Monday, February 20, 2017

Eye Candy for Today: Carlo Ferrario ink drawing

Ancient Structure Beside a Stream, Carlo Ferrario ink drawing
Ancient Structure Beside a Stream, Carlo Ferrario

Pen and black on on paper, roughly 6 x 9 inches (16 x 23 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, which offers both a zoomable and downloadable version on their site.

I love how free and gestural Ferrario’s lines and hatching are here, so seemingly quick and casual as to appear scribbled; but over a foundation of solid, confident draftsmanship.

Ferrario often did drawings for the designs of operatic stage sets. If this was not one of those, my guess is that it is still likely a capriccio, an imagined rather than observed scene.

See his design for a stage set, with rows of receding arches, in the middle of the images in this post about “Graphite Drawings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art“.

 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Johan Krouthén

Johan Krouthen, Swedish painter, landscapes
As was discussed in the comments on my recent post about Thomas Fearnley, the Scandinavian countries seem to have produced a disproportionately high number of wonderful landscape painters.

Johan Krouthén was a Swedish painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm at the same time as Anders Zorn, and quit at the same time in a rejection of the institution’s restrictive policies.

Krouthén traveled to Paris and was exposed to the Impressionist avant-guarde there, and became acquainted with other Scandinavian painters while painting for a time in the art colony at Skagen in Denmark.

His subjects over time included room interiors, portraits and figures, but it is his landscapes for which he is best known. They are direct, clear observations of landscape elements and the effects of light, often with hight chroma passages but without the overt broken color of Impressionism.

The good news is that there are a large number of images of Krouthén’s paintings available on line; though many of those are unfortunately of less than desired quality. Those that are well reproduced, however, are worth searching out amid the others.

The largest selection I’ve found is on The Athenaeum, with over 400 images available. The largest reproductions are on the Bukowski’s auction site.

There is a dedicated site for Krouthén, www.johan-krouthen.se, maintained by Hans Nilsson, a professor of History at Linkoping University. The site is in Swedish, but it’s easy enough to navigate. The third navigation link, “Malningar”, translates as “Paintings” and there are sub-sections for time periods.

I’ve listed other resources below.

 
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eye Candy for Today: Juan de Espinosa still life

Still Life with Grapes, Apples and Plums, Juan de Espinosa
Still Life with Grapes, Apples and Plums, Juan de Espinosa

In the collection of the Museo del Prado, which offers a downloadable as well as zoomable version of the image. There is also a somewhat larger downloadable version of the image on Wikimedia Commons, but I think the color on the museum’s image is likely more true.

A beautifully sensitive still life by a 17th century Spanish master. I love the contrasting colors of the different varieties of grapes, particularly the light colored ones in the foreground that seem almost luminous.

I have to wonder, though, if that is their true intended color, or if they may have originally have been differently tinted by a glaze with a fugitive pigment. The museum’s page doesn’t comment on it, but I’ve never seen grapes of that color. Maybe they have them in Spain.

 
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Nico Delort & Teagan White at Gallery Nucleus

Nico Delort & Teagan White at Gallery Nucleus
Beautiful work by Nico Delort and Teagan White — both of whom I have featured previously on Lines and Colors — is currently on display at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA until March 5, 2017. Many of the originals have already sold, but some pieces are still available.

If you’re not familiar with these artists, see my previous related posts for more information and images, as well as additional links. Both are quite wonderful.

(Images above: Nico Delort, top six; Teagan White, bottom five)

 
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres portrait of Madame Félix Gallois

Madame Felix Gallois, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Madame Félix Gallois, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Graphite on paper, with touches of cold highlighting the jewelry, roughly 14 x 11 in. (35 x 27 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the download or zoom links under the image on their site.

Another of Ingres’ beautiful and deceptively simple graphite portraits — sensitive, incisive and dancing on that wonderful line between responding to a person and looking at lines on paper.

 
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Thomas Fearnley

Thomas Fearnley
Thomas Fearnley was a 19th century Norwegian painter who specialized in landscapes.

He painted many of his works in Italy, particularly along the beautiful Amalfi coast in places like Sorrento and Capri.

He was also an accomplished printmaker and produced very appealing lithographs and etchings of landscape scenes.

His subjects ranged from grand and dramatic to intimate and contemplative. I particularly enjoy his more subdued subjects.

 
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