“53 Stations of the Tōkaidō as Potted Landscapes” – Utagawa Yoshishige (1848)

January 5th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Tokaido is one of a number of roads linking Edo with the rest of Japan. It runs along the Pacific coast to Kyoto. The ’53 stations’ are resting points along the way. In 1832 the artist Utagawa Hiroshige began the first of a number of print series, which depicted the resting points, and these became very popular in Japan (one series becoming apparently the best selling ‘ukiyo-e‘ of all time). The prints in this post are by a different artist, Utagawa Yoshishige, and depict a series of actual potted landscapes (saikei and bonkeimade by a man called Kimura Tōsen. So these prints are based on small sculptures, which were inspired by prints, which were inspired by a walk, made possible by a road. You can see all 53 of the prints and the book here.

Frances Gearhart (1869 – 1959)

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Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942)

October 12th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Wenzel Jamnitzer (1507 – 1585)

March 27th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

THE WONDERFUL WENZEL

Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508-1585)  *oil on canvas  *91,5 x 79 cm  *ca 1562-1563

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I Modi (The Ways) / The Sixteen Pleasures

March 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Codex Mendoza (1534)

November 8th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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James Niehues

September 28th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Robert Rauschenberg – ‘Dante Drawings’ (1958-1960)

January 23rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

A series of drawings and prints made to illustrate Dante’s Inferno (The Divine Comedy). There’s a great Rauschenberg website here. From top to bottom: ‘Canto I: The Dark Wood of Error’ – ‘Canto II: The Descent’ – ‘Canto IX: Circle Six, The Heretics’ – ‘ Canto XIV: Circle Seven, Round 3, The Violent Against God, Nature, and Art’ – ‘Canto XVI: Circle Seven, Round 3, The Violent Against Nature and Art’ – ‘Canto XXIII: Circle Eight, Bolgia 6, The Hypocrites’ – ‘Canto XXXI: The Central Pit of Malebolge’

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Edward Bawden

September 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Edward Bawden – English (1903 – 1989)

Cairo, the Citadel: Mohammed Ali Mosque circa 1941 by Edward Bawden 1903-1989

The Catholic Church, Addis Ababa 1941 by Edward Bawden 1903-1989

The Church Wall 1954 by Edward Bawden 1903-1989

View from the Enemy H.Q. at Gubba 1941 by Edward Bawden 1903-1989

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James Gillray

January 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I read a bit about James Gillray in Simon Schama’s “Citizens”, so looked him up – I realised that his illustrations were already known to me, as archetypal satirical expressions of the 18th/19th century. He was brilliant. But he was an ill man who jumped out of windows.

 

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