Κυριακή, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Cindy Wright

No Shadow of Sound (www.masterart.com)
Cindy Wright is a Belgian n artist who was born in 1972. She earned a Master in the Visual Arts (painting) from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp) in 1996 and a laureate at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerp in 2006. She currently lives and works in Antwerp. Her style is most often described as photorealism, often with a macabre twist. Visit her SITE  for more of her work

Self Portrait

The Vanish painting


Κυριακή, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Totenkapelle (Chapel of the Dead) in Austria


The Heiligenkreuz Abbey , a monastery of the Cistercian at Heiligenkreuz in the Vienna woods ( Lower Austria ). There is no interruption since its inception in 1133 and is now - after Rein -. the world's second-oldest, continuously active since the founding Cistercian monastery. Since 1713, a narrow space of three bays, covered with cross vaults, is in use as a burial chapel. The artistic design was the responsibility of Giovanni Giuliani(1663- 1744). Dancing skeletons glow (as candle holder=candelabras) the deceased confrere that is laid out in the middle of the chapel, the way to eternity.





Πέμπτη, 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Elvira Madigan-Sixten Sparre, a tragic love story


Elvira Madigan (4 December 1867 – 20 July 1889) was a Danish tightrope walker and trick rider, whose illicit affair and dramatic death at the hands of her lover were the subject of the Swedish film of 1967.


While performing in Sweden with her stepfather's circus, she met a Swedish cavalry officer, Lieutenant Count Bengt Edvard Sixten Sparre (27 September 1854 – 20 July 1889). Sparre and Madigan fell in love, but their love was impossible, partly due to the fact that Sparre was married and the father of two children. After exchanging love letters for a year, they ran away together to Denmark in June 1889, where they spent about a month. When they ran out of money, they packed a picnic basket, went out to the Nørreskov ("North forest") on the island Tåsinge, Denmark, and had a last meal, after which Sparre shot Madigan and himself with his service revolver. Madigan was 21 years old and Sparre 35 years old.


Madigan's and Sparre's grave is situated on the cemetery of Landet on Tåsinge and is still today visited by tourists and lovers from all over the world. Their tragic love story has some resemblance to the Austrian Mayerling drama, where Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover took their lives in January 1889.


The story of Elvira Madigan and Sixten Sparre has been the subject of three films. The 1967 Swedish film, directed by Bo Widerberg, is the best known. The soundtrack features the Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21 in C (K 467) by Mozart, which is sometimes informally referred to as the "Elvira Madigan" Concerto. There was a Danish film made the same year, and an earlier Swedish film in 1943.


Κυριακή, 10 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Ken Currie

Face of a semi feral child
Ken Currie (1960-) is an English painter, one of the most influential living artists in Scotland. His paintings are displayed in public and museum collections worldwide. Currie's paintings are primarily concerned with how the human body is affected by illness, ageing and physical injury. Closely related to these themes, his work also deals with social and political issues and philosophical questions. Although many of the images dealing with, for example, metaphysical questions do not feature figures, a human presence is nevertheless suggested.
 
The Troubled City


Flayed head of a rabbit









Σάββατο, 2 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Henry Fuseli

The Three Witches (1783)
Henry Fuseli (1741 – 1825) was a Swiss painter, draughtsman, and writer on art, who worked and spent most of his life in Britain. As a painter, Fuseli favoured the supernatural. He pitched everything on an ideal scale, believing a certain amount of exaggeration necessary in the higher branches of historical painting. His figures are full of life and earnestness, and seem to have an object in view which they follow with intensity. Like Rubens he excelled in the art of setting his figures in motion. Though the lofty and terrible was his proper sphere, Fuseli had a fine perception of the ludicrous. The grotesque humour of his fairy scenes, especially those taken from A Midsummer-Night's Dream, is in its way not less remarkable than the poetic power of his more ambitious works. I have already posted about his faqmous paintings entitled "Nightmare" HERE and HERE. In this post we will know some dark and supernatural Fuseli's works too.

Macbeth, Banquo and the witches on the heath

Satan and Death with Sin intervening

Satan and Death with Sin intervening

The Fairy Queen Titania and the donkey head Zettel, detail: Elfe (1793-94)

The fairy queen Titania caressing the donkey-headed Zettel (A Midsummer-Night's Dream) (1780-90)

Macbeth consulting the Vision of the Armed Head

The dream of the shepherd (1793)

Scene of Witches, from "The Masque of Queens" by Ben Jonson (1785)

Lady Macbeth Seizing the Daggers, 1810-12

Theodore Meets in the Wood the Spectre of His Ancestor Guido Cavalcanti (1783)

The Sin, followed by Death (1794-96)

Thor, in the boat of Hymir, battering the Midgard Serpent (1790)

The Night-Hag visiting Lapland Witches