Friday, August 31, 2018

Vogue August 1918

Let me take you back one hundred years. This beautiful Vogue cover was done by the famous illustrator George Plank.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Trippier

One of my favourite shots of the year so far, and it received decent reactions on Flickr. This is a decorated stair case in the beautiful City Museum of The Hague. I have a slight preference for this one over a similar shot called Trippy.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cocker covers by Albert Staehle

Is it fine art? No,but it is excellent illustration work, the covers made by Albert Staehle (1899-1975) for Saturday Evening Post and American Weekly Magazine, featuring his own cocker spaniel Butch. Love them.

Copyright statement: all images used are thumbnail size and deemed fair use.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SpinMaker2

Time to revive this topic. Here is a recent shot by my Flickr friend David Gumbrell (who appeared in the blog before as Auribins), who has a bit of an on/off relationship with Flickr. He shares my interest in finding abstract opportunities in architecture.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

How Tolkien's world was created on screen

Ever since I read Tolkien's Lord of the rings in the seventies, I have been under the spell of the Middle Earth he created. The Peter Jackson movies only enhanced that feeling. I read the linked article about the work of illustrator Alan Lee in bringing Tolkien's world to the screen with great interest.

Copyright statement: low resolution still from the movie, deemed fair use.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Lighthouse at Westkapelle

When we visited the awesome City Museum The Hague 3 weeks ago, one of the highlights was the exhibition of dozens of Piet Mondria(a)n (1874-1944) paintings. Here is my favourite of his pre-abstract period. This lighthouse in Zeeland features in a number of his works (see here). More about Mondriaan in the linked Wikipedia entry.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The book covers of Jo Claes

My discovery of the year on the subject of thrillers is the series of novels by Belgian author Jo Claes, starring Leuven police commissioner Thomas Berg. He has written twelve so far, and they all come with great covers depicting local sculptures that play a role in the novels, photographed by his daughter Uschi Claes.

Copyright statement: image created from book covers; each one is thumbnail size and deemed fair use.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Text to image

An intriguing experiment: on the "text to image" web site, you can type in words/sentences and the Artificial Intelligence programme running at the site will convert them into images. The above is what came out for "Hello darkness my old friend".

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The house of the rising sun

Last Saturday, we had the yearly comic books festival in Kampen. Our gallery is located very near the place where they played records to enhance the atmosphere, and the DJ must have loved this song by the Animals, since I heard it at least five times that afternoon - and loved every second of it. The song was a hit in 1964 in this version, but its history goes back over a hundred years. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 1000 best songs of all time).

Copyright statement: image screenshot from the video, considered fair use.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Psychedelic bull's eye

It may not have been a success on Flickr, but I quite like it myself. This abstract is a detail of a chair designed by Richard Hutton, on display at the City Museum The Hague.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 8.9 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Shadowland September 1920

Shadowland was an American monthly magazine about art, dance, and film published from 1919 to 1923. It was famous for its covers, usually by A.M. Hopfmuller, like this one.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Say fromage

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). In this case, I took my photograph of two French girls taking a selfie (Say fromage) and painting by my wife, Remembering Audrey. The result was very much what I was going for.

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

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Garden at Arles

Earlier this week, we visited the famous Mauritshuis in The Hague. This museum is mainly known for its paintings from Holland's Golden Age (including Rembrandt and Vermeer), but among the smaller selection of more modern works, I suddenly came across this van Gogh from 1888 - which threw me back to my teenage years, when I had a reproduction of it in my room. More about van Gogh in the linked Wikipedia entry.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Equinoxe

Still one of my favourite albums of the seventies, the second successful album by French synthesizer magician Jean Michel Jarre. The haunting album cover is so special that we are using it as decoration on one of the walls in our home. The art work is credited to Michel Granger.

Copyright statement: lower resolution album covers considered fair use.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Vogue July 1919

A summer-themed Vogue cover from almost 100 years ago. Design once more by the great Helen Dryden.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

FatCatArt

Photoshopping a fat cat into famous paintings sounds like something for the Potpourri topic at best, but it is done so skillfully at the linked web site that I wanted to feature it in the blog. Fun!

