Daum good pitcher | If I say so myself

Daum Brothers | glass jug[Pitcher from Daum Brothers – One of their masterpieces entirely wheel cast with applique and displays the harmony of softly blended colours seen through a curtain of mist].

Daum is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France. Daum was founded in 1878 by Jean Daum (1825–1885). His sons, Auguste Daum (1853–1909) and Antonin Daum (1864–1931), oversaw its growth during the art nouveau movement. They quickly became one of the major forces in this movement, seriously rivalling Émile Gallé as the leaders in the field of decorative glass.

  • During the Universal Exhibition in 1900, Daum was awarded a ‘Grand Prix’ medal.

In 1906 Daum revived pâte de verre (glass paste), an ancient Egyptian method of glass casting, in which crushed glass is packed into a refractory mould and then fused in a kiln. By the 1930s Daum’s window panels had pâte de verre added for richness, instead of using leaded or painted glass.

  • Daum glass became more elaborate, and acid etching was often combined with carving, enamelling and engraving on a single piece of glass, to produce creative glass master-pieces.
  • The most complicated creations also featured applied glass elements, such as handles and ornamental motifs in naturalistic forms.

Today Daum is the only commercial crystal manufacturer using the pâte de verre process for art glass and crystal sculptures.

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Everfresh | Everlasting | Evernew

Melbourne’s Everfresh graffiti and street art spray painting crew started back in 2001 in a studio in the city business district (CBD) called Blender Studios situated in Franklin Street. Since then they have become one of Australia’s best known street artists collective of talented painters, screen printers, sign writers, designers, photographers, sculptors, installation artists & makers.

  • The name Everfesh came after one of the members found an old local business sign – ‘Everfresh Confectionery’.

Everfresh Studio was formed in 2004 when the members moved to a disused storage shed in Collingwood. The new suburban base allowed the artists to broaden the reaches of their work to include all of Collingwood and the neighbouring suburbs of Fitzroy and Brunswick, as well as the whole of the city’s CBD centre.

Earlier members included: Sync, Rone (Tyrone Wright), Reka (James Reka now based in Berlin), Wonderlust, Phibs, Meggs (David Hooke), Prizm, Mike Makatron and The Tooth (Callum Preston) whose bios are all featured in the Miegunyah Press book of 2010 Everfresh: Blackbook: The studio and streets – 2004-2010.

In this book Wonderlust says of the Night Cat wall project (3 images featured above) that “We had permission to paint the Night Cat wall for over two years before we got around to starting. Every time I went down Johnston Street I was sh*tting myself that someone else was going to be marking it up. It’s such a good spot we really wanted to do something big for the local community, something that would become a bit of a landmark for Fitzroy. Hopefully we got there in the end”. (And they did!)

According to their studio website the current line up in the Everfresh Artist Network include: Callum Preston (aka The Tooth), Rone (Tyrone Wright), Tom Civil (aka Civil, Civilian), Mika Makatron, Phibs and Meggs (David Hooke).

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In Air, Fire, Earth and Water | World on the Scales

The Artwork:
Album cover for King Crimson’s 1970 vinyl LP In the Wake of Poseidon features the artwork The 12 Archetypes or The 12 Faces of Humankind by Tammo de Jongh (1967).

A description of the twelve faces for this work is described on The Hope. Not all of these are featured in these two images. The First image on the left shows by definition:

  • The Fool (Fire & Wind) featured on the left with red beard;
  • The Actress (Water & Fire) with black hair, a necklace, earrings and tears in her eyes;
  • The Child (Water & Air) a picture of innocence; a girl with long golden hair, wearing a gold chain, on the end of which is a small golden key.
  • The Enchantress (Water & Earth) in the upper right corner with long dark hair blown sideways.

The second image on the right depicts:

  • The Logician (Air & Fire) in the upper left corner with a long dark beard, surrounded by stars.
  • The Observer (Air & Earth) wearing glasses and in a pensive mode.
  • The Wise Woman (Earth & Air) wearing a winter scarf, and
  • The Patriarch (Air & Water) looking like an aged philosopher.

There are four other archetype ‘faces’ not depicted here but include:

  • The Warrior (Fire & Earth) a warrior’s face with helmet and black beard.
  • The Slave (Earth & Fire) a female indigenous African with gold earrings with a warm and friendly face.
  • Mother Nature (Wind & Earth) in the upper left corner with blonde hair surrounded by flowers and butterflies; and
  • The Joker (Fire & Air) a harlequin with a gold-stuccoed triangular hat.

