Ella Du Cane

Victorian painter Ella Du Cane, watercolor
Victorian painter Ella Du Cane, watercolor

Ella Du Cane was a Victorian watercolorist known for her paintings of various parts of the world — in particular, her delicate watercolors that obviously carry the influence of the colorful Japanese woodblock prints that were becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the UK at the time.

With her sister, Florence, Du Cane traveled to Japan and China, as wll as parts of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean.

Mucha’s interpretations of Winter

Winter, Alphonse Mucha
Winter, Alphonse Mucha

Three of Czech artist and designer Alphonse Mucha’s images depicting winter.

Reproductions of Mucha’s work on the web are so erratic and miscolored, one of the few places I trust is the Mucha Foundation, which I’ve linked to for the first two images. I can’t find the other, except for stores selling reproductions.

Happy Winter Solstice everyone!

Alessandro Tofanelli

Alessandro Tofanelli
Alessandro Tofanelli

Italian painter Alessandro Tofanelli’s haunting landscapes conjure a feeling of stillness and solitude. Whether that’s a positive or negative is, I think, somewhat indeterminate.

He paints in Italy, however — for me — his emphasis on scenes on or at the edge of water feel particularly evocative of the time I spent as a child with my grandfather on the Eastern Shore in Maryland.

The small samples above don’t give an adequate feeling for the way the paintings look when reproduced larger on several of the sites I list below.

Eye Candy for Today: Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel

Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel, Flight of the Raven, Quai de Valmy
Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel, Flight of the Raven, Quai de Valmy

Quai de Valmy, Flight of the Raven, Jean-Pierre Gibrat; ink, watercolor and gouache on paper; roughly 25 x 20 inches ( 65 x 51 cm).

Link is to listing on Christie’s auction, where the original art sold for almost 44,000 Euros (roughly $46,000). The listing desctiption is in Franch; (Google Translate to English here).

This is the art from a single panel, part of a single page of a more than 100 page French graphic story (or bande-desinées — literally, “strip of drawings”) titled Flight of the Raven (link is to Amazon used listing). The Englich translation volume is unfortunately out of print and going used for about twice its cover price used, but several English translated editions of Gibrat’s other graphic stories are still available at regular price, and I recommend them highly.

This story, and Gibrat’s drawings, beautifully evoke the look and feel of Paris during the German occupation in WWII.

I love the details of daily activity that Gibrat has worked into the panel. Just beautiful.

For more, see my previous post on Jean-Pierre Gibrat.

David Bottini (update)

David Bottini
David Bottini

David Bottini is a contemporary painter whose paintings are often filled with dappled light — sparkling on the surface of streams, highlighting paths and glinting off of bright autumn leaves.

His paintings are rendered in acrylic, but in a painstaking method involving layers and layers of glazes; a method inspired by his love of the luminous translucent effects of old master oil painting.

These characteristics, unfortunately, don’t come across well in photographs, so we must content ourselves with the superficial appearance of his work, which is still fascinating.

There is a video interview with Bottini on YouTube, in which he discusses some of his technique.

See also my previous post on David Bottini from 2015.