Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Microsculpture - Insect portraits of Levon Biss

The linked site is a fascinating interactive show of highly-detailed photographs of bugs. And what beautiful creatures they turn out to be. You can zoom in on each image, opening a micro-world full of fascinating colours and shapes. The above is a screenshot of part of a tricoloured jewel beetle at maximum zoom. Addictive.

Copyright statement: image is a very small part of original photograph, deemed fair use.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Autumn princess

Topical and beautiful, this magazine illustration from the heydays of Art Deco by William Henry "Haskell" Coffin (1878–1941). Coffin was a famous illustrator, whose work consisted inter alia of posters commissioned by the US government. He was one of the most highly paid illustrators of his era.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene is one of the early film classics. The original German version from 1919 came with a fascinating poster, clearly influenced by expressionist artists.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Big TV

White Lies is an Indie rock band from the UK. I have never heard any of their music, but their album covers are excellent. This is their third album, released in 2013, with a cover that has won a number of prizes. It is based on a painting by New York City-based artist Michael Kagan.

Copyright statement: low resolution pictures of album covers deemed fair use.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The storm

The special exhibition of works by Russian expressionist Alexej von Jawlensky in the City Museum of The Hague last month featured a number of works by related other artists as well. Of course, one of them was Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938), his compatriot and long-time companion. This painting in her characteristic expressionist style impressed me a lot.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


One of my favourite shots of recent weeks. This colourful geometrical abstract is a detail of a wall decoration in the City Museum of The Hague. Good reactions at Flickr, although I had hoped for more.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Join the Royal Air Force

One more post about the Great War. This recruitment poster dates from April 1918, half a year before the war ended. I simply love the biplanes from those days (a throwback to my childhood when I devoured the Biggles pockets).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Today is Armistice day, and this year we remember that it is exactly a century ago that one of the worst wars in the history of mankind finally ended. The misnamed Great War that took the lives of over 20 million people, including many great artists. For the occasion, this 1917 painting of the Verdun battlefield by Swiss/French painter Félix Vallotton (1865-1925).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks is one of the faces of the jazz age, and a personal favourite of mine. This must be one of the best shots of her, but unfortunately I could not find information on the photographer or the year it was taken (other than "1920s").

Copyright statement: image by unknown photographer, likely to be in public domain.

Friday, November 09, 2018


Another dazzling abstract by my Flickr friend tapatim. Her photostream is a real treasure trove of unique abstractions.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The temper trap

The second album of the Australian Indie band The temper trap, bearing the same title and released in 2012, comes with a cover that has been recognized as one of the most beautiful of all time at the Art Vinyl site. Alberto Seveso is credited with artwork and photography.

Copyright statement: low resolution pictures of album covers deemed fair use.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018


Once more I used the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here), mixing a photograph I took myself of an autumnal landscape in a park (link), and a painting by Kandinsky (Park of St. Cloud – Autumn II). The result, after cropping out the less successful bottom part, is an expressionist autumn view.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Sterling service by Sterling records

Recently, a German on-line company had a tremendous offer for those interested in late romantic music: A Sterling Records box of Swiss composer Hans Huber's 8 symphonies on 5 CD's for under 8 euro. I knew and love these works, and could not resist snapping it up.

It came, nicely wrapped in plastic, with the five CD's all in original jewel cases and wrapped in plastic too. When I unpacked it though.... I found that the CD with symphonies 1 and 7 was included twice, and the CD with symphonies 3 and 6 was missing. I contacted the company I bought it from, but all they could offer was to return the box for a refund (the box itself was sold out by then), which I declined because even for four CD's this was a bargain.

Without much hope, I contacted Sterling in Sweden (specialized in rarely recorded late romantic composers) via email, explaining what happened. This started a very pleasant and helpful conversation, and a day later they sent me the missing CD (and a promotion compilation CD) free of charge. Sterling service indeed!

Copyright statement: use of low resolution album cover images deemed fair use.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Chance for a lifetime

If there is one Dutch band that I feel deserved far more international success than they had, it is Kayak. This is a great song from the first years of their career (1975), in the album version (far better than the abridged single version that was a minor hit in the Netherlands). Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 1000 best songs of all time).

Copyright statement: low resolution image of single cover deemed fair use.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

The gooseherd

A new name for the blog, thanks to the Google Art Project (a gadget that shows an art piece any time you open a new tab in Chrome). Armand Séguin (1869–1903) was a post-Impressionist French painter, who died at an early age from tuberculosis. I like this work because of the stunning blue used for the girl's dress.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Noir princesses by Astor Alexander

The idea is intriguing, the execution excellent. Astor Alexander, a freelance illustrator from San Diego, California, imagined Disney princesses on 1940's style mystery novel covers. Do click the link to see these gems in larger format.

Copyright statement: image created from linked site; all pics are thumbnails and deemed fair use.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Suno Suno

Rez Abbasi's Invocation is not exactly a household name, and I have no clue what they sound like. The cover image of this album from 2011 is interesting though, and I'm sharing it especially because the image used is by my Flickr friend Tapa Tapatim.

Copyright statement: low resolution images of album covers deemed fair use.