August 8, 2012

Gustav Igler's "The Newborn"


Nationality: German
Born-Died: 1842-1908
Size: 29.33 × 34.6 in. (74.5 × 88 cm)
Creation Date: 1872
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: Private collection

I don't recall ever seeing it before but it was in my files so I must have seen it.  When I saw it this morning, I though, "Wow, that's beautiful."  I was really struck by the color, the value contrast (meaning light and dark, not philosophical values), the gestures of the figures and the overall arrangement of the shapes.  Then, I started noticing the various narrative elements such as the cat NOT playing with the ball of string and instead staring at the boy drinking milk.  The little girl is lovingly gazing into the face of her new sibling and it seems as if the maid(?) is trying to return the child to the mother.  However, the mother isn't looking so good--she is quite shadowy.  The more I look at this image, the more questions I have.  What is the significance, if any, of the clock's time?  What is the basket above the bed?  Is the mother going to die?  I'm going to look at it a while longer.


August 5, 2012

Jacques-Louis David's "Comtesse Daru"


Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: French
Born-Died: 1748-1825
Size: 32.1 × 25.6 in. (81.6 × 65.1 cm)
Creation Date: 1810
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

I have been a David fan for many years and whenever I get the chance to see one of his works I take it.  They generally reproduce well so I wouldn't expect it to be too different from the reproductions, but still I always enjoy seeing his work.

jacques-louis david comtesse daru one objectivist's art object of the day

August 3, 2012

Sir Joshua Reynolds' "Portrait of British General John Burgoyne"


Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: English
Born-Died: 1723-1792
Creation Date: c. 1766
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

It may be obvious to people who follow this blog but this is my favorite kind of painting--"grand manner" portraiture.  


This is an image of a hero--an image of a man that embodies virtue.  In terms of art, it makes no difference if that actual sitter for this painting was virtuous or not.  The value of art is that the scene is it's own world reflecting what is important in our world, not that it is a journalistic recreation of the particulars of this world.  


The overall statement of this painting is positive, but the world he lives in is not world made out of Nerf and candy.  He has carved out a place for himself in it and it doesn't look like it was a cake walk.  It reminds me of Howard Roark.  Roark suffered tremendously in his world, but in the end his triumph was so great that it far overshadowed the trials he passed through.

reynolds burgoyne one objectivist's art object of the day

August 2, 2012

Rembrandt van Rijn's "Jan Lutma the Elder"


Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: Dutch
Born-Died: 1606-1669
Creation Date: 1656
Size: 7.75 x 5.825  in (19.7 x 14.9 cm)
Media: Etching ink on paper 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

rembrandt jan lutma the elder one objectivist's art object of the day

August 1, 2012

James Abbot McNeill Whistler's "Harmony in Pink and Grey (Portrait of Lady Meux)"


Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: American
Born-Died: 1834-1903
Creation Date: 1881
Size: 76.3 × 36.6  in (193.7 × 93 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

I love it!

Harmony in Pink and Grey Whistler One Objectivist's Art Object of the Day

July 31, 2012

Georges de la Tour's "The Education of the Virgin"*


Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: French
Born-Died: 1593-1652
Creation Date: c. 1600 to 1652
Size: 33 x 39 1/2  in (83.8 x 100.3 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

I don't know for sure but it's possible that the image here is actually from a copy in France, but it is extremely similar to the painting in the Frick nonetheless.  The anatomical rendering here is slightly awkward--it reminds me of George Tooker--but the light is great (as I would expect.)  In any case I'd like to see this painting.

* the authorship of this painting has been questioned.


July 30, 2012

John Hoppner "The Honourable Lucy Byng"*


Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: English
Born-Died: 1758-1810
Creation Date: Late 1700's
Size: 30.1 × 25  in (76.5 × 63.5 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

This painting is gorgeous and appeals to my personal interest in Jane Austen.  I've never seen this image before and I love it!  I only wish I could have seen it at the Frick.

* I believe this is correct.

John Hoppner Lucy Byng One Objectivist's Art Object of the Day

July 29, 2012

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres' "Louise de Broglie, Countesse d'Haussonville"


Seven works of art I would like to see at the Frick

I recently visited New York and seeing the Frick was part of my plans, but due to time constraints I couldn't do it.  Anyway, in an effort to turn lemons into lemonade, I'm going to post seven works of art from the Frick that I wish I could have seen.  

Nationality: French
Born-Died: 1780-1867
Creation Date: 1845
Size: 51.875 x 36.25  in (131.8 x 92.1 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

Ingres is one of my favorite painters and I always jump at the opportunity to see any of his works in real life.  On my next visit I'll take so many detail photographs of this painting it will be dizzying.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres Louise de Broglie, Countesse d'Haussonville one objectivists art object of the day

July 26, 2012

Agnolo Bronzino's "Portrait of Ludovico Capponi"

Nationality: Italian
Born-Died: 1503-1572
Creation Date: 1551
Size: I'll post this information later
Media: Oil on panel
Location: The Frick Collection, New York City, New York, USA

one objectivists art object of the day bronzino portrait of ludovico capponi

July 25, 2012

Jean-Léon Gérôme's "Woman with a Veil"


Nationality: French
Born-Died: 1824-1904
Creation Date: c. 1891
Size: 23.8 x 12.8 in (60.5 x 32.7 cm)
Media: Bronze 
Location: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

gerome woman with a veil

July 24, 2012

Art I Hate and Why: "The Politician: A Toy" by Billie Lawless

Nationality: American
Born-Died: Don't know, don't care
Creation Date: 1996
Size: Huge
Media: A bunch of crap glued together
Location: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA



The only thing positive that I can say about this sculpture is that it was funded by private money.  Let fools throw their own money away, in my opinion.



For many years I drove past this artistic horror daily where it instilled in me the feeling that I had just seen a tragic accident involving clown cars. From these firsthand experiences, I can assure you that this sculpture is as asinine in real life as it is in these two photographs and that nothing significant is lost in the translation.  Although the photographs don't show the way the thing moves--its mouth mechanically opens and closes in what is supposed to be a statement about politicians--I would not call that any loss. It is a parody of a child's toy, but it certainly has less visual appeal than one as it was designed with less sensitivity and less wit.  If an artist is going to shamelessly rip off Picasso, they should at least rip off the good aspects of his work--the sensitivity to composition--not merely the cubist trappings.



one objectivist's art object of the day billie lawless politician
The garbage art as I will always remember it.
The first picture here perfectly summarizes the way I always experienced this sculpture: like a long joke that wasn't funny amidst the rotted-out background of Cleveland's gray Chester Avenue.*  Because sometimes stains refuse to be scrubbed away, this sculpture has recently been moved from Dunham Tavern to Cleveland State University where it will, no doubt, blight the campus.  When students look at it, I expect it will affect their minds in the manner of huffed lighter fluid, perhaps taking away their will to live a little more each day.  

July 23, 2012

A Week of Winsor McCay's Editorial Cartoons for Objectivists, BONUS

Nationality: American
Born-Died: 1869-1934

One more.  While this cartoon is about personal decisions, it perfectly describes national situations as well.


one objectivist's art object of the day winsor mccay editorial cartoon

July 21, 2012

A Week of Winsor McCay's Editorial Cartoons for Objectivists, Day 5


Nationality: American
Born-Died: 1869-1934


I think this is about whether to engage in World War I or not.  Uncle Sam here is right--he has plenty of his own work to do.

one objectivist's art object of the day winsor mccay editorial cartoon