4 Jul 2015

Compelling, inspiring

Definitely, worth remembering and following.
Inspite of my love of cooking, the two burners would suffice.
The images of the ancestor "protoplast" - of course...

6 Apr 2015

The Colourful and Loving Watteau

Uff, I have really abandoned my blog for a while...
I have resumed some great reading, a translated "French XVIII c Painters".
What a great great - written more than a century ago, perfect Easter read...

Kirsch, Adam "Masters of indiscretion" in The New York Sun August 29, 2006
Their novels did not make a mark, their plays flipped, by the time they were old they were desperate to save their name from oblivion.
They rescued for quite sometime with their "Journals", I have not read them because I am not THAT interested in the life of the French society in the second part of the XIXc, but I sooo much enjoy their writing about Watteau, Chardin and others.
It has been written at the time when the masters of the 18th century were almost forgotten, once under the generous patronage of Louis the XVth, not fetching much interest nor pricing at the auctions by the time of the book was written.
The Goncourts name is of course immortalized by Edmond's bequest and the consequent renowned Prix Goncourt for Literature.
Anyway, the NY Sun blurb is announces the publication of the Journals.

I, for now, enjoy immensely the French Painters, the language is fresh manner is enthusiastic, I will definitely definitely take another, more careful look at the authentically delicate and joyful painting of Watteau after reading this.


9 Jan 2015


The material reclaiming and art has been going strong for a long time.
More beauty emerges:

4 Jan 2015

Greetings Everyone!

The year begun beautifully, look at the glazed cityscape of the Ottawa's Old Town area.
Now it is frigidly cold, yet views are still very picturesque.

Left- Ottawa Cathedral, right - National Gallery of Canada 

28 Dec 2014

Melancholy of the American Baroque

Man and woman with stern expession stand side-by-side. The man holds a pitch fork.
I can see that my posts on Melancholia enjoy enduring popularity among my visitors. Here is a bit more....

May of us know the painting by Grant Wood, American Gothic.
Should't it be called American Baroque? --->
The thesis is that really, as in Poland, in the United States of America Baroque continued well into the 19th century.

Just a small selection of 19th century daguerreotypes from the fascinating collection of Library of Congress reveals so much melancholy in the images of people;

Still Life with tree and two small stuffed mammals
Including the images of detritus and decay so well arranged Vanitas in the early nature shots.

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