IWR Art And Culture Archive


January 2007
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Amy Crehore

La Cigale (1872)

Portrait of a Woman Holding a Fan

A Very Sexy Cleopatra

Three Beauties (1793)

Three Gold Fish (2003)

Fuco Ueda

Yakuza Poster

Ryan Heshka's Electroladylux

Snow 1939

Thurston The Great

Betty Boop

Spring by Kawase Hasui (1925)

Bather Arranging Her Hair by Renoir (1885)

Girl by the Sea 1990

Art Blogs
Alive in Kyoto
Art Deco
Art Dorks
Bibi's box
Coudal Partners
Exclamation Mark
Indigo Blog
Little Hokum Rag
Penny Dreadful
Scout Report
Sugar 'N Spicy

Favorite Living Artists
Amy Crehore
Ryan Heshka
Yumiko Kayukawa
Akino Kondoh
Sakae Kurada
Mizna Lens
Yuki Nagayoshi
Seonna Hong
LeUyen Pham
Coles Phillips
Yuko Shimizu
Sai Tamiya
Fuco Ueda

Favorite Artists
Hieronymus Bosch
Fernando Botero
Sandro Botticelli
Alexander Calder
Mary Cassatt
Paul Cézanne
William Merritt Chase
Edgar Degas
Paul Delvaux
John William Godward
Hashiguchi Goyo
Ando Hiroshige
Edward Hopper
Henri Matisse
Pablo Picasso
Odilon Redon
Théo van Rysselberghe
John Singer Sargent
Kitagawa Utamaro
John William Waterhouse

Art Museums
Andrés Blaisten
Brooklyn Museum
Hagi Uragami
Library of Congress
Museo del Prado
Museum of the Moving Image
National Gallery of Art

The Hermitage
The Met

The Tate
Tokyo National
Vietnam Veterans

Digital Archives
Academy of Natural Sciences
Cornell Library
Indy Magazine
Japanalia Postcards
Nude Masterpieces
NY Public Library
Web Gallery of Art

Art Zines/Indexes
American Art Archives
Art History Resouces
Ch/Ja Art History
Folio Planet
Lingnan School
Museums List
NY Arts Magazine
Tokyo Art Beat

Universes in Universe




The Art Of Odilon Redon
Odilon Redon [Bio 1840-1916] was an extraordinarily gifted and creative French Symbolist painter and printmaker.  His early prints were darker in nature, but his later artwork exploded with beautiful colors like a butterfly from his earlier gloomy cocoon. In short, I think Redon's oil and pastel paintings are simply magnificent.

The Cyclops (1914)

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

"French Symbolist painter, lithographer, and etcher of considerable poetic sensitivity and imagination, whose work developed along two divergent lines. His prints explore haunted, fantastic, often macabre themes and foreshadowed the Surrealist and Dadaist movements. His oils and pastels, chiefly still lifes with flowers, won him the admiration of Henri Matisse and other painters as an important colourist."

Please click the link below to see rest of the article and images of Redon's wonderful artwork.

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Painted Portraits Of Girls
This is a very interesting set of about 137 paintings from Wikipedia Commons.  The older I get, the more attracted I am to portraiture painting, and girls have always been a favorite subject matter of mine and artists throughout history.

Alice (1915) by Amedeo Modigliani

Click the link below to see my favorites in chronological order to emphasize the change in art history.

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Surrealist Playing Cards
These are cool.  The first set of cards was designed by the members of the Surrealist Movement in Marseille in the 1940s. Other decks on the site are based on the works of Salvador Dali and Paul Delvaux.

"The deck was conceived in Marseille during a meeting of the surrealist group. The designs for the deck were made by eight artists from the group. Each made the designs for 2 court cards (including the aces). The artists were Victor Brauner, André Breton, Oscar Dominguez, Max Ernst, Jacques Hérold, Wilfredo Lam, Jacqueline Lamba and André Masson."

Surrealist Playing Card
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Erotic Art in Pompeii and Herculaneum
I was not familiar with the erotic painting from Pompeii and Herculaneum, until I found this collection surfing on Wikipedia. 

"Erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum was discovered in the ancient cities around the bay of Naples (particularly of Pompeii and Herculaneum) after extensive excavations began in the 18th century. The city was found to be full of erotic art and frescoes, symbols, and inscriptions regarded by its excavators as pornographic."

Erotic Pair
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Hirohiko Oda
I like the color in these paintings.

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Patricia Nix

Elizabeth I
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Marcos Lopez (Neurastenia)

Gardel Appeared at the Picnic (1997)
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The Science Fiction Art of H. W. McCauley.

