Monet’s workshop at Giverny. 2016.
Bué the warrior. Polanco, Mexico city, 2020. Bué, aka Dave de Rop, is a Belgian artist living in Mexico.
The lady with the coat, 1927. Ernesto ” the monkey” Cabral (1890-1968) was a Mexican artist and illustrator in the major Mexican media of that time. 1927? Almost a century ago.
Willy Ronis (1910-2009) was a French photographer. Those legs go back to the 1950’s.
“La peau douce” (Sweet skin). Montmartre, 2019.
The rider, 1999, by Fernando Botero (b. 1932 in Medellín, Colombia). The Botero museum in Bogotá is a must.
Group in a field by Léger, c.1950. Léger (1881-1955) was a major French 20th century artist. Botero Museum, Bogotá, Colombia, 2018.
The Divine face, 1937. Georges Rouault (1871-1958). Botero Museum. Botero apparently gave a great part of his personal collection to the Museum. That particular painting was a shock to see. As a kid, I collected stamps. Who didn’t? France issued this particular work as a stamp in the early 60’s. I’d never seen the original. (Wonder where the stamp is?)
Women of gallant life, 1962, Delvaux, Botero Museum. Delvaux (1997-1994) was a german painter. Some his works, involving young “Lolitas” are now being pulled down. Fortunately, this one still hangs at the Botero Museum.
Dutch peasant woman, Van Gogh, at the Atelier de Lumières, Paris. 2019.
Harmony, 1944 by Maillol (1861-1944) Botero Museum. This is probably one of Maillol’s very last works. Mr Botero has good taste.
Woman with fruit, by Fernando Botero. Though Botero is better known by his paintings he also is a gifted sculptor. Botero Museum, Bogotá. 2018.
Madame Monet, 1872, by Renoir, at Monet’s house in Giverny. As I’ve mentioned before, I find it fascinating how great artists had works of others at their home. Monet or Botero, alike…
“C‘est ça que je cherche: sévère et voluptueux”. ‘That’s what I am looking for, severe and voluptuous’. Aristide Maillol at the Maillol Museum Paris, 2018. (Traveller 157)
Van Gogh self-portrait, 1887. Emil Bührle collection. Musée Maillol, Paris. Bührle (1890-1956) was a German-Swiss art collector. Obviously, my dear compatriots could not resist writing “… an expo that stirs controversy…”. Bührle was the head of Oerlikon, a cannon and arms manufacturer…
Modigliani, reclining nude, 1916. Born in 1894 in Italy, Modigliani died in Paris in 1920. Age 36. Most artists lived miserable lives, torn between alcohol and drastic living conditions. I don’t want to think how many million Dollars a Modigliani fetches now.
Fashion photography by Dora Maar, 1930’s. Dora Maar was one of the many women Picasso destroyed. She was a talented photographer and artist. Dora Maar expo, Centre Pompidou, 2010.
Woman with birds, by Mario Cantu, Mexico 2019. Who says Art is dead? 🙂
Portrait of Dora Maar by Picasso. 1939. Centre Pompidou.
Guernica by Picasso, photography by Dora Maar, 1937. When the small city of Guernica in Spain was bombed by Franco’s troops, with a “little” help from the Nazis, testing their new weapons, Picasso decided to do a huge painting, now famous, on Guernica. Dora Maar was then Picasso’s current mistress, and shot the different stages of the painting’s creation… She left us the only existing record of the creative process of Guernica. One can see that Picasso did some major changes halfway through. ‘Will post it later.
Mosaic by Diego Rivera at his house in Mexico city. Rivera (1886-1957) experimented with many techniques. This particular work has his unique touch with a very different material.
“A loving souvenir for my friend the wonderful Lolita…” Diego Rivera, 1938.
Beggar in Piccadilly, by Dora Maar, 1934. The 1929 crisis threw millions out of jobs and on the street. Yet, this unemployed butler kept his style selling matches or candles to make ends meet. The text is difficult to read: “No dole…” (No unemployment compensation)… “Lost all…” That was almost a century ago. Dora Maar’s eye reminds us it can always happen again.
Thank you for visiting Equinoxio’s virtual museum. A personal selection of some of the greatest artists. To be continued after intermission.
