Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wake me up when September ends

What else to post on this day? Green Day is probably the best group emerging from the nineties' neo-punk scene. Good albums like Dookie and Nimrod put the group firmly on the map. Their finest moment came in 2004 with the amazing concept album American Idiot, easily one of the best albums of the century so far. More melodic than their previous work, the raw power is still present as well, which is evident in the hit single Boulevard of broken dreams, but above all in the beautiful rock ballad Wake me up when September ends, in which lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong tries to come to terms with the death of his father. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time).


Art Gout Beaute July 1929

This magazine cover is such a beautiful romantic image, still Art Deco but in a more pastoral mood. Art Gout Beaute was an early French women's fashion magazine, predating the likes of Vogue. It was published throughout the 1920's and early 1930's, and is still famous for its hand coloured illustrations.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Links [25]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently, but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by myself.

Greatest Photographs in Baseball History.
Most Impressive Water Bridges.
How Lawyers Ruined a Great Photograph.
Renoir Bought at Flea Market.
Artists' Chess Sets.
Revealing More of North Korea.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Unusual concertos [36]: Harp

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 - aiming for 50+ this time.

The thirty-sixth concerto deals with the harp (image source), bringing us back to regular orchestral instruments. It surprises me that the harp has not become more popular as a concertante instrument, since the days of Handel. Still, a few composers of name have had a go at it, such as Gliere, Ginastera, Mathias, Rautavaara, and the best of all, Alwyn. His Lyra Angelica is in my opinion one of the most beautiful concertos of all time, regardless of instrument. For this post, I have selected the substantial harp concerto by Ireland's Philip Martin from 1993. It is played by Andreja Malir and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland under de Roo, taken from a Marco Polo CD.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

An eerie encounter

The cultural highlight of our recent Paris trip was the Gerhard Richter Panorama exhibition at the Pompidou. Richter is my favourite contemporary artist, and is one of my wife's favourites as well - I love his abstracts in particular. When I took a particular photograph in 2010, a distorted reflection of Almere's skyline, I gave it the title Richteresque, because it reminded me of Richter's abstract style. Still, when I came across his painting September near the end of the exhibition, I was startled to say the least. This work from 2009, commemorating the 9/11 attacks, bears an eerie resemblance to my photograph - and I swear I had never seen this painting before in my life! The animated gif of the two works shown above I made myself; the Richter painting (including a good analysis) can be seen here, my photograph can be seen here.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paris sunset

This shot, a souvenir from our recent trip to Paris, did not get as many positive responses as I had hoped for when I posted it on Flickr yesterday. Still, it is one of my own favourites of the year so far. Pushed the contrast to extremes in the post-processing to emphasize the silhouette effect.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Happy birthday darling!

And yet another year has passed, but it has been one of the most important in our lives. Especially the move to Kampen and opening our own gallery! Happy birthday laopo! Image sourced from here.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The ring

This 1962 work may not be the most impressive painting in the pop-art oeuvre of Roy Lichtenstein, but it is perfect for today. It is now exactly twelve and a half years ago that the wife and I got married - in Dutch that is called a copper wedding jubilee. More on Lichtenstein in the linked wikipedia article.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Metropolis programme booklet

It is neither a poster, nor a magazine cover, so Anything goes to the rescue once more. This beautiful illustration is the cover of the original programme booklet of the movie Metropolis. Fascinating stuff: the link to the Retronaut entry presents the complete booklet in a few dozen pictures.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

From the London diaries

It has been a while - so high time to feature my Flickr friend aftab once more in my blog. Here is a gorgeous candid shot from his recent trip to London. Excellent choice of dof, with all emphasis on the main subject, the girl in the fascinating red hat, who mysteriously looks away from us - set in the hustle and bustle of London's street life. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Val de Loire

We're back from a short break in France, which took us to Paris (of course) and the Loire valley. This fascinating cubist poster of the latter destination dates back to 1959, and was designed by Despierre. We enjoyed the trip, part work (wrapping up loose ends from previous exhibitions), part fun (meeting old friends in Paris, new friends in Tours, and enjoying ourselves). And we saw a fascinating overview of the works of Gerhard Richter, our favourite living painter, in the Pompidou. More on that later this week.

Vintage Posters

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Potpourri: Envelope art

From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from years ago. This one was posted 19 February 2012 (re-posted after the purge 6 January 2013).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vogue January 1927

Another beautiful Art Deco Vogue cover, designed as so often by Spaniard Eduardo Garcia Benito: his artwork graced the cover of Vogue over ninety times between 1921 and 1940.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vintage-inspired millinery

My wife loved them as well, when I showed her the pictures in the link. In spite of the look, these are not vintage hats, but recent creations. New York-based milliner Behida Dolic handcrafts these fabulous Art Deco inspired hats, and sells them in her small shop in Hudson near New York City.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cartoon.Pho.To cartoonizer

A great site for a bit of on-line fun with your photographs - turning them into cartoons. The example above is a picture that my wife took of me, after processing on their site. I quite like it.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

We are the others

Another example where browsing music blogs yielded an unknown gem of an album cover. Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and this is their third album, released earlier this year. The cover has a nostalgic Art Nouveau feeling, but the ear phones leave no doubt as to the time period when it was created.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The rag collector

We encountered Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) for the first time in June this year in this blog. Here she is once more, with a stunning painting from 1917, showing off her expressionist style in the most exuberant way.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Le Voyage de Paris

Later this month we will be in Paris once more, and this Art Deco travel poster by David Brier is fitting to get us in the mood. I guess this one was created around 1930.

Vintage Posters

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cave dweller

I have posted before about the fascinating series of high quality photographs from his trip to Myanmar earlier this year that my Flickr friend cormend is currently posting (complete set here at Flickr). I have faved a relatively large number of them, and it is high time to share a recently faved shot form this series. This is the Saddar Cave, near Hpa-an, and the immense size of this nature's miracle is illustrated perfectly by the inclusion of the lone figure. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Contemplating life

There is something inherently philosophical about the photo art of Iranian photographer Samad Ghorbanzadeh, especially his dreamscapes where solitary subjects find themselves lost in a vast and empty land. Warmly recommended to click the link and sample more of his art. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.


Friday, September 14, 2012


My wife made this painting about two years ago during one her prolonged stays in Shanghai, the city she was born in. I find it a fascinating piece, and it is one of the few she has made that I have actually never seen myself.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012

It's that time of year again when the British Wildlife Photography Awards are announced - all of the images taken of British animals in their natural habitats. The link gives an overview of the winners, a fascinating collection. The seal shot above is by John Moncrieff.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My photography site

Sooner than expected, I have been able to extend our new Galerie LuS site with a number of pages dedicated to my photography. This includes a portfolio with 14 themed and 2 unthemed galleries with nine shots each (an example is given above). Every thumbnail links to a page with the picture displayed larger and some background info. In addition, there is a page with some background on my photography, and a page with events.

Galerie LuS

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hosiery and hats

A beautiful vintage advertisement from 1927 by the Chicago Mail Order Co. Although the product they are trying to sell is hosiery, the hats the girls are wearing is the real attention drawer for me. I simply love Art Deco head-ware.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Weird beauty by Alexander Khokhlov

Body paint of an incredibly high artistic level. Moscow-based artist Alexander Khokhlov uses the female face as his canvas for creating graphic, black and white illustrations in a project he named Weird beauty. The patterns he applies can be simple or intricate, but in all examples I have seen, the combination is simply stunning. As always, all rights retained by the creator.