Corto Maltese during the Russian-Japanese war, c.1904-1905. Corto was born in 1887 in Malta, of a Gipsy mother and a sailor from Cornwalls. A “gentleman of fortune” as he called himself, Corto Maltese was an adventurer whose first story was published in Italy in 1967. “The ballad of the salty sea.” The author was an immense Italian artist, Hugo Pratt, (1927-1995), born in Italy, raised in Abyssinia (Ethiopia); Pratt started his career in Argentina, then went back to Italy and became a major author of European graphic novels. He was a master of ink and colour.
Klimt, Atelier des lumières, Paris, 2018. Klimt was born in Austria in 1862, died in 1918, of the Spanish Flu. A century before the expo. I sometimes wonder what the artists would say, seeing how new technologies amplify their art.
“Red, green and gold”, 1927, by Ernesto Cabral (1890-1968). Cabral was a Mexican artist, studied in Paris, as they all did then. Very popular in Mexico from the 20’s till his death in 1968. The modernity of his female subjects is amazing. Think about 1927 in a very conservative culture. He painted the newly acquired freedom of women. This year, in 2022, Oklahoma just banned abortion. The wheel of Progress is turning backward.
Klimt or Schiele. I’m not so sure. The Klimt show at Atelier des lumières featured both.
Montmartre, by Maurice Utrillo, son of Suzanne Valadon. (Musée Montmartre)
Bouche dorée (Golden mouth) by Hugo Pratt. Bouche Dorée is a high priestess of Candomblé, a form of Voodoo practiced by the descendants of slaves in Salvador da Bahia, north of Brazil. Bouche Dorée has hired, and possibly conned Corto Maltese, on a few occasions. This sketch was part of a magnificent expo on Hugo Pratt in Lyon, at the Musée des confluences. (I want to draw like Pratt when I grow up).
Klimt. Unmistakable. Some artists combine well with the use of light by Atelier des lumières. Klimt is one.
Queen Maya, the mother of Prince Siddharta, aka Buddha. Nepal, Katmandu valley, early 19th century. Musée Guimet, Paris. One of the finest Asian Art museums in the world.
A zouave soldier, by Van Gogh. 1888. (Atelier des lumières). The Zouaves were an elite corps of the French colonial infantry.
Profile by Dora Maar. I have mentioned Dora Maar before. She was Picasso’s mistress from 1936 to 1943. She was a talented photographer before. But her relationship with Picasso practically destroyed her. The model could be Jacqueline Lamba, wife of André Breton, one of the founders of Surrealism.
Buddha Maravijaya, Thailand, 14th-15th century. This style is very characteristic of Thailand. Musée Guimet, Paris.
Elizabeth II, c.1961, by Ernesto Cabral. See above for the variety of styles. Cabral was also a cartoonist for years at one of Mexico’s top magazines, La revista de revistas. This particular work was exposed at the Trotsky museum in Mexico.
Elizabeth I, by Erik Rivera, 2018. Rivera is a contemporary Mexican artist. He paints historical figures as children with huuuge eyes. Interesting work.
Monument to Cézanne, by Maillol, in the Tuileries gardens by the Louvre. (Got our tickets for Paris! Yay!)
Banksy expo in Paris a few years back. Where is he now? We. Need. Banksy. Now. (Free Ukraine 🇺🇦 )
“Papilla estelar”, Starry porridge, 1958, by Remedios Varo. Born in Spain in 1908, Varo fled the Spanish Civil War to Paris then to Mexico where she lived and painted the rest of her life until her death in 1963. She is considered one of the major surrealist painters of the 20th century. (This particular painting belongs to one of Coca-Cola’s major bottlers in Mexico and was shown at a great expo of Mexican artists in Bogotá, Colombia a few years back.)
Corto Maltese in “Una ballata del mare salato.” 1967. By Hugo Pratt. To be continued…
108 thoughts on “My virtual museum…”
well this is a cool selection Brian…love the feeling expressed in Ernesto Cabral’s piece…fun…sending you joy ~ smiles hedy 😀
Dankje wel Hedy. Likewise… 🤗💕
Tu éveilles notre intérêt en nous faisant parcourir ta collection de photos sur les diverses formes d’art du XX ème siècle en Italie, France et Mexique . Merci, c’est très captivant
Avec grand plaisir Michel. Mes voyages m’ont probablement “ouvert” l’oeil. J’aime l’esthétique de choses très différentes.
Ravi que ça t’ai (aie?) plu.
Always a delight to do an artitistic tour with you, Brieuc.
