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: Long Overlooked, Leading 20th-Century American Artist Doris Lee Is Celebrated Once Again in Traveling Exhibition

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Doris Lee “The View, Woodstock” Oil on canvas, 27 1/2″ x 44″ 1946

Doris Lee was an American painter who could be seen as as part of the Regionalist art movement, producing representations of what is now derided as “fly over country.” She is currently the focus of a traveling exhibition.

Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee features 77 of the most notable and compelling works of art by Doris Lee (1905-1983). Using a vibrant color palette, Lee sparks feelings of playfulness and humor in her paintings, drawings, prints, and commissioned commercial designs for fabric and pottery. Simple Pleasures includes works by the artist spanning from the 1930s through the 1960s from both public and private collections and gives overdue recognition to Lee’s significant contributions to American art. A selection of ephemera, such as product advertisements for the American Tobacco Company and General Foods who commissioned paintings from Lee, will also be included in the exhibition.

Doris Lee “Off to Auction” Oil on canvas, 24½” by 35½” 1942

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DAILY ART FIX: The Art of Memes 7

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When a classic enters an icon-Pulp Fiction at the Diner.

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DAILY ART FIX: The History of the Color Red: From Ancient Paintings to Louboutin Shoes

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History of the Color Red

Red Pigment

The colors of paint are created by various minerals, chemicals, or organic substances. This article reviews the various means used to create the color of passion, red.

The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt

Rembrandt “The Jewish Bride,”  1666

Carmine

As with all lake pigments, carmine is made from organic matter, as opposed to minerals used in colors like ultramarine or vermilion. Made from cochineal, tiny scale insects that live on cacti, the pigment made its way to Europe in the early 16th century when Spanish conquistadors noticed the brilliant reds used by the Aztecs. Carmine made a beautiful, deep crimson that was used by nearly all of the great 15th and 16th century painters. Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Velázquez are just some of the painters that used carmine to obtain a rich red hue. The pigment must be used carefully, however, as it can change color when exposed to light.

Fun fact: Cochineal insects were a valuable European import in the 16th century, coming in third after gold and silver. Used both in paints and dyes, the resulting color was a symbol of wealth. Many European aristocrats would wear clothing dyed with cochineal, as it produced a red much stronger than the kermes varieties already available in Europe.

Read the full article here: MY MODERN MET – The History of the Color Red: From Ancient Paintings to Louboutin Shoes

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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: 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: ‘A Painting Is Never Finished’: Legendary Chef Jacques Pépin on His Secret Life as an Artist, and Why He’s Sharing It Now

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Jacques Pépin in his studio. Photo by Thomas Hopkins, courtesy of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

Chef Jacques Pépin Making Art

Cooking is the only art which involves all 5 senses. A great chef is a great artist as well. I know Jacques Pepin from the various cooking shows we watch for relaxation and inspiration. I never knew he was a talented painter too! The article includes a charming video.

Is there any food item you don’t like to paint, that you don’t find appealing as an artist?

Not really! When I paint food, very often it’s very abstract or stylized. I don’t try to reproduce things exactly as they are. I look for a feeling, an emotion, for a structure in the canvas or an exploration of color more than anything else.

My daughter loves my abstract paintings. But they always end up with some kind of buffet table or some kind of picnic, something that is related to food to a certain extent even without realizing it. I guess I can’t escape myself.

Jacques Pépin, Vivid Buffet (2021)

Read the full article here: ARTNET – ‘A Painting Is Never Finished’: Legendary Chef Jacques Pépin on His Secret Life as an Artist, and Why He’s Sharing It Now

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DAILY ART FIX: David Lynch’s Art Peers Behind the Facade

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“Boy Lights Fire,” 2010, is part of the Bonnefanten Museum’s David Lynch retrospective.

David Lynch “Boy Lights Fire”

Even though he is best known as a film director, David Lynch got his start as a painter. He still makes art, and as they saying goes: the way you do something, is the way you do everything. Lynch’s darkness and humor shine through in the various mediums he utilizes. From 2019:

The American filmmaker known for macabre, enigmatic films such as “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive,” as well as his recently revived hit 1990s supernatural crime TV series “Twin Peaks,” seems to have a manic creative drive that has compelled him to explore every conceivable form of art: paintings, lithographs, black-and-white photographs, drawings, comics, collage, sculptures, stop-motion animation and even anthropomorphic design lamps.

“Yeah, I love to work,” Mr. Lynch said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where he lives and has his studio. “Every medium is so beautiful but each in their particular way, and you learn about them by getting in there and working with them and talking with them.”

I Burn Pinecone and throw it in your house

Read the full article here: NEW YORK TIMES – David Lynch’s Art Peers Behind the Facade

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DAILY ART FIX: How Churchill’s Search for the Color of the Sky in this Painting Led to a Lifelong Friendship

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The unknown side of Winston Churchill | All media content | DW | 14.11.2016

Winston Churchill “The Bridge at Aix-en-Provence”

I’ve written before on Winston Churchill’s accomplishments as a painter. Churchill was a fanatical Sunday painter, in additional to all his other efforts in defense of Western civilization.

Now a key work of Churchill’s was released for sale, and auction house Christie’s wrote an informative commercial about it.

In 1948, Sax and the Swiss artist Charles Montag visited Churchill in the south of France, where he painted The Bridge at Aix-en-Provence.

Sax was a keen sports fisherman, and Churchill added a personal touch to the painting, using a few carefully placed brushstrokes on the left of the composition to suggest a figure fishing.

Read the full article here: CHRISTIE’s – How Churchill’s search for the colour of the sky in this painting led to a lifelong friendship

SPOILER ALERT: The auction already happened; the painting sold for a hefty $2.3 million.

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DAILY ART FIX: New Painting “Reef”

Richard Bledsoe “Reef” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 24″

2022 got off to a great start, when I finished a painting on New Year’s Day. After watching countless nature documentaries, I realized any colors and shapes can be applied to the complex ecosystem of a coral reef. I invented this imagery, keeping it all loose and aquatic.

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