Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The least exciting (but most important) parts of owning art

The linked art-icle gives an interesting overview of the practical things one has to consider when buying art. Some are trivial (like ensuring that the nail in the wall can support the weight of the painting), some surprising (a painting hung above a working fireplace that started to melt), some shocking (insurance for transport usually pay per weight rather than value in case of damage). The picture above (link) shows paintings by my wife hung professionally in the museum of Tours for an exhibition. They are still missing by the way (story here).

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Laon cathedral

This is one of a series of photographs that I took at the beautiful cathedral of the beautiful old city of Laon in Northern France. It is the most popular of the series, based on number of faves received - the light will have played a role in the reactions.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 18.3 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cycles Perfecta - for Tom Dumoulin

This beautiful 1898 Art Nouveau poster by Mucha is for Tom Dumoulin. Yesterday he became the first Dutchman in history to win the Giro d'Italia, one of the three main multi-stage bicycle races. He is also the first Dutchman to win any of the three since Joop Zoetemelk won the Tour de France in 1980. Congratulations!

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

7 UP

An older shot of my Flickr friend Ethan (known previously as Cormend), which did not make the blog before because I was not posting Flickr favourites anymore at the time. It is a beautiful and unusual shot, with the clever title as the icing on the cake.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kwikzilver

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. Kwikzilver (mercury) is the title of a Dutch 1926 girls' novel by Cissy van Marxveldt. The cover is a beautiful illustration of a flapper girl.

Copyright statement: image shown as thumbnail, considered fair use.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sweet Lorraine

No particular reason for posting this today, except that it is a great rock song that deserves to be wider known than it is, It is from Uriah Heep's 1972 album The magician's birthday, and was also released as a single, which was a minor hit in the USA. The photograph is from a concert at the time.  Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

Copyright statement: image created by Heinrich Klaffs (licensed for non-commercial use under Creative Commons).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ghent Triptych 2

The second of two shots I took in Ghent of a door that is in need of a paint job - but for now makes for a great abstract photograph. This is my personal favourite of the two.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0016 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 77.7 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Ghent Triptych 1

The first of two shots I took in Ghent of a door that is in need of a paint job - but for now makes for a great abstract photograph. This is the more popular one of the two on Flickr.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0016 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 77.7 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Max Reger at work

Franz Nölken (1884-1918) was a German expressionist painter, and member of Die Brücke. Like the more famous Macke and Marc, he was killed in World War I. I came across his name via his 1913 portrait of German composer Max Reger.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What is Contemporary Art?

The linked art-icle gives an interesting overview of the various parallel streams in contemporary art. The usual suspects are discussed, such as Warhol, Koons, Richter, Hirst, Ai Weiwei, and Abramovic. A good introduction to a difficult subject. The photograph above is by myself (link), and shows a detail of Ai Wei Wei's (in)famous art work Sunflower seeds in the Tate Modern London.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rainy day windshield distortions

Abstractions involving water are among the specialties of my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr). This is a beautiful shot, photographed through the window of a parked car.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pansy

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the Turbo DeepArt site (blogged here). Amazing how a simple pansy shot gets transformed into something that in the details resembles the work of HR Giger. The link leads to the original photograph.

Copyright statement: image created via the Turbo DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The history of blue pigments in art

The linked art-icle gives an interesting overview of the various blue pigments used over the years, including Ultramarine (as in the depicted works of Sassoferrato and Vermeer), Klein blue, and the latest YInMn. Worth a read.

Copyright statement: images in public domain.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shostakovich's string quartets

Most composers of name starting with Haydn and Mozart have tried their hands on the string quartet genre, often seen as the most difficult and most rewarding chamber music. For complete cycles, most listeners tend to favour Beethoven's sixteen, but I prefer Shostakovich's fifteen, composed between 1938 and 1974. I was delighted to come across the linked web site, which gives details on every single one of these quartets, with a lot of additional information about the composer and his music as well. Highly recommended.

Copyright statement: image stated to be in public domain.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Centric

A rather surprising minor hit on Flickr, collecting far more faves than my average shots. This is an ornament on an old wooden door in Quedlinburg, converted to black and white for more emphasis.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.000125 sec (1/8000)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 35.6 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bleriot car headlights

I would have estimated this vintage poster to have been created in the twenties, because of the lay-out and the font. In fact it is a full decade earlier. The designer is Sandy Hook. Taken from a post in the excellent Art and Artists blog on car-related posters.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Potpourri [4]

An overview of recent images that would have ended up in my parallel blog Art's Potpourri (now stopped). Clicking the icons  in the left side of the table takes you to the picture on the site where I found it in a new window. The text includes a link to the site.

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Best. Pond name. Ever. Forget the ship Boaty McBoatface - this pond received the best name that could have come up through the internet (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Brilliantly lazy or lazily brilliant? Dave asked a poster designer by mobile for a poster displaying the timing of the music performances. He did not quite expect the result (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Ink in motion. The idea is not new, but the execution very impressive. Macro Room created videos and photographs of ink in water, adding some 3D effects with plants etc (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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LV Painting bags. The famous fashion house Louis Vuitton has introduced a new line of bags, all based on classical paintings, from da Vinci to van Gogh (Special Designs). First seen here.
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We'll always have Aaris. Taken from a post with many more examples of designs by people who should have known better (Mixed Nuts). Recommended to click the link. First seen here.
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Aurora Borealis. The link collects some of the most beautiful photographs of that stunning natural phenomenon, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights (Natural Beauty). First seen here.
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Wordless movie posters. That's wordless, not worthless. The link collects a large number of famous movie posters with all text removed  to show their beauty even better (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Starry starry cappuccino. Add Korean barista Kangbin Lee to the growing ranks of people who think coffee is a canvas for them to be creative on (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.

Copyright statement: image based on a photograph created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

County Kerry Mary

Vintage music sheets are a recurring topic under Anything goes, and this is one of the very best. It dates back to 1921. Unfortunately, no information on the designer.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Il pomeriggio

Here we have another stunning abstract shot by my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr in her trademark square format. This is actually a combination of Sicilian walls and corners in the early afternoon sun.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Flickr

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bois de Boulogne

Dutch artist Isaac Israëls (1865-1934) had not featured yet in the blog. His late-impressionist style is quite attractive and still draws attention from collectors and museums. The featured painting is from his Paris period (1904-1914).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.