Friday, May 21, 2010
Henri Matisse - Pastoral - 1905
Meet my new Matisse, I had it stolen from Paris, so that I could hang it on the master bedroom at my villa in Tuscany...hehehe, so much money in the hands of so few, they will be bound to have what they shouldn't...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Aegina Visited by Jupiter, 1767–69
Jean Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725–1805)
Oil on canvas; 57 7/8 x 77 1/8 in. (147 x 195.9 cm)
Gift of Harry N. Abrams and Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, Pfeiffer, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds, 1970 (1970.295)
The young woman is almost certainly Aegina, daughter of the river god Asopus, who was visited by Jupiter in the guise of fire and was later carried off by him in the form of an eagle. This unfinished picture may be an attempt by Greuze at a reception piece for the French Royal Academy. In 1767 he was barred by that organization from exhibiting in the Salon for having failed to fulfill this requirement. The same year, in a letter to Diderot, Greuze wrote that he "should very much like to paint a woman totally nude without offending modesty." It is possible that he was inspired by Rembrandt's "Danae" (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), then in Paris. Although incomplete and very different in nature, "Aegina" shares with Greuze's final presentation piece "Septimus Severus Reproaching Caracalla" (Musée du Louvre, Paris) its size, central nude figure of heroic proportions, and tripod copied from the antique.
1636 (40 Kb); Oil on canvas; The Hermitage at St. Petersburg
her site here
ebb [eb] Show IPA
the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea (opposed to flood, flow).
a flowing backward or away; decline or decay: the ebb of a once great nation.
a point of decline: His fortunes were at a low ebb.
–verb (used without object)
to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to flow).
to decline or decay; fade away: His life is gradually ebbing.
Use ebb in a Sentence
bef. 1000; (n.) ME eb(be), OE ebba; c. OFris ebba, D eb(be), G Ebbe ebb, ON efja place where water backs up; (v.) ME ebben, OE ebbian, deriv. of the n.; akin to off
4. subside, abate, recede, retire. 5. dwindle, diminish, decrease.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.
Japanese photographer Tokihiro Sato uses light within his art to record movement through space. Sato specializes in long exposures ranging from one to three hours taken from a large-format camera on a tripod. The photographer then moves through the targeted space with either a mirror that he holds to the sun or a flashlight that he waves about at night. The combination of the movement, the light and the long exposure results in detailed scenes that have interesting plays of light, but no image of Sato.
Artist: Tokihiro Sato
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oneness may refer to:
Divine oneness, the belief that God is without parts
Oneness Pentecostalism, a particular belief about the Godhead
Oneness of God, the belief that only one deity exists
Oneness (mathematics), a mathematical concept
Oneness (Carlos Santana album), a 1979 rock album
GodWeenSatan: The Oneness (album)
Oneness (Jack DeJohnette album)
The Oneness Movement led by Kalki Bhagavan
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
"A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories is a graphic novel by Will Eisner that takes the form of several stories on a theme. Published by Baronet Books (ISBN 0-89437-035-9) in October 1978 in simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions — the former limited to a signed-and-numbered print-run of 1,500 — it is often erroneously called the first graphic novel, or the first work to describe itself as such. It is nonetheless an early landmark of the form, and critically lauded in its own right.
DC Comics later acquired the rights to the book, which that publisher reissued in 2001 (ISBN 1-56389-674-5). It runs 196 pages.
The work consists of four short stories — "A Contract With God", "The Super", "The Street Singer", and "Cookalein" — all set in a Bronx tenement in the 1930s, with the last story ("Cookalein") also taking place at a summer getaway for Jews. The stories are semi-autobiographical, with Eisner drawing heavily on his own childhood experiences as well as those of his contemporaries. Utilizing his talents for expressive lettering and cartoonish figures, he links the narratives by the common setting and the common theme of immigrant and first-generation experiences, across cultures."
"An inspiration to several generations of cartoonists."
Art Spiegelman, author of Maus