Wednesday, February 1, 2023

01 Work, Streets of Paris, Ellen von Unwerth's Bye Bye Paris, Part #82

Ellen von Unwerth
Bye Bye Paris, Paris, c. 2006
C-Print
40 × 30 in, 101.6 × 76.2 cm
Private collection

Ellen von Unwerth (born 17 January 1954) is a German photographer and director, specializing in erotic femininity.

She worked as a fashion model for ten years before becoming a photographer, and now makes fashion, editorial, and advertising photographs.

In a 2018 interview with Harper's Bazaar, she explained her feminist approach to photography: "The women in my pictures are always strong, even if they are also sexy. My women always look self-assured. I try to make them look as beautiful as they can because every woman wants to  feel beautiful, sexy and powerful. That's what I try to do." More on Ellen von Unwerth





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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, Safwan Dahoul's UNTITLED, with Footnotes - #5B

Safwan Dahoul, B. 1961, SYRIAN
UNTITLED, c. 1992
Oil and gold leaf on wood 
25 by 20cm.; 9 7/8 by 7 7/8 in
Private collection

Safwan Dahoul was born in 1961 in Hama, Syria, Dahoul was initially trained by leading modernists at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus before travelling to Belgium, where he earned a doctorate from the Higher Institute of Plastic Arts in Mons. Upon returning to Syria, he began teaching at the Faculty of Fine Arts and was a prominent member of the Damascus art scene. In the span of a decade, Dahoul nurtured a new generation of artists as an active mentor whose evolving aesthetic often ignited new directions in painting. Given the trajectory and status of his painting style, Dahoul’s career is regarded as a crucial link between modern and contemporary Arab art. More on Safwan Dahoul




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Monday, January 23, 2023

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, CHARLES MALLE's La loterie du manège à Montmartre, with footnotes, Part 88

CHARLES MALLE (b. 1931)
La loterie du manège à Montmartre, c. 2021
Oil on canvas
28 3⁄4 x 36 1⁄4 in. (73 x 92 cm.)
Private collection

Charles Gleize, known as Charles Malle, was born on August 9 1935 in Douai in Northern France and brought up in a family of craftsmen. His Post-Impressionist paintings are very popular and collectible in both France and the United States. He is associated with the School of Montmartre, a loosely knit group of painters that goes back to the time when Montmartre was little more than a bohemian village. He follows in the footsteps of Degas, Monet, Manet, Alphonse Quizet, Elise Maclet and Maurice Utrillo.

Charles Malle’s paintings represent a world that is no longer. He renders his dreams on canvas. Although some details are recognizable, he is painting his cherished childhood. In his easel paintings, the artist is remembering his short, but blissful childhood.

Malle studied art at St. Luke’s school in Tournai, Belgium for 2 years than at the ENSAIT (Higher National School for Art and Textile Industry) in Roubaix, France for 5 years. He also trained in drawing and painting and studied art history. More on Charles Malle




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Sunday, January 22, 2023

02 Works - Louis-François Cassas' visit to Lebanon, with footnotes

Louis-François Cassas (Azay-le-Ferron 1756-1827 Versailles)
The remains of the Temple of Jupiter and the Great Court at Baalbek, Lebanon
Pen, ink and watercolour on laid paper
61.6 x 93.3cm (24 1/4 x 36 3/4in)
Private collection

The Temple of Jupiter is a colossal Roman temple, the largest of the Roman world, situated at the Baalbek complex in Heliopolis Syriaca (modern Lebanon). The temple served as an oracle and was dedicated to Jupiter Heliopolitanus.

It is not known who commissioned or designed the temple, nor exactly when it was constructed. Work probably began around 16 BC and was nearly complete by about AD 60. It is situated at the western end of the Great Court of Roman Heliopolis, on a broad platform of stone raised another 7 m (23 ft) above the huge stones of the foundation, three of which are among the heaviest blocks ever used in a construction. Cultic activity had long taken place at the site; the temple presumably replaced an earlier one, possibly using the same foundation.

