Warwick Goble #1 and
Warwick Goble's Victorian watercolor illustrations for children are some of
the most beautiful that I have ever seen. His innovative, colorful,
stylized compositions were influenced in part by images from
India. Goble also illustrated H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds.
He definitely goes into the IWR children's illustrator's hall of fame with
his contemporary Edmund
A Change Was Seen
This is just a small set of paintings by the wonderful Argentinean modern
artist Raquel Forner. I searched in vain for a larger gallery of her
I'm not overly impressed with Makart's work in general, but his Five
Senses painting that was displayed at the World Columbian Exposition
of 1983 is truly outstanding and an art classic. It's interesting note that the
prudish English Wikipedia
entry didn't include this image of this major work, whereas this very
pagan French wiki
did. However, the snooty French didn't have an entry for Makart
himself. Go figure.
One of the Five Senses: Seeing (1872-79)
Will Murai (Neurastenia)
This contemporary illustrator is extremely talented. I'll be keeping
an eye on his work in the years to come.
Asimov pinup (2006)
Games Museum Virtual Exhibits
The Canadian Games Museum has a huge collection of nearly all types of games
from all over the world. Check out for example:
Classic American Games,
Inuit (Eskimo) Games and huge collection of
American TV Show Games.
Illya Kuryakin (1966)
A Card From Japanese Game of 100 Poets
Crossroads: Bikini Atoll: Naval Art form the Atomic Bomb Test
This has got to be the most unusual and chilling painting collection ever created!
The First Bomb at Bikini
By Charles Bittinger (1946)
Americans in Paris, 1860–1900
This is a current Met exhibit.
Afternoon in the Cluny Garden (1889)
By Charles Courtney Curran
I haven't seen any of these album covers in any of those worst collections that
frequently turn up on the blogosphere. Check
out some of these other odd covers:
Sour Cream & Other
His Love, Heidi,
For Nice Girls,
God Isn't Dead (He's Just On A Well Deserved Vacation). BTW, don't you
Sebastian at PCL should change
his logo and use Dwayne and Dwight instead. It's much more colorful.
The Good Brothers
James Tissot (bio)
I was looking at the book
Japonisme - Cultural Crossings Between Japan and the West that I got
recently when I noticed the author used Tissot's painting
La Japonasie au bain as
the cover image for his chapter on the influence of Japan on Western
Tissot was a contemporary of Whistler and a friend a Degas. I had
forgotten that I had blogged Tissot a couple years ago. However, in my
research this time, I became enchanted with the story of Tissot's love for
the colorful divorcee Kathleen Newton, which clear shows through in the
artist's paintings of her.
Unlike his other paintings, Tissot focuses much more on
setting details. They are almost like mini-documentaries of the
Victorian era. Kathleen Newton's image on the other hand dominates her
Unfortunately, Ms. Newton's life was cut short by suicide brought on by her
struggle with TB. She was only 28 at the time. Within a week
after Kathleen's death, Tissot left his stately home in St Johns Wood
and never returned again, because he could not bare the pain of all the
memories the house would illicit.
Here's a few more of Tissot's Kathleen Newton paintings:
Mrs. Newton with a Parasol (1879)
After watching the Yasujiro Ozu's wonderful movie
Tokyo Story, I thought I'd look for some pictures of the
star of the movie
who was known in Japan during the 50's as the "The Eternal Virgin".
Unfortunately, I wasn't able find many images of Setsuko.
However, I did find this is huge set cigar cards from a collection in
Germany (I think). It has a lot of familiar Hollywood stars, but it also has a
lot of German/European stars that you probably never heard of before, e.g.,
Kunio Monji (Little Hokum Rag)
I'm not sure how he gets these surreal effects from his photography and
dolls. In any case, they are
amazing works of art!
Doll Space Remi
Hokusai: 36 Vistas of Mt. Fuji
Jason Levesque (Neurastenia)
Katya and Kolya at home and in school
Looks like the knew how unlucky they were back in the USSR in the 60's.
Katya's got some snappy green shoes!
Casey Weldon (Malanda)
The Keeper and the Kept
a Japanese Umbrella by Sydney Lough Thompson
I could only find this single image by this New Zeeland artist, but what a
wonderful work of art it is!
Girl with a Japanese Umbrella
Godzilla Conquers the Globe
I don't ever remember seeing these international Godzilla posters before.
Godzilla Denmark Poster
Also, see this gallery
or deck of cards
if you so prefer.
The 25 Stupidest Quotes of 2006
This is Dan Kurtzman's 2006 roundup of stupid quotes of the year like: "I
will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting
John William Waterhouse
John William Waterhouse (bio)
is one of my favorite artists of all time. His selection of subject
matter, models and use of natural settings is impeccable. His beautiful
work is associated with
Pre-Raphaelites, and I see his work as the best from that movement.
Ophelia [By the Pond] (1894)
Mikado by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
The Mikado was: "The
most popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera , and arguably the most popular
opera ever written. This opera has delighted audiences for more than a
century, and spawned a number of imitations. But none were nearly as good as
the original, which represented both Gilbert and Sullivan at the height of
their creative geniuses." In addition to
W. Russell Flints images, check out the Mikado
photos from 1885 to 1982.
Deck the maiden fair in her loveliness
Watercolor by W. Russell Flint (1928)
Edmund Dulac #1
Edmund Dulac was a French illustrator during the "Golden
Age of Illustration". I've included two archives (above) of his beautiful
This eyes in these images are quite remarkable.
Big eyed Betty influenced the Japanese anime movement, and she has always
been one of my favorite animated characters.
Betty Boop as a Geisha
The Randomness of Beauty
A small, but very interesting set of beauties from Lotus Green.
"Fragrance of the Hot Spring"
Girl of Romance
R.A. Maguire Cover Art (MF)
These are good.
I Prefer Girls
Soviet Propaganda… Carpets
I liked the Trotsky one best.