The Artist:
Tammo de Jongh (1927-1997) was a Dutch artist who in the 1960s lived with two friends Thomas Knapp (aka Sebastien Michael Llewelyn), and Herewood Gabriel, in Kentish Town, London. They called themselves ‘The Green Monks’,  who later became the ‘Graigian Society’ (or The Community). De Jongh took the name of Anelog. They dedicated themselves to the Tarot and to the work of G. I. Gurdjieff. The community broke up after the death of De Jongh of a heart attack.

De Jongh worked with Richard Gardner and produced a book The Purpose of Love, (1970). Its content focussed on a theory based on nature, which could transform both individual lives and the world we live in. This would be achieved by understanding the elements of air, fire, earth and water; in a direct and experiential form. They believed that the elements could be seen as the source of different types of consciousness, ways of seeing and living which they termed “Natural Psychology”. By grouping the elements in pairs, it produced twelve possible combinations: air and water, earth and fire, etc. Each combination had associated natural phenomena attached, such as mist and dew, lakes and seas, ice and hot air, etc; as well as colours, psychological qualities, and one of twelve archetypal figures such as ‘The Fool’, ‘The Actress’ The Child’ and so on.
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The Album cover:
In The Wake of Poseidon was the second studio album of ‘prog rock’ group King Crimson. Their first album was In the Court of the Crimson King.  The line-up for their second album included: Robert Fripp, Pete Sinfield, Greg Lake (who had officially left the group), Gordon Haskell, Peter and Michael Giles, Mel Collins, Keith Tippett, and Andy McCulloch as sessional players.

The song [Excerpt]:
Plato’s spawn cold ivyed eyes
Snare truth in bone and globe
Harlequins coin pointless games
Sneer jokes in parrot’s robe
Two women weep, dame Scarlet screen
Sheds sudden theatre rain,
Whilst dark in dream the midnight queen
Knows every human pain

In air, fire, earth and water
World on the scales
Air, fire, earth and water
Balance of change
World on the scales
On the scales

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A Dscreet Parliament of Owls

Dscreet the London-based street artist, is certainly that. I have not been able to find out who he is. Research indicates that originally from Australia, Dscreet (born 1979) is part of the dubl trubl Crew. Dscreet picked up his first spray can in 1991, at the age of 12. His interest, like many other street artists, began with a love of skateboarding and hip-hop culture and the wild style form of graffiti writing on the trains and streets.

Dscreet started drawing his cartoon owls in his early years around Melbourne because it was quick and simple to ‘throw up’ and, moving later to London, he continued his now famous owls as his ‘tag’. In an Interview in 2018, Dcreet exclaimed that he liked using them because:  “An Owl is silent in flight and is always just observing. Looking and being aware of its surrounding. It just seemed to work with the tag ‘Dscreet’ so it was a good match for what I was doing.”

  • Owls are generally solitary, but when seen together the group is called a “parliament”; and they have long been considered to be of ‘wise disposition’.
  • In fact, according to Greek mythology, the owl is the symbol for Athena, (The Goddess of Wisdom).

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Dscreet Owls | What a Hoot!

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Art In A Nutshell

Lothar Lautenbach | walnut carving
Walnuts have a long history in art. Walnut husk pigments were used as a brown dye for fabric and applied in classical Rome and medieval Europe as hair dye. Walnut husks have been used to make a durable ink for writing and drawing.

  • It is thought to have been used by artists including  Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.

However, in more recent times, many people have gone nuts about German artist and craftsman, Lothar Lautenbach’s intricate walnut work. At the age of 80 Lautenbach became famous for creating this minuscule piece, which includes a fantastically detailed landscape carved out of the inside of a walnut. In fact, Lautenbach has received many orders from all over the world for his mini-masterpieces.

  • This example was displayed some time ago at the Museum for Saxon Folk Art (Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst) in Dresden, Germany.

Anyone thinking of shelling out for this artists work must realise that he
might like nuts, but he certainly does not work for peanuts!

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Street Art Going AWOL

Going AWOL usually means being ‘Absent With Out Leave’, but here it could mean being a member of a well known Melbourne street art team; the AWOL Crew.

