DAILY ART FIX: William Blake’s famous flop of an exhibition and the critic who described him as ‘an unfortunate lunatic’

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William Blake “The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan”

Part of the legacy of visionary artist William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) acts as a warning. It demonstrates how innovative artistic genius can go unrecognized by the status quo. A new book William Blake vs the World, explores how Blake was ignored and even abused by his contemporaries, such as the time when he dared to set up his own 19th century pop up gallery over his brother’s haberdashery. A critic named Robert Hunter created his own terrible legacy, and will forever be remembered as one who failed to appreciate Blake’s achievements in real time.

For the rest of the article Hunt delights in being vicious, patronising and cruel. He seems intent on putting this working- class creator in his place. It is hard not to see him as one of the uninspired “Hirelings in the Camp, the Court, & the University” that Blake attacks in the preface to Milton. “The poor man fancies himself a great master”, Hunt wrote, “and has painted a few wretched pictures, some of which are unintelligible allegory, others an attempt at sober character by caricature representation, and the whole ‘blotted and blurred,’ and very badly drawn. These he calls an Exhibition, of which he has published a Catalogue, or rather a farrago of nonsense, unintelligibleness, and egregious vanity, the wild effusions of a distempered brain.”

William Blake “The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth”

Read the full article here: ART NEWSPAPER – William Blake’s famous flop of an exhibition and the critic who described him as ‘an unfortunate lunatic’

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DAILY ART FIX: Mythmakers: Winslow Homer And Frederic Remington

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“The Stampede” by Frederic Remington (1861-1909), 1908. Oil on canvas. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Okla., gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation.

Frederic Remington “The Stampede”

Two great American painters went through their artistic peaks around the same time, despite a great difference in their ages and locations. A 2021 exhibit highlighted what they shared.

Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington are both mythic American artists. Their artworks represent what – for differing groups of art critics and consumers – have come to be seen as defining products of an “American art.” Homer is seen to represent the East Coast, with his crashing waves and stoic Atlantic fisher folk, and Remington the West, with his roughneck ranch hands and romanticized Native American braves. While Homer’s work was slow to catch on at first, he became one of the most respected artists of his day, and he is now universally lauded among the arts intelligentsia as a centrally important figure in the history of American art. Remington, by contrast, enjoyed wide popularity as a young artist, but since his early death his reputation has fallen among the curators, critics and academic art historians who are the keepers of the canon. It is partly for this reason that the two artists’ work has never before been considered together in a major exhibition, despite their surprising number of commonalities. Seeking to redress that oversight – and, to some extent, both artists’ “mythic” status – the Amon Carter Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine) and Denver Art Museum have co-organized “Mythmakers: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington,” on view at the Amon Carter through February 28.

Read the full article here: ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS – Mythmakers: Winslow Homer And Frederic Remington

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – Norman Rockwell’s Painting Process

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Norman Rockwell created iconic scenes of American life in the 20th century. As a commercial illustrator, he had to work fast, so I forgive his use of a projector to do his drawings from photographs. As this video notes, he originally worked from life, so I have no doubt he was an amazing draftsman on his own. And he could tell such stories in a single image, something I often strive for.

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DAILY ART FIX: 5 Weird Portraits from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

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Portrait of Peter Gonsalvus, 1580

The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria holds a collection of art that spans centuries. These items serve as a reminder of how art was the sole means of preserving appearances in the past. Some very unusual individuals had their likenesses captured for the ages.

1. The Hairy Man

Petrus Gonsalvus, “the man of the woods,” was born in 1537 in Tenerife. His life has been well chronicled as he became famous during his lifetime because of his condition called hypertrichosis, an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body. Gonsalvus was a noble man, although he was never considered fully human in the eyes of his contemporaries. He married, had children (of which four out of seven were also afflicted with hypertrichosis), and painted. It is believed that the marriage between Petrus Gonsalvus and lady Catherine inspired the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

Read the full article here: DAILY ART MAGAZINE – 5 Weird Portraits from Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

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DAILY ART FIX: The Horse in Ancient Athens: Symbol and Source of Inspiration in Art

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The horse was the pinnacle of transportation technology for thousands of years. A new exhibit examines its role in ancient Greece.

The ASCSA explained that horses, while being an integral part of the daily reality of Athenians, were also a popular motif across their art forms, appearing in media as diverse as marble reliefs, ceramic vases, and silver coins.

