Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sebastian

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 1 December 1973. A decent collection of new entries, including one absolute favourite: Sebastian by (Steve Harley and) Cockney Rebel. Art Rock score: 10/10 (outstanding song, one of the 200 best of all time).

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Friday, November 29, 2013

View of a great city

This is one of my wife's more recent paintings, and a favourite with many visitors of our gallery until we sold it. It is her interpretation of the view of our home town of Kampen across the IJssel river. Due to its extended oblong shape, it really comes to life when you see it larger than in the blog. Therefore I have included the option to see the larger size by clicking the picture.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Caeciliametella Photography

You may have seen the name caeciliametella before on the blog - it is the artist's name of my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr, one of my favourite photographers on Flickr until she left the site earlier this year. I was delighted to see that she has started a web site dedicated to her excellent photography. Highy recommended to click the link and explore her art.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Photoplay July 1929

Once more a great Photoplay cover, the magazine founded in Chicago in 1911, that reached its top in the 1920s and 1930s. This one depicts actress Bessie Love in an exotic costume, as drawn by Earl Christy, with a striking headline about the (then) new talkies.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Strange interlude

A beautiful Art Deco illustration of a sheet music cover. Strange interlude was composed by Phil Baker, perhaps better known as a comedian. I could not find further information about this cover, which I think dates back to the thirties.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Potpourri: Rainbow rose

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 some time ago. This one was originally posted 15 September 2013.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hallelujah

A fitting title for a Sunday.... this one was inspired by a recent post in the Girlflapper blog. A beautiful jazz age poster for the 1929 movie directed by King Vidor.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Harmony

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 24 November 1973. There is really not a lot to choose from this week, but I have always liked Harmony by the Ray Conniff Singers, an unlikely top 10 hit in the Netherlands. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vogue November 1926

There is no name closer connected to the Art Deco style Vogue covers of the roaring twenties than that of designer William Bolin. This is another of his masterpieces, with a very effective use of that splash of colour.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Unusual concertos [59]: Guitar

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 50+ this time.

The fifty-ninth concerto deals with the classical guitar (image source). Its relatively low volume caused it to fall out of favour as concertante instrument in the romantic period, but 20th century composers have taken up the challenge once more. Most famous of all is of course Rodrigo's Concerto d'Aranjuez, but other notable composers of guitar concertos include Villa-Lobos, Hovhaness and Arnold. I have selected Malcolm Arnolds guitar concerto from 1959 as my example. The version I have is on an RCA CD, in a performance by Julian Bream with the Melos Ensemble under the composer.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In the subway

Once more one of my recent attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a photograph taken in the Paris Metro a few years ago, given a painting like treatment. The link leads to the original photograph.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Beetlebum

Beetlebum from 1997 is one of the biggest selling singles by UK's nineties' top act Blur - it was their second #1 hit in the UK after Country House. The cover is suitably mysterious for a song that has been described as a five minutes version of the "white" double album by the Beatles. More about Blur on the linked Wikipedia page.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

On top of the world

It's been a while since I last posted something in this category. I came across the work of Caras Ionut, a Romanian photographer and digital artist, on the Bored Panda site recently. The image I selected is original and beautiful, and makes you think. But it is well worth clicking the link to sample more of this photo art. All rights retained by the artist, as usual.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Samba pa ti

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 17 November 1973. Among the new entries we find a good song by (Bob Marley and) the Wailers, but also Santana's Samba pa ti, one of my all-time favourite songs, which ranked at #15 in my ongoing countdown of the most beautiful pop and rock songs. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time).

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Tessellation collages by Cecelia Webber

A stunning concept, perfectly executed. Artist Cecelia Webber takes photos of nude models and spends up to a year to create extraordinary digital collages from excerpts of these, resembling images from nature. More examples in the link. As always, all rights retained by the creator.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Where first and third world collide

Almost surreal in its setting, this photograph demonstrates how in China first and third world are not only co-existing, but in fact more and more on a collision course. It was shot in Chongqing, which in its greater metropolitan area houses a staggering 34 million people. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Mark Henry/Getty Images).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Retro deco baby

The title says it all, really. Another example of a beautiful album cover that I encountered in a music blog, without a clue of what the band sounds like. In this case, I was curious enough to chase for samples, and it is actually quite nice retro swing that the Texas Gypsies produce, although far from essential. But the neo Art Deco cover rocks.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Il Trittico

Vintage posters of the opera kind. This year, I am giving opera a second chance after a first less successful try in the nineties. So far so good, I must say. Currently, I am on a Puccini streak, mixing the ones I already knew with ones I had not heard before, such as his fascinating triptych (Il Trittico) of one act operas depicted in the posters above. The first performances were in 1918, and I assume these posters are from about that time as well.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Poppy

What better way to end the posts on this year's Armistice day than with one of the most beautiful poppy photographs I have ever encountered? It was shot by my Flickr friend jenny downing. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Armored train in action

This year's Armistice Day post is a painting by an artist who has not featured in my blog before: Italy's Gino Severini (1883 - 1966). He was a leading member of the Futurist movement, and the above war scene from 1915 is a good example of his style. More about Severini in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Lest we forget (links, updated)

Over the past few years, I have made many posts inspired by the so-called Great War (1914-1918), on the occasion of Armistice Day (11 November). Here (like last year, updated) I collect links to all of them rather than re-post one or two. If you want to click just one, I suggest the first one, which has some astonishing background information. The image above is by myself.

11-11-08 Poem: In Flanders' fields.
11-11-08 YouTube: Documentary on Britten's War Requiem.
11-11-08 Paintings: Returning to the trenches (Nevinson).
11-11-08 Flickr favourites: Lest we forget.
11-11-09 Vintage posters: In Flanders' fields.
11-11-09 Paintings: La guerre (Gromaire).
11-11-09 Photojournalism: Remembrance.
11-11-10 Paintings: Over the top (Nash).
11-11-10 En Vogue: Vogue May 1914.
11-11-10 Poem: Suicide in the trenches.
11-11-10 Photojounalism: The fallen.
11-11-11 Under cover: Motion Picture May 1918.
12-11-11 Photojournalism: Armistice day in London.
12-11-11 Photojournalism: Armistice day in Minsk.
11-11-12 Art-iculations: Artists who fell in the "Great" War.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Black Swan

Before the movie Black Swan was released in 2011, there were four neo Art Deco posters posted of stunning quality, and I blogged all four of them at the time (links 1 2 3 4). Last Friday, we finally got to see it on TV, and we were mightily impressed, especially by Natalie Portman's Oscar winning performance. For the occasion, one of the official posters used after the release, inspired by one of the most poignant scenes of this must-see movie.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Lost at sea

This one needs to be seen larger at the linked Flickr page to fully appreciate its beauty. A true minimal masterpiece by my Flickr friend cormend. My original comment sums it up pretty well: Amazing, intense, perfect. A deserved hit on Flickr Explore. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Wonderful

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 10 November 1973. Once again, not a lot to choose from this week, and the real stand-out is Colin Blunstone's single, Wonderful. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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