Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Henry J Soulen - The Ladies' Home Journal - December 1922

Frank Brangwyn - The Radio Times - Christmas Number

F X Leyendecker - Collier's - Christmas 1902

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hovsep Pushman ii: Women

The French Workshop (Atelier), No. 740, 25.5x32  Hovsep Pushman

note~ Pushman studied at the Académie Julian under Jules-Joseph Lefèbvre and Tony Robert-Fleury.

Ophelia, Jules-Joseph Lefèbvre

Jules-Joseph Lefèbvre

le bain, Tony Robert-Fleury

Tony Robert-Fleury (1838-1911) Douce rêverie

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All Hallows Day

or: All Saints' Day

William-Adolphe Bouguereau  Le jour des morts, 1859

Ary SCHEFFER, La mort de Géricault, 1824

Tintoretto Painting His Dead Daughter, Cogniet Léon (1794-1880)

Vincent van Gogh sur son lit de mort, (Vincent van Gogh on his deathbed)

Die Mutter des Schriftstellers Paul Heyse auf dem Totenbett, Adolph von Menzel

Francisque-Joseph Duret sur son lit de mort, 26 mai 1865 - Wm Bouguereau

Ingres sur sur son lit de mort

La Fayette sur son lit de mort (20 mai 1858) - Scheffer, Ary (1795-1858)

Le peintre Maurice Denis (1870-1943) sur son lit de mort

Masque mortuaire de Théodore Géricault (1791-1824)

Friday, October 28, 2011


Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi

water-colour by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi

sculpt of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi with maquette of Liberty

Bartholdi's studio

related Beaux-Arts and illustration images ~

Thursday, October 20, 2011

From the "Pyrite Age of Illustration"

The Decline of Illustration, by Thomas Craven, from American Mercury Magazine September to December 1927

"For fifteen years illustration enjoyed unprecedented popularity and the income of the artist in many cases exceeded that of the author."

"in an excess of phrenetic greed, soon departed from the decent standards of  the old school, and so debased drawing into the cheapest form of mechanical ingenuity—slippery, sentimental stuff designed for an audience which was, a few years hence, to feed its imagination upon the movies and the radio."

"The prices for heads in water-color, oil and pastel mounted to incredible figures.  …all of them stupidly drawn an offensive to readers of any taste."

"American publishers have been known to encourage authors and to nurse them to fame through several failures, but under no circumstances will they foster anything but the lowest pictorial talent."

"today the bottom has dropped out of the market. The leading American magazines have discarded illustration; most novels are published without pictures; most political cartoons resemble comic strips"

"In the first place, photography. The camera has debauched the appreciation of drawing and provided a swift and inexpensive means of pandering to the growing demand for literal scenes, portraits and naked surfaces."

"With photography I would, of course, include the moving picture and its attendant insanities—the mania for pictorial fodder of all sorts, but always in an unimaginative form—, and the tabloid newspapers, with their displays of domestic crimes and lubricities. The tabloid germ has spread to the baser magazines, some of which are illustrated with old "stills" purchased from the moving picture companies."

file under: Same as it ever was

99% — 98%

or: What's a lousy 1% between Comrades

1931 Soviet propaganda: Exploiters 2% , Peasants 98%

"in the U.S. in 1922, 1% of the people held 59% of the national wealth"

"In the Soviet Union the exploiting classes account for not more than 2% of the people's income. There remains 98% in the hands of the workmen and peasants,"

"Now if in the U.S.S.R. in 1929-30 only about 2% of the people's income went to the exploiting classes, where does the rest go? Clearly it remains in the hands of the laborers and the working peasants. Herein is the source of the strength and prestige of the Soviet power among the millions of the working class and peasants. Herein the basis for the systematic growth of the material welfare of the workers and peasants in the Soviet Union."

file under: everything old is new again