The AWOL Crew is a team of well-known street artists that was formed back in 2006 and have since, pushed themselves and their work, both individually and collectively, to a unique level of artistic elevation.

  • Various crew members include, Adnate, Deams, Itch, Aaron Li-Hill, Lucy Lucy and Slicer; who have produced a variety of evolutionary and inspirational art locally and overseas. In doing so, they have garnered a widespread audience of admirers.

In fact, many members of this Crew do go AWOL from time to time, traipsing around the world leaving their unique art styles around for all to see.

  •  Discover more about the AWOL Crew on their Facebook page.

So let’s go AWOL
Once and for all.

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Anchor’s Aweigh | On a Ship With Vernet

[Seaport by Moonlight (La nuit un port de mer au clair de lune) Musee du Louvre, Paris]

French landscape and seascape artist Claude-Joseph Vernet was born in Avignon, France on 14 August, 1714.  At the age of 14, Vernet worked for his father Antoine, a skilled decorative painter, creating panels for sedan chairs. Wanting more than this, the young Vernet left home and headed for Italy.

  • On the sea voyage, Vernet saw magnificent whales off Marseilles, and on arrival in Italy entered the studios of whale painter Bernardino Fergioni and marine landscape artist, Adrien Manglard; who taught him the art of seascape painting. Vernet did further study under landscape designers and maritime painters such as Claude Gallee.

Vernet lived in Rome for nearly twenty years, producing views of seaports, storms, moonlights and large whales; which were becoming popular with English aristocrats; many of whom were on the European ‘Grand Tour’. Vernet achieved great celebrity with his serene landscape paintings and became one of the most accomplished artists of tempests and moonlight scenes.

  • Later, living in Paris in 1753, Vernet received a royal commission to paint a series of the seaports of France.
  • These are now known as the 15 Ports of France (1754–65) which show typical scenes of 18th-century life at land and sea.
  • This series is now located in the Louvre and the Musee National de la Marine.

Unfortunatley, his untimely death, at the age of 65, took place in his lodgings in the Louvre on 3 December 1789.

His lifetime’s art work remains ‘all at sea’

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You See Him Here | You See Him There | Mitchell’s Art is Everywhere

Australian street and stencil artist Damien Mitchell was born in the regional city of Wagga Wagga, in the Riverina region of New South Wales. According to All Those Shapes, Mitchell was also known as Darky, Franta and Frantisek in his earlier street art career. After working at Fitzy’s Paint Place in Wagga Wagga as a young teenager, 15 year old Mitchell cut stencils and painted some works around town. He then moved to Melbourne, Victoria in 2012 where most of his work was found north of the city (such as these early examples featured above).

At the age of 18, Mitchell moved to Prague in the Czech Republic. He lived there for eight years painting everything he could on the city’s bare concrete walls. It was here that Mitchell began to move towards large scale murals.

After having painted his way around five continents, Mitchell now lives in New York’s Brooklyn area, creating photo-realistic portrait murals of the places and people around him.

Discover more about him on his website | or follow him on Instagram: @damien_mitchell

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A Hint in Sinton Art

 

Textile pieces featured above:

  • White, Black and Red Containers (Mixed paper, abaca, bamboo skewer, black paint 6.5″ x 7.5″);
  • Square Collage Container (Asian paper, printed paper, gloss medium 5″ x 4.5″)
  • Sheep Collage (Fleece, woven fragments 30″ high x 38″ wide)
  • Plaited Basket (Ash splints, printed paper 8″ x 6″)
  • Red Orb (Jute, yarn and rayon. Shag exterior wrapped interior 6″ x4.5″

These were all created by fiber artist and textile sculptor, Carol Walter Sinton  (1917-2002). Carol Walter was born in 1917 in San Francisco, California, in the USA.  After graduating from the Katherine Delmar Burke School in 1935 and Chevy Chase Junior College, Maryland in 1937; she began the study of weaving and design at Marina Adult School, in San Francisco, after her marriage to Henry Sinton in 1938.

In 1950, Sinton co-founded the Yarn Depot Cooperative; and the Weavers Study Group which ran for 10 years, until 1960. During her artistic career, Sinton joined many groups such as the Contemporary Handweavers of California, and the Friends of Fiber Art International.  From 1974-1978 she was a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Craft Council and became Honorary Trustee in 1986.

