Thursday, November 23, 2017

Vogue November 1919

A vintage Vogue cover of almost a century ago, which conveys the typical November feeling very well. An early gem by famous illustrator George Lepape.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Soup is a Norwegian crossover prog band who released their fourth album Remedies earlier this year. I have not heard anything from their music, but this album cover, which came up in an Amazon search, is quite impressive.No information about the designer and/or photographer.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of album covers considered fair use.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The lane of poplars at Moret-Sur-Loing

Alfred Sisley (1839 – 1899) is one of my favourite impressionists. I selected this work from 1888 for today's blog post, inspired by the extensive ongoing overview of his oeuvre in the Art and Artists blog (here).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Enchanted garden

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). In this case, I took a photograph of my wife's palette with fresh oil paint, and a painting by Andre Derain (Mountains at Collioure). The result is a garden-like image in a post-impressionist style. The link leads to the original photograph.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The covers of Esther Verhoef's novels

One of my major 'literary' discoveries of recent weeks is Esther Verhoef, a Dutch author excelling in the 'literary' thriller genre. The covers of her novels are outstanding as well, beautiful photography with a hint of eroticism.

Copyright statement: all images are thumbnail size and considered fair use.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Here is another example how an abstract shot opportunity can offer itself any moment. This is the palette of my wife, photographed up close. The result is a symphony of colours and shapes, which suggests a nature scenery (e.g. underwater coral), yet remains abstract as well. A personal favourite of this year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How long do people really spend looking at art in museums?

It's an intriguing question: how long do people on average look at art pieces in a museum. I expected the answer to be 'short', but the linked art-icle tackles the issue in considerable detail and has numbers to back up the conclusions. It turns out to be 15-30 seconds on average, depending on the type of art/museum. I found it an interesting read.

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


A masterpiece by my Flickr friend Ethan (known previously as Cormend). Everything is just right in this shot taken at a Mexican beach house: the composition with its strong diagonal lines, the grey tones, the contrast, the shadows, the mystery..... one of the best in an outstanding portfolio.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Khod Konem (Le Miracle des Loups)

Taken from a fascinating piece on the BBC Arts site (here) about early Soviet movie posters. This one is for the 1924 Raymond Bernard movie Miracle of the Wolves (Le Miracle des Loups). It was created in 1927 by Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg, and looks astonishingly modern.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of movie posters considered fair use.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The passing

This is not the first album by progressive electronic artist Steve Roach to feature in the blog, and it will not be the last. The passing was released earlier this year, and I have not had the chance yet to sample it - but what a beautiful cover, designed by Sam Rosenthal.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of album covers considered fair use.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


A recent work by my wife, and a personal favourite of mine. This atmospheric image of a couple in the big city also gets lots of positive reactions since it hangs in our gallery.

Copyright statement: image created by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Menin Road (lest we forget)

Today is the day to remember the end of the misnamed Great War (1914-1918), which took the lives of 41 million people. No-one captured the madness of trench warfare better than Paul Nash (1889-1946), who witnessed the carnage of war first hand as an army officer, and later as Britain's official war artist. One of his best paintings is The Menin Road from 1918.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Just a friend (RIP Hans Vermeulen)

And another one bites the dust: yesterday Hans Vermeulen passed away, aged 70. He was the lead singer of the Dutch band Sandy Coast, who are represented on our car MP3 USB stick with half a dozen songs, including this one, Just a friend from 1971. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues. The video screenshot included in the image is thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The ar(t)chitecture of Zaha Hadid

Few architects have made so much impact this century as Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid (1950-2016). She has been nicknamed the "Queen of the curve", referring to the elegant flowing lines of her designs. Here is my pick for five of her best works with links to the Wikipedia pages:
  1. Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012 (image above).
  2. Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China, 2010.
  3. Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2010.
  4. Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea, 2014.
  5. Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong, China, 2013.
Copyright statement: image posted by Asian Development Bank (CC 2.0).

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


It's always fun to look at vintage travel posters. This one recommends the French mountain range Vosges, near the border with Germany. Funny though that the advertisement is for a railway connection, while the scene depicts travel by car. It was designed in 1921 by Lacaze.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


I had heard of the Dutch band Rowwen H├Ęze from Limburg, but I don't think I had ever heard any of their songs. Last week I stumbled on the beautiful ballad November (a cover of the Irish song Raglan Road, in a translation to their Limburgish dialect). Don't worry if you can't understand the lyrics, neither can I. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: image created by TEDx Roermond (CC by 2.0).

Monday, November 06, 2017

Flowing over the edge

This is not the usual type of pictures you would find in the portfolio of my Flickr friend Peggy Reimchen (peggyhr), but it may be her very best in my personal opinion. A glacier seen from the Banff-Jasper highway is turned into a fascinating piece of art, helped by the strong contrasts (a must in black and white photography) and the marvelous composition. A real masterpiece of chiaroscuro.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Die Dame (around 1930)

Normally I do not include vintage magazine covers without month and year of publication, but this one is too good to pass on in spite of the missing information. Die Dame (The lady) was a German fashion magazine that was published from 1911 to 1943. The covers were often by famous artists such as Tamara de Lempicka, Hans Ibe, Otto Nebel and Walter Trier. This particular one is by Ernst Deutsch Dryden (1883-1938).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Study in grey scales

This one is all about spotting opportunities. The ceiling of a shopping arcade in the old city centre of Bern makes for a minimal abstract, that received good feedback on Flickr, and is a personal favourite of mine.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0068 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 50.4 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.