Always a pleasure to have you around “Camille”. (do you know Camille is the French translation of Flash Gordon’s ‘Dale’)
Merci, mon capitaine. Euhhh… non, j’ignorais! Mais j’avoue que je ne suis pas une connoisseur de Flash Gordon!
I’m happy to have visited part 1 (?) of your museum, Brian. Hugo Pratt was a master! All three pictures are marvelous. Where you hesitate between Klimt and Schiele, I would suggest Klimt. I’m a huge fan of Egon Schiele and the faces of the women seem not particularly Schiele-like. Cabrals red, green and gold I find stunning. Mexican modernista, straight in the eye, beautiful.
Dag Peter. Part…n I think. As you may have noticed I create my “own” series. And I may have done or two “museums”.
Pratt was a great master. You may have read some of his graphic novels as a kid if they were translated.
I agree with your Klimt attribution. Schiele is different.
Glad you liked my “museum” visit.
This is such a fascinating array of styles, subjects, and media! Banksy sure had it right with the Dove of Peace needing to wear a bullet-proof vest.
Very right. The Dove might need a helmet too… All well Liz?
Yes, thanks! I’m having a productive week so far. How about you?
Good. Not sure whether I’m productive but since we had friends visiting from France last week, my inbox climbed to 200 mails. So now I’m catching up and cleaning up…
Be good Liz,
Absolutely fabulous!!! I loved this. Of course, I love Banksy, and we truly do need him now. We need a lot more radical art on the walls everywhere during these horrible times. All of the works were wonderful. Thank you. 🙂
Thank YOU Gigi for the visit. Glad you liked the virtual tour…
It was wonderful and I would love to have some of those on my walls. I love the watercolors. Great post.
Wouldn’t we all have some on our walls? 😉
Started reading Hitman. Finally. I like it so far…
Will let you know when I finish it…
What a very gallery of wonders, Brian. I really like the first image. And while I’m here, I’ve discovered there’s a better version of Hemingway’s ‘True at first light’, one that seems more respectful, in a literary sense, of H’s first draft. Goes by the title: ‘Under Kilimanjaro’ eds Robert W Lewis and Robert E Fleming
Asante sana Tish. That watercolour of Corto Maltese is fantastic… I just love the way he coloured the coat.
‘Under Kilimandjaro’? I have a book by him in French called ‘les neiges du Kilimandjaro’, short stories from ‘The fifth column’ and the ‘The 49 first stories’. Will re-read that while I get the other.
On another note, I just finished the complete digital version of my mother’s 8mm films. A strange feeling. We (you and I and a few others) did travel to another world…
Another world indeed .
J’adore le portrait d’ Élisabeth II, par Ernesto Cabral 🙂
Mais aussi, dans un style différent, Corto Maltese, par Hugo Pratt et Banksy évidemment…
Merci pour la visite guidée !
Bonne soirée Brieuc
On est bien d’accord. Avais-tu vu l’expo de Pratt à Confluences il y a quelques années?
Bonne nuit Mélie.
Non, et c’est bien dommage.
Bonne journée Brieuc
I love your selection and especially that portrait of Corto Maltese. I do have a number of Corto books, but I love the paintings and merchandise too. I have a Corto Maltese calendar which I cherish and once was tempted by the Corto Maltese Tarot deck, but when I found out that the images do not really correspond to the meaning of the symbols, I lost interest. Hopefully, there will be something else to tempt me in future. That painting by Remedios Varo is also incredible and I didn’t know about its ownership at all.
Thank you Diana. Amazing to meet another Corto Maltese fan… Pratt was very popular in France and italy, not sure about other places… In addition to almost every book by Pratt, I have bought a few prints over the years, which one of my daughters has now…
The Tarot deck has piqued my curiosity… Must be the one that Bouche Dorée uses. 😉
And Varo was a great artist. Died too young.
A contemporary of hers was Leonora Carrington. I have some pix of her work, not sure where. Take care Diana.
Thank you Cindy. I find that we all need a bit of Beauty these days. “Winter is coming,” I’m afraid…
Thank you for the tour. Nice collection. My favorites are Bouche dorée by Hugo Pratt and Red, green and gold » by Ernesto Cabral.
Very good choice Angela. Both are/were great artists…
One word: I tried to access your site and Google sends me a warning. Maybe you should check with WP support…
Thank you so much for telling me that. I will definitely check and will try to fix it!
Very nice pieces…Thank you for sharing!!
Thank you for visiting.
I didn’t know Corto Maltese was known outside of Italy! Now you’re going to tell me you know about Dylan Dog too?
Corto Maltese is/was immensely popular in France… Italian cartoonists had a somewhat different style. Lots of china ink. I like Micheluzzi too. Dylan Dog? Hmmm. Doesn’t ring a bell.
