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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cornelis Corlenisz van Haarlem "Adam and Eve", 1622.

Hamburger Kunsthalle by Hans Ollermann
Hamburger Kunsthalle, a photo by Hans Ollermann on Flickr.

This painter is new to me. Such bizarre idealization in the Eve figure, but I like it. Adam is strangely unidealized and his legs and feet seem way too short. The real charm to me is the forward gesture of Eve's head and neck in contrast to the backward thrust of the upper torso. So self conscious and so human. The little frog at her feet is also delightful.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Alfred Stevens - In the Studio [1888]

I'm really loving these "behind the scenes" type paintings by Alfred Stevens. They are no less epic, jewel-like than conventional narratives, and probably more interesting than the actual painting on the easel in this picture. I get the rare and peculiar feeling of actually peering back through a window in time, which I don't get as much looking at old black and white photos from the same era.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Francesco Melzi - Flora [1510-15]

He was Da Vinci's favorite student. This is Flora, the mother of all plants.

Kyle V Thomas: Special Project: 25 $100 painting commissions

Im a fan of innovative ideas, especially crazy ones.  Realist painter, Kyle V. Thomas has released a new offer on his website.  Kyle is a great talent, and this is an offer of a lifetime.  At the risk of sounding too much like a tv commercial, these would make excellent Christmas gifts (probably not the perfect stocking stuffers though.)

"Special Commissions

This is a special project and will end when all 25 spots are filled. Each spot is $100+shipping and will get you an original 8"x10" oil painting of a landscape, or still-life subject of your choice*
You can provide a reference picture, or I can use your idea to create a completely unique and original vision for you. 

*Portait and animal subjects are excluded from this special offer, but I do accept regular commission work on an ongoing basis. Please contact me for more information."

Read more about it here.

 by Kyle V Thomas Oil ~ 8 x 10

Leo Klein Diepold

I recently did a talk on contemporary realism at Arkansas Tech University, and was very impressed by their facilities, especially their art gallery.  I liked this drawing and thought I'd share it with you.