Dominus Venustas

Art writer. Art reader. Art lover.
Art is a language. One that speaks of truth and of humanity. I am on a journey to discover the Masters of Art and shine a light on their greatness. By Jackie Honsig-Erlenburg
Bonnard painted marvellous interiors. Full of light and dazzling colour. 
What I am after is the first impression - I want to show all one sees on first entering the room - what my eye takes in at first glance.

Bonnard painted marvellous interiors. Full of light and dazzling colour. 

What I am after is the first impression - I want to show all one sees on first entering the room - what my eye takes in at first glance.

Paolo Uccello was passionate about perspective. Very passionate. He often included mazzocchios in his work. Kenneth Clark saw them as symbols of his work. They were also recognised by Vasari.

A mazzocchio is generally agreed to be a wooden support for a hat covered by fabric popular in the Renaissance times. In this fresco it is worn around the neck of the figure in the foreground.

Uccello drew them with absolute geometric and perspectile precision. Elaborate mathematical constructions. Sadly, only three drawings survive.

Pure brilliance and utter dedication.

The Autumn Bacchus and Ariadne by the marvellous Delacroix. He was a master of colour… devoted to the sublime and the force of emotion.
He was elegant, charming and described by the art critic Charles Baudelaire as “a volcanic crater artistically concealed beneath bouquets of flowers.”

The Autumn Bacchus and Ariadne by the marvellous Delacroix. He was a master of colour… devoted to the sublime and the force of emotion.

He was elegant, charming and described by the art critic Charles Baudelaire as “a volcanic crater artistically concealed beneath bouquets of flowers.”

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist painted, drawn or sculpted by the artist. Always a great subject.

Cezanne is an artist who painted himself many times. Picasso hailed him as ‘my one and only master!’ 

One must see one’s model correctly and experience it in the right way; and furthermore express oneself forcibly and with distinction.

- Cezanne

The frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are some of the most exquisite paintings I have had the honour to behold.
In the mid to late fifteenth century, a team of Renaissance painters were selected to decorate the walls. Botticelli was one of them. He travelled from Florence to paint for the Pope in Rome.
This detail from one of his fresco panels shows his mastery of this technique and his skill as a draughtsman. Just marvellous… heavenly.

The frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are some of the most exquisite paintings I have had the honour to behold.

In the mid to late fifteenth century, a team of Renaissance painters were selected to decorate the walls. Botticelli was one of them. He travelled from Florence to paint for the Pope in Rome.

This detail from one of his fresco panels shows his mastery of this technique and his skill as a draughtsman. Just marvellous… heavenly.

Vincent painted the statuette of the female torso many times. Always experimentations in colour, light, tone and composition.

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.
- Van Gogh

Giorgio Morandi was an Italian painter of still lifes… vases, bottles, bowls. And an excellent draughtsman. He loved Rembrandt, Cezanne and Picasso. And after a visit to Florence, was influence by some of the Italian greats Giotto, Masaccio, Piero, Uccello. 
Vase of Flowers was part of his Pittura Metafisica (metaphysical phase). His was a more tangible interpretation of the metaphysical, and filled with emotional content. 
Everything is a mystery, ourselves, and all things both simple and humble.
- Morandi
 

Giorgio Morandi was an Italian painter of still lifes… vases, bottles, bowls. And an excellent draughtsman. He loved Rembrandt, Cezanne and Picasso. And after a visit to Florence, was influence by some of the Italian greats Giotto, Masaccio, Piero, Uccello. 

Vase of Flowers was part of his Pittura Metafisica (metaphysical phase). His was a more tangible interpretation of the metaphysical, and filled with emotional content. 

Everything is a mystery, ourselves, and all things both simple and humble.

- Morandi

 

Michelangelo was one of the Great draughtsmen in the history of art. Of this there is no doubt. He certainly set his marks high. The result… magic.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
- Michelangelo
I think he may be onto something here…

Michelangelo was one of the Great draughtsmen in the history of art. Of this there is no doubt. He certainly set his marks high. The result… magic.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

- Michelangelo

I think he may be onto something here…

Vincent van Gogh painted close to thirty self-portraits within five years. Each holds their own. Colour, expression, intensity.
This one was dedicated to Paul Gauguin, for whom he held great respect and a genuine sense of comradery.
Gauguin says that when sailors have to move a heavy load or raise an anchor, they all sing together to keep them up and give them vim. That’s just what artists lack!
- Vincent

Vincent van Gogh painted close to thirty self-portraits within five years. Each holds their own. Colour, expression, intensity.

This one was dedicated to Paul Gauguin, for whom he held great respect and a genuine sense of comradery.

Gauguin says that when sailors have to move a heavy load or raise an anchor, they all sing together to keep them up and give them vim. That’s just what artists lack!

- Vincent

Matisse’s Studio Interior painted by Matisse. Very insightful. The easel, the canvases, frames, stool, flowers, vase and lemon.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illumination, the fog that surrounds.
And work hard he did. Always in the studio. Always drawing, painting and creating. Respect.

Matisse’s Studio Interior painted by Matisse. Very insightful. The easel, the canvases, frames, stool, flowers, vase and lemon.

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illumination, the fog that surrounds.

And work hard he did. Always in the studio. Always drawing, painting and creating. Respect.