,” says Tomio. “In the book, de Brunhoff pays tribute to artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Cezanne, and Picasso by adorning the museum’s walls with classic works of art with a clever twist – the characters depicted in those works of art are all elephants.”

That must have been some job to cut the ear of an elephant version of Van Gogh. ;-)

de Brunhoff's version of The Dream by Henri Rousseau

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ABC Wednesday

 P is for Pablo Picasso
Spanish Cubist Painter


It is not enough to know an artist's works. One must also know when he did them, why, how, in what circumstances ... I attempt to leave as complete a documentation as possible for posterity.
– Pablo Ruiz Picasso

"The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? "
Pablo Picasso

"Everything you can imagine is real. "
Pablo Picasso

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. "

"What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist. "
Pablo Picasso

"We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand. "
Pablo Picasso

"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. "
Pablo Picasso

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. "

 "God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephantand the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things."

 Paloma Picasso

"Sculpture is the art of the intelligence. "
Pablo Picasso

"Youth has no age."
Pablo Picasso

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Surrealistic Sunday - A Frida Fest

The Broken Column


The Two Fridas

Self-Portrait with Necklace of Thorns

Four Inhabitants of Mexico

 A Few Small Nips

The Love Embrace of the Universe, The Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego and Señor Xolotl

 Henry Ford Hospital

What the Water Gave Me

The Wounded Table
 The Dream (The Bed)

The Suicide of Dorothy Hale
 Girl With Death Mask

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