“Horses were depicted in all forms of ancient Greek art and the exhibit will display a variety of antiquities from Greece and abroad, such as marble reliefs, ceramic vases, and silver coins, ranging from the Protogeometric (1050-900 BC) to the Hellenistic period (330-30 BC). These works of art, especially Attic painted vases, illustrate the ancient Athenians’ obsession with horse breeding and racing.

Read the full article here: GREEK REPORTER – The Horse in Ancient Athens: Symbol and Source of Inspiration in Art

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The Artist in the Studio – Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning

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Max Ernst - Wikipedia

Max Ernst “Ubu Imperator”

MAX ERNST - VISIONARY HALL OF FAME

Max Ernst

Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning | The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst

Dorothea Tanning in her studio, Paris | Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Tanning. On Time Off Time. 1948 | MoMA

Dorothea Tanning “Time on Time Off”

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DAILY ART FIX: The Christmas Tree Painting, Updated

 

 An update on a post from December 23, 2015

Our Christmas Tree: Our Work-in-Progress Tradition

It started in 2012.

It’s a little hard when you are adults, with no kids around, to find the proper level of Christmas decorating for the home.

To not decorate at all would be bleak. It would be an unhappy break from a lifetime cycle of excitement and fun around the holidays, as well as missing out on commemorating one of the definitive miraculous events in human history.

But to go for an 8 foot live tree with all the trimmings and a giant outdoor display seems excessive. There are other complications as well. Our cats were too intrigued by even the small artificial tree we used for a few years, leading to some unfortunate episodes. And we don’t even have an outlet on the outside of our house to plug lights into.

In 2012 my wife Michele Bledsoe came up with a great solution. We were both painters-why not make a painting of a Christmas tree that we could bring out for the holiday?

Inspired, we made a quick trip to the art supply store and got to work.

Tree paint 1

2012: I began with the star and some vague spots of color as a base coat for ornaments

Michele’s sister Sherry was living with us at the time, and joined in creating the tree and decorations. The idea was just to roughly block in the shapes at first. Then, every year at Christmas time when we bring out the painting, we would continue to work on it.

Tree paint 2

Sherry and Michele, adding details

Michele took on the role of clean up and enhancement. Since her paintings are so precise and intricate, she excels at getting images resolved.

Tree paint 3

2021 marks our ninth season of painting on the tree. There’s still room to add new ornaments, and plenty of opportunities to refine the elements we’ve already depicted. I imagine we will be working on this the rest of our lives.

When the tree is not on one of our easels, we put it on our family room floor, surrounded by presents. It’s been a wonderful tradition. And the cats don’t try to climb it.

Merry Christmas!

“Christmas Tree” acrylic on canvas 36″ x 24″ 2012-2021

Michele Bledsoe, Richard Bledsoe, Sherry

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DAILY ART FIX: If Famous Artists Doodled Christmas Trees…

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Merry Christmas!

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DAILY ART FIX: The Neglected Afterlife of the Great Georges Braque

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Georges Braque “Théière noire et deux citrons” oil on panel, 12 3/8″ x 19 1/4″ (1948)

I’ve written before on French artist Georges Braque’s quiet power. His observations translated into paint have a mysterious, poised solidity and elegance. Is he being overlooked in today’s art market of flash and trash? This article thinks so, and presents a compelling take on Braque’s works.

He merely got on with it, year after year, making still life paintings of such restraint and subtlety, and much else too. None of the paintings on these walls shouts at us. They speak of self-containment, of a quietly impassioned, ongoing dedication to the task at hand. If anything, they seem to live and breathe, and even be in defiance of any easy notion of modernity.

Georges Braque “Vase, prunes et couteau” oil and sand on canvas 12 1/4″ x 25 1/2″ (1925)

Read the full article here: HYPERALLERGIC – The Neglected Afterlife of the Great Georges Braque

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DAILY ART FIX – The 15 artworks that define Christmas – in pictures

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Nativity at Night by Geertgen Tot Sint Jans Geertgen

Nativity at Night by Geertgen tot Sint Jans (c 1490)

A really lovely listicle, which features nativities and winter scenes.

Peasants trudging through snow, ice-skaters in the street and the baby Jesus glowing and golden in the manger … how the greatest painters have captured the majesty of the season

Adoration of the Shepherds, 1609, by Caravaggio

Adoration of the Shepherds by Caravaggio (1609)

Snow Scene at Argenteuil by Claude-Oscar Monet

Snow Scene at Argenteuil by Claude Monet (1875)

See the full list here: THE GUARDIAN – The 15 artworks that define Christmas – in pictures

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