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.
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.
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.
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!
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.