IWR Art And Culture Archive


January 2008
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September 2008
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November 2008
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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

Alive in Kyoto
Art Deco
Bibi's box
Coisas do arco da velha
Coudal Partners
Exclamation Mark
Indigo Blog
Little Hokum Rag
PonyXpress (NSFW)
Sampler of Things
Scout Report
Seven Deadly Sinners
Sugar 'N Spicy
Tea Time

Favorite Living Artists
Amy Crehore
Ryan Heshka
Seonna Hong
Yumiko Kayukawa
Akino Kondoh
Sakae Kurada
Mizna Lens
Hu Ming
Yuki Nagayoshi
LeUyen Pham
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
Suzuki Harunobu
Ando Hiroshige
Edward Hopper
Jules Joseph Lefebvre
Henri Matisse
Joan Miró
Coles Phillips
Pablo Picasso
Odilon Redon
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Théo van Rysselberghe
John Singer Sargent
Zinaida Serebriakova
Shoen Uemura
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




Marianne Stokes

Marianne Stokes [Bio] is considered part of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood.  Although her artwork is somewhat scarce on the Internet, I find the humanity depicted in her paintings as being very engaging.  I usually shy away from religious inspired art, but Marianne Stokes' Pre-Raphaelite style is so superb that it transcends the religious themes of her paintings.  There are also more images at Art Magic and at Pitt State.

Madonna and Child (1907-08)

Mélisande (1895-98)

On the Way to the Fields (1883-87)

St Elizabeth of Hungary Spinning for the Poor (1895)

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Art And Video Links For 03/31/2008

Yoshiyuki Iwase via Metafilter
According to his biography, Iwase Yoshiyuki was a pioneer in modern Japanese nude painting and also in documenting traditional culture in postwar Japan.  Much of his work is based the beautiful Ama, who are the girls and women that harvested seaweed and abalone in the fishing villages on Pacific side of the Chiba peninsula.  I loved his Modernist Nudes

Modernist Nude #12 circa 1955
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Henri Gervex - Rolla
I think this is an outstanding nude by the French painter Henri Gervex.

Rolla (1878)
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Yuko Tanji via Aways with U
I really love the fanciful, textured and color matching of her figurative artwork.  She also has prints for sale on Nucleus.

Red Billed Bird
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Cynthia Consentino via Everlasting Blort
She's great!

Flower Girl I (2004)
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Peeps Show II
These are some pretty fun images from Wapo.

Paul Byer's - Nightmare In Pink
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Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally - Live!
Wilson Pickett was one of the greatest R&B Soul singers of all times.  Also, check out his live version of The Midnight Hour Live Wilson Pickett and this recording of Funky Broadway.

Wilson Pickett
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Sarah Vaughan - Whatever Lola Wants
This is one of Sassy's classic recordings.

Sarah Vaughan
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Franco and Sam Mangwana & TPOK Jazz - Cooperation
These are two legends of African Rumba or Soukous music, and this is one of their best recordings together in my opinion.

Sam Mangwana and Franco
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Anna Domino - Land Of My Dreams via Coisas do arco da velha
I've never heard of Anna Domino before, but I like this haunting song.  It kind of grows on you.

Anna Domino (1984)
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Tekkon Kinkreet

Click the Image To See The Trailer

Tekkon Kinkreet is a wonderful animated movie (anime), based on the manga "Black and White", about the brotherhood of two boys White (Kuro) and Black (Shiro) living in a strange amusement park type place called Treasure City, which has the look and feel of Tokyo in the 1950s and 1960s.  Black and White are homeless and live in an old abandoned car underneath the freeway.  The WWII goggle wearing Black is the older of the two boys and also the tough guy, who protects White.  White, who is 11 years old is more naive, dependent and childlike, but at the same time seems to very in tune with his environment.  White also loves to wear his amazing hats and was my favorite character in the movie by far. The boys are known on the street a Nekos or cats and are in conflict with the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia), who are trying to clean the streets of Treasure Town for a new development.

