2018/05/22

BREKER

Arno Breker (1900-1991). German sculptor.

2018/05/20

MANIZER

Matvey  Manizer (1891-1966). Russian sculptor.

DAZZI and PALADINO

Arturo Dazzi (1881-1966). Italian sculptor.
Domenico Paladino (1948-). Italian sculptor.
Better one or the other? I have already chosen.

DAZZI

Arturo Dazzi (1881-1966). Italian sculptor.

KISFALUDI

Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl (1884-1975). Hungarian sculptor.

Unknown

Not identified American illustrator.

Unknown

Not identified Hungarian artist.

HEREND

Herend Porcelain Manufactory, Hungary.
This statuette could be designed by Bela Farkas.

KRONBERG

Julius Kronberg (1850-1921). Swedish painter.

BLANCHARD

Pascal Blanchard (1807-1900). French painter.

2018/05/18

Symbols mania

There is a proliferation of art critics who feel invested by the mission of explaining art. They are suffering from a rare but diffuse disease: acute explanation (I prefer the Italian version: spiegazionite acuta). Almost all of them are Anglo-Saxon, but they can be found everywhere. I have seen the case of Quentin Metsys and this would be enough to get an idea of their method of analysis. Symbols, symbols, and symbols everywhere, so many that the work examined is full of them; continuous calls, citations (which are adjectives in a meaningless speech); finally geometric constructions such as transversely diagonals, perspective axes, repetitions. All this for what purpose? Perhaps to be more persuasive towards the general public? Obviously not because these "explanations" for idiots are artificial and sometimes incomprehensible. So you will ask what is their purpose. It is with the aim to shine with reflexed light and to strut in the abstruseness of their silly speeches. Metsys certainly does not need such "explanations" because he gets very well on his own; not always an apple is the symbol of sin as an extinguished candle is not the symbol of the mortality of life.

LAETON

Richard Laeton (?). American painter.

MCCRACKEN

James Michael McCracken (?). American painter.

2018/05/17

MILLER J.

Jeff Miller (?). American painter and sculptor.

2018/05/14

BONAZZA

Luigi Bonazza (1877-1965). Italian painter.

2018/05/11

VINOGRADOV

Sergei Vinogradov (1869-1938). Russian painter.

2018/05/10

ONDERDONK

Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922). American painter.

2018/05/09

LORUSSO

Joseph Lorusso (1966-). American painter.

2018/05/08

MONAHOV

Evgeniy Monahov (1974-). Russian painter.

2018/05/06

DE LUCCHI

Ottorino De Lucchi (1951-). Italian painter.

2018/05/05

GRAY

Bruce Gray (1956-). American painter and sculptor.

COWAN and SICHER

Jack Cowan (?). American painter.
Igor Sicher (1987-). Russian painter.
In the last few decades there has been a proliferation of painters who care about their alleged belonging to "Magic Realism", especially in America. Obviously their intentions do not correspond to reality, they are presumptuous and uninformed artists or critics, otherwise they would know that the term "Magischer Realismus" was coined by Franz Roh in 1925, and made particular reference to the Italian art of those years, although in the German context it was preferred to use the term Neue Sachlichkeit. Artists like Schad or Grossberg in Germany, or Donghi, Funi, Casorati in Italy, are unrepeatable. When the references to the social art of the 1940s and 1950s were exhausted or forgotten, many artists preferred to turn to a more modern audience, and so is the plethora of male nudes (almost prudish and concealed) in deference to the new gay lobbies. Only to give these images a different connotation than usual they have loaded with surrealistic references (the panacea of all imbeciles!).

2018/05/04

EKKEL

Johan Ekkel (?-2013). Dutch painter.

2018/05/03

KOONS

Jeff Koons (1955-). American artist.
Koons is not yet tired of his stupid inflatable balls, and it is really sad to see that there are still those who give him credit.

2018/04/30

WELLIVER

Neil Welliver (1929-2005). American painter.

2018/04/28

BROWN

Jessica Brown (?). English painter.

2018/04/27

LUCIUS

Sebastian Lucius (1881-1909). German painter.
The extraordinary depiction of male body in the works of this unfortunately forgotten artist.

2018/04/26

HONGTAO

Hongtao Huang (1983?-). Chinese painter.
I could not say that Hongtao is a great painter. However it is clear that all his works are addressed to a specific public.

VAN DE VELDE H.

Hendrik van de Velde (1896-1969). Dutch painter.
A work of which it was argued even too much. The painting is not worth, but it is certainly not worse than many works of art so appreciated by well-known critics. This painting can be seen at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It is considered by many to be a classic example of Nazi art. Of course it is fake because it is not. One wonders how much fear a trivial work can do to some people (particularly in The Nederlands). As usual the superstructure prevails over the structure.

2018/04/23

BEAUTY

Whoever meets beauty can not bear to separate (Homer).
If there were no deities we would have to invent them, but as for the perception of beauty we only have to rely on our senses, which are not as primitive as it might seem, but rather very sophisticated. Knowledge about art varies from individual to individual, it depends on the degree of cultural evolution, and it is terribly influenced by art critics opinion who make the public what they want. But when we are arranging a beautiful flower bed or arranging flowers on the table, everyone is able to recognize when the composition is perfect. When we say to someone: you are beautiful like a God, we know very well what it means and the diversity of opinion affects very little. Regularity in perception, balance, harmony of the single parts, added to that ineffable feeling that nobody can describe... well then we know that we are in presence of beauty. 

CIARDI B.

Beppe Ciardi (1875-1932). Italian painter.

CALDERINI

Marco Calderini (1850-1941). Italian painter.

2018/04/22

MADERSON

Arthur Maderson (1942-). Irish painter.

2018/04/21

HOMER and SIEGERT

Winslow Homer (1836-1910). American painter.
August Friedrich Siegert (1820-1883). German painter.
Comparing two paintings.

2018/04/20

MOLLINO

Carlo Mollino (1905-1973). Italian architect.

2018/04/19

Tannenberg

Tannenberg Memorial, Olsztynek, Poland.
An amazing monument nowadays destroyed.

2018/04/17

WALLIS O.

Oscar Wallis (?). American illustrator.
From the H. J. Bigelow watercolors collection.
This amazing and at the same time disgusting image is part of a 19th century anatomy manual. A body (that wonderful machine we adore) is sectioned to show its interior, without complacency or indulgence or pity, it only serves to complete the education of future doctors. Splendid for its wonderful complexity, but terrible for its vulnerability. What does this have to do with art? Although is sectioned and cut in pieces, it is still that magnificent body that art has exalted from the beginning.

KLIMSCH

Fritz Klimsch (1870-1960). German sculptor.