  • Sinton became Board Chairman of the Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts in Berkeley, California from 1979-1988 and later Board Chairman of the California Crafts Museum, at Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco from 1983-1992.

Sinton had a long and distinguished career exhibiting her art over a 40 year period from 1953 to 1994 including exhibits at the Richmond Art Center, Designer Craftsmen in 1963, 1974 and 1981; Basketry Shapes and Embellishments for the 1978 Exhibition at the Palo Alto Cultural Center and a Survey: An Invitational Exhibit of California Artist-Craftsmen in 1969 at the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego – to name but a few.

Sinton’s work has also featured among the collections of over 11 galleries throughout the US; including the Crocker Art Gallery,  Sacramento; Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee; Iowa State University, Meyer, Breier, Weiss, in San Francisco and the California Crafts Museum.

  • Further details are available in the publication written by her daughter; Carol Sinton Fiber Artist: Unravelling a Mystery by Patricia Sinton Adler, Writers’ Block, Berkeley California.

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Check out the works of the great Adnate

 

Matt Last aka “Adnate” (born 1984) is an artist, street artist and muralist from Melbourne who now mostly paints photo-realistic street art and murals using freehand spray paint and/or acrylics. Adnate started his career in 2001 as a young teenager ‘tagging’ and painting letters, progressing in 2011 to his current large-scale realistic street art portraiture style, to which he is now world-famous. Adnate’s style is based on the Italian Renaissance painting technique chiaroscuro often used by artists such as Caravaggio.

  • In 2012, Adnate became a member of the much revered and prolific graffiti and street art AWOL Crew with fellow artists Deams, Itch, Lucy Lucy, and Slicer.
  • Many works were collaborations with various Crew members and their works were scattered around Melbourne.
  • Examples can be found around Melbourne’s CBD (Hosier Lane, Tattersalls Lane), and its inner city and northern suburbs (Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick and Preston) as well as at overseas destinations such as Singapore, London and New York.

Adnate slowly increased his solo work and became sort out for commissions from companies, brands and individuals.  One of his most high-profile commissions is still visible, high above Hosier Lane and was commissioned by the City of Melbourne as part of its $20,000 Hosier inc Project Paint Up! 

  • It is a 23 metre portrait on the rear wall of the McDonald House building depicting an Indigenous First Nations boy overlooking Melbourne’s most prominent Indigenous site, Birrarung Marr.

In September 2013, Adnate visited Indigenous Australian First Nation’s remote communities in Arnhem Land and in the Kimberly in the Norther Territory as their guest. He spent his time photographing them which now feature in the portraits he paints. When viewing these, it is clear that Adnate’s time spent in the Territory had a deep and long lasting effect on him. Aiming to raise awareness of indigenous issues, Adnate worked with a cultural advisor, to ensure there were no sensitivities underpinning his artwork depictions.

Adnate strongly believes in giving back to the communities to which his subjects belong and his monumental works portraying Indigenous children have captivated viewers around the world.

  • Discover more about Adnate at his website or follow him on Instagram @adnate

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The ‘Toussaint Taste’ of ‘La Panthère’

These fabulous jewels are items from the world-famous House of Cartier range of jewellery. This Parisian icon was founded by Louis-François Cartier in 1847 when he acquired the workshop from his master, the great Adolphe Picard. Cartier’s son Alfred inherited the company in 1874, but it was Alfred’s sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques Cartier who established the brand name worldwide. Louis ran the Paris branch, moving to the Rue de la Paix in 1899.

  • Louis Cartier was responsible for some of the company’s most celebrated exotic Orientalist Art Deco designs, including the colourful “Tutti Frutti” jewels.
  • Many of these ‘gems’ were created by French jeweller Jeanne Toussaint (1887-1976) who became the first female creative director of luxury jewellery at Cartier in 1933.
  • A position Toussaint held until her retirement in 1970.

Toussaint was originally hired by Cartier in 1913 as director of bags, accessories and objects. With her interests in Art Deco, sculpture and India, Toussaint created a revival of an enriched “Tutti Frutti-style” of jewellery incorporating multi-coloured designs, featuring emeralds, rubies and sapphires with diamond accents around the carved stones. Inspired by the colour of the gems and the gold, she also urged the designers at Cartier to return to yellow gold after a predominance of platinum settings which had lasted over 30 years.

