Two days ago, Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara passed away at age 87. He was to my taste one of the best composers of contemporary classical music. For the occasion, I have selected his gorgeous 1974 flute concerto Dances with the winds. Rest in peace, maestro.
This amazing complex covering an abandoned quarry pit is currently under construction in Changsa, China. The huge resort will include a hotel, a water park, indoor ski slope and an outdoor swimming pool. It was designed by Austrian architectural firm Coophimmelb(l)au. More about this building in the link.
The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder from 1563 is one of my favourite pieces of art from before 1800. However, I never realized the wealth of details hidden in this masterpiece. The linked article highlights 22 detailed scenes, each accounting for less than 1% of the total painting surface - and each worthy to be a painting on its own - an example is included above. A fascinating read.
This is the type of abstract shot that I love to take. It is actually part of a big light installation in a clothes shop. A personal favourite, and also so far my most faved shot of the year on Flickr (although Explore keeps on snubbing me this year).
No, this is not an art work by Christo. The photograph shows the Rhone Glacier above Gletsch near the Furkapass in Switzerland, the oldest in the Alps, being protected by special white blankets to prevent it from melting. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Urs Flueeler/EPA).
Otto Dyar (1892-1988) was an American photographer who is widely regarded as one of the most important glamour photographers of the golden age of Hollywood. I have selected this beautiful and original portrait of Carole Lombard as an illustration of his work. More about Dyar on the linked site.
It's been far too long since Danish-French impressionist grandmaster Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) last featured in this blog. Few painters have been more successful in capturing the French countryside on canvas, as in this work from 1879. More about Pissarro in the Wikipedia article linked to below.
An unusual abstract shot, constructed from lines on a ship moored at the IJssel near our home. Black and white conversion makes the lines stand out even more. I like it, and it got decent reactions at Flickr.
For the French national holiday, I picked this painting by my wife from around 2001, and which is displayed in our shop window these days. It depicts the tricolore flying from the walls of the old city of Rouen, where we lived at the time.
In this stunning art project, French photographer Giles Clement first takes pictures of his models with the ancient techniques of tintype/ambrotype. He then prints these photographs, with a striking vintage appearance, on large glass plates. Finally, he takes regular photographs of his models holding these glass plates. The result is both beautiful and haunting. More examples in the link. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.
Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of my beautiful wife and one of Rembrandt's self portraits (link here). The link leads to the original photograph.
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.