Saturday, October 16, 2021

Amata dalle tenebre


Unfortunately, classical music has a bid of a stuffy reputation, and album covers in that genre tend to confirm that. It is usually a standard photograph of the main performer(s) or even more safe, a painting from the classical or romantic period. In the most recent CD release of one of their star performers, Anna Netrebko, the Deutsche Grammophon label has dared to be different - clearly taking inspiration from fashion magazine covers. 

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Bowie songs as pulp fiction covers


LA-based screenwriter Todd Alcott merges his love of pulp fiction with music to create David Bowie-inspired vintage comic book covers. Do click the link to see them in their full-sized glory.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Life May 1927


An Art Deco cover from the twenties for the famous Life magazine. Modigliani has been an obvious inspiration here. The cover is by Frederick Cooper.

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Saturday, October 09, 2021

The Masked Mannequin


A beautiful Art Deco poster for the 1927 movie The Masked Mannequin (the original German title is Der Fürst von Pappenheim = The Prince of Pappenheim). The design is credited to Josef Fenneker (1895-1956).

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of movie posters considered fair use.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Ups and Downs

 

A decoration (art piece?) spotted along a road in Joure. The angle makes it interesting. This is the type of minimalist abstract I love to create - and having such a blue sky as backdrop is a bonus.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/1250
ISO speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Weimar chic


Some time ago I came across this beautiful fashion illustration at the linked Art Deco blog. There was no information provided, but I managed to find out that this illustration is for publications on Jews' fashion in the Germany of the twenties. It was created by Annie Offterdinger (1894 - ?), and although undated, it is quite in line style-wise with her dated works from around 1920.

Copyright statement: situation unclear. Likely in public domain, if not likely fair use.

Monday, October 04, 2021

The pink fan


German artist Georg Tappert (1880-1957) is not exactly a household name (he does not even have a page in the English-language Wikipedia - the link is to the German version), but he had a considerable influence on the German expressionist movement as organizer and professor, and was a great artist himself. This work dates from 1910.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Van Ysendyk's Coffee and tea


A beautiful nostalgic poster for Van Ysendyk's Coffee and tea. They were one of many small companies in this business in the Netherlands about a century ago - and like so many, they did not survive World War 2. The poster dates back to 1935; the design is by Ethel Harker.

Copyright statement: low resolution images of vintage posters deemed fair use.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Child of the future


The Norwegian prog band Motorpsycho is a new name for me, but they already released 23 albums so far (between 1991 and 2019). This is their 15th album, from 2009. Outstanding cover, credited to Kim Hiorthøy.

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

Friday, October 01, 2021

Vogue April 1927


Here we have another typical Art Deco cover that Vogue was justly famous for in the twenties. This one, as so often, is by Eduardo Benito.

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

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Captain Marvel



Captain Marvel, a new superhero(ine) movie, is not a movie I'd go to the cinema for - or even lend from the library. But the poster is quite effective in the way it channels the original comic books atmosphere.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Boyd

And now for something completely different - a picture of me with the neighbours' dog Boyd in their coffee place Koffie bij Sam. Well, at least the background is an interesting piece of art.

Copyright statement: image taken by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fire and ice


The third in a series of art abstractions that I shot some years ago in the Kampen City museum. All are details of three dimensional art works by Sibyl Heijnen. This is my favourite of the bunch.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/13
ISO speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Monday, September 27, 2021

Maestro Busoni


It's always fun to come across images that combine two subjects of the blog. Here we have a painting from 1916 by Italian artist Umberto Boccioni of his compatriot, composer Ferruccio Busoni, best known for his monumental piano concerto. More about Boccioni in the linked Wikipedia entry.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Pure champagne


We are celebrating that today 22 years ago I proposed to my then girlfriend. She said 'yes', we got married in March 2000, and we are still happy together. The champagne poster was designed by Leonetto Cappiello (1875 – 1942).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Cherie


Covers of sheet music from the twenties are often great pieces of art, but this stylish one from 1921 by Art Phillips may be the most beautiful I've seen so far. And if you wonder what the song sounds like, I found it on YouTube here.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Moderne Welt April 1933



Moderne Welt (Modern World)  was a fashion magazine from the twenties and thirties. It is difficult to find more information about it, but googling suggets it may have been Austrian. Anyway, this cover is a brilliant piece of Art Deco.

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Antenna


A few years ago, I stumbled upon this gem on the ProgArchives page. Antenna, released in 2019, is the fourth album of London-based symphonic prog band The Gift. Their previous album covers are interesting as well, but this retro Art Deco work is brilliant.

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The devil wears Prada


Last week we watched David Frankel's 2006 movie The devil wears Prada on TV. The movie was very good, and the poster is even better. A stylish design, forsaking the stars' faces for an image that may well become an icon. More on this movie in the IMDB article linked to below.

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Monday, September 20, 2021

Collision


The second in a series of art abstractions that I shot a few years ago in the Kampen City museum. All are details of three dimensional art works by Sibyl Heijnen. I like the movement suggested in this excerpt.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/100
ISO speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Sunday, September 19, 2021

The milkmaid of Bordeaux


A few years ago, I got a 6CD box with the complete piano works of Spanish composer Enrique Granados. Given the influence of Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya (1746-1828) on Granados' work, it is not surprising that the record company decided to use details of Goya's paintings on the sleeves. I liked this one in particular, a work from 1827.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

I won't let you down


It was 37 years ago today..... that I got my PhD in chemistry. For the occasion I'm posting the 1982 PhD hit I won't let you down in an extended version. Artrockometer score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 1000 best songs of all time).

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Prog Archives


I was surprised to see in a discussion at a bulletin board that there are lots of progressive rock fans who had not heard of this site - the most indispensable source of information on prog. It covers the discography and reviews of thousands of prog acts, ranging from A Band to ZZebra.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Park life


This painting by my wife has graced the shop window of our studio several times already. There is some inspiration by Macke in the subject, but the result is very much her own style.

Copyright statement: image created by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Autumn leaves


Another beautiful fashion illustration by Thayaht, the pseudonym of artist and designer Ernesto Michahelles (1893–1959). This autumnal creation dates back to 1923.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.