söndag 23 december 2012

MILLAIS John Everett Ophelia c. 1851

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Oil on canvas
Height: 76.2 cm (30 in). Width: 111.8 cm (44 in).
Tate Britain, London

The painting depicts Ophelia, a character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, singing while floating in a river just before she drowns:

"Her clothes spread wide / And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up.". But eventually, "her garments, heavy with their drink / Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay" down "to muddy death.

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VEDDER Elihu Soul in Bondage 1891-92

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Oil on canvas, 37 13/16 x 24 in. (96.1 x 60.9 cm) Brooklyn Museum, New York City
I sent my soul through the invisible
Some letter of that afterlife to spell
And by and by my soul returned to me
And answered, "I Myself am Heaven and Hell"

Omar Khayyam
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ROSLIN Alexander The Lady with the Veil 1768

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Damen med slöjan
Oil on canvas
Height: 650 mm (25.59 in). Width: 540 mm (21.26 in).
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Roslin’s wife, French portrait artist Marie Suzanne Giroust. There were numerous ways of holding, opening and closing fans. Each way meant something specific. The lady with the veil has folded her fan and is using it to stroke her cheek. This might mean: I love you! – Google Art Project

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GULÁCSY Lajos Garden of the magician 1906-07

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Oil on Canvas 85,8 x 63 cm Hungerian National Gallery

The couple engrossed in one another is surrounded by natural setting, a garden of a mystic atmosphere. The flowers unfolding from the rampant vegetation and the swirling ribbon of smoke at the right suggest roses and the fragrance of incense. Google Art Project

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SEURAT Georges Can-can (Le Chahut) 1889 - 1890

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Le Chahut
Oil on canvas.
Height: 1,700 mm (66.93 in). Width: 1,410 mm (55.51 in).
Kröller-Müller Museum Otterlo, Netherlands

Like the Impressionists, Seurat was fascinated by light and colour. But he found Impressionist art too emotional. As a reaction to this he developed a painting technique that displays none of the painter’s personality. He used only seven colours, which he applied in small dabs so close to one another that the eye blends them into forms and subtle tints. This Neo-Impressionist manner of painting is called pointillism, from the French word ‘point’ which means ‘dab’. Google Art Project

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BURNE-JONES Edward Study of a female head 1894

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Sanguine and charcoal on colored paper Height: 384 mm (15.12 in). Width: 277 mm (10.91 in).
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)

The earth, the sky, the rocks, the trees, the men and women of Burne-Jones are not those of this world; but they are themselves a world, consistent with itself, and having therefore its own reality. – Wikipedia

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lördag 15 december 2012

Den blinde mannen

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Det högg till i hjärtat, när jag först såg denhär målningen. Vilken blick han har, den blinde gamle mannen, och vilken utsökt känslighet han utstrålar. Hur mycket kan man inte utläsa ur ett ansikte som dethär...? Tekniskt är det också en intressant målning. Se på de flytande penseldragen och hur det glänser om oljefärgen. Man kan undra vad Klimt har blandat i färgen, om det verkligen bara är oljefärg.

Gustav Klimt Den blinde mannen, 1896 (hela målningen)

torsdag 13 december 2012

A thousand dreams within me softly burn

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Torde vara ett citat av Arthur Rimbaud, en fransk poet som jag nästan inte vet något alls om.
Bara att det är han till vänster på bilden.
Men jag tyckte att ord och bild passade ganska bra ihop, titta på dendär lite febriga blicken.
Målningen är gjord av Henri Fantin-Latour, The corner of the table, 1872.

måndag 10 december 2012

lördag 8 december 2012


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Har använt en förinställning i Lightroom som kallas 'Glow'.
Glow-effekten går ut på att öka på intensitet, skärpa och svärta, men minska på klarhet och brus - ja, så blir det en slags lyseffekt.