Eye Candy for today: Redfield winter scene

Overlooking the Valley, Edward Willis Redfield
Overlooking the Valley, Edward Willis Redfield

Redfield was one of the major figures in Pennsylvania Impressionism, painting in and around New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ.

Redfield loved to paint in the winter. All of his paintings are highly textural, but his snow scenes in particular are fascinatingly three dimensional — slathered with rills, troughs and coursing ribbons of thick oil paint.

Whenever I have the pleasure of viewing one of his paintings in person, I find myself stepping up and back repeatedly — marveling that the heaps and blobs of color seen up close can somehow coalesce into a naturalistic scene from a few feet back.


For more, see my post on Edward Redfield.


Self-portraits #8

Self-portraits: Giorgio de Chirico, Annible Carracci, Ferencné Paczka, Edward Hopper, Ilya Repin, Harry Anderson, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, William Merritt Chase

More non-photographic, non-electronic, non-iPhone “selfies” self-portrayals.

(Images above: Giorgio de Chirico, Annibale Carracci, Ferencné Paczka, Edward Hopper, Ilya Repin, Harry Anderson, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, William Merritt Chase)


Sorolla and America

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
The Meadows Museum in Dallas, in cooperation with he San Diego Museum of Art and Fundación MAPFRE, has assembled over 100 works by the Spanish master Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida for an exhibition titled “Sorolla and America“.

The exhibition will be on display at the Meadows Museum until April 19, 2014; it then moves to the The San Diego Museum of Art (May 30-August 26, 2014) and Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid (September 23, 2014-January 11, 2015).

Unfortunately, the Meadows museum hasn’t provided much in the way of an online preview of the show (when will museums learn to do this to promote their exhibitions?!). They have a few rows of thumbnails and pop-ups that are so small as to be completely pointless. (Hint to whoever maintains the Meadows website: Sorolla has been dead since 1923. These images are not under copyright. There is no valid reason not to post large versions.)

For a quick overview of Sorolla’s paintings, try WikiPaintings. For larger reproductions with more faithful color, see the Sorolla Museum entries on Google Art Project (my post here).

There is a new book accompanying the exhibit, Sorolla and America, but I have not seen it.

There is also a nice and reasonably priced book currently available, that I have seen and can recommend: Sorolla: The Masterworks.

Get them while you can — there have been periods when books on Sorolla have been hard to come by..


Santa Classics

Santa Classics ed Wheeler
For his series titled “Santa Classics” photographer Ed Wheeler dresses up as Santa, takes a shot of himself in a certain position under carefully arranged lighting, and then composites the photo into an image from classic art.

The Previous/Next buttons aren’t obvious at the lower left of the website home page. There is also a link to show thumbnails.

The photographs will be on display at bahdeebahdu in Philadelphia to December 21, 2013.

[Via Flavorwire]


British Library image trove

British Library image trove
The British Library has uploaded to Flickr over one million public domain images from 17th, 18th and 19th century books.

Starting next year, they will enlist the participation of the web in describing enough of the images to give the automated cataloguing systems a start. There is an article about the project here.

The images above were pulled from just the first two pages out of 10,200 pages of the Flickr set.

Most of the scans reflect the yellowing of the old paper, but those handy with image editing software can brighten these up considerably. Many of the images are fairly large.

For those unfamiliar with downloading images from Flickr: click to open the detail image, Control-click (Mac) or right-click (Win) and choose a size; then drag to your desktop. Alternately, click on the three dots at lower right on the detail page and choose “View all sizes”.

If you enjoy line art like I do, I’ll issue a Major Timesink Warning.

[Via BoingBoing]