Thursday, March 17, 2011

Art Foraging - This Week's Catch

As you may have guessed, I do a lot of searching, investigating (if you will) and reading about art, on the internet. When I start clicking, I end up with files full of images and a bookmark menu full of links. Some of them I use in posts, while others that I find interesting don't find their way onto the blog. Some of these artworks/artists interest me enough that I want to share them with you occasionally. When something resonates with me, I'll be posting it occasionally under the heading Art Foraging.

Most of what I'll be posting for awhile will be weird, way-out contemporary art. Feel free to tell me why you hate it!  ;-) 

" Art should be transgressive. Life is not all sweet. "
Nicholas Serota

Nancy Spero, Maypole: Take No Prisoners II, 2008 (detail), Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London, (March 3-May 2, 2011), © 2011 Jerry Hardman-Jones.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ABC Wednesday - I is for Ingres

 I is for Ingres

 Jean Augueste Dominique Ingres 
29 August 1780 – 14 January 1867

 Self-portrait at age 24

Ingres was a French Neo-Classicism painter. He considered himself a painter of history but ultimately he is best known for his portrait paintings and drawings.

 Napoleon on his Throne
"Make copies, young man, many copies. You can only become a good artist by copying the masters." ~ Ingres

The Bather of Valpinçon
1808Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France         

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Desdéban. 
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon, France

"The way good inventions are made is to familiarize yourself with those of others. The men who cultivate letters and the arts are all sons of Homer."
Le Grande Odalisque
Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France

Antiochus and Stratonice
Oil on canvas. Musée Condé, Chantilly, France
"As long as you do not hold a balance between your seeing of things and your execution, you will do nothing that is really good."
Portrait of Countess D'Haussonville
1845Frick Collection, New York City


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