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
Gauguin. Portrait of a Young Woman. Gorgeousness. 
Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams. 
And more from the great man.
The great artist is a formulation of the greatest intelligence: he is the recipient of sensations which are the most delicate and consequently the most invisible expressions of the brain. 

Gauguin. Portrait of a Young Woman. Gorgeousness. 

Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams. 

And more from the great man.

The great artist is a formulation of the greatest intelligence: he is the recipient of sensations which are the most delicate and consequently the most invisible expressions of the brain. 

Edvard Munch has given us a lovely portrayal of a seated young girl. Although the face isn’t completely resolved it is a sketch that does capture the energy of the sitter and the moment. 
I build a kind of wall between myself and the model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me.
- Munch

Edvard Munch has given us a lovely portrayal of a seated young girl. Although the face isn’t completely resolved it is a sketch that does capture the energy of the sitter and the moment. 

I build a kind of wall between myself and the model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me.

- Munch

On a sweltering hot London summer’s day (lovely) when one can feel the heat of the sun and humidity in the air, this painting takes you right there.
The light. The brilliant light. The air. And the hot midday sun.
Monet was genius at such things.

On a sweltering hot London summer’s day (lovely) when one can feel the heat of the sun and humidity in the air, this painting takes you right there.

The light. The brilliant light. The air. And the hot midday sun.

Monet was genius at such things.

In his later years, after recovering from a serious illness, Henri Matisse turned to creating paper cutouts. Works of brilliant intensity. Bright colours and organic shapes from the natural world. Glorious rhythm and movement.

By jove, he did it again.

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it has cost me.

- Matisse

 

Colour does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it.- Pierre Bonnard

Colour does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it.
- Pierre Bonnard

The colours of Monet. Monet and colour. 

Colour is my daylong obsession, joy and torment.

- Claude Monet

Kenneth Clark. Art historian extraordinaire. One cannot help but admire Clark and his passion for art. He achieved so much in his lifetime. The Civilisation series, his significant contributions as Director of the National Gallery and his wartime initiatives for artists during WWII.

He was a patron of and champion for contemporary artists, a dedicated art collector and a respected man of knowledge, intelligence and experience in the twentieth century art world.

Kenneth Clark Looking for Civilisation, at Tate Britain pays tribute to his lifetimes achievements and gifts us with an insight into his world.

Respect.

Kenneth Clark,Baron Clark by Graham Sutherland, 1963/64

Look out on a summer’s day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul. 

Love Vincent…. for his depth of feeling, love of the world and deep sensitivity to feeling and emotion. And constant humility.

Green Wheatfield with Cypress / Wheatfield with a Lark

A friend and student of William Nicholson was Diana Low. They first met when she was a teenager when he painted her and her sister.
Diana was a Slade student who initially had private art lessons with Ben Nicholson, William’s son. These were abandoned after just a few sessions as Ben ‘had no sense of humour’. She then began lessons with William.
Diana painted him in his studio, reclining on a couch. Beside him is Beerbohm’s top hat, which he famously kept his paintbrushes in.
A little story in the life of William Nicholson…

A friend and student of William Nicholson was Diana Low. They first met when she was a teenager when he painted her and her sister.

Diana was a Slade student who initially had private art lessons with Ben Nicholson, William’s son. These were abandoned after just a few sessions as Ben ‘had no sense of humour’. She then began lessons with William.

Diana painted him in his studio, reclining on a couch. Beside him is Beerbohm’s top hat, which he famously kept his paintbrushes in.

A little story in the life of William Nicholson…

Tamara de Lempicka - the first artist to be a glamour star. Known for her Art Deco paintings of chic and elegant women, they epitomised the spirit of the times.

During the roaring twenties in Paris, Lempicka led a bohemian lifestyle mixing with Picasso and Cocteau.

Contemporary collectors of her work include Madonna, Jack Nicholson and Barbara Streisand. Not bad… not bad at all.