It was the biggest temple dedicated to Jupiter in all the Roman Empire. The columns were 19.9 meters high with a diameter of nearly 2.5 meters: the biggest in the classical world. It took three centuries to create this colossal temple complex. More on the Temple of Jupiter

Louis-François Cassas (Azay-le-Ferron 1756-1827 Versailles)
The Cedar Forests, Lebanon, c. 1805
Pen, ink and watercolour on laid paper
62.2 x 93.8cm (24 1/2 x 36 15/16in)
Private collection

The Cedars of God located in the Kadisha Valley of Bsharre, Lebanon, are one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Lebanon cedar that anciently thrived across Mount Lebanon. All early modern travelers' accounts of the wild cedars appear to refer to the ones in Bsharri; the Christian monks of the monasteries in the Kadisha Valley venerated the trees for centuries. The earliest documented references of the Cedars of God are found in Tablets 4-6 of the great Epic of Gilgamesh, six days walk from Uruk. The Psalms of King David eg. "104:16" provide support to claims of the biblical creation story's proximity to the Cedars forest, firstly the planting of Cedars with Gods hands and secondly the name of an adjacent village in the Kadisha Valley known as Edhen (Eden).

The Phoenicians, Israelites, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Arabs, and Turks used Lebanese timber. The Egyptians valued their timber for shipbuilding, and in the Ottoman Empire their timber was used to construct railways. 

The mountains of Lebanon were once shaded by thick cedar forests and the tree is the symbol of the country. After centuries of persistent deforestation, the extent of these forests has been markedly reduced. More on the Cedar Forests, Lebanon

Louis-François Cassas (June 3, 1756 – November 1, 1827) was a distinguished French landscape painter, sculptor, architect, archeologist and antiquary born at Azay-le-Ferron, in the Indre Department of France. 

In 1778 Cassas went to Rome, Venice, Naples and Sicily where he spent the first years of his youth in the study of ancient monuments. A commission in 1782 took him from Istria to southern Dalmatia, to make a series of illustrations of the antiquities on the east Adriatic coast. 

In 1784 he accompanied the Count Choiseul-Gouffier, the French Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, on his mission to Constantinople. Commissioned by him, he travelled from 1784 to 1787 engaged in making drawings for the Ambassador's second volume of Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce, published in 1809. He visited Egypt from October to December 1785, and drew the antiquities of Alexandria, the pyramids of Giza and the mosques of Cairo. Shortly afterwards he made several drawings of Palmyra, in the desert of Syria, visited the Holy Land and illustrated the ruins of Baalbec in Lebanon. He also painted Palestine, Cyprus and Asia Minor, drawing ancient Middle Eastern sites, many of which had never been recorded.

At the beginning of the French Revolution, the artist returned to France via Rome, arriving in Paris in 1792. The originals of his works in oil paintings for both voyages were deposited in the Bibliothèque Royale. 

At the turn of the eighteenth to nineteenth century, the artist had already combined his first observations of Egyptian monuments in a series of paintings which were very influential on many artists and stage designers in the early decades of the nineteenth century. He was appointed as drawing professor and later as General Inspector at the Gobelin Tapestry Manufactory, for contributing to the development of products from this factory.

He died in Versailles of a stroke of apoplexy, on November 1, 1827, invested with several orders of knighthood, including the Légion d'honneur, granted to him by the king on May 21, 1821. After his death Cassas was largely forgotten and his work was greatly neglected. In 1973, the government of Yugoslavia paid homage to Cassas issuing a postage stamp of the city of Split from one of his 1782 etchings called Vue de Spalatro et du Lazareth. More on Louis-François Cassas




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Sunday, January 15, 2023

01 Painting, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, Adham Wanly's HUNGARIAN HORSE AT THE CIRCUS, with Footnotes - #5D

Adham Wanly, 1908-1959, EGYPTIAN
CHEVEAUX HONGROIS AU CIRQUE (HUNGARIAN HORSE AT THE CIRCUS), c. 1953
Oil on panel
53 by 74cm.; 20 7/8 by 29 1/8 in.
Private collection

I couldn't find the horse either!

Adham Wanly (1908 in Alexandria, Egypt – 1959) was a painter who learnt in the atelier of the Italian Otorino Becchi 1932, then set up his own atelier with his brother Seif Wanly (above), and participated in many local and international exhibition specially Venice, São Paulo (Brasil), Alexandria Biennale.

