29 July 2014

Luminous wildlife


Luminous wildlife artist, Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939) was a Swedish painter. His works combine an appreciation for biological and ecological principles with a mastery of realistic impressionism, setting a new standard for wildlife art. (More @ National wildlife federation.)

1886, Tornseglare
1888, Steglitsor

1890, Rapphöna med tusenskönor

1891, Vinterlandskap med domherrar

I paint animal portraits, Bruno Liljefors said in 1902.

1918, Svanar

1918, Svanar

He portrayed the predator and prey relationship with a variety of players and in various stages of the action.

His predator and prey interactions were in his estimation the most intense and dramatic event that an animal would encounter in its life, says Martha Hill, the author of a biography that celebrates his artistry.

1920, Fällande örnar mot vinterhare

1920, Svanar vid strandkanten

1924, Örn jagande hare

1924, Svanar

His later works were simplified and looked more modernist.

1937, Ejdrar på kobbe

1937, Orrar i vinterlandskap

1938, Räv och gräsand

Bruno Liljefors painted many birds, as you can see, but also a few human portraits and several foxes.

16 July 2014

Au vent levant

Moulins à vent près de Zaadam

Exploring the same subject repeatedly — in different light, Claude Monet was a painter of series: haystacks (c. 1890), poplar trees (c. 1891), Rouen Cathedral (c. 1892), House of Parliament (c. 1900) and, of course, water lilies (c. 1900).

These windmill paintings are not strictly speaking a series. But when Claude Monet stayed in the Netherlands (1871, 1874, 1886), he often painted the building with sails.

*admirative silence*

Moulins en Hollande (1871)

Moulin à Zaandam (1871)

Moulins à Zaandam (1871)

Moulin à Zaandam (1872)

Le Moulin de l'Onbekende Gracht, Amsterdam (1874)

Champ de tulipes, Hollande (1886)

Working corn windmill in Holland

06 July 2014

Seven notable views

Jon McNaught is a comic book artist. He passed his childhood in the Falkland Islands and lives in Bristol, UK.

Pebble Island Landmarks – Seven Notable Views

If you click Rethinking the Wild, you will see how a beautiful forest led me to Jon McNaught's work.