Sunday, June 30, 2019

The tower of Babel

Going back in time..... this is one of the first paintings that I really liked. I must have been less than 10 years old when I saw this (possibly in a schoolbook). It is of course by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525/1530-1569). I picked this for the blog because I just finished a beautiful jigsaw puzzle of this image.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sweet Louise

The gorgeous Louise Brooks is one of the faces of the jazz age. Here we have one of the best shots of her, but unfortunately (as so often in cases like this) I could not find information on the photographer or the year it was taken (other than "1920s").

Copyright statement: image by unknown photographer, likely to be in public domain.

Friday, June 28, 2019

HeLP!

It's been over two months since I last posted a new picture on my photography site - hardly took any pictures and none I was satisfied with. Last weekend's Full Color festival in Kampen changed this. The image shown here is from an art piece consisting of scores of LP records hung as a display. Art or vandalism?

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/60
ISO speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The ballad of John and Yoko

It was fifty years ago today... indeed, this week fifty years ago, the Beatles scored yet another #1 hit in the Netherlands with The ballad of John and Yoko, still one of my favourites in their oeuvre. I like the video clip as well - one of the first in the music business? Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 1000 best songs of all time).

Copyright statement: screenshot from the video - deemed fair use.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Keeper dozen: pop/rock albums of the 80s

This is the tenth 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 pop/rock albums from the 80s. There is no ranking, I'll list them by year of release. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids [1980]
Talking Heads - Remain in light [1980]
Fischer Z - Red skies over paradise [1981]
Japan - Tin drum [1981]
Martha and the Muffins - This is the ice-age [1981]
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 4 [1982]
Dire Straits - Love over gold [1982]
Talk Talk - It's my life [1984]
Kate Bush - Hounds of love [1985]
Dire Straits - Brothers in arms [1985]
Peter Gabriel - So [1986]
Paul Simon - Graceland [1986]

It was not easy to choose only twelve. The list includes my all-time favourite album (Hounds of love), two each by three of my favourite acts (Japan, Peter Gabriel and Dire Straits) and obvious choices by Talking Heads and Paul Simon. Less obvious is the Talk Talk album, but I'm very fond of it. Finally we have two albums that will not feature in many people's lists of the best of the decade: Martha and the Muffins from Canada, and Fischer Z's apocalyptic Red skies over paradise. Among the ones that missed the cut we find such albums as Peter Gabriel 3, Kate Bush' The dreaming, Joe Jackson's Night and day, Sting's Dream of the blue turtles, U2's Joshua Tree, Marillion's Script for a jester's tear, and Bacamarte's Depois do fim.

Copyright statement: all covers in the mosaic are thumbnail size and deemed fair use.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Miss Fisher and the crypt of tears

I first came across this poster on FaceBook, where one of my friends shared it. No idea whether the movie will be any good (it's in post-production right now), but I love the way this poster evokes the feeling of pulp novel covers of almost a century ago.

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer at Miho Peninsula

With temperatures in the Netherlands expected to exceed 30 degrees Celcius this week, I thought a summer-themed vintage poster would be appropriate. This one was made in Japan in the 1930s for the Nagoya Rail Agency.

Copyright statement: unclear, no artist identified. Presumed to be in public domain or fair use.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Vi er uendelig

I came across this beautiful cover on the Progarchives site and earmarked it for the blog. Only when I checked further I found out that this is not an album cover but a single cover - well, we also have a category for that. The song is by Efterklang, a Danish postrock band.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of single covers considered fair use.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Portrait of the artist's wife with hat

As I've posted a number of times, German expressionist August Macke (1887-1914) is one of my favourite painters. Here we have one of many portraits he made of his wife, Elisabeth Erdmann-Macke. I came across this painting when I stumbled upon his wife's Wikipedia page that gives an overview of her tragic life, in which she lost both her husbands in the two World Wars. More on Macke in theWikipedia article linked to below.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, June 21, 2019

McClure's November 1920

Another magazine that makes a first appearance in the blog (and it will not be the last). McClure's was an American monthly periodical issued from 1883 until 1929. This cover is based on a painting by Neysa McMein.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Romance

Here we have a beautiful Art Deco postcard from the twenties that I came across in Flapper Girl's blog. It was created by Italian illustrator Carlo Chiostri (1863-1939).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In through the out door

Going back to 1979 for the cover of the last studio album by rock legends Led Zeppelin - a band that I somehow never really cared for. The cover is definitely worthwhile - no wonder, once you find out that it was designed by the great Storm Thorgerson (Hipgnosis).