The Museum of Modern Art in Alexandria displays many of his paintings. The artist is mostly famous for recording the life of the theater and circus. He specialized in the ballet and opera that is featured in the Cairo Opera House and the Theatre Mohamed Ali in Alexandria. The paintings render the stage lights and movements of the people involved and he is able to express the light and agility in various ways. He had a talent in caricature in which he used in mockery of himself and the people of his time. There is now a museum in his memory. More on Adham Wanly




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Saturday, December 31, 2022

01 Painting, The amorous game, Ilia Balavadze's Lets Talk About War, With Footnotes, #79

Ilia Balavadze
Lets Talk About War, 2022
Oil on canvas
29.5 x 33.5 x 1.2 inch
Private collection

Ilia Balavadze
is a Georgian artist born in 1968 who lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. From 1987 to 1993, he studied the painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of Art. Afterwards and for many years, he worked on painting the walls of many orthodox churches all around Georgia. The artist is very well distinguished by his style because you will find a lot of different and original details in his works. Starting with the streets of a modern city, ending with natural landscapes in a particular place, you will find almost every type of environment with a distinguished fact that human being is always predominant in his works. The artist's works are collected in many private collections in Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and USA. More on Ilia Balavadze




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Friday, December 23, 2022

01 Painting, MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART, Hassan Hajjaj's WINK, with Footnotes - #5A

Hassan Hajjaj, B. 1961, MOROCCAN
WINK, c. 2007
Metallic Lambda inset with kohl boxes mounted on board in artist's frame
94 by 66cm.; 37 by 26in.
Private collection

Hassan Hajjaj (born Larache, Morocco in 1961) is a contemporary artist who lives and works between London, UK and Marrakech, Morocco.

Hajjaj's work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the British Museum, London; the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC; the Newark Museum, New Jersey; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Farjam Collection, Dubai; Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia; and Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA.

Hajjaj was the winner of the 2011 Sovereign Middle East and African Art Prize and was shortlisted for Victoria & Albert Museum's Jameel Prize in 2009. In 2013, Rose Issa Projects published a monograph of the artist exploring his upbringing in Morocco and London. More on Hassan Hajjaj




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Sunday, December 11, 2022

01 Painting, The amorous game, Giuseppe Barison's The courtship, With Footnotes, #80

Giuseppe Barison (Italian, 1853-1930)
The courtship
Oil on panel
54 x 45.7cm (21 1/4 x 18in).
Private collection

Giuseppe Barison (September 5, 1853 – January 7, 1931) was an Italian painter and engraver, active in Venice

Barison found a patron in the aristocratic Anna De Rin, who placed him in apprenticeship with the painter Karl Emil Haase in Trieste, and then enrolled him in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1872, Barison began to take lessons from the Nazarene painters Karl von Blaas and Eduard Von Engerth, and also took courses in art history from August Eisenmenger.

Returning to Trieste in 1876, the next year he participated at the Esposizione di Belle Arti, which gains him a two-year stipend from the city to study in Rome. After Rome, he spent some years in Venice. His wife Giulia, originally from Trieste, and not happily settled in Venice, successfully urged her husband to relocate to Trieste. He experienced a chilly reception there, in part due to his personality, in part due to his Venetian style of painting.

The First World War exiled Barison to the house of Roberto Amadi in Pegli, Liguria where he stayed from 1915 to 1918, and continued painting land- and sea-scapes. After the war, he returned to Trieste, and along with contemporaries Guido Grimani and Ugo Flumiani, continued to paint such themes. He often painted outdoors. In his last years Barison took on new influences. He died in Trieste on January 7, 1931. More on Giuseppe Barison




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Sunday, November 27, 2022

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Leo Putz's BACKSTAGE, with footnotes, Part 87

Leo Putz, 1869 - 1940, GERMAN
BACKSTAGE, c. 1905
Oil on canvas
207 by 226cm., 81½ by 89in.
Private collection

Painted in 1905, this monumental early work of cancan dancers at ease backstage is among Putz's most ambitious compositions.

Inspired by his stay in Paris, Backstage is a masterful evocation of the French capital's demi-monde that was the source of fascination to so many painters, most famously Toulouse Lautrec. Putz would have frequented Pigalle's many cabarets and café concerts, including the Moulin Rouge, Moulin de la Galette and the Folies Bergère, which were synonymous with the dancers like La Goulue (Louise Weber) and Jane Avril who performed there. More on this painting

Leo Putz (18 June 1869, in Merano – 21 July 1940, in Merano) was a Tyrolean painter. His work encompasses Art Nouveau, Impressionism and the beginnings of Expressionism. Figures, nudes and landscapes are his predominant subjects.
He began his studies at the age of sixteen at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. His father then sent him to the Académie Julian in Paris. After military service, he returned to Munich and studied with Paul Hoecker. He opened his first studio in 1897. That same year, he became a member of the Munich Secession. He worked with the weekly magazine Jugend and many of his paintings were reproduced on the magazine's title page. During this time, he also worked as a commercial artist, creating many posters in Art Nouveau style and billboards for the Moderne Galerie München.

