This is one of the most beautiful vintage posters I have seen for quite a while. La Rinascente is a range of Italian upscale department stores, founded in 1917 and still in business. This poster, which I would date at around 1930, draws attention to the new fashion lines for autumn and winter. It was probably designed by Maurizio Mozzato.
A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 22 August 2009) - with the blog in its current form over seven years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because it is about 7 years ago and I had forgotten about it completely - while it is well worthwhile, and the video still exists on YouTube.
A fascinating piece of amateur video art found on YouTube. The 1957 movie Night of the demon (called Curse of the demon in the US) inspired Kate Bush in the writing of her songs Hounds of Love and The Red Shoes, as well as her short film, The Line, The Cross & The Curve. This video takes footage from the movie, interweaved with footage of Kate performing her music. A treat.
These photographs by Bruce Boyd demand lengthy preparations, that's why I put it under miscellaneous art. Together with his girlfriend, they make flower arrangements in water, which they freeze into a block of ice, and then partially shatter the ice by dropping it onto water, leading to a cracked texture, after which the end result is photographed. More examples in the link. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.
This is a shot of a window on the other side of the local canal, at the right tie of day to capture the sun-lit houses behind the photographer in the reflection. One of my most faved shots of recent weeks.
I had never heard of American artist Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991), until I saw this work last week. Bisschoff started as abstract painter, before turning to figurative art. This work is from 1960. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.
As usual, the Olympic games provide oodles of photographs for news sites - this one stands out for me up to now. It shows the Americans Katie Ledecky, Allison Schmitt, Maya DiRado and Leah Smith celebrating winning the gold in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Lee Jin-man/AP).
Bella Umbrella is an American umbrella brand that has embarked on a beautiful advertisement campaign shot by photographer Tim Tadder, combining the umbrellas with vintage fashion and lots of smoke. More examples in the link.
One of the most famous contemporary photographers who has not featured in the blog since the re-start: Czech Jan Saudek (1935). I love this example from his work for its sheer eroticism without any nudity (although many of his most famous shots feature nudes). More about Saudek on the linked Wikipedia site.
A shot I took a few weeks ago in the local harbour (5 minutes walking from our home). A good example of order in chaos, and the beautiful lighting helps as well. One of my most faved shots of the year so far.
The Special Designs category was started for objects, but this is a special case of interior design that fits the subject. Architecture firm XL-Muse has completed ‘Yangzhou Chongshuge’, a library located in Zhen Yuan, China. A stunning combination of an arch bridge like storage shelves system and a reflective black floor.
Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 90+ this time.
The ninety-ninth concerto deals with the nei, or Romaninan pan flute (image credit). Over the last decades, this instrument has become synonymous with the worst type of muzak, but I do have a concerto for pan flute and orchestra by one of its main masters, Gheorghe Zamfir. It is available on a Philips CD, played by the composer and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo under Lawrence Foster.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
My other main blog: In December 2009 I started a parallel blog, Art's Potpourri, for subjects that I think are interesting, but not fitting for my main blog. A few other blogs have come and gone - I list them here for reference.
Most of the images used in this blog are either mine, or they are used with explicit permission of the creators. Some of the images are sourced on the internet and I consider them common use for a non-profit blog (such as album covers), or I use them with a link to the site of the creator/owner.
If you find a picture on this blog that you are the copyright owner of, and object against the use, please drop me an email and I will remove it.