Monday, October 31, 2016

The raven that refused to sing

A far more subtle song for Halloween than most candidates. The title song of Steven Wilson's 2013 album is one of the most beautiful of recent years, and the video (animated by Jessica Cope) is a piece of art as well. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Canadian Home Journal June 1931

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. The Canadian Home Journal magazine has not featured yet in the blog - it was published from 1905 to 1958. This is one of their best covers, setting off the flapper girl pilot against a stunning colour combination. Excellent art work by Rex Woods.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The night has a thousand eyes

Earlier this week, sixties' heartthrob Bobby Vee passed away from Alzheimer's disease. In his memory, his best song in my opinion, The night has a thousand eyes from 1962. Fun original video as well. RIP. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The kiss

It's been a while since Polish Art Deco star Tamara de Lempicka last featured in the blog. This one I had never seen before until I came across it yesterday. It was painted around 1922. More on de Lempicka in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, October 24, 2016

My Lady's lips

The poster for this 1925 James Hogan movie is not perfect - the male lead is depicted very woodenly. But the lovely Clara Bow is drawn perfectly, the colour scheme is unusual and effective and the jazz age atmosphere is exhilarating.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vogue February 1921

Even before the Art Deco age, Vogue covers were beautiful. This is one of the best of that period (no artist mentioned).


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bob Dylan and the Nobel prize

The recent awarding of the Nobel prize for literature to singer/song writer Bob Dylan has sparked lots of discussions on the internet. Perhaps the best case for this choice that I encountered is the linked art-icle by Gordon Ball (visiting Associate Professor of English at Washington and Lee University).

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hanseatic day

One of my wife's paintings made earlier this year, and a personal favourite of mine. It is an impression of our beautiful Kampen, with tall ships moored at the banks of the IJssel. A view that can be today or centuries ago.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Diane of the green van

Once more a piece of nostalgic sheet music under Anything goes. I've never heard of the song, but the design puts it around 1920, and it may be related to the 1919 movie of the same name.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Going in

This is a close-up of a horn-like sculpture on display in the garden of the museum castle in nearby Heino. Not a personal favourite, but it received more faves on Flickr than most of my uploads the past months.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/23.9
Focal Length: 5.6 mm
ISO Speed: 500
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Sunday, October 16, 2016

A movie poster a day

The linked web site is an ongoing project by an unnamed but highly talented designer, who has set himself/herself the task to post a newly designed poster for a famous movie every day in 2016 - and often in better quality than the original posters. I have selected their take on Chaplin's The great dictator as an example. Well worth exploring.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Celestial dome by Miguel Chevalier

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. Celestial dome is a stunning art work by Miguel Chevalier. He projects various night skies on the ceiling of the Paris Saint-Eustache church to a beautiful if almost surreal effect. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Last Sunday we went to a vintage car show near Groningen. For the occasion, a Mercedes poster which shows just the type of car that we saw dozens of (of different brands). I'd place this one around 1930.

Vintage Posters

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Send in the clowns

This post was triggered by a funny topical news tweet that was shared at the MissCellania site yesterday: GOD: They scared enough? ANGEL: Not yet. GOD: You got Trump running? ANGEL: Yup. GOD: Hurricane? ANGEL: Yup. GOD: Send in the clowns! Anyway, American singer/song writer Judy Collins' 1975 cover of the Stephen Sondheim classic Send in the clowns is an excellent regretful ballad, that has not aged one bit. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Shepherd moons

As part of my project to catalogue all our CD's (whilst playing them at the same time), focus outside classical music is currently on new age. Enya's output is almost done, and I was surprised to see I had not featured even one of her beautiful album covers in the blog. To make amends, my favourite cover, Shepherd moons from 1991. Photography, presumably including the cover, is credited to David Scheinmann.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Saturday, October 08, 2016


The first in a series of shots of large coils in a transport ship moored at the banks of the IJssel, not far from our home. This one turned out to be the most popular of the series, a nice abstraction with a good diagonal composition. The conversion to black and white is almost mandatory in this type of shot.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/24.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, October 07, 2016


This 2015 Bond movie was disappointing after the stunning Skyfall, but the minimalist poster is one of the best in the franchise.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Take me (I'm yours)

The linked art-icle gives an overview and discussion about the 2016 New York art show Take me (I'm yours) - where visitors are encouraged to take pieces of the exhibition home with them. It features works by 42 artists and in many ways it is a clear indication of what is wrong with much of modern art: it is essentially worthless beyond the conceptual idea behind it.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

London Underground

The London Underground posters of the twenties are among the best ever. This particular gem was new to me. It is attributed to Charles Paine, around 1925.

Vintage Posters

Monday, October 03, 2016

Ripped in September

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. It's been a stunningly quiet month in this respect. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Cecil Campbell, aka Prince Buster (78), Jamaican singer/songwriter. One of the most important figures in early ska music. The British band Madness took their name from one of his songs, and covered his One step beyond.
Gerard Rondeau (63), French photographer. Best remembered for his portraits of celebrities like Peter Falk, GĂ©raldine Chaplin, and Isabella Rossellini.
Jerry Corbetta (68), lead singer and keyboard player of the band Sugarloaf. They scored American top10 hits with Green-eyed lady and Don't call us (we'll call you), the latter one of the songs on our car MP3 USB stick.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Lover's cross

Many of the late great Jim Croce's beautiful ballads are excellent, and this is one of the very best. Lover's cross is a track of the incredible 1973 album I got a name, his third album in just two years. It is also a song that I can add to the "misheard lyrics" pile - the recurring lines "Cause now it seems that you wanted a martyr, just a regular guy wouldn't do - but baby I can't hang upon no lover's cross for you" only really made sense once I googled for the lyrics - all the time I had misheard "martyr" as "mother"..... Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Saturday, October 01, 2016


This is the same sculpture as last week's Cube to the sky - but with a totally different point of view. Although responses were good enough to warrant inclusion in the blog as well, the first shot appears to be the more popular one - but I like this one better.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/10.0
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0