Friday, June 27, 2014

What on Earth!


The following film was shown to my Grammar School class and I never forgot it. It changed the way I looked at the world.

What on Earth!
Directed by Kaj Pindal
Les Drew
Produced by Robert Verrall
Wolf Koenig
Written by Kaj Pindal
Narrated by Donald Brittain
Music by Donald Douglas
National Film Board of Canada
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Columbia Pictures
Running time 09 min 35 s
Country Canada

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jack Cole

“There’s a nice, shady spot.”

Jack Cole

  original art:  monochromatic ink and watercolor cartoon that originally appeared in Playboy Magazine, August, 1954, page 29. The art measures 15.5 inches by 13 inches.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Darling, Jay N. (Jay Norwood), 1876-1962

Title Be careful how you distribute your weight, Madam. You might upset it, you know
Creator Darling, Jay N. (Jay Norwood), 1876-1962
Date Original 1920-10-26
Contained Text The political canoe; 25 million women voters.
Note Boats
Subject - Topics Women's suffrage
Subject - Events Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1920
Chronological Subject 1920-1930
Type (DCMIType) Still image
Type (AAT) Editorial cartoons
Printers' proofs
Digital Collection Des Moines Register Cartoonists
Editorial Cartoons of J.N. "Ding" Darling

Saturday, June 21, 2014


(b. 1494, Pontormo, d. 1557, Firenze)

Two Seated Youth with a Book

c. 1525
Red chalk, 277 x 379 mm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

This informal study of workshop assistants was probably done while Pontormo was working at Galuzzo.
The verso of the sheet contains a black chalk drawing of a head of a man wearing a hat.

Friday, June 20, 2014


c. 1625
Brush in black and grey on light brown paper, 164 x 122 mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

(b. 1584, Leiden, d. 1657, Leiden)
 Top:Until the 20th century it was thought that the sitter of this portrait is the poet and playwright Gerrit Adriaensz Brodero.

Pen in brown, brush in grey, 183 x 137 mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

 Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols
Oil on wood, 65 x 97,5 cm
Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden

In this vanitas still-life, the border between the two genres of the still-life and the portrait are blurred.
On the one hand, there are several portraits (as painting within the painting) forming part of a still-life arrangement on the table. The arrangement includes, among other things, a skull, an extinguished candle, coins, a wine glass on its side, a pocket watch, roses, a pearl necklace, a pipe, books and sculpture. Soap bubbles hover above them as symbols of transience.
On the other hand, the entire collection functions as a statement about the young man on the left, whose face displays the typical features of a self-portrait. It may therefore be somewhat irritating that the artist was in fact 67 years old when he painted this picture in 1651.
However, the contradiction can be solved when we consider that his current features are shown in the small oval portrait, demonstratively held out towards the viewer - a medium which in itself already documents the transience of life. The youthful artist's face, by contrast, shows Bailly as he was at an earlier stage in his life, more than four decades previously. Thus, by changing the time references of past fiction and present reality, the painting suggests that the young artist is anticipating his future age, which - though part of the present in 1651 - appears to belong to the past, as conveyed through the medium of the portrait. The young man, who appears to be so real within the first-degree reality of the painting, really represents a state of the past.
Unlike the repetitive, dull and often schematic topics of Dutch vanitas still-lifes, the misleading time scale in Bailly's painting adds a new dimension to the whole subjec

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014



Warrior and Young Standard-Bearer
Pen with brown ink, brown wash on paper, 270 x 171 mm
Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp

Sunday, June 15, 2014

DAVID, Jacques-Louis

(b. 1748, Paris, d. 1825, Bruxelles)
Pen, black and brown ink, 270 x 210 mm
Musée National du Château, Versailles
David probably drew Marat while the body was on display and this drawing, with its network of crosshatching in the manner of an engraving, isolates the head and produces a macabre yet powerful portrait of the deceased. As with the final painting (The Death of Marat) there is no suggestion of the violent act that had taken place, and in the four corners David wrote A MARAT /L'AMI/DU PEUPLE/DAVID (To Marat, The Friend of the People, David).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Norman Mills Price


Norman Mills Price illustration - Dora and John Bull ink drawing

Pen and Ink

 The drawing size is approximately 6 5/8 x 8.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Standing Warrior in Fantastic Armour with a Halberd
c. 1509
Pen and black ink, over black chalk, 280 x 169 mm
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Costume drawing for a knight
Pen, blue wash on white paper, 313 x 198 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
(French, Tournus 1725–1805 Paris)

Head of an Old Woman Looking Up

Date: n.d.
Medium: Red chalk. Framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Dimensions: 16 1/4 x 12 7/8 in. (41.3 x 32.7

Monday, June 2, 2014



Woman's Head
Pen, ink and white pigment on paper, 282 x 199 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The detailed drawing of a girl's head contains elements typical of the school of Verrocchio, such as the diagonally placed eyes with the considerably rounded pupils and hair painted in meticulous detail. A relationship between this drawing and the Mary in the Annunciation predella in the Louvre has quite rightly been established. The attribution of the drawing to Leonardo is now just as disputed as its dating.         wga

Sunday, June 1, 2014