Friday, July 11, 2014

Eye Candy for Today: Whistler etching of Wapping Warf

Wapping Warf, James McNeil Whistler
Wapping Warf, James McNeil Whistler

Original is roughly 6×9 inches (15x23cm). In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use download or enlarge icons below image.

Another of Whistler’s stellar etchings of riverfront architecture and activity — a beautiful use of line and texture.

Eva Gonzalès

Eva Gonzales
Eva Gonzalès was a 19th century Franch painter associated with the Impressionist circle.

More specifically, after studying with portrait painter Charles Chaplin, she became the only formal pupil of Édouard Manet. Manet’s influence is certainly visible in some of her work.

Manet painted a portrait of her in which she is posed as if painting one of Manet’s own works, and she posed for a number of other painters in the wider Impressionist circle.

Gonzalès died young, at the age of 34, while giving birth. I’m uncertain how prolific she was as a painter, as sources of information and images are somewhat scattered and incomplete.

The best resource for her work is The Athenaeum. There is at least one high-res image on the Google Art Project.

I’m particularly drawn to some of her still life subjects, in which she has obviously absorbed Manet’s lessons, and begun to go her own way with them.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Eye Candy for Today: Hiroshi Yoshida woodblock print

Hiroshi Yoshida woodblock print
Sekishozan (Shi-shung-shan, South China), Hiroshi Yoshida

Large version here.

As much as I recognize and admire the influence Japanese printmakers had on European artists, notably the French Impressionists, my favorite synthesis of Japanese and European artistic conventions is found in the woodblock prints of Japanese painter and printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida.

There is something about his blend of lines and colors (if you’ll excuse the expression), his suggestions of texture, atmospheric perspective, evocative composition and choice of subject matter that just connects directly to the pleasure center of my visual cortex.

This version of the print is from Ukiyo-e Search (my post here), on which you can find more images by Hiroshi Yoshida and many other superb printmakers (Timesink warning!).

Xiaodi Jin

Xiaodi Jin, concept art, dragons
Xiaodi Jin is a freelance concept artist based in Bejing, China. Beyond, that, I can find little information, and only a few images.

The images that are available, however, are tantalizing — wonderfully atmospheric and textural — and leave me waiting for more.

[Via Spectrum Fantastic on Twitter @SFantasticAL]

Monday, July 7, 2014

Eye Candy for Today: Weissenbruch landscape

The Trekvliet Shipping Canal near Rijswijk, also known as the View near the Geest Bridge, Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch
The Trekvliet Shipping Canal near Rijswijk, Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch

Also known as the “View near the Geest Bridge”, original is in the Rijksmuseum, link above is to a zoomable image. Downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons.

Wonderful light, air and painterly rendering by a 19th century Dutch painter who was influenced by the French Barbizon painters, the predecessors of Impressionism.

Isaac Orloff

Isaac Orloff
Isaac Orloff is a visual development artist and illustrator based in the San Francisco area, and currently working with Storm 8.

Orloff has range of stye that nicely mixes painterly effects with more graphic rendering, color with monochrome and cartoony with more fully realized.

His website galleries (accessed from a pop-out under “Work”) include Color Script, Illustration, Sketch and Paint, the latter being watercolors from life.

Orloff also has a blog and a Tumblog, on which you can find additional images and background information.