He became an honorary citizen of Bavaria in 1909; a prerequisite for becoming a Professor, which appointment he received that same year. Between 1909 and 1914, he spent his summers at Schloss Hartmannsberg near Chiemgau to practice plein-air painting. It was there that he created his best-known works; the two series known as the "Boat Pictures" and the "Bathers".

He accepted an invitation to move to Brazil in 1929. At the request of Lúcio Costa, he took a professorship at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in 1931. During his stay, his colors took on a more tropical flavor and the exotic plant life became a favorite subject. He returned to Germany in 1933.

He became an opponent of National Socialism and his art was labelled "degenerate". Beginning in 1936, he was repeatedly interrogated by the Gestapo and was forced to flee back to his native region, the South Tyrol. In 1937, he was officially banned from working in Germany. For the remainder of his life, he concentrated on painting castles, villages and benign landscapes.
He died in 1940. More on Leo Putz




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02 Paintings, The amorous game, Tayseer Barakat's The Hug and Love , Part 67 - With Footnotes

Tayseer Barakat, Palestinian, b. 1959
Love, c. 2020
Acrylic on canvas
23 1/5 × 29 1/2 in, 59 × 75 cm
Private collection

Tayseer Barakat, Palestinian, b. 1959
The Hug, c. 2020
Acrylic on canvas
31 1/10 × 25 1/5 in, 79 × 64 cm

Tayseer Barakat was born in Gaza in 1959 and completed his arts education in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1983. After completing his studies, he moved to Ramallah where he has since based – both teaching and creating art. Barakat has worked with a variety media and has experimented widely – with wood, metal and glass – and has become one of Palestine’s foremost artists working today. Painting remains his first love and he continues to work at a prolific rate, drawing on the artistic heritage of the region and its ancient influences.

Tayseer Barakat is one of Palestine’s preeminent artists whose practice has drawn inspiration from the ancient past and from the oral traditions and cultural narratives that are intimately tied to life in Palestine. Working primarily in paint, inks, and dyes, he uses a color palette that is often limited to monochrome tones, which imbues his works with a certain soberness. In Barakat’s words, the dark colors he uses “reflect the hardships of our time and our present life. I think the pressure on us makes us use dark colors.” More on Tayseer Barakat





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Saturday, November 19, 2022

01 Painting, The amorous games, Francesco Vinea's Merriment in the tavern, Part 78 - With Footnotes


Francesco Vinea (Italian, 1845-1902)
Merriment in the tavern, c. 1883
Oil on canvas
195/8 x 23½ in. (49.8 x 59.7 cm.)
Private collection

Francesco Vinea (Forlì, August 10,
1845 - Florence, October 22, 1902) was an Italian painter, known for his period costume genre subjects.

He studied first at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, but had to discontinue his studies due to his poverty, and spent some time traveling without a home. He worked for a photographer, also as a designer of illustrated magazines, but returned to Florence and studied under professor Enrico Pollastrini for a year.

He was not inclined to the erudite historical or literary paintings, or earnest depictions of natural scenes, favored by some academic contemporaries. He meddled in an imaginative, often raffish or coquettish, and always elegant depictions of dramas in elegant period costume occurring in equally ornamented interiors. The paintings proved popular in England and France, and Vinea gained a comfortable living. His studio on boulevard Prince Eugene in Florence is depicted as hoard of exotic items, and eclectic furniture and decorative items: a collection easily finding his way as ornaments of his paintings. Gubernatis describes his studio as his best work of art. The ceiling painted in tempera with Olympic gods, in allegory to the fine arts, and his collected items haphazardly stored. More on 
Francesco Vinea




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Monday, November 14, 2022

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Laureano Barrau Buñol's Les plaisirs de Paris, with footnotes, Part 86

Pierre Carrier-Belleuse, French, 1851 - 1933
Les plaisirs de Paris/ The pleasures of Paris, c. 1878
Oil on canvas
19¾ by 25¾ in.; 50 by 65.5 cm
Private collection

Belle Époque Paris was a city full of pleasures. A celebrated pocket guide to the city’s newest and newsworthy haunts, aptly titled Les plaisirs de Paris (written by the journalist Alfred Delvau and first published 1867), an advertisement for which is visible at the center of the painting, promised readers entrée into la ville du plaisir et des plaisirs par excellence. This desire to see and be seen lies at the heart of Carrier-Belleuse’s clever mise-en-scène, which plays on the conceit of the gaze. Set in a box at a café-concert, the tightly packed composition and compact format recall similar scenes of spectators at the opera. More on this painting

Laureano Barrau (1863, Barcelona –1957, Santa Eulària des Riu) was a Spanish impressionist painter.

