Monthly Archives: January 2014

Csontváry – The troubled artistic genius from Hungary

The thing that brings me the greatest pleasure about writing this blog is that I am constantly unearthing artists whom I had not heard of before.  My blog today is another example of such a discovery and I have one … Continue reading

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Gabriel Metsu. Part 2 – his later life and paintings

In my last blog I looked at the early life of Gabriel Metsu and had reached the year 1651, the year in which his mother died.  Gabriel Metsu was twenty-one years of age and, as such, was still not looked … Continue reading

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Gabriel Metsu. Part 1 – Early life and The Letter

In A Hunter Getting Dressed after Bathing (above), Gabriel Metsu depicted himself as a nobleman and hunter, but of course the unusual twist to the depiction was the fact that he depicted himself in an a full-length, un-idealized, naturalistic nude pose. If … Continue reading

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Pere Borrell del Caso and trampantojo

“…Everything that deceives may be said to enchant…”                                                                                                      – Plato Have you ever heard of the word trampantojo in relationship to art?  Maybe if you are Spanish you will have come across this Spanish word, which means “sleight of … Continue reading

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The prints and paintings of Sydney Lee

The artist I am featuring today is the Englishman, Sydney Lee, who was much-admired for his paintings and prints of landscapes and architectural subjects.  He travelled widely in search of suitable subjects and was ever on the look-out for picturesque … Continue reading

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Beryl Cook and her voluptuous women

If you were to decide to hang another picture on one of your walls of your abode, I wonder what you would decide to display.  I wonder how you would come to your decision.   Would you hang a picture of … Continue reading

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