Saturday, January 10, 2015

SEPIA SATURDAY (200)

I've finally reached 200 posts for SS!! 
Hurray!! 
When I saw the prompt picture for this week, 
I knew I had nothing as far as personal pictures were concerned, 
even if I've had my fair share of "bad hair days"... 
Looking through the archives of the McCord Museum
my initial research brought me back to something I had previously published already. 
I tried again, 
and voila!!
I found something that is actually "hair-raising", 
so to speak... 


"Electric Hair Curler [Montreal, 1920]" 

Looks to me like a lot of trouble to curl hair 
and seems like straight out of a scifi movie.


"Hair Dryer [Montreal, 1920-30]" 

Beautification or torture device?!?


"Frankenstein [1931]" 

I can't help thinking of this movie. 


"Frankenstein [1931]" 

We all know how this scene ended...


So, 
if you've found monsters or your own inner monster, 
head out to 
to see what others came up with to creep you out!! 
Or not!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

EXPRESSING MYSELF ON EXPRESSIONISM (001/365 DAYS, 5.0)

While I've studied art history and have always had [IMHO] a keen eye for arts, 
I don't fancy myself an art critic. 
This said, 
it doesn't mean I don't have something to say about art in general.
I recently went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see 
Van Gogh to Kandinsky
impressionism to expressionism, 1900-1914
I went through the whole exhibit to capture what I consider worthy of attention. 
Some pieces had a "no photography" sign for some reason.... 
Others were hardly the quality I would expect when considering "fine arts". 
Their brushwork was horrible!! [IMHO] 
So, 
what you'll see here are those I consider my faves among the pieces presented. 


"PAUL GAUGUIN [THE YELLOW HAYSTACKS, 1889]" 

A good piece, 
though I still prefer his time spent in Tahiti. 
Speaking of which, 
in one of the showcases, 
I noticed a sketch book featuring the prelude of a painting I saw decades ago, 
from the Pushkin Museum
I was thrilled to see this!!


"HENRI ROUSSEAU [LA NOCE, 1905]" 

Certainly a noteworthy piece by Rousseau, 
though I still prefer him in his "fauve" period.


"ALBERT MARQUET [LA PLAGE de SAINTE-ADRESSE, 1906]" 

I love the simplicity of this scene. 
Quite typical of the era!! 


"OTHON FRIESZ [LANDSCAPE, 1907]" 

I just love the interpretation here. 
The simplification of the details allowing the organic aspect to shine through 
makes this scene quite vibrant and daring, 
for 1907. 


"MAX PECHSTEIN [YOUNG GIRL, 1908]" 

A little sensuality reflecting the taste of the artist 
and who could blame him?!? 
Boys will be boys!! 
I do like the brushwork here.  
Contrary to some of his contemporaries....


"WASSILY KANDINSKY [ARABIAN CEMETERY, 1909]" 

Where do I begin?!? 
I just love this guy. 
So many of his works fascinate me. 


"GEORGE BRAQUE [VIOLIN and PALETTE, 1909]" 

Another strong favorite!!! 
And I love where this is going, 
i.e. cubism....


"JEAN METZINGER [NUDE, 1911]" 

Another cubist!!! 
This piece was simply... mesmerizing!! 
Even though I was pressed from all side by the crowd [YUK!!] surrounding me. 
Please remind me not to visit a museum 
when half the population may be on holidays.... 


"ROBERT DELAUNAY [RED EIFFEL TOWER, 1912]" 

Beyond the shapes, 
the color scheme here simply capture your eye. 


"FRANZ MARC [STABLES, 1913]" 

And finally, 
perhaps one of my ultimate favorites from that period, 
since my teens!!! 
I would gladly grab this and take it home. 
True, 
I do have a horse collection, 
be it painting or sculptures.... 
But admit it, 
can I spot a winner, 
or what!?! 

Something I've omitted here [on purpose] 
is the collection of sketches and photographs 
depicting the 1900 Paris exhibition 
and pictures showing the beginning of WW1, 
something beyond tragic. 
I must say there were some great ones well worth the time pouring over them, 
despite the crowd... 

So, 
over all, 
it was an interesting exhibit 
even though I skipped a few rather quickly. 
I'm no expert, 
but if it were left to me, 
I would have voted some of these guys "off the island"... 
But then 
it's just me!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

IN CONCLUSION (365/365 DAYS, 4.0)

This is my last post of the year, 
concluding my "365 days" for the 4th year. 
I've just erased a large paragraph 
where I got a little too philosophical [and personal].... 
Let it be enough to say that I wish everyone the best for the upcoming new year. 
Let's [gladly] leave 2014 behind and fully embrace 2015 and all of its many possibilities, 
or so they say... 


"PRISMATICA in BROAD DAYLIGHT [MONTREAL, 2014]" 

I love this concept. 
I think they're getting better every year. 
But I definitely need to see this at night. 
That's the whole point, 
isn't it?!?


"INCIDENTAL SELFIE [MONTREAL, 2014]" 

And as it happens, 
I managed to capture my reflection in one of those prisms. 
Unintentional but not unwelcome. 
I leave you on this colorful note 
and bid you farewell, 
until next year, 
(which will be tomorrow)... 
Tomorrow, 
I'll be showing you a few painting from an exhibit I saw last Monday. 
No rest for the wicked, 
apparently... 
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