Category Archives: Paintings

Like A Bridge Over Ponded Waters, I Will Lily You Down

  Claude Monet is the original artist of the great masterpiece painting Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies (1899) oil on canvas 90 cm x 100 cm (Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris) Born Oscar-Claude Monet in France, on 14 November 1840, Monet … Continue reading

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Confessions of an English-Opium Eater & Others

Opium usage in art and literature is not as uncommon as you might think. Fascination with narcotics has reigned interest since the late 19th to early 20th Centuries with movies relating to the drug craze, such as: The Derelict (1914), … Continue reading

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Vanity vs The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy

[Left: Vanity (1907) oil on panel 57 x 38 cm Diploma work accepted 1936 Royal Academy] [Right: La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Aka “The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy“) (1926) canvas 102 x 97 cm private collection, London] English painter and … Continue reading

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Gerard of the Night (Painter By Day)

[The Happy Musician (De Vrolijke Speelman) 108 x 89 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam] Dutch Golden Age artist, “Gerard of the Night” (Gerard van Honthorst, Gerrit van Honthorst) was born on 4th November 1592 in Utrecht. Early in his career he visited … Continue reading

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Where the Hammock Swung | When the World Was Young

[“In the Hammock“,  (1886) by Hans Thoma] German artist Hans Thoma, was born on October 2, 1839 in Bernau within the Black Forest region of Germany.  In 1859, at the age of 20, having started life as a painter of … Continue reading

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With a Huffin’ and a Puffin’ These Covers Will Blow You Away

[Above: Book covers for Puffin Story Books published in 1951. Gloria Freedman’s front and back cover (The Secret Garden) and John Harwood’s covers for Fairy Tales From the Isle of Man.] Four years after Australian paperback publisher Penguin Books had been … Continue reading

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Bathing or Resting But Never Protesting

[Francois Boucher The Surprised Bather (1736) and Diana Resting After Leaving Her Bath] French Rococo style artist Pompidour François Boucher was born in Paris on 29 September 1703, the son of lace designer Nicolas Boucher. Boucher is known for his … Continue reading

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Is Art Trash? or Is It ‘Trash Art’

The Destroyed Room (1978) by Jeff Wall. Transparency in light-box 159 cm x 234 cm. (Collection  of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa) Canadian photographic artist Jeffrey “Jeff” Wall, was born in Vancouver on September 29, 1946. He is best … Continue reading

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Early Depictions and Accounts of Fake News

“The Suicide of Alice Blanche Oswald” (from The Illustrated Police News, 21 September 1872). During Queen Victoria’s British reign there was an increase in reporting sensational news stories which whet the general public’s appetite for more.  Many of these stories … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #18 | The Lovers

[Left: Jeremy Park – Lovers (2002) c-type photograph; Right: Rene Magritte – The Lovers (Les Amants) oil on canvas (1928) 54x73cm National Gallery of Australia] Sydney photographer Jeremy Park pays homage to Rene Magritte’s ‘The Lovers‘. Magritte’s original (painting) is … Continue reading

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Summer Nights | Tell Me Moore, Tell Me More

[A Summer Night by Albert Moore, (1890) Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool] Albert Joseph Moore (4 September 1841 – 25 September 1893) was an English painter known for his depictions of langorous female figures set against the luxury and decadence of … Continue reading

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Rucker’s Musical Ruckus

[Two-manual harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp (ca 1628) inscribed Joannes Ruckers] The Ruckers family were harpsichord and virginal makers from Antwerp in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Their influence stretched well into the 18th C and to the harpsichord revival … Continue reading

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Michael’s KmitMent To Neo-Byzantine Art

[Edda by Michael Kmit (1966) oil on hardboard 72 x 48] Ukrainian/Australian artist Michael Kmit was born in Stryi, Lviv on 25 July 1910. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków, but due to the conflict in WW2, … Continue reading

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Her Cross | Lawson Wood

[ “Her Cross” from Lady Pictorial magazine November 20, 1915, Pictorial Review Supplement 1916] English painter, illustrator and designer Lawson Wood, was born Clarence Lawson Wood, on 23 August 1878 in Highgate, London. He was the son of landscape artist … Continue reading

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The Spring Cycle

[Above: Spring Cycle by Wen Jun (mixed media) 2013]. This colourful artwork is in the form of a pedicab, which was once commonly used as transport in Chinese cities. Painted in the traditional Spring Festival style, the eight paintings on … Continue reading

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