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

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.

It doesn’t get much better than this. Degas and his bathers. 
The key to his success?
No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the Great Masters.
Spontaneity. Reflection. Study of the Old Masters.

It doesn’t get much better than this. Degas and his bathers.

The key to his success?

No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the Great Masters.

Spontaneity. Reflection. Study of the Old Masters.

The extraordinary Hungarian photographer Brassai and his engaging images of Paris between the two World Wars. Romantic and so very haunting.

He often wandered the streets late at night to capture the essence of this magical city. He loved Paris.

Night does not show things, it suggests them. It disturbs and surprises us with its strangeness. It liberates forces within us which are dominated by our reason during the daytime.

- Brassai

The Song of the Lark.
The single peasant female working in the rural fields of France, against a setting sun. A subject 19th Century French realist painter Jules Breton visited many times. Very poetic.
He loved the countryside and honoured the rural existence in his work.

The Song of the Lark.

The single peasant female working in the rural fields of France, against a setting sun. A subject 19th Century French realist painter Jules Breton visited many times. Very poetic.

He loved the countryside and honoured the rural existence in his work.

Edouard Vuillard was a thinker.
"Nothing is important save the spiritual state that enables one to subjectify one’s thoughts to a sensation and to think only of the sensation, all the while searching to express it."
…with a wonderful feeling for colour and light.

Edouard Vuillard was a thinker.

"Nothing is important save the spiritual state that enables one to subjectify one’s thoughts to a sensation and to think only of the sensation, all the while searching to express it."

…with a wonderful feeling for colour and light.

Durer’s study of a man aged 93. I remember the exact moment I saw this drawing in the Vienna Albertina years ago. An experience you never forget. I recall the emotion, the wonder and the awe. What an incredible human being Durer must have been.
Wunderbar.

Durer’s study of a man aged 93. I remember the exact moment I saw this drawing in the Vienna Albertina years ago. An experience you never forget. I recall the emotion, the wonder and the awe. What an incredible human being Durer must have been.

Wunderbar.

Go and see what others have produced, but never copy anything except nature. You would be trying to enter into a temperament that is not yours and nothing that you would do would have any character.
Wise words from old Renoir. Copy and study from the Old Masters certainly. But take what you learnt and create from within you. Then you own it.

Go and see what others have produced, but never copy anything except nature. You would be trying to enter into a temperament that is not yours and nothing that you would do would have any character.

Wise words from old Renoir. Copy and study from the Old Masters certainly. But take what you learnt and create from within you. Then you own it.

This study of a man’s back is a fine piece of draughtsmanship from the old boy Rubens. That Flemish Baroque painter with the wonderful ability to portray movement with sensuality.
He painted for kings and queens in the courts of Europe …and greatly admired the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

This study of a man’s back is a fine piece of draughtsmanship from the old boy Rubens. That Flemish Baroque painter with the wonderful ability to portray movement with sensuality.

He painted for kings and queens in the courts of Europe …and greatly admired the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing sensations.
- Paul Cezanne

Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing sensations.

- Paul Cezanne

Alfred Rethel was a nineteenth century history painter and engraver. Burne-Jones was a great admirer.

He said 'By absolutely perfect wood-engraving, I mean such work as all the sixteenth century engravings… I don't believe that any attempt to express more than they do could possibly be successful.'

Letter to his brother Otto, from Alfred Rethel, Frankfurt

I am now being very strict with myself as regards not so much the finished execution of detail, as in the preserving and conveying of the original impulse in my paintings.