Copyright statement: image created by Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat / FatCatArt.com, used with permission.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Strolling through the park

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). In this case, I took my photograph Smoke on the water and an August Macke painting Promenade (link).

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Composition No. 18

Another souvenir of our visit to the City Museum of The Hague earlier this week. I had never heard of Dutch artist Jacoba van Heemskerck (1876-1923), but several of her paintings were shown in the museum, and I quite liked them. This is my favourite of the lot, made around 1910. More about van Heemskerck in the linked Wikipedia entry.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Art Nouveau chamber screen by Carel Wirtz

On the thin line between arts and crafts: we saw this gorgeous chamber screen from 1902 earlier this week in the City Museum of The Hague. It was designed by Carel Wirtz (1884-1944), and executed by Atelier Hubert Fermin, The Hague.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, August 10, 2018

One Man Genesis

Now here is a work of love that is absolutely stunning. Antoine Baril is a musician who plays all instruments in this fabulous 17 minutes instrumental medley of some of the best prog songs by Genesis (Watcher of the Skies, Dance on a Volcano, Fly on a Windshield, Firth of Fifth, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Supper's Ready, The Cinema Show, Robbery Assault & Battery, Down and Out, All in a Mouse's Night, Second Home by the Sea, Los Endos, The Brazilian). A treat.

Copyright statement: image screenshot from the video, considered fair use.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Classical music of the past 100 years [9] 1998-2007

Too many listeners of classical music think that over the past 100 years or so, nothing worthwhile has been composed. In this recurring series, I will be posting one composition per year from 1918 until 2017, with every selected composer featuring only once (and not necessarily with their imo best work). I'm aiming for composers who represent the more modern age, skipping many famous names from before 1918 who also composed in this time slot (such as Sibelius and Richard Strauss). Overall I wanted to get a reasonable mix of symphonies, concertos, other orchestral works, chamber music, solo instrumental compositions, and vocal creations, but excluding opera altogether. I have grouped the works per period of ten years, with one post per month for each subsequent decade. Youtube links are not included as they tend to disappear with time - they are easily googled anyway. If you like classical music, but are reluctant to explore the 20th and 21st century works, this series of posts might give you a bit of a nudge to start listening.
  • 1998 Bryars - String quartet 3
  • 1999 Auerbach - Preludes for violin and piano
  • 2000 Sheng - Nanjing! Nanjing!
  • 2001 Magle - The hope
  • 2002 Saariaho - Orion
  • 2003 Adams - Electric violin concerto 'Dharma at Big Sur' 
  • 2004 Golijov - Ayre
  • 2005 Nørgård - String quartet 10 
  • 2006 Pavlova - Symphony No. 5
  • 2007 Corigliano - Percussion concerto 'Conjurer'
The ninth helping takes us into the current century, once more with a wide diversity. Two concertos for unusual instruments by veteran American composers John Adams and John Corigliano, and two string quartets by Britain's Gavin Bryars and Denmark's Per Nørgård. Also from Denmark is Frederik Magle with his work for work for brass band, percussion, choir, and organ. From Argentina, we have Osvaldo Golijov's beautiful song cycle Ayre, while China is represented by Bright Sheng, reflecting on the massacre of Nanjing. Finally, the increasing presence of female composers in classical music is highlighted by three of the best: Alla Pavlova from Russia, Soviet-Russian-born American Lera auerbach, and best of the three, Finland's Kaija Saariaho. As always, I hope you explore these and find something you like.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Ghostbusters

This iconic advance poster for the 1984 classic Reitman movie Ghostbusters introduced a new design feature (no movie name, full emphasis on a symbol or logo) that was going to be a popular trick in the tool box of poster designers. And to think it was only done because of legal issues (full story here). The logo itself was designed by Michael Gross.

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

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Krabbé redux 5

Just after I posted last week that the third of my five Krabbé redux shots had the most positive reactions, there was an increase on reactions to the final shot, making it just as popular. So here it is to conclude this series of abstracts created by zooming in on small parts (10% or so) of the paintings of Jasper Krabbé in the Fundatie Museum (Zwolle).

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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