Visual arts


Ancient Mariner
As you might know, I'm a fan of fantastic landscape painter Joachim Patinir (c. 1480 – 5 October 1524). During my visit to Dinant -his birthplace- I was anxious to see the rocks that were "featured" in many of his masterpieces. patinir Collage_resized.jpg
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Seven years ago, the director of a small museum in the Netherlands set out on an impossible quest: he wanted to borrow every surviving work in the world by the wildest imagination in the history of art, Hieronymus Bosch, to celebrate his 500th anniversary in the city of his birth. He did not have a single painting to offer on loan in return.

In an exhibition opening next February, Charles de Mooij will unveil his haul at his Noordbrabants museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

He has secured 20 of the 25 surviving panels, including several reunited triptychs and the panels, that were scattered centuries ago, made for an altar still in the town, and 19 of the 25 drawings – a collection he believes will never be assembled again. ...

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Ancient Mariner
Found a nice facebook page with lots (around 250!) of nice paintings with seascapes and marine themes. (@Perun ) Here and here.
Some I like in particular:

Ivan Aivazovsky, Darial Gorge, 1862

Johan Christian Dahl, View of Dresden by Moonlight, 1838

Yaroslav Gerzhedovich, Sea Castle

Marcus Larson (1825-1864), Nattlig marin med brinnande fartyg (Nocturnal Marina with Burning Ship)

Emilio Ocón y Rivas (1845-1904), Seascape, 1894

~ Lev Feliksovich Lagorio (Лев Феликсович Лагорио; 1828-1905), Луна над морем в Крыму (Moon Over The Crimean Sea)

Montague Dawson (1895-1973), The Crescent Moon

Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), Icebergs in the Atlantic, 1870

Georg Eduard Otto Saal (1818-1870), I norra ishavet (The Arctic Ocean), 1853

Petrus van Schendel (1806-1870), Maanenschijn: sailing at night near Rotterdam with the St. Laurenskerk beyond

Mauritz Frederik Hendrik De Haas (1832-1895), Sunset over the New England Coast

Simeon Marcus Larson (1825-1864), Fishing near the fjord by moonlight, 1872

Peder Balke (1804-1887), Fra Nordkapp, 1840

Karl Kaufmann (1834-1902), Harbor View
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Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Written & Directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films & UK’s Trademark Films.

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 115 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.

No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.

Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film with actors then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. Loving Vincent stars famous faces to match the famous paintings they portray:

“We cannot speak other than by our paintings”
Written by Vincent van Gogh in a letter the week before his death




Ancient Mariner
Last week I visited a museum with the work of Zdzisław Beksiński.ław_Beksiński

Beksiński threw himself into painting with a passion, and worked constantly (always to the strains of classical music). He soon became the leading figure in contemporary Polish art. In the late 1960s, Beksiński entered what he himself called his "fantastic period", which lasted up to the mid-1980s. This is his best-known period, during which he created very disturbing images, showing a gloomy, surrealistic environment with very detailed scenes of death, decay, landscapes filled with skeletons, deformed figures and deserts. These paintings were quite detailed, painted with his trademark precision. At the time, Beksiński claimed, "I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams".

Some of the most grim art I've ever seen. Incredibly powerful. And scary. Haunting but beautiful at the same time. The works were shown in a dark exhibition room and the paintings looked as if they were lighted from the backside, as if a light was shining through them. In fact they were sublimely lit with neat spots from the ceiling.

The man had a tragic life, especially the nineties. And he was murdered.

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Family tragedies and death
The late 1990s were a very tragic time for Beksiński. His wife, Zofia, died in 1998; a year later, on Christmas Eve 1999, his son Tomasz (a popular radio presenter*, music journalist and movie translator) committed suicide. Beksiński discovered his son's body. Unable to come to terms with his son's death, he kept an envelope "For Tomek in case I kick the bucket" pinned to his wall. Director Jan P. Matuszyński’s debut feature will focus on the relationship between the painter Zdzisław Beksiński and his son Tomasz Beksiński. The movie's release is planned for 2016.

On 21 February 2005, Beksiński was found dead in his flat in Warsaw with 17 stab wounds on his body; two of the wounds were determined to have been fatal. Robert Kupiec (the teenage son of his longtime caretaker), who later pleaded guilty, and a friend were arrested shortly after the crime. On 9 November 2006 Robert Kupiec was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and his accomplice, Łukasz Kupiec, to 5 years by the court of Warsaw. Before his death, Beksiński refused to loan Robert Kupiec a few hundred złoty (approximately $100).

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*His son Tomasz was well known in Poland, especially as DJ. He played a lot of Iron Maiden on the radio. ;) He wrote books on music (e.g. Pink Floyd) and translated stuff for Polish TV (such as Monty Python).

Here you go with some of my favourite paintings (click to enlarge). "Enjoy".

This one is creepy: those "dead"heads of which some are looking in this direction!

Wow, what a work. These graves lie in some sort of mound of something alive... a mountain with mouth.:

Also frightening. Beautiful colours:

Look at that little figure below! Awesome:
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Del Toro is an admirer as well, I just read. And Stranger Things (series) was influenced by him too.