Cindy Sherman

A lot of the time, artists look for a model or muse to base their artwork’s foundation on.  Cindy Sherman kills two birds with one stone though, by being the artist and the model.

She has even taken some paintings from the Renaissance Masters, used herself as the model and shot herself as the subject.

Egon Schiele

To me, the paintings from Austrian native Egon Schiele, remind me of a cross between vintage fashion prints from 19th century Harper’s Bazaar and disturbingly lucid self awareness.  His haunting images are difficult to look away from.

 

 

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Happy 130th birthday, Picasso!

In honor of one of the most influential artist’s birthday, I decided to take a tour of his “periods” through his self-portraits..

Blue Period (1901-1904)

“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”

Rose Period (1905-1907)

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

African-Influenced

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

Early Cubism

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Analytical Cubism (1909-1912)

My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

Synthetic Cubism (1912-1919)

Surrealism (1919-1945) Word War I, Spanish Civil War & World War III

Later Works & Near Death Works

“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?”

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Ever since I have been exposed to the environmental “wrapping” art of Christo and Jeanne Claude, it has become some of my favorite art.  Here are some of the pieces I have become most interested in:

The Pont Neuf bridge wrapped, Paris 1985

Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin counties, California, 1976-24.5 miles long

Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin

Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98

Not your everyday holdings of art…Museums I have visited that break away from the “norm”

Visiting the Barnes Collection, it was such a different way of viewing art.  Modern paintings were housed inside Barnes’ home, but very recently moved to the Parkway District in Philadelphia after much controversy.

Musee D’Orsay: train station converted into art museum in Paris

Centre Pompidou from the front. This museum holds contemporary art with many changing galleries.

From the back-notice the abstract elevator tunnel

Up the elevator

Palace of Versailles: Such a wonderful way to view the history of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI through their furniture, oil paintings, and extravagant way of life.  The gardens are gorgeous.

The Peggy Guggenheim-Her house is filled with the art she collected and has a great view of the Grand Canal.

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