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.

2018/04/16

BREKER

Arno Breker (1900-1991). German sculptor.

2018/04/14

KOLIG

Anton Kolig (1886-1950). Austrian painter.

2018/04/12

LUCIUS

Sebastian Lucius (1881-1909). German painter.
Another good artist completely forgotten. Note the careful study of male bodies, especially the first standing on the left. This happened in the early 1900s.

SWITZER

Fintan Switzer (?). Irish painter.

2018/04/10

THIELKER

Gregory Thielker (?). American painter.
We could name it as a case of "atmospheric" Hyperrealism.

TISCHLER

Andrew Tischler (1983-). American-Australian painter.

2018/04/07

New hyperrealistic art

Photography, since its beginnings, has tried to imitate painting just to give itself that artistic patina that in reality did not had, it has continued to do so until has found its own space with rules. On one hand it removed from the art world (despite the favorable opinion of many critics), on the other hand slipped to different areas such as social news. Painting, in this case hyperrealist painting, has largely taken advantage of the photographic mean until arriving to the most complete simulation of reality. Does all this make sense? If we intend to look for aesthetic value we lose time because it does not have any, if we look for the signs of our time we can also be pleasantly affected by some works or by some artists. After the beginnings during the '70s, at time of Estes or Close, in which the aesthetic motivations were strictly connected to those of Pop Art - the subjects represented were taken from the everyday imagery of all of us - a certain decline took place in the latter years, but then returned to hard focused images. Hyperrealism is no longer the same, captivating and surprising, and unfortunately today seems to be an exhibition of technical skill. Raising the many "ooh!" of unwary observers is no different from the bewilderment caused by the new conceptual (scoundrel) artists. Meticulousness and details that photography does not always give us back, and the aim is to isolate fragments of reality that would otherwise be lost. Unfortunately it is not at all like this and the result we see is mere exhibition. I don't want to be too cynical and therefore to risk not to recognize good art by confusing it with bad art, but it is necessary to debunk myths and distinguish. Let me naming a few artists among the very many all over the world; my readers will be wondering if these are good artists, but my answer cannot be favourable: in my opinion Hyperrealism is dead and what we see today is, I am repeatin again, simple skill.
Paul Cadden (1964-). Scottish painter.
Dirk Dzimirsky (1969-). German painter.
Diego Fazio (1989-). Italian painter.
Paul Lung (1972-). Chinese painter.
Franco Clun (?). Italian painter.

KNECHT

Richard Knecht (1887-1966). German sculptor.

LUKSCH

Richard Luksch (1872-1936). Austrian sculptor.

2018/04/06

HÉROUX

Bruno Héroux (1868-1944). German painter and etcher.

2018/04/05

CHRISTENS

Wilhelm Christens (1878-1964). German painter.

2018/04/04

BUSH

Harry Bush (?-1994). American illustrator.

GERHARTZ

Daniel F. Gerhartz (1965-). American painter.
Why is there someone who persists in painting this way? Part of the art buyers require this? Everything is possible. The fact remains that this type of art seems to justify, on the contrary, too many mystifications of contemporary art.

2018/04/03

LEDERER

Hugo Lederer (1871-1940). German sculptor.

2018/04/02

PLOKHOTSKY

Mikhail Plokhosky (?). Russian sculptor.
Monument dedicated to Ivan Poddubny.

ADAMSON

Amandus Adamson (1855-1929). Estonian sculptor.

2018/04/01

MURPHY

Kevin Murphy (?). American painter.

2018/03/31

Unknown

Unidentified contemporary sculptor.

Unidentified porcelain statuette

In this photo of the '50s with a bodybuilder posing in front of a mirror I noticed the presence of this magnificent porcelain figurine, one of the type produced by Rosenthal, but it is not Rosenthal. Unfortunately, as much as I have tried, I have not been able to trace the manufacture.

2018/03/28

GRIESGABER

Michael Griesgaber (?). American painter.

2018/03/27

KONSTANTINOVA

Liudmila Konstantinova (1980-). Russian painter.

2018/03/26

ZITKO

Otto Zitko (1959-). Austrian painter.

2018/03/24

DUTCH MANNERISTS

A comparative example of three Dutch Mannerist painters: van Haarlem (1562-1638), Wtewael (1566-1638), Bloemaert (1566-1651). However excellent they were, they failed to understand the cultural depth that came from Italy, limiting themselves to reproduce the bizarre and abstruse that this manifested. Notice the contortion of naked bodies that shows great mastery in anatomy, but also the detachment from perceptible reality, a constant feature of Mannerism.

2018/03/23

FITZENREITER

Wilfried Fitzenreiter (1932-2008). German sculptor.

MARTINUZZI

Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977). Italian sculptor.

2018/03/22

CRALI

Tullio Crali (1910-2000). Italian painter.