95 thoughts on “Art as representation”
Oo the lady with the coat is divine
She is. Ernesto Garcia Cabral (or just Ernesto Cabral) was a master of the 20 th century. The purity of his lines? And he drew/sketched the women of his time with their brand new freedom. That of the roaring 20’s. There was an expo, recently, great work which I will post more… Biz. A +
I look forward to seeing more.
Working on it.
Oo I will Google it. Thanx for the info 🙏
You will like his work.
I thought so, too.
He was a great artist. There will be more. 😎
That last photo is striking. Once a butler, always a butler? Quite shocking it must’ve been. Also like the art-is-alive bird woman. 😊
Striking indeed. Remember in the US, millions were thrown on the road, out of a job. Remember Steinbeck’s writings. Dorothea Lange’s pictures… 😦
And I like the bird woman too. An unknown young painter at an expo nearby. It’s nice to see there is a renewal… A + Biz
I am in love with the Willy Ronis photo. And I have always loved the Van Gogh self portrait.
Ronis was a master, not as well known abroad perhaps as others, but a top eye. Can you imagine taking the shot then under the rain, with no automatic camera, a fraction of second? And finite rolls of expensive film? A great eye. Are you familiar with his work?
I am not familiar with his work. And I hate the rain when it comes to photography. It’s hard not to worry about your investment malfunctioning. And yes I remember taking photos and having to wait until the film came back to see if you got anything. I love the movement of that photo. It’s hard to get that right along with the composition. It was either brilliance or luck or a combination of both.
You’re right about the rain. Bad light. Blurred images… 🙂 Not to mention the camera getting wet.
The movement is incredible. I think it was both brilliance and luck.
Ronis is n ot as well known as Doisneau or Cartier-Bresson but if you look him up, you will see images you’ve probably seen before. He was particularly strong with everyday life in Paris in the 50’s. I may do a post on him only some day. 🙂
I will do that
I love the Ronis photo as well.
There seems be a wide consensus. 😊
We have good taste. 😉
What a beautiful collection of incredible art pieces! I always look forward to your posts, they are so interesting and inspirational! Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva
You too Aiva. Not sure about inspirational, but if you say so I am honoured… 🙂
(I also like to change styles and formats. That selection I’ve been working on for a while…)
take care. Brian
This is a masterpiece of post! 😍
Thank you Flavia. It took a bit of work to organize the various places of art we’ve been to in the past few years, but now that it’s done, there should be more coming…
Yes, I can imagine. It was worth the time and I am glad that you will delight us with more works! It’s a tough job but someone has to do it😂 and I am sure that your are glad to “sacrifice” and visit all those museums😉
Sacrifice is my middle name. 😉
I agree! An excellent job of curation and commentary.
Thank you. If I ever looked for a job again it would be museum curator. 😉
It seems reasonable ☺️💪
Imagine exploring the secret caves of the Louvre at night? 😉
Thank you for another fascinating tour d’art. Botero obviously was a remarkable artist and collector.
Definitely. Fortunately he is still alive and active, or so I have heard… Glad you liked the post. Hope all is well with you?
Lady with the Coat 1927. Love it.
I do too. Ever since I discovered Ernesto Cabral, I’ve been wanting to pilfer one of his works from a gallery nearby. 🙂
There is a tango lesson I will post soon. The man knew about elegance…
Salamat, Arlene. Glad you liked it. (I confess, there is evidence, to be an art freak)
(Well actually it’s good morning to you…)
I so enjoy galleries and museums…I was at the Botero Museum, Bogotá…I remember that sculpture 🤓 fun post Brian thanks for sharing ~ smiles Hedy ☺️💫
A pleasure always, Hedy. That museum is a great work, the old house where it’s located, the selection… top notch.
I’d forgotten you’d been to Bogotá? When was that? (Maybe our paths crossed, I go there once or twice a year)
Even without Monet, this blog is a gallery.
Thank you. Glad you liked it. (I am an art freak) 😬
Magnificent museum you have here! I will probably never see these works live in my lifetime so thanks for sharing. That is one dapper beggar by the way.
With today’s technology museums could easily put together virtual visits. And charge a reasonable amount… Since I love museums, and visit many, I’m happy to share meanwhile. Take care my dear.
Now there’s an idea for you! Gracias!
De nada… 🙂
Brian , a wonderful tour through this beautiful artwork. May I reblog it?
Any time Coeur de Feu. I would be honoured. 🙏🏻
Thank you Brian, a beautiful and intriguing article.
Thank you Brian!
