I thought it might be fun to start a thread that deals with art trivia,and facts. Not being an art historian I'll start anyway. Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings in his life time. Then I heard it might have been two.
Just saw the Turner /Tate exhibition in Canberra ( fact: nation Capitol),,,,mesmerised by his sketches in w'c.........he has to have been the first true abstract expressionist.....all very elementary, preliminaries for his great huge finished works....and stand alone as abstraction....amazing!
J. M. W. Turner is the first and the best painter to be known as "the painter of light." All others pale in comparison.
And...Ricardo: With a few Durchmen speaking their own language and a few "Britishers" mispronouncing Vincent's name, I do not think they will overcome 300 million Americans saying Van Go. We may be wrong but we are wrong collectively and there are more of us. Big smile.
Speaking of art history anyone watch Simon Schama's videos (the Power of Art) on eight famous artists? It is fantastic and I watch it often even though he has that bad British habit of saying Van Goff. Ha!
Here is the first paragraph of Turner's Bio on Wiki:
Joseph Mallord William "J. M. W." Turner, RA (baptised 14 May 1775 – 19 December 1851) was a British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as "the painter of light" and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism.
I love this kind of thread because invariably I learn something new.
There is a quote from JMW Turner I just read which I have added to my list of favorites: "If I could find anything blacker than black, I'd use it." I find it wonderful that someone known as the painter of light would acknowledge darkness in such a way.
@RJ........"Nothing succeeds like excess" (Wilde)..........
@Kevin......thanks for that info........and, I also loved the time spent on this exhibition especially - saw the Tate - but this exhibit was revelationary - yes - black is so stunning..................Rebecca.
One of the conflicts in my household ever since I started doing Art, has been the backlash from family members because I spent so much time making charcoal pix and using so much 'black'..and its nuances.....it is so juicy when using real willow charcoal.......and gives such stunning contrast...........my fav "colour" !!!!!! (The family wanted 'pretty/colourful' - one has to remain defiant at all times, and, trrue to oneself.)
Or, in other words, dare I say.........'shades of gray', lol. A little 'study' from the early days..................
Turner painted with atmospheric conditions in mind. Steam from trains, soot, fog, that crap in the air that often gives colour through refraction. Regarding black, or what different artists use as.......paintings without something to translate that shadow and all the places in between, (negative space) have little dimension. When I think of Turners paintings I don't see his use of dark as defining negative (or positive) space/shape that much. He is a very special case. Very synthesized and specific to atmospheric conditions in my mind and eye.
Totally agree Viv, Turner as first true abstract expressionist..
People do die of old age, but a gasket or hose usually blows, because it gets old. That is if you are lucky and haven't abused yourself too much.
What is the difference between a common and uncommon drunk?
Hitler was indeed a failed human being. Evil. But his watercolours were not horrible.
George Bush's self portrait in the shower was of his back mostly. A very uninspiring viewpoint/jumping off point for any composition. His paintings of dogs look like dogs. It is interesting to me that he paints at all.
Beth yes, Constable is amazing. I can see from your recent endeavors that he might be your muse at the moment?
edit: I am interested and curious Roger, what Aussie who?
Love Constable and Turner too..Turners skies are magnificent, Constables trees are unmatchable.. John Carlson comes close!
thanks Rose ART about Toller Cranston..He joined us here and is a member oF Faa! I actually went to Ecole Des Beaux Arts with Toller, in the late 1960s..as teenagers,before he was famous! but he was an excellent figure skater even back then too. He took alot of modele vivant (figure sketching classes)with our wonderful Drawing Professor Rene Chicoine,, Toller and I were classmates for about 3 years during those Expo 67 days..
always knew he would do great things with his life...extremely creative person he is!
wiki copy and pasting, "Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics."
Died in 88, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. "He developed a widely used pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, which later became known as Feynman diagrams."
From “The Times” about the colour Red, in paintings:
Many Auction Houses agree:
“It varies from artist to artist, but I think red is probably the most desireable colour you can get in art,full stop”
June 13,2013 “The Australian” newspaper