Interesting, who knew. Dylan Dog was (is?) another cartoon about a paranormal investigator.
Dog sounds interesting. I will check my faithful Cartoon providers in Paris… Cheers “Mate”.
À toute l’heures! (Or so they say?)
Très bien. A tout à l’heure is like see you soon (today) if it’s a bit later, it would be ‘à bientôt’ (a presto?) 😉
Ah, French and its complicated rules! I’m not Roman but they get it all done with a simple “Bella”… Easier!
French grammar is very complex. Spanish is too, and they still use Subjunctive imperfect which is practically abandoned now in French. Now I suspect Italian is very complex if you want to respect the grammar.
“Bella”? É piú facile… 😉
Buona sera Fabrizzio.
I agree that Corto Maltese is and was popular in France, didn’t France make Corto Maltese animation series?
Yes, yes, they did. Not sure who produced it. I think I only saw bits of one. It is difficult to bring a novel or a graphic novel to the screen. Every reader’s mind’s eye sees something different.
Yes, by the way since I have been to Venice recently I had so much Corto Maltese poured into me that I came back very happy and satisfied. Bought some comics in Italian, of course, and saw many books and his mural! (my photos are on my blog). Someone told me that there was the Corto Maltese House in Venice, but I think it closed down some time ago.
Just saw “your” mural. Also went back to your “About” page. Tu dois parler et comprendre beaucoup de langues. Praise to you. Have a lovely week.
BTW, if you’re in the UK, it must be quite late for you? 12:30AM? In mexico it’s only 6:30 PM.
You are in Mexico, now? I am a night owl!
Haha! You are. I live in Mexico. Been there for 30+ years. Enjoy the night.
Looked Dylan Dog up. No I hadn’t seen it before. I’ll look him up in Paris in July. (I still buy a lot of comics every year. Vintage normally…)
And Pratt was very famous in France. Sadly I practically have most of his work already.
Another gallery of splendid art. I particularly like being introduced to Hugo Pratt
Glad for the introduction. Look him up, you will be interested by his “hand”. He was a master with China ink… (Or is it India ink in English?)
Like I said, I want to draw like him when I grow up…
All well my friend?
All well, Brian. Thanks. I think we’d say Indian ink
I think I saw it once in London. Found it funny that we should say ‘China ink’ and you guys ‘Indian ink’…
Catching up,Senior B.
Love this selection. It’s uplifting to be exposed to art that would otherwise not likely feature on my radar. Your erudite commentary always compliments the images.
Mercy bow coop!
De rien Mate. I’m glad to “open up” radar range… 😉
And as for the comments, research today is quite easy and quick…
Wow, what a magnificent feast. What a fascinating character Corto is. I do love Klimt. Royalty, bah! But Maillol – yes indeed, and papilla, such a fab artist, and of course Banksy. Many thanks Brian.
My pleasure Paul. It’s nice to see people’s reaction to a (not so) random selection of art that I enjoy…
Especially when it connects for us too. Enjoy your week Brian.
Thank you Paul. Likewise.
This was very interesting to see and informative to read. I enjoyed this post quite a bit. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for visiting Nancy… 🙏🏻
I was just in Nice for a few days, Brian, and the place I stayed was decorated with pictures of Corto Maltese, Bouche Dorée and other creations of Hugo Pratt. Pure coincidence, but again the affection of Pratt’s work is big in this part of the world.
was that a hotel or an Airbnb?
It was an apartment in a villa, family run but now converted to 8 apartments.
Sounds nice. Whenever I go to Nice, I’ll ask you for their data… 😉
Haven’t been to Nice in years.
Simply breathtaking and wonderful. Love each image and the words that go with it. Huuuge eyes look so cute. I’ve been to the Louvre and one needs several days to relish it. Unfortunately I couldn’t. But hope to return to it some day. Such wonderful sharing. Bahut khoob! 🙂
Bahut shukriya Terveen.
Don’t worry, I go to the Louvre every 3-5 years, and I still don’t know it all… When were you there?
June 2015. It was really too short a visit. Paris was cold in June. Or maybe the Indian summers have made my bones less tolerant. 🙂
I understand. France in the summer can be cold. Last year there were days at 5 o 10C in the morning. Then 35C a week later…
I like the choices that you have introduced. The dove of peace with a bullet proof vest is poignant I like the Mexican surreal artist image. I hope you are well.
Ca va merci et toi? You’re very right. It’s all a matter of choice… 😉
What a beautiful collection! Thank you Brian
Bitte schön Jeannine…
A great virtual museum you have created there! I have also read Corto Maltese, not as a child, but later, when I had learned to appreciate good graphic novels. In spite of everything there is so much beauty in the world as well.
