Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bye bye 2016

As 2016 is finally drawing to a close, the song line "things can only get better" (generally, not personally) comes to mind. Image created on PhotoFunia.

Friday, December 30, 2016

My monthly favourites of 2016

In the course of this year, I have started selecting my own monthly favourite posts to the blog. Here is an overview for the year:

January: The miraculous.
February: Portrait of Dagny Juel Przybyszewska.
March: Vogue June 1935.
April: Paris, windows to the past by Julien Knez.
May: McCafe.
June: Fashionable legs by Bill Cunningham.
July: Past meets Present by Giles Clement.
August: La Rinascente.
September: Architectural desserts.
October: Hanseatic day.
November: Jugend December 1929.
December: French flapper.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Graphics by Ebrain Art

This image is a particularly striking example of the graphic artwork of a local Kampen artist, who goes by the name of Ebrain Art. Check out his linked Facebook page for more of his creations. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

You have been loved (RIP George Michael)

This year, the Grim Reaper has been a real pain the ass for music lovers. Last Christmas he took George Michael from us, aged only 53. In his memory, the gorgeous ballad You have been loved. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Pictorial Review December 1929

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. A suitable vintage magazine cover for Christmas day. Love the typical flapper hat!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Best wishes once more

And another way to convey our best wishes. This digital greeting card is my wife's design, based on a recent painting of hers, made especially for use in the social media.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Merry Christmas everybody!

Our Christmas card this year shows the Christmas tree in our gallery. Note the decoration by my wife, highly original and including some of her art work. Merry Christmas everybody!


Friday, December 23, 2016

The neon demon

The movie itself got mixed reviews, but the poster for this 2016 Refn thriller is undoubtedly one of the best of the year. Sheer class.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


A very atypical shot in my portfolio, but it got so many positive reactions on Flickr that I had to include it in the blog.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 14.4 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Here is a painting by Italian grandmaster Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) that I had not seen before, and that I love. It was created in 1916, exactly a century ago. More about Modigliani in the linked Wikipedia article.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Now that I revived the Flickr Favourites subject earlier this month, let's continue. Here we have a beautiful masterpiece by my Flickr friend Aftab Uzzaman. He has featured many times before in this blog, and I love this study of wine glasses, perfection in black and white. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Picasso’s self-portraits from age 15 to 90

The linked art-icle gives an interesting overview of the development of the art of Pablo Picasso as reflected in his self-portraits. In total it includes 14 "selfies" from age 15 to 90.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Day breaks

Day breaks is the latest Norah Jones album, released a few weeks ago. It is of course easy to make a pleasing album cover for a beautiful singer, but this one is really special in its vintage feeling. Unfortunately, neither AllMusic nor Wikipedia give any information about the designer.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A foggy day in Kampen

With this picture I returned to Flickr after two months' absence. I shot this foggy morning scene one minute from our home - it is the old city hall, now used as museum. Not a personal favourite, but given the many positive reactions it received, I decided to include it here.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.06 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 6.9 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, December 12, 2016

Abstract 858-3

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. It's been a while since I last posted a painting by the greatest living artist, Gerhard Richter. Here is another one of his mesmerizing abstracts, this one dating from 1999. More about Richter in the linked Wikipedia article.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Autumn leaves under cracked ice

It's been over a year since I posted one of my Flickr favourites, but this one I saw yesterday is so beautiful that I had to revive the subject. My Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr) shot this masterpiece of autumn leaves trapped under a layer of ice. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

French Flapper

This is a hand painted French postcard from the twenties. Cute girl, and I just love that hat!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Vogue March 1927

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. Even after having run this blog for so many years, I still find Art Deco Vogue covers that I've not seen before. Unfortunately, no information about the designer.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hand cannot erase

Now that Steven Wilson's Hand cannot erase concert tour has come to an end, this is an opportune moment to post this video. The music is the title track of his album, the video was actually shown during his concerts - well worth while watching (and listening). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Eye of the soundscape

So far, I have found every album by Polish prog rock band Riverside well worth while, both in terms of music and art work. This is their latest release, which is scheduled for playing the coming days. The art work is credited to Travis Smith.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Ripped in November

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Zoltan Kocsis (64), Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer. He features a number of times in our classical music CD collection.
Leonard Cohen (82), Canadian singer/songwriter. One of the very best of all time, with countless beautiful songs including Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy, First we take Manhattan, and Hallelujah.
Robert Vaughan (83), American actor. I'll always remember him for the 60s TV show The man from UNCLE..
Leon Russel (74), American musician and songwriter. My personal favourite of his is the gorgeous This masquerade, preferably in the cover by the Carpenters.
Marti Friedlander (88). New Zealand photographer. She is best remembered for her many series of shots documenting daily life of her country,
Andrew Sachs (86), German-born British actor. He will always be remembered as Manuel, the waiter in the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers. Que?
Pauline Oliveros (84), American composer and accordionist. We have a CD with works by her in our classical music collection.
David Hamilton (83), British photographer and director. Famous for his soft focus nude images of young women, including the movie Bilitis

Friday, December 02, 2016

V for vendetta

I first saw this 2005 McTeigue movie a few weeks ago (on DVD), and I was quite impressed. The poster is excellent as well.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oil Spill by Fabian Oefner

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. Oil spill is an art concept by photographer Fabian Oefner. Using a syringe, he drips small drops of oil into a black reservoir containing water, capturing the images resulting from the expanding oil. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.