Barrau began his education in Barcelona, his native city. Later, he studied in Madrid, finding the Spanish old masters. At 20, Barrau went to Paris and enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts where Gerome was his tutor. Two years later, Barrau won the Prix de Rome in Barcelona. This afforded him the opportunity to study the great Italian masters for three years.

When he was 28, Barrau was given the title of Societaire (Member) of the Salon de la Nationales des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He earned medals in the principal cities in Europe and today his paintings hang in museums in Spain, Paris, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro.

At age 47, Barrau moved to picturesque Ibiza. He settled with his wife in the town of Santa Eulalia del Rio where he painted what is considered his best work.

He remained in Santa Eulalia for the rest of his life. He died in 1957 at the age of 94 and is buried in the cemetery in Santa Eulalia. More on Laureano Barrau





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Thursday, November 10, 2022

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Laureano Barrau Buñol's Sur la place de Clichy, with footnotes, Part 85

Laureano Barrau Buñol, Spanish, 1863 - 1957
Sur la place de Clichy, c. 1893
Oil on canvas
35½ by 46 in.; 90.2 by 116.8 cm
Private collection

The Place de Clichy, also known as "Place Clichy", is situated in the northwestern quadrant of Paris. It is formed by the intersection of the Boulevard de Clichy, the Avenue Clichy, the Rue Clichy, the Boulevard des Batignolles, and the Rue d'Amsterdam.

Place de Clichy, borders between the Batignolles and Montmartre neighborhoods. Though far from the city center, Montmartre was the heart of Bohemian life, brimming with dance halls, cafés-concerts, and cabarets-artistiques that attracted artists, writers, singers, and actors as well as middle-class Parisians and tourists seeking various pleasures and entertainment. More on Place de Clichy

Laureano Barrau (1863, Barcelona –1957, Santa Eulària des Riu) was a Spanish impressionist painter.

Barrau began his education in Barcelona, his native city. Later, he studied in Madrid, finding the Spanish old masters. At 20, Barrau went to Paris and enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts where Gerome was his tutor. Two years later, Barrau won the Prix de Rome in Barcelona. This afforded him the opportunity to study the great Italian masters for three years.

When he was 28, Barrau was given the title of Societaire (Member) of the Salon de la Nationales des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He earned medals in the principal cities in Europe and today his paintings hang in museums in Spain, Paris, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro.

At age 47, Barrau moved to picturesque Ibiza. He settled with his wife in the town of Santa Eulalia del Rio where he painted what is considered his best work.

He remained in Santa Eulalia for the rest of his life. He died in 1957 at the age of 94 and is buried in the cemetery in Santa Eulalia.  More on Laureano Barrau 




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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

01 Painting, The amorous game, Francesco Vinea's The courtly guest in the wine cellar, Part 78 - With Footnotes

Francesco Vinea  (1845–1902)
The courtly guest in the wine cellar
Oil on canvas
48 x 65 cm
Private collection

Francesco Vinea (Forlì, August 10, 1845 - Florence, October 22, 1902) was an Italian painter, known for his period costume genre subjects.

He studied first at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, but had to discontinue his studies due to his poverty, and spent some time traveling without a home. He worked for a photographer, also as a designer of illustrated magazines, but returned to Florence and studied under professor Enrico Pollastrini for a year.

He was not inclined to the erudite historical or literary paintings, or earnest depictions of natural scenes, favored by some academic contemporaries. He meddled in an imaginative, often raffish or coquettish, and always elegant depictions of dramas in elegant period costume occurring in equally ornamented interiors. The paintings proved popular in England and France, and Vinea gained a comfortable living. His studio on boulevard Prince Eugene in Florence is depicted as hoard of exotic items, and eclectic furniture and decorative items: a collection easily finding his way as ornaments of his paintings. Gubernatis describes his studio as his best work of art. The ceiling painted in tempera with Olympic gods, in allegory to the fine arts, and his collected items haphazardly stored. More on 
Francesco Vinea




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