Copyright statement: low resolution images of album covers deemed fair use.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Godzilla: King of the monsters

This Dougherty movie is now showing in the cinema, but I'm so not the target audience. On the other hand, I really like the poster in the version that was created especially for the Chinese market.

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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The day the music burned

The linked art-icle in the New York Times is just a few days old, even though the fire in the 2008 Universal Music warehouse that is the subject happened in 2008. It turns out that an unbelievable amount of music  mastertapes were destroyed that day, far more than reported at the time, including for instance all original Carpenters recordings. A shocking read.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Keeper dozen: Cello concertos

This is the ninth 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 cello concertos of all time. 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.

Camille Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor [1872]
Antonín Dvořák - Cello Concerto in B minor [1895]
Camille Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor [1902]
Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto in E minor [1919]
Arnold Bax - Cello concerto [1932]
Ernest John Moeran - Cello concerto [1945]
Nikolai Myaskovsky - Cello Concerto in C minor [1945]
Gerald Finzi - Cello concerto [1955]
Dmitri Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major [1959]
Dmitri Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 2 [1966]
Henri Dutilleux - Tout un monde lointain [1970]
Aulis Sallinen - Cello concerto [1977]

As usual with concertos, my taste starts with the classical period, explaining the absence of  earlier composers like Vivaldi, C. Stamitz and CPE Bach. The Haydn concertos and the Schumann did not make the cut either, which means that we have to move on to 1872 to find the first one in my list. The first four are hardly surprising: the Dvořák and Elgar are generally seen as among the best, and Saint-Saëns is an acknowledged master of the genre. Bax, Finzi and Moeran are other British masters off the genre - in fact, the Moeran is my favourite cello concerto of all. The two Shostakovich and the Myaskovsky concerto represent the Soviet Union. Finally, we have two works from the last 50 years, an elegant modern concerto by Frenchman Dutilleux and a more nostalgic piece by Finland's Sallinen As always, I've only selected real concertos, skipping other works for cello and orchestra like Strauss' Don Quixote and Tavener''s The protecting veil.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Judge July 1923

Judge is a magazine that has already featured a number of times in the blog. Here we have a great summer themed cover, credited to S. Werner.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Calm after the storm

We had some rough weather in Kampen last week. My Flickr friend Sibilla Horst took the opportunity to go out after the deluge and shoot this beautiful nature study.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Aqueduct at Marly

I was rather surprised to note that Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899), one of my favourite impressionists, has featured only once in my blog all these years. High time to correct that. This particular work is from 1874. More about Sisley in the linked blog Arts and Artists.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

NASA image and video library

A real treasure trove for space enthusiasts and those looking for inspiring images to use in their own art: NASA's image and video library, full of high resolution images that can be downloaded and used freely.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The story of Smooth

Smooth by Santana featuring Rob Thomas is one of the best hit singles of the nineties (yes, it was 20 years ago already....). The linked Rolling Stone art-icle gives a detailed account of how it came to be, including all the difficulties along the way, I found it an interesting read.

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues. The original cover included in the image is thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Laugh and walk away

No special reason to post this today, but the song came up while driving the car back home earlier this week, and I enjoyed it once more. The Shirts were an American band from the late seventies with actress and lead singer Annie Golden as their most striking member. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 1000 best songs of all time).

Copyright statement: screenshot from the video - deemed fair use.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

The Sketch April 1921

A new magazine under this heading. The Sketch was a British illustrated weekly journal, which focused on high society and the aristocracy. It ran between 1893 and 1959. This early Art Deco style cover is credited to Vallee.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Ad astra

I'm a sucker for minimalist movie posters, which (when done right) combine beautiful aesthetics with piquing one's curiosity. The upcoming James Gray movie starring Brad Pitt is a good example.

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

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Peaks

In the category Flickr Favourites it is once more the turn of my Flickr friend tapatim - one of her gorgeous square abstracts.

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