Reblogged this on House of Heart.
Viel dank, Holly. 😉
Oh Amadeo … we actually own an original Modglanni from the Dollar Store 😉 Print & frame very nice, just the spelling was a bit off (a few thousand times…)
Spelling off? I actually know a place in Paris where you can order a copy of anyone you like, a Modigliani if you so chose… Reasonable price, a good hand-made copy by students of the Ecole du Louvre and voilà… (I didn’t order my own copy but the store looks quite prosperous…)
Damn, that sounds nice (and a bit kitschy) but it would still break the budget 😦
Totally Kitsch… But they seem to be doing very well as a business. 😉
This is a valuable piece of my continuing education. Thank you very much. Obviously a labor of love.
Well, thank you, Alakananda. Glad you liked it. Hope all is well with you?
Nothing like some vibrant art to brighten a cold winter’s day. Love the first Botero painting, especially. I’m always delighted to discover an artist I hadn’t heard of.
Sad and unfair about Modigliani and so many other artists.
Sorry I got so behind on your posts, cher Brian. Hope you are doing great! Bz. 🙂
Botero is (was) not one my favourites. But I’ve come to understand him better at his Museum…
And I agree with you, the prices now on the art market are outrageous considering the fate of most of those artists… 😦
No worry. One can always catch up at one’s pace. We are doing great thank you.
This is such a great collection! Just when I thought, that is my favorite, there was something else even more beautiful. I especially love the variety of styles and mediums.
Well, thank you. 🙏 Glad you liked it. And the variety is precisely what I look for…
You did a great job!
This is a wonderful post. Thank you so much! Why are young “Lolitas” now being pulled down? That doesn’t make sense. Are there still people trying to put clothes on the David statue?
Yes some are still trying to put clothes on statues. Happened at UNESCO a few months ago. Some of Delvaux’s models were clearly “under age” and the new puritans are having them pulled down. I think at the met. Not too sure… fanatics are rising again… Sigh.
Thank you for sharing
Glad to. Buon finale di settimana…
Was I there when you took this picture of Dave de Rop’s masterpiece? I think I was. I certainly remember seeing it in Polanco and also remember you jutting across the street to snap an image.
Love Ronis’s legs and everything Botero (well, his artwork anyway). I would love to see Dora Maar’s documentary image of Picasso creating.
Yes you were… (I can send you the picture if you like… BTB can you send me the picture Fabio took at the last minute?)
Ronis and Botero are great artists. You must have seen a lot of the latter’s work in Medellín.
I will put together Dora maar’s rendition of the creation of Guernica… Pix are filed…
Picture sent! I’ll reference this post when I share the image of us together on my blog so all my readers can enjoy Dave de Rop’s mural here. Looking forward to your Dora Maar/Guernica post. Hugs!
Thank you. Hugs back.
The juxtaposition of your images is always such a pleasure. Belgian and Mexican somehow seems an unexpected combination (by the way), but that picture, the colour along with a cartoon tradition, make it look a good idea.
Glad you like the “intended contrasts”. I guess it’s my way of lateral-thinking in a post… 🙂
I don’t know why Bué lives in Mexico… There is a small but strong Belgian community here. Met the Ambassador a coupla times at a friend’s place. I will ask him next I see him – if I do – whether he knows Bué…
Be good Libre.
The contrasting media and genres create a fresh magic. And I am sure the attractions of living in Mexico are manifold.
Thanks for the feedback… (Magic is good) 🙂
Manifold? yes… Though I must confess the ever-increasing violence and corruption is getting at me… 😦
I appreciate your collection. That self-portrait of Van Gogh caught my eye. I can’t get enough of him. We share a love of art museums, do you have a favorite?
Museums are the last refuge of Beauty. 😉Now, do I have a favorite among those I posted? er… I like them all of course. Beyond Van Gogh… Cabral for the purity of lines, Mme Monet’s portrait by Renoir.
Great curating at your museum 🙂
Thank you. I guess working in a museum would have a pleasant alternative career. Glad you enjoyed the tour.
My little virtual museum.
Beautiful art work!
Merci. 😉Just a selection of the Art I like. I must say I already miss the museums I probably won’t be able to see the summer. Ah well… some other time. Take care
A very nice collection!
Thank you again. Take care.
What a delightful selection!! So rich with history … very interesting to read… thank you
My pleasure. Glad you liked it.