Toussaint was responsible for introducing the enduring Panthère collection. ‘Le Panthère’ appears to be a nickname given to her by Louis Cartier due to her magnetic charm, rebellious spirit, feline allure and sharp mind. There were rumours that Louis Cartier and Toussaint had a secret and passionate relationship together despite his marriage in 1924 to a Hungarian aristocrat. By 1933 Louis had retracted from the company’s creative side  and spent time with his wife in Budapest to avoid the gossip about Toussaint and himself. By 1954, Toussaint married her long-time partner Baron Pierre Hely d’Oissel.

  • Toussaint was a major influence within Cartier.  People have been known to refer to Toussaint’s designs as the ‘Toussaint taste‘ in relation to her jewellery style.

The Duchess of Windsor, the former American socialite, Wallis Simpson was most fond of Cartier jewellery and during her lifetime collected many pieces during the Toussaint years.

  • One such piece depicted above is Cartier’s Sapphire and diamond ‘Le Panthere‘ clip (1949); and
  • Ruby, sapphire, emerald citrine and diamond clip designed as a Flamingo (1948).

Both of these items were sent to auction at Sotheby’s in Geneva, 1986, as part of the the Estate of the Duchess of Windsor. The Duchess’ collection of jewellery was sold in aid of the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The proceeds from the sale which totalled SF74 million (US$50 million) was donated to the construction and maintenance of laboratories for research into retroviruses, cancer and AIDS.

Although not part of this collection or auction, I have included a more recent example of Cartier jewellery.

  • Cartier’s Opal Austral bracelet with its perfectly smooth 57.95 carat Australian opal which was on display at the Biennale des Antiquaires, held under the domed glass roof of the Grand Palais in Paris. 

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If Deb’s Art Was on Air, It Would Be Debonair

Melbourne born street artist Deb (born 21 January, 1979) is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Deb is currently living in San Francisco in the United States (US). She is well-known for her signature sultry and curvy females, inspired by the 1940s and 1950s pin-up posters and retro fashion. There are many examples of her fine art murals to be found across Australia and overseas.

The left-handed artist has loved painting and drawing ever since she was a young child and has been using spray can paints for nearly forty years. She also uses a variety of different materials across a multitude of surfaces; from aerosols on the street and selected interiors, to acrylics, oils & gauche on wood or canvas; along with digital design, illustration and sculpture.

  • Over the years, Deb has collaborated with some of the most well-respected international painters and street-based artists.
  • In 2012 she created a unique fundraiser towards prostate cancer research and support by raising thousands of dollars for the Cancer Council of Victoria.
  • Amongst some of her commissions and projects are Mambo, Myer Australia, Foxtel, Oxfam, Wheels and Dollbaby and Strike Bowling.
  • Deb has also launched her first artist series, red wine collaboration in the wine-making region Barossa Valley with David Franz Wines.

Deb has now relocated to San Francisco, after being granted her 01 American Artist Visa, but will continue to travel back and forth to her home country of Australia.

Further information is available at her Facebook page; Insta @Deb or from the website Day of the Deb.

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Going to the Postie

Going to the ‘Postie’ (sub-branch Post Office) is something that still occurs in many rural and local communities. You can pick up your bills (from your Post Office box), pay your bills, apply for an international passport, buy a few related sundries and even get the occasional bar of chocolate, or a roll of peppermints.

From the above scenario, it looks like the proverbial ‘chicken or the egg’ in working out whether the artwork is imitating life, or life, imitating art. In this case, ‘life’ has imitated ‘art’.

  • In both scenarios at the entrance of the Harcourt Post Office, we see two individuals preparing to enter through its front door. The artwork shows a woman, but my real-life photo shows a man. The other watercolour painting is ‘Pedalling‘. Both artworks are painted by Carolyn Marrone.

Bendigo born and raised artist Carolyn Marrone, has contributed both of these works at the annual Harcourt Applefest Art Exhibition. As a regular exhibitor she has shown ‘PO Harcourt’ at the 21st Applefest Art Show (2015); and ‘Pedalling‘ at the 23rd Show (2017).

