Wednesday, August 24, 2016

La Rinascente

This is one of the most beautiful vintage posters I have seen for quite a while. La Rinascente is a range of Italian upscale department stores, founded in 1917 and still in business. This poster, which I would date at around 1930, draws attention to the new fashion lines for autumn and winter. It was probably designed by Maurizio Mozzato.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Loving an artist

The linked article lists ten things to keep in mind when loving a highly creative person. Very recognizable! Image of us by me.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Lady with beads

Another beautiful painting by the Dutch artist Kees van Dongen (1877-1968), one of the Fauvists. This one was made around 1923. More on van Dongen in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Repost: Night of the demon

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 22 August 2009) - with the blog in its current form over seven years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because it is about 7 years ago and I had forgotten about it completely - while it is well worthwhile, and the video still exists on YouTube.

A fascinating piece of amateur video art found on YouTube. The 1957 movie Night of the demon (called Curse of the demon in the US) inspired Kate Bush in the writing of her songs Hounds of Love and The Red Shoes, as well as her short film, The Line, The Cross & The Curve. This video takes footage from the movie, interweaved with footage of Kate performing her music. A treat.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Potpourri: Body art by Gesine Marwedel

From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from some time ago. This one was originally posted 25 August 2014.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Vogue December 1929

Intriguingly different from most Vogue covers of that era. Unfortunately, no information on the designer.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Frozen by Bruce Boyd

These photographs by Bruce Boyd demand lengthy preparations, that's why I put it under miscellaneous art. Together with his girlfriend, they make flower arrangements in water, which they freeze into a block of ice, and then partially shatter the ice by dropping it onto water, leading to a cracked texture, after which the end result is photographed. More examples in the link. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Windows Vista

This is a shot of a window on the other side of the local canal, at the right tie of day to capture the sun-lit houses behind the photographer in the reflection. One of my most faved shots of recent weeks.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0125 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 46.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I had never heard of American artist Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991), until I saw this work last week. Bisschoff started as abstract painter, before turning to figurative art. This work is from 1960. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Screen Secrets December 1929

Screen Secrets is an American movie magazine that has not featured yet in the blog. This beautiful cover features actress Marian Nixon as sketched by A. Wilson.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Golden quartet

As usual, the Olympic games provide oodles of photographs for news sites - this one stands out for me up to now. It shows the Americans Katie Ledecky, Allison Schmitt, Maya DiRado and Leah Smith celebrating winning the gold in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Lee Jin-man/AP).

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bella umbrella

Bella Umbrella is an American umbrella brand that has embarked on a beautiful advertisement campaign shot by photographer Tim Tadder, combining the umbrellas with vintage fashion and lots of smoke. More examples in the link.

Creative Ads

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jan Saudek

One of the most famous contemporary photographers who has not featured in the blog since the re-start: Czech Jan Saudek (1935). I love this example from his work for its sheer eroticism without any nudity (although many of his most famous shots feature nudes). More about Saudek on the linked Wikipedia site.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The scavenger bride

The scavenger bride is the eleventh album by the band Black tape for a blue girl. I love the way the colour scheme matches the band's name.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


With the Rio Olympics in full swing, a suitable and awesome movie poster. Terry Gilliam's 1985 movie Brazil is an absolute masterpiece.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016


A shot I took a few weeks ago in the local harbour (5 minutes walking from our home). A good example of order in chaos, and the beautiful lighting helps as well. One of my most faved shots of the year so far.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 19.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, August 08, 2016

Coming back to life

A painting by my wife that is almost 10 years old, and that many people in Kampen see every day: it is the basis of our gallery sign, hanging proudly in the Oudestraat.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Yangzhou Chongshuge Library

The Special Designs category was started for objects, but this is a special case of interior design that fits the subject. Architecture firm XL-Muse has completed ‘Yangzhou Chongshuge’, a library located in Zhen Yuan, China. A stunning combination of an arch bridge like storage shelves system and a reflective black floor.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Unusual concertos [99]: Pan flute (Nei)

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 90+ this time.

The ninety-ninth concerto deals with the nei, or Romaninan pan flute (image credit). Over the last decades, this instrument has become synonymous with the worst type of muzak, but I do have a concerto for pan flute and orchestra by one of its main masters, Gheorghe Zamfir. It is available on a Philips CD, played by the composer and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo under Lawrence Foster.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Rio de Janeiro

At the occasion of the opening of the 31st Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, this beautiful vintage travel poster. No further information in the link, but I'd guess it dates from the thirties.

Vintage Posters