Author Archives: Grant S

Madness

I’d like to compare plate 38 and 39 of the Miserere series: In each of these images Rouault’s skill at reflecting the viewer in the subject is seen. The Chinese man in plate 38 is not so ethnically specific as to … Continue reading

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Magritte’s images and L’autotisme

When seeing many of René Magritte’s paintings back to back (and with some repetition of works) over the nine minute video “René Magritte Les Peintures” certain patterns develop. There are various figures that continually recur in Magritte’s work: apples, clouds, men … Continue reading

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I dream of Friedrich

There were two quotes that particularly struck me in André Breton’s Le Manifeste du Surréalisme (1927). The first concerns the state of the mind of a dreaming man: The mind of the dreaming man is fully satisfied with whatever happens … Continue reading

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Thursday art

“L’Impression soleil levant” by Monet – 1873 “Boating” by Manet -1874

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Contrasting the unreasonable

“I dislike reasonable painting.” This quote from Eugéne Delacroix’s diary is made quite clear in the artist’s works. I was particularly struck by the violence and sense of contrast his works “The Death of Sardanapalus” (1827) and “The Murder of … Continue reading

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Additional images

I also looked at these two paintings of Apollo and Daphne by Poussin: (1625) (1664)

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Art as a Tool of the Sun King

At the palace at Versailles there were two rooms whose art I found both particularly visually arresting and marked an intriguing use of art. The first is the Hall of Mirrors (La Grande Galerie as it was called in 17th … Continue reading

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