Marrone is a watercolur and ink artist, who still lives in Bendigo, Central Victoria. With a lifetime love for art and drawing, she has over forty years of art experience, having learned from local artists including Pam Grist, Ross Paterson and Malcolm Webster.

Marrone focuses on capturing everyday events in her works and is mostly known for her art works based on her travels through Italy over the past 18 years, with her Italian husband, Mario. Marrone describes herself  “I am a devotee of the Italian lifestyle. People strolling  for the evening “passeggiata”, playing cards at the bar, sitting with friends in the piazza, or just having a natter with the neighbours from the doorstep or balcony.”

Marrone has exhibited and won many art awards at various art shows including exhibitions at Albert Park College, Moonee Valley, Flemington, Mornington,
Portland, Twin Rivers, Victor Harbour, Clare Valley; and internationally in Italy, Germany and the United States. Marrone is also an illustrator for St. Luke’s Innovative Resources in Bendigo.

  • Discover more about Carolyn Marrone at her website.

Regardless of whether life is imitating art, or art imitating life, is the man on the bicycle the same as in the photo?

Only life or art will tell.

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All Across the Nation | Such a Strange Vibration

Mimby Jones Robinson (born 1982) is an Australian artist and creator who specialises in large scale colourful Godddess murals and street art work.

Mimby’s world is full of colour and it began in 1996, at the age of 14, when she picked up her first can of spray paint alongside her older sister and friends. In more recent times, Mimby has lived in the United Kingdom and in the Australian major cities of Melbourne and Adelaide.

  • Mimby has been exhibiting her paintings and street art murals for over 10 years throughout the UK and Australia. Her ‘Goddess’ paintings were exhibited at London’s N90 Gallery in March, 2017 for the second time.
  • Mimby’s street art is often created in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane, the streets of Adelaide and Elizabeth in South Australia, Sydney, New Zealand, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and London. She has also collaborated with many international street artists including works commissioned for Adelaide’s Fringe Street Art Explosion.

Her work has been featured in Vexxed Art and Culture Magazine, French Arts and Culture Magazine Aesthetica, Melbourne blog Thirty Summers; and an interview on the Totally Wild TV Show.

  • It’s easy to recognise Mimby at work, as she adorns herself in rainbow attire and is never seen without sparkles on her face, glitter in her hair and a colourful flower headdress on her head.

Discover more about Mimby Robinson Jones at her Facebook page;
or for art commission inquiries email: art_mimby@yahoo.com.au or you can purchase Limited Edition Prints from Mimby’s Etsy Store.

My recommendation:

“If You’re Going to Paint Some Street Art,
Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair.
If You’re Going to Paint Some Street Art,
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”
[with apologies to Scott McKenzie.]

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The Raft of the Medusa and Two Naked Men

[Images: Nude Warrior with a Spear, Man Naked to the Waist, and The Raft of the Medusa]

French artist and lithographer Jean-Louis Andre Theodore Géricault (26 September 1791 – 26 January 1824) was born in Rouen, France. Géricault was one of the early pioneers of the Romantic Movement in art; and is best known for his work The Raft of the Medusa (1818-19, Louvre, Paris).

  • During his career, Géricault often painted military themes in his early paintings, however in The Raft of the Medusa, he depicted the aftermath of a contemporary French shipwreck, (The Meduse) where the ship’s captain had left his crew and passengers to die.
  • The Medusa was a French naval frigate that boasted 40 guns and fought in the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century. Remarkably, the ship survived these maritime battles only to crash on a sandbank in 1816 with over 150 soldiers on board, during an attempt to colonize Senegal.
  • This work became a national scandal, stemmed from its indictment of a corrupt establishment, and the dramatization on a more eternal theme; “man’s struggle with nature”.
  • Interestingly, one of the models who posed as one of the dying figures, was ‘artist-in-the-making’, a young Eugène Delacroix.

Amid the last days of his life, Géricault needed to have a tumour on his lower spine removed which was the consequence of three horse riding accidents that happened in the spring of 1822. Always intrigued by anatomy and ‘the body’ Géricault rejected the offer of surgical anaesthesia, so that he could see; with the guide of a mirror; the components of his body as the surgeon operated.  Needless to say, it was not long after this procedure that Géricault, weakened with illness, died on 26 January 1824.

  • His companion and admirer Ary Scheffer recorded the scene in his artistic creation The Demise of Gericault in 1824.

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