Sunday, February 08, 2009
Art and Soul
Las Meninas~ is a 1656 painting by Diego Velázquez. It's always fascinated me. From a perspective standpoint, it confuses me. Am I the painter? That's Velasquez over there on the left. Am I one of the observers in the studio,...like the people pictured in the mirror on the back wall? Am I the subject of the painting, the back of which we see Diego working on? Every time I look at Las Meninas I see something different.
David~ Donatello~1440s (!!!!!)
Forget about it. If you're thinking about working in bronze, there was this guy who, ...about 5 1/2 centuries ago, conveyed the human form in a Biblical AND sensual way. Let's all just give up now. Donatello was the real shit.
Nude Descending a Staircase~ Marcel Duchamp~ 1912
Love it. Poetry in motion. Futurist elements, a little Picasso influence, also a glimpse at the new photographic advances. Great stuff. The kind of painting I wish I could paint.
Under The Birches~ Theodore Rousseau~ 1843
Takes my breath away. The sort of painting I want to climb into.
Autumn Landscape~ Vincent van Gogh~ 1885
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher~ Johannes Vermeer~ 1665
A command of light that I find astounding. Also, the ability to convey texture, such as in the girl's dress and headdress...veil....whatever....that white thing. Awesome.
One of the nice things about this blogging business is that I can make additions. By the time I'm through with this thing, I expect to have about a dozen more of my favorites.....