Art Links For 07/30/2007
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and
ARG Gallery [Bio
I've always admired the French Impressionist painter Renoir. I love
his colors, tints and especially his wonderful rendering of the female
figure. You can tell that he loves women and girls by how well he
captures their feminine essence. Renoir was also very prolific and
an inspiration in that he kept painting and creating art until the end of
his long life. He had severe rheumatoid arthritis and
had to have his brushes strapped to his hands. Below are two of my
favorites. What is your favorite Renoir painting?
Girls at the Piano (1892)
The Bathers (1887)
Gustave Courbet [Bio
Gustave Courbet lead the French Realism movement. I'm sure he also
raised more than a few Victorian eyebrows with some of his erotic
Woman with a Parrot (1866)
Japonisme - Bathing Beauties
This is a nice of set of images for Midsummer Nights Dream. Lotusgreen also has another set
Illustration by Charles Robinson
Vintage Geisha Photos from Tinafish_03 (Tea Time)
This is an interesting collection of vintage Geisha pictures.
Maiko with a Parasol (1920s)
Gerda Wegener [Bio
Gerda Wegener (no relationship to
Alfred Lothar Wegener)
was a Danish illustrator and painter, who must have driven the Victorians
completely insane. For example, Gerda's transvestite husband Einar Wegener ("Lili" in drag)
became her favorite model for many of her paintings and illustrations for
magazines like Vogue. Eventually, Einar really became Lili in the first
publicly known sex change operations in the world. That aside, I wish
someone would create a decent archive of her wonderful artwork. I think the Madonna
painting below shows what a talented and unusual artist she was, but I also find
fascinating her erotic art alluring as well.
Ruth St. Denis
Ruth St. Denis [Bio
Ruth St. Denis was a major pioneer of modern dance, who was influenced by
Egyptian, Indian/Hindu and Japanese dancing styles. Early "American
audiences were hostile to her experiments, labeling her the 'Jersey Hindoo'
and comparing her with the belly dancers at the local burlesque houses."
However, when she toured Europe in from 1906-09, her dances became a great
success worldwide. She was also influenced by Eastern mysticism and even
started her own Church of the Divine Dance in Hollywood in 1947.
If you click the links below, you can see some sets of her exotic dances.
There are over 600 images of Ruth St. Denis in the NYPL Digital Library.
I think her life story would make for a very interesting movie or
here's an interesting and mildly revealing photo of Ruth dancing on the
beach without her dark hair wig, and also
a color tinted print from 1915.
Art Links For 07/16/2007
I blogged Moira's work a few years back. I liked her work then, but I
think her work has even gotten better since. I love how she
infuses cats and parrots into classic Japanese and Chinese imagery.
She has a great imagination and sense of humor too.
|A Three Hour Tour (detail) - 2006
|Double Trouble II - 2005
Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814-1892)
This French painter was admired by the great symbolist painter
Odilon Redon. The
painting below is my favorite work of his. I especially love the color of the
The Poem of the Soul - One Evening
Liang Li Qiang
Liang Li is very talented Chinese painter and sculpture.
What a stunning beautiful woman Alenushka is below.
Gatochy's Favorites via (Art Deco)
What a great print! But is that the moon or sun?
Marjorie Miller - Spring's Promise (1920s)
The Abduction Lamp (Geisha)
I got to get one of these lamps!!!!
Art Links For 07/02/2007
Lin Fengmian [Bio
His innovative blending of traditional Chinese and Western painting styles
made him one of the true great artists of the 20th century. Unfortunately,
those Maoist bastards destroyed most of his great works and imprisoned Lin
during the infamous Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.
|Seated Woman (1886)
In the Met Museum
|Beauty Playing A Musical Instrument
||Birds in Autumn
Cui Xiuwen 
I just love her art photography! Power to the new generation of
women artists in China!
Angel #4 (2006)
Herbert James Draper [Bio
Wikimedia Commons (via
Little Hokum Rag)
I really like these Neoclassical painters like Draper. The tints,
subject matter and composition in his Pearls of Aphrodite below are
absolutely stunning! BTW, those Neoclassical dudes really had a fixation on
red hair though. ;-)
Pearls of Aphrodite
Matsumoto  (via
I blogged Shiori's work three years ago because I thought her paintings wer
outstanding. I still do!
Peony Lantern (2007)
I like these.
Bread Wrappers (via
Colonel Sanders in Japan Costume Shocker
Colonel Sanders Cools Off In His Summer Kimono