Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What is an artist's trash worth?

Well, as the title says: what is an artist's trash worth? If you're a world famous artist, apparently 60,000 euro. At least, that's the ruling by a judge in a court case against someone who stole trash from Gerhard Richter. Full story in the link.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Heir to despair

The Japanese experimental metal band Sigh is another unknown to me in terms of their music. They have just released their 11th studio album, which comes with a beautiful and intriguing cover. It was created by illustrator Eliran Kantor, who has made many album cover designs especially for metal bands.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Keeper dozen: tone poems

This is the seventh of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). In this post I will select my 12 favourite tone poems (also known as symphonic poems): orchestral works based on poems, plays, paintings, nature and so on. There is no ranking, I'll list them by year of composition. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

Franz Liszt - Les preludes [1848]
Bedřich Smetana - Vltava (Moldau) [1874]
Richard Strauss - Don Juan [1888]
Claude Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune [1894]
Richard Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel's lustige Streiche [1895]
Hamilton Harty - With the wild geese [1910]
Ottorino Respighi - Fontane di Roma [1916]
Arnold Bax - November woods [1917]
Arnold Bax - Tintagel [1917]
Ottorino Respighi - Pini di Roma [1924]
Jean Sibelius - Tapiola [1926]
Aaron Avshalomov - Hutongs of Peking [1931]

Time-wise, tone poems are pretty much synchronous with the romantic period, starting with their inventor (more or less), Liszt. Smetana and Strauss (with two works) are among the best-known examples. Perhaps less well-known is that Debussy's beautiful Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune is also a tone poem: it is based on a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé. The 20th century in this keeper dozen gives us an intriguing mix of well-known works and composers (Sibelius, Respighi), two works by the less well-known Bax, and two that are almost completely unknown but that I like a lot, by Harty and Avshalomov. Just missing the cut were additional works by some of these composers (Liszt, Strauss, Sibelius) as well as compositions by the likes of Franck, Saint-Saëns and Dvořák.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Jenny of Oldstones

The first two episodes of season 8 of Game of Thrones have been low on action, but high on interactions between the various key players. I was moved by the swan song Podrick sang the night before the upcoming big battle - and I love the original recording of that tune by Florence and the Machine that was used as background for the credits. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: image created by Jason Persse - Flickr: Florence and the Machine, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Niemeyer illustrations by Levente Szabó

These beautiful minimalistic illustrations by Levente Szabó work on two levels for the blog. They are well-worth sharing by themselves, but their subject is art as well: the amazing architectural designs by Brazil's Oscar Niemeyer. Do click the link to see them in their full-sized glory.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sleeping well

With many of my Flickr friends having left the site as well, the choices for this category become limited. At the moment, it is mainly Lorraine Kerr and tapatim - and today it is the latter's turn once more. A really stunning abstract with gorgeous colours.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Kiss that frog

Peter Gabriel is one of my all-time favourite pop/rock artists, and the covers of his work are usually excellent as well. This 1993 single cover is no exception to the rule. I could not find information on the designer. More about Peter Gabriel in the linked Wikipedia entry.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The red sails

It's been a while (close to three years) since Fench post-impressionist Andre Derain (1880-1954) has featured in the blog. Here he is once more, with a beautiful nautical piece from 1906. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

So blue

An art abstraction - a close-up of a ceramic art piece on display during the Kampen Art Route last weekend.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal length: 9.4 mm
Exposure time: 1/50
ISO speed: 250
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bowie songs as pulp fiction covers

This may seem more like Potpourri material, but I love them. 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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Friday, April 19, 2019

The story of Okilly Dokilly

This is so funny... a metal band from Phoenix decided to all dress up like Ned Flanders from the Simpsons, call themselves Okilly Dokilly after one of his catchphrases, and base their songs on Flanders' quotes. Matt Groening, the man behind the Simpsons, did not set his lawyers on them, but used their video (YouTube link here) in one of the Simpsons' episodes. Full story in the link.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Notre Dame inferno

One from the Flickr archives (shot almost 9 years ago), at the occasion of the main news event of recent days, the devastating fire that destroyed large parts of the Notre Dame. Also, two relevant links:
Ten of the most famous works of art inspired by Notre Dame.
Precious works rescued from Notre Dame to be transferred to the Louvre.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D handheld
Aperture: f/10.0
Focal length: 18.0 mm
Exposure time: 1/320
ISO speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

The violin player

It's always nice to encounter a work from one of your favourite artists for the first time - this happened to me this week with a work from 1920 by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968).

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

No surprises

It sounds like a joke, but it is actually quite good: the album "Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele". Here is a sample, one of my favourite Radiohead songs in her version, with a great video to boot. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Lady at the pond

This magazine illustration from 1910 is a beautiful piece of Art Nouveau. It was created by Charles Rebel Stanton (1890 - 1954), whose work appeared in many magazines and posters.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Stack

Here is another one of those stunning abstracts created by my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr. The combination of shapes (a stacked pots sculpture) and colours is amazing.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Keeper dozen: piano concertos

This is the sixth of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). In this post I will select my 12 favourite piano concertos. There is no ranking, I'll list them by year of composition. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto 20 in D minor [1785]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto 21 in C major [1785]
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto 3 in C minor [1800]
Robert Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor [1845]
Edvard Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor [1868]
Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto 2 in Bes major [1881]
Franz Xaver Scharwenka - Piano Concerto 4 in F minor [1908]
Sergej Prokofiev - Piano concerto 3 in C major [1921]
John Ireland - Piano Concerto in E-flat [1930]
Maurice Ravel - Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major [1930]
Maurice Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major [1931]
Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Concerto 2 in F major [1957]

Starting, of course, with Mozart. Any of his last eight piano concertos is a candidate for this top 12, but in the end, the glorious double of 20 and 21 made it. Beethoven, yes, but not with his most famous 5th concerto ('Emperor') - I much prefer his third. Grieg, Schumann, and Brahms' second are obvious choices. Scharwenka is much less obvious, and his work is chosen also to represent the dozens of beautiful romantic piano concertos by less famous composers. Prokofiev and Shostakovich represent Russia, while Ravel hits a double with his two concertos. Finally, Ireland is another surprising choice, but I've always liked this one. Just missing the cut were the likes of Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Scriabin, and Rautavaara.

Copyright statement: image by Justin Ruckman under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Remembrandt

Another side of the art of Lu Schaper: almost ten years after her successful collaboration with the famous high-end fashion brand "Shanghai Stories", she has gone back to designing scarves, this time purely for herself. As explained in detail in the link, this creation was inspired in many ways by Rembrandt - a digital art creation printed on silk.

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

Monday, April 08, 2019

Love of my life

Today is a special day for me, but it has been even more special for the past 19 years, thanks to Lu. Here is one of my favourite pictures of her, shot earlier this year while she was relaxing in a restaurant in nearby Hattem.

Camera: iPhone (hers) handheld, no EXIF data.

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

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Flower girl

Earlier this week, I came across this beautiful fashion illustration for a 1927 magazine by Leon Benigni (1892-1948). A gorgeous piece of Art Deco.

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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Artificial intelligence in authenticating art

It's an intriguing idea, and first results look promising. The A-Eye artificial intelligence program developed by Steven and Andrea Frank takes use of an extensive database of a master's acknowledged works  (like Rembrandt) and can then give a judgement on the likelihood that disputed works are actually by the same artist. Recommended reading.

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