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
Kenneth Clark on the Leicester Galleries:
…the Leicester Galleries… that lovable institution introduced people of my generation to modern art. In the twenties and early thirties two successive directors of the Tate Gallery, had set their faces against all post-impressionist painting, and did their best to prevent such pictures entering the Gallery, even as gifts. 
During these same years the Leicester Galleries held the first ‘one-man shows’ in England of Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin. Pissarro, Picasso and Matisse. These staggering exhibitions were put on without the least pretention. 
The Leicester Galleries was more like a shop than a gallery and its three rooms were quite small and modest. There was no attempt at deliberate showmanship, no expensive catalogues, no outpouring of champagne; and in the front rooms there was always a mixed exhibition of young painters where one could hope to make a discovery.
'Another Part of the Wood: A Self Portrait', Kenneth Clark.

Kenneth Clark on the Leicester Galleries:

…the Leicester Galleries… that lovable institution introduced people of my generation to modern art. In the twenties and early thirties two successive directors of the Tate Gallery, had set their faces against all post-impressionist painting, and did their best to prevent such pictures entering the Gallery, even as gifts.

During these same years the Leicester Galleries held the first ‘one-man shows’ in England of Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin. Pissarro, Picasso and Matisse. These staggering exhibitions were put on without the least pretention.

The Leicester Galleries was more like a shop than a gallery and its three rooms were quite small and modest. There was no attempt at deliberate showmanship, no expensive catalogues, no outpouring of champagne; and in the front rooms there was always a mixed exhibition of young painters where one could hope to make a discovery.

'Another Part of the Wood: A Self Portrait', Kenneth Clark.

Mondarian loved New York City and he loved American jazz. Gridded streets. electric lights and the boogie-woogie dynamic rhythms of the new music… jazz. 
“The Modern City! Precise, rectangular, squared, whether seen from above, below, or on the side; bright lights and sterilized life; Broadway, whites and blacks; and boogie-woogie; the underground music of the at once resigned and rebellious. Mondrian has left his white paradise and entered the world”
Written about this painting by Robert Motherwell
Broadway Boogie Woogie, Mondrian, 1942

Mondarian loved New York City and he loved American jazz. Gridded streets. electric lights and the boogie-woogie dynamic rhythms of the new music… jazz. 

“The Modern City! Precise, rectangular, squared, whether seen from above, below, or on the side; bright lights and sterilized life; Broadway, whites and blacks; and boogie-woogie; the underground music of the at once resigned and rebellious. Mondrian has left his white paradise and entered the world”

Written about this painting by Robert Motherwell

Broadway Boogie WoogieMondrian, 1942

For some Friday inspiration. A reminder by Constable of beauty in nature.
Branch Hill Pond, London, 1822.
Ah.

For some Friday inspiration. A reminder by Constable of beauty in nature.

Branch Hill Pond, London, 1822.

Ah.

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.