Tekkon Kinkreet has won several well deserved  international film festival awards.  The remarkable, colorful, detailed and beautiful backgrounds in the animation are based on the Tokyo of the 50s and 60s.  Even the colorful faced gang members are based on real gangs from the same period.  This movie is really a fascinating work of art and nearly on a par with the greatest animator in history - Hayao Miyazaki.  The story at times can be a little hard to follow, but the detailed and colorful artwork dazzles throughout the movie.  The sense of movement and reality in the animation is also astounding.  It's not choppy or herky-jerky at all and the characters and vehicles move naturally across the screen. I was totally impressed with Michael Arias' direction and animation style.   In fact, I would rate this as one of the top ten anime movies of all time.  Check it out!  BTW, the movie has an "R" rating.  I imagine it was for the profanity and adult situations.  I certainly wasn't offended, but it's probably not the wee guys.

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Art And Video Links For 03/17/2008

Captain Beefheart - Electricity
I always liked this song by the great rock artist - Captain Beefheart.  This song was from his Safe as Milk album.

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Pere Ubu - Birdies (Urgh! A Music War)
This is a good song Pere Ubu.  Also, I liked this later live performance of Waiting for Mary with Debra Harry singing on backup.

David Thomas in LA 1981
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Pink Lady - UFO
Whenever you see a UFO, remember to send out an SOS.

Pink Lady
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Le Tigre - Deceptacon (live Eurockeenes France 2004)
I like this song.  Here's the video version.

Le Tigre
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Ernie and Bert go BRUTAL Via Metafilter

Bert And Ernie Go Crazy on the Drums
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Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma [Bio 1848-1906] is consider one of the greatest painters in Indian's history.  I really like the way he portrays Indian women.  There was time when I used to think that all the women in India looked like Indira Gandhi! ;-) There are more Varma images here and here

Here's what the Wikipedia said about Raja Ravi Varma.

His paintings are considered to be among the best examples of the fusion of Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art.

Raja Ravi Varma is most remembered for his paintings of beautiful sari clad women, who were portrayed as very shapely and graceful. His exposure in the west came when he won the first prize in Vienna Art Exhibition in 1873.

Shakuntala a character in the epic Mahabharata


Lady Playing the Swarbat

Woman In Thought

Girl Playing With Ball

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Art And Video Links For 03/10/2008

Armand Point [Bio 1861-1932]
I really like this French Symbolist's paintings.  I just wish there were more of them on the Internet!

The Bather
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Sexy Album Covers Via Glubibulga
I've seen some of these covers before, but this is a pretty big collection.

Looks Like Betty Page, Doesn't It?
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i_seldom_do: TekkonKinkreet Via Everlasting Blort
There are some amazing background paintings and graphics in this 2007 Anime movie.  The movie is in Netflix so I put it in my queue, and I'll write a review after I see it.

Street Scene emulating 50s/60s Japan Look
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Here's an interesting photograph of Helen Keller in 1888.

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New Rules: March 7, 2008
This is Bill Maher as his best.

Bill Maher
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Fong Po Po Dance Scene
I love her green shoes, and the music is very Lee Dorsey/Allen Toussaint sounding.

Fong Po Po Boogie
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Ida Corr Vs Fedde Le Grand : Let Me Think About It : OUT NOW Via PCL
It sounds a little like Prince to me.

Ida Corr Vs Fedde Le Grand
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Kees Van Dongen

Kees Van Dongen [Bio 1877-1968] was Dutch painter and one of the Fauves.  His work (not surprisingly) reminds me of early Matisse.

Les Amies

In the Plaza, or Women at the Balustrade (1911)

Woman with large hat (1906)

Actress Lily Damita (1925)

Bridgette Bardot (1954)

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Female Nude In Painting

Female Nude in Painting is one of my favorite art image categories at Wikimedia Commons.  I'm surprised I never blogged this category before.  There are currently over 350 images in this category, which of course is not even close to exhaustive in terms of the actual number of female nude artworks created over history.  It is nonetheless a very good starting place for those interested in the astounding beauty of the female figure. 

I'm going to focus on artists and images that I have not blogged previously or recently.  Also see my related Post: Female Buttocks In Painting.

This is a beautiful Vietnamese silk painting.  I tried to find more information on the artist To Lien, but I couldn't find anything about on the Internet.

Tô Liên - Sleeping Girl
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You can see the mother's eye and appreciation for real feminine beauty and innocence in this gorgeous painting of Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun's daughter.  It has