We may have talked about Corto once… A fantastic work, both art and stories… All well?
Quite possibly, and I think so too, quite special. Yes, thank you, all is well, our music gig went very well and it finally rained yesterday 🙂
Oh yes, yes, yes! I knew it would, but I’ve been so swamped with bureaucratic crap, I haven’t lifted my head. Did you post about it? Hopping right there… 🐸
No, not yet, but there is a tiny video on facebook, after the posts I shared from da-AL,
Couldn’t find your concert. Tell me someone recorded it? I’m sure your palms were sweating but that you did a great job…
We got very positive reactions. We filmed ourselves, but I placed the cellphone on the bass loudspeaker, so you can imagine, what happened, the video got a bit “wavy”. The sound is fine though, comparatively. I will post something about it with the next headlines.
The BASS BOOM BOOM? Oh no. I will look forward to your post… 🎶
Some parts are wavier than others … hahaha
There is one, a series about a detective of Greek origin (but in America), and the artwork resembles a bit that of the artist you presented last time. I tried to find the name, but I didn’t succeed.
And then there are the works of a Finnish artist “A redtail’s dream” (very much about old Finnish beliefs) and “Stand still, stay silent” (a dystopic novel (Minna Sundberg), and another one, which is beautiful in its artwork is “Heart of Keol” by Keii’ii (a Korean living in the US) a fantasy and magical story.
Duly noted. I’ll see if I can find it in Paris…
PS. What other graphic novels would you recommend?
“Rivera is a contemporary Mexican artist.” He reminds me of the work of Margaret Keane, known for big eyes.
Looking up Margaret keane
I didn’t know keane. Maybe I’d seen a work or two of her at the most, but I didn’t know the name and the work… (Thanks for mentioning her)
Rivera may have been inspired by her… Hmmm.
Who can tell? Yeah.
Great selection Brian!
I particularly love “Red, green and gold” and “Papilla estelar”, the latter being very intriguing.
Grazie Nilla. Two of my favourites indeed. 👏🏻
Cool to see Queen Maya. A neighbor with Indian and US parents has that name. I read about an exhibit in CDMX I wondered if you’d seen? https://repeatingislands.com/2022/06/29/letters-to-gabriel-garcia-marquez-by-worlds-famous-revealed-in-new-exhibit/
That was an exhibit in a small park nearby. I felt it made for nice pic. Hopping over to García Marquez.
Thanks for the tip. I didn’t know about the expo. Will be for another time. Flying to paris this week-end. Had I known I might have taken some visiting friends from france. We went to Frida Kahlo’s house and Trotsky’s instead… 😉
You sure got good taste! As for the art light shows, I’m not so sure. Isn’t a bit kitsch?
Art show. It’s a good question. There is an element of kitsch. Yet, the since the medium is pure light, it gives a new dimension to the paitings. Klimt was… out of this world. Dalí was… Dalí. (He probably invented Kitsch! 😉) Van Gogh was… pure light.
I think it’s a good way to revisit some artists. A Picasso show would be totally Kitsch…
wonderful museum & free!
Totally free. I’m a big fan of Freedom! 😉
Weird coincidence to be catching up with your posts the day after Queen Elizabeth’s death and there she is. I really like Pratt’s work as well. That’s the great thing about graphic novels. You get a story and art, two for the price of one. Hadn’t heard of Varo. I like the painting of hers that you show here.
Remember the 70s commercial slogan, “Calgon take me away” where the busy homemaker finally finds a moment to relax in her tub? Your blog is kind of like that. It provides a short escape. Nice to be reading and looking again.
Weird indeed. She had a long life. Glad you like Pratt and Varo. (Just saw a couple of her works in London at Tate modern. Very nice works.
Thank you for the parallel. “Take me away.” If my posts provide an (even short) escape, then my goal is achieved…
Such a selection of incredible art and artists. Klimt is one of those artists who, when I see his work I’ve never seen before, I know it is his… and without question, I fall for it. Most of the pieces you have here I’ve never seen before, and most moved by “Bouche dorée (Golden mouth)” by Hugo Pratt. I would have to agree with you and your youthful desires “… I want to draw like Pratt when I grow up.” Splendid, and from the pieces you’ve shown, I think you will get there 🙂
Never seen before? Glad to contribute. Pratt was a master. I’m just having fun.
Now going back to a previous discussion. Art is (one) manifestation of Beauty. Which is why it is so important.
And yes, Klimt is unmistakable. I wonder where most of his works are? Vienna maybe?