Dante And Virgil In Hell by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1850)
Posts tagged art.
Gustave Doré - Satan Resting On The Mountain
Stitching the Standard by Edmund Blair Leighton.
Some of Goya’s Black Paintigs: The Pilgrimage to San Isidro, Atropos (The Fates) and Witches’ Sabbath
Studio Interior with Casts, 1852, Adolf von Menzel.
Painting by Erik Gist
Followers, allow me to get a bit personal and break my rule of asking for things to say "I need your help." Rather, ‘We’ need your help. You’ve probably heard this before, but I’m managing a Kickstarter for an illustrated prose novel called FRENZY. You can read up on the details of the project at that link, because that’s not what I’m here to extrapolate on.
We have quite a large goal, and we’ve been told it is far too high. But I believe a lot of points are being missed with what our project is.
Do you see that painting above? That’s an actual oil painting, traditional art. It’s done by Erik Gist, and he is one of the many talented people we already have on board to illustrate this novel for us. The artists contributing to this project range from digital to traditional, painting to sketches and we all want to pay them for the amazing work that they will be putting into this book.
Sure, we could just put out this book without any art, but we WANT this art to accompany the story - a truly terrifying Shark thriller penned by critically acclaimed author Andrew E.C. Gaska (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium, SPACE: 1999 Aftershock and Awe.)
If you can and want to donate or just spread the word, I appreciate it, our artists appreciate it, our writer appreciates it, everyone who is putting day & night effort into this project appreciates it.
Ilya Repin (August 5, 1844 - September 29, 1930)
James Whistler - Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Fire Wheel (1875)
Salvador Dali - Galacidalacidesoxyribonucleicacid (detail)
Salvador Dalí - The Life of Mary Magdalene (1960)
Rembrandt, Militia Company of Capt (Nightwatch), 1639-42
This painting is without a doubt Rembrandt’s most famous, and seen as the national painting of the Dutch. Although it has lots of nationalistic baggage attached to it, this work is undeniably one of the most important 17th century paintings in terms of sheer ambition. The title Nightwatch was given to the painting in a later century because it had darkened from smoke and a dark varnish applied to protect the paint; however, the image actually depicts Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch leading the Second Precinct Company out of the city walls, presumably to perform some important militia duty. A myth pervades popular culture that this painting was not successful, or that Rembrandt’s eventual bankruptcy was a result of the “failure” of this work: both ideas are patently untrue. For a commissioned portrait of this ambition, Rembrandt needed special permission from the patrons to create the unusually bustling action, and it is certain that each patron signed off on his depiction within the painting.
In the image, Captain Cocq is leading his militia out of the city to perform some duty; there is a sense of chaos and normal disorganization that would be realistic for an activity of this sort. Rembrandt moves the viewer’s eye through the painting by using various diagonals, color, and light that converge to create a sense of unified action that hasn’t quite coalesced into a unified procession, giving the painting its dynamism. For the figure of Captain Cocq, who is the main figure pictured on the left, Rembrandt plays with light to highlight his face and hands, while using extra paint layered on in thick impasto to almost sculpt his figure and give it an extraordinary three-dimensional quality. Rembrandt is probably aware of this rough style from Frans Hals, who employed it frequently in his portraits.
Gustave Doré, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga screening Brillo boxes at the Factory, June 1965.
“The Anatomist”, 1869, Gabriel Max. (via)