Mr. Margate's Mermaid
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Yasujiro Ozu's Floating Weeds (1959)
Most people are familiar with the work of the great Japanese movie director Akira Kurosawa, but not everyone is as familiar with the wonderful work of Yasujiro Ozu. 

Scene From Floating Weeds

Ozu's films are very understated and almost seem like documentaries of real family life in Japan.  His camera angels are low and static.  It's as if you are watching the characters with a secret security camera, but the scenes themselves are composed almost like living wood block prints with sub-frames and lots of movement by the cast moving about in the shot.

Floating Weeds (Ukigusa, 1959), which he made with the great cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa of Rashomon and Ugetsu fame, is a remake of Ozu's silent movie (1934), and is the fourth movie by Ozu that I have seen. It is only a handful of his films in color so it is very special indeed, which is why  I think this movie would make a great introduction to Ozu. The first three movies I saw were in black and white and part of the Noriko Trilogy: Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951) and Ozo's masterpiece Tokyo Story (1953) all starring the delightful actress Setsuko Hara as the eternal virgin Noriko

Read the whole review here.

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Venus, But Not In Blue Jeans
This is an IWR article on the "Venus Art" search I did on Google.  There are like hundreds, if not thousands, of Venus themed artworks that have been created in the last 500 plus years.

Botero's Venus
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Paul Delvaux [Bio]
Belgian Paul Delvaux is my favorite surrealist painter.  His dreamlike paintings of his female subjects are quite natural and enchanting.  I wish I could have dreams like his artwork depicts.  I found three archives of his work from Paintings Art In The Picture, Anarkasis and IWeb.  My favorite for the moment is Femme Au Mirror.

Femme Au Mirror (1934)

The Great Sirens is from the Met's Timeline of Art History.

The Great Sirens (1947)

It's interesting how his backgrounds line up slightly off center to mitigate the otherwise static settings.

The Wedding Dress (1941)
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George Owen Wynne Apperley [Bio]
George Apperley was an English oil and watercolor artist who lived in England, Spain and Tangier.  I think his Art Deco oil painting A Dancer of Ancient Egypt was his greatest work, but it would be too small for this blog entry to really appreciate.  Also, I found out from George Apperley's son Henry that his mother posed for most of his father's nudes and also served as his inspiration and muse. Here are three archives of his work from his main page in the UK, the Art Renewal Center and Anarkasis.

Andromeda (1917)

Rosa de Granada (1917)
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The Czar of Bizarre
Johnny Meah is a top notch illustrator and artist.  Admittedly, he is a bit of a weirdo, though. ;-)

The Anatomical Venus
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Ichiro Tsuruta [Bio]
Ichiro Tsuruta's figurative art lithographs and silk screens are a wonderful mixture of Art Deco and Japanese Bijinga (Beautiful Woman) in the tradition of the printmakers Utamaro and Goyo.

Miyabi (Sophisticated Lady) (1999)

The Heroine J (1992)
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Margarida Cepeda [Bio]
Portuguese figurative artist Margarida Cepeda's artwork reminds me of a Pre-Raphaelite work of art, but without the naturalistic settings.  Her work also touches on the surreal.

Golden Rest (2005)

Dialogue (2003)

Light are the Birds (1999)
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Anna Jaap [Bio]
I really love the natural simplicity and color of her artwork.

Wish (2004)
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Jennybird Alcantara [Bio]
I found Jennybird Alcantara by accident when I was working on the Condi Land parody.  I really enjoyed her painting, but I think her dolls are truly exceptional.

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Carrie Notari [Bio]
At first glance, one could dismiss Carrie's work as kitsch, but her photomontages are very unique, and I personally wouldn't mind having a poster from her Aphrodite orGraffiti series!  I don't know if that is her image in the photos, but whoever it is, she is very pretty.

Flower Bodies: Rose III (2002)
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Vintage Nude Photographs on Wikimedia Commons
The Moulin color Daguerreotype below is a truly outstanding work of photography from any age.

Félix-Jacques Antoine Moulin,
Daguérotype coloré, 1851-1854
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19th Century Pornography on Wikimedia Commons NSFW
Not a lot has changed in the last 200 years.  There's only so many options. ;-)  BTW, I wish I could have seen the Barrison Sisters vaudeville routine in 1890!  Be sure to check out all three of the featured artists: Édouard-Henri Avril, Peter Fendi and Thomas Rowlandson.

Barrison Sisters & Kittens (1890)
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Family Resource Network - Lending Library
I'm sure the Lending Library is a very worthy organization that serves its community quite well, but this inventory of toys is a crackup for weird dude like me.  Check out for example the Jingoism Game or the Crocodile Dentist.

"Oh Noooooo!" Says the Emotion Doll
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Fate Magazine Covers (Bibi's)
These are great covers.  I never hear of this magazine before.

October (1953)
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February 2007

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