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
The Poetess and the Surrealist
Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? - Frida
Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali. - Dali
Quite a contrast.

 

The Poetess and the Surrealist

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? - Frida

Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali. - Dali

Quite a contrast.

 

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
…words by the great Michelangelo. 
From the man who made some of the greatest iconic pieces of art. The Sistine Chapel. The statue of David. Glorious.
In his lifetime he was called Il Divino (The Divine One). His work was thought to be this… so wonderful, so sublime, it was not of this world.

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

…words by the great Michelangelo

From the man who made some of the greatest iconic pieces of art. The Sistine Chapel. The statue of David. Glorious.

In his lifetime he was called Il Divino (The Divine One). His work was thought to be this… so wonderful, so sublime, it was not of this world.

Paul Cezanne. The man who paved the way toward a new direction in art. With portraits like this one - The Peasant. Exquisite.
…But there is better. Simplicity, being direct. Everything else is just a game, just building castles in the sky. Basically I don’t think of anything when I paint. I see colours. I strive with joy to convey them on to my canvas just as I see them. They arrange themselves as they choose, any old way. Sometimes that makes a picture.
- Cezanne

Paul Cezanne. The man who paved the way toward a new direction in art. With portraits like this one - The Peasant. Exquisite.

…But there is better. Simplicity, being direct. Everything else is just a game, just building castles in the sky. Basically I don’t think of anything when I paint. I see colours. I strive with joy to convey them on to my canvas just as I see them. They arrange themselves as they choose, any old way. Sometimes that makes a picture.

- Cezanne

A stunning Modigliani portrait in the Sao Paolo Museum of Art. 
From the man who said: With one eye you are looking at the outside world, while with the other you are looking within yourself
 

A stunning Modigliani portrait in the Sao Paolo Museum of Art. 

From the man who said: With one eye you are looking at the outside world, while with the other you are looking within yourself

 

Morandi is mostly known for his still lifes of bottles and bowls. And quite right too, they are quietly powerful. His landscapes however are not dissimilar. 

As Maurice Denis said: Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a nude woman, or some anecdote, is essentially a plane surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order.

Morandi drew out the essence of the scene before him. He observed and he simplified - shapes, forms, colours.

I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see. 

- Morandi

The Sailing Boat, Evening effect by Monet is a beauty. 
Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything,my head is bursting with it.
- Monet

The Sailing Boat, Evening effect by Monet is a beauty. 

Every day I discover 
more and more 
beautiful things. 
It’s enough to drive one mad. 
I have such a desire 
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.

- Monet

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter is an exquisite piece of work by a Master of observation. The light, shadows, tones, colours and forms combine to make a work of beauty and human-ness.
Vermeer has captured the essence of a momentary experience. One of quietness and solitude. One feels one is in the same room, sharing this exact second, these seconds… moments… in time.
And the space, the air, inside the boundaries of the canvas… so beautifully described and articulated. 

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter is an exquisite piece of work by a Master of observation. The light, shadows, tones, colours and forms combine to make a work of beauty and human-ness.

Vermeer has captured the essence of a momentary experience. One of quietness and solitude. One feels one is in the same room, sharing this exact second, these seconds… moments… in time.

And the space, the air, inside the boundaries of the canvas… so beautifully described and articulated. 

Winston Churchill. Stateman, Prime Minister, Nobel Prize winner, Writer, Historian, …and Painter.

Painting is complete as a distraction. I know of nothing which, without exhausting the body, more entirely absorbs the mind. 

Churchill found joy in painting. He was close friends with William Nicholson, who gave him lessons and advice. He painted while on travel journeys and he painted while at home at Chartwell. He had an impressive studio, where he spent many hours with his paintbrushes, cigars and whiskey. 

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, or almost to the end, of the day.

Renoir was one of the leading painters of Impressionism. He loved to paint landscapes and he loved to paint women.
Women in a Landscape is typical of his work. Vibrant & dappled light and saturated colour.
I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn’t turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.
- Renoir

Renoir was one of the leading painters of Impressionism. He loved to paint landscapes and he loved to paint women.

Women in a Landscape is typical of his work. Vibrant & dappled light and saturated colour.

I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn’t turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.

- Renoir

A beautiful face from the Renaissance. Painted in Florence within the wider circle of Botticelli. 
Typical of that time, the expression is serene, sincere and just heavenly.

A beautiful face from the Renaissance. Painted in Florence within the wider circle of Botticelli

Typical of that time, the expression is serene, sincere and just heavenly.