30 May 2012

Pink winds

Twenty-one eternal stunning rose paintings by Catharina Klein, one of the greatest still life painters of all time.

Catharina Klein was born in 1861 in Eylau in East Prussia (what is now a Russian province called Kallinigrad, which is actually separated by the Baltic States from Mainland Russia.) She attended the Art School in Berlin and painted flower pictures, eventually in gouache (opaque watercolor). 

Catharina Klein

She was one of the most respected and popular flower painters of all time. She ran a studio in Berlin and trained young women how to paint. The art establishment considered her a commercial artist and disregarded her work. Very few original paintings still exist.

Her best work seems to have been done between 1890 -1900. Although there were thousands of painters in the art centers of Germany in the 1890s, Catharina Klein became the best known flower painter because her work appeared in print. Art teachers then began using her pictures for models and continue today.

She added birds and then fruit to her painting, all naturalistically shown. She then became known as the rose painter. 

Sources: zazzle, postcardcollector.

Pink Rose Oil Painting (Bob Ross)

Hope this post smells good.

26 May 2012

Saccharine cherries

Ann Craven’s paintings depict a peach-pink budgerigar looming towards us like a diminutive Godzilla. Set against a brilliant blue sky, it assumes an almost monumental presence that is at once comic and slightly menacing. It’s a simple enough conceit, but an effective one, which unfortunately makes the remainder of Craven’s new body of paintings feel all the more inadequate. 

The suggestion of rapid movement and the immediately visible influence of photography are somewhat at odds with the tranquil and traditional nature of the image, but the disjunction is so slight that the impression it leaves soon fades. Craven’s occupation of an ambiguous middle ground is a well-intentioned attempt at subtlety that, sadly, comes off as mere indecision. 

Ann Craven’s favourite subject is exotic birds.

(Michael Wilson)
 Let's drink to the source: www.frieze.com/issue/review/ann_craven

She was born in Boston, USA, in 1967. Now lives and works in NYC.

20 May 2012

Diaphanous fortress

Where 20th century photography is turned into painting celebration understanding.

He was already 40 years old when he began to produce photographic work, in the 30s. Literature fan, José Alemany spoke many languages and was considered an excellent specialist in French literature. Born in Catalunya, España, he moved to Pittsburg, USA. His landscape pictures were made ​​in Provincetown, Massachusetts - location frequented by artists where he spent summers. Influenced by Man Ray (solarisations!) and other surrealist photographers, his work brings our mind back to an old but new diaphanous line of the desire.

José Alemany Bori - Viquipèdia (in Català)

Primat de la matière sur la pensée (Primacy of Matter over Thought)
solarisation by Man Ray, 1931

Music! Thank you Jack.

Helge Kuhl - Copy Me (2010)