29 October 2014

Les peintures de gardiennes d'oies

Jean-François Millet, Julien Dupré, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro (et d'autres) en ont peint plus d'une – un thème qui a l'air récurrent chez quelques impressionnistes et chez les naturalistes. Il m'a semblé judicieux d'exclure les représentations illustrant La petite gardeuse d'oies (Die Gänsemagd), le conte couché sur papier par les frères Grimm en 1815. J'ai fait un tri parmi la soixantaine de tableaux trouvés en deux après-midis de recherche. Et voici les magnifiques peintures de gardiennes d'oies que je vous présente aujourd'hui.

Rafael Angelot

Agnes L. Atkinson

Teodor Axentowicz (1859-1938) 

Émile Barau (1851-1930) 

Nikolai Kornilievich Bodarevsky (1850-1921)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) La gardienne d'oies (1891)

Julien Dupré (1851–1910) 
Thérèse Marthe Françoise Dupré (1877-1920)

David Hyde

Eugène Labitte (1858-1937) 

John Lavery (1856-1941) Goose Girls (1885)

Jan Mankes (1889-1920) Ganzenliesje (1911)

Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) La gardienne d'oies (1863)

Philip Richard Morris (1836-1902)

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) La fille aux oies à Montfoucault, Gelée blanche (1875)

Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) La gardeuse d'oies (vers 1885)

Johannes Strieder

Cette drôle d'introduction convie-t-elle à la lecture du conte? À vous de voir:

"Le conte de la Gardeuse d'oies invite à habiter le monde qui nous entoure de notre présence éveillée en la projetant dans les objets. Cela permet d'obtenir leur concours dans les situations critiques. Il faut pour cela apprendre à traduire ses inspirations en des formules vibrantes." Euh…

Paul Hey (1867-1952) The Goose Girl Fairytale Illustration

22 October 2014

Operatic complex aria

The Pacific wren is a tiny, dark brown bird with a very short tail, narrow pale eyebrow and heavily banded flanks and belly.

Quiet here © Dan

In full song this time © Roger

The Pacific wren's song is a high-pitched, varied and rapid series of musical trills and chatters. When recorded and played back at a lower speed, it reveals a remarkable blend of halftones and overtones all sung at the same time.

Visit Audubon magazine: Pacific wren's song slowed down and listen carefully and enjoy the lilliputian bird's melodic elaborate ballad.

15 October 2014

Blackfoot glass lantern slides

Camp in October

In 1896 Pittsburgh native Walter McClintock traveled west as a photographer for a federal commission investigating national forests.

He became friends with the expedition's Blackfoot Indian scout, William Jackson or Siksikakoan.

When the commission completed its field work, Siksikakoan introduced the photographer to the Blackfoot community of northwestern Montana.

Over the next 20 years, Walter McClintock made several thousand photographs of the Blackfoot.

 Hunting camp at sunrise

 Mountain camp on Cutbank headwaters of the Missouri

 Onesta at tripod near tipi

 Overlooking the camp

 Prairie with flowers

 Tipi in forest

 Tipi in snow

 Trees in Blackfoot country

 Two Indians with dog in front of tipi on snowy prairie

 Two tipis

Yellow Bird (Otachkuipisan) watching the horse herd

Or let's see a different selection @ retronaut (and let's say thank you for letting me know these wonderful glass lantern slide photographs).

And one hundred @ flickr (through a truly beautiful mosaic thumbnail palette composition).

11 October 2014

Spacious imagination

© George Bryan Ward

 Moon Explorer

 Rocket Belt Spaceman

 Seattle Reflections

 Shomberg Robot

 Space Rocket Lab

 The Seaview Submarine

 Thunder Robot

 X7 Moon Rocket

 X30 Space Rocket

X200 Flying Saucer

« I grew up in California in the early 60s, at the height of the space race – the best era in comics and toys.

Science-fiction shows and spy movies were everywhere.

I always have been fascinated by super heroes, cowboys, ufos, mythology, space, horror and science-fiction.

I have been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon and spent countless hours creating scenes of the imagination. I am constantly driven to expand and experiment with new styles and medias.»

(Source: George Bryan Ward, Artist's Profile)

08 October 2014

Opaque watercolor flowers

Buta (flower in Hindi-Urdu) is one of the most important ornamental motifs of Mughal Indian art. It consists of a floral spray with stylized leaves and flowers. It is used in architecture and painting and in textiles, enamels and almost all other decorative arts.

The motif began to gain importance in the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahāngīr (1605–27). By the time of Shah Jahān (1628–58), it was in constant use. You'll find great delicacy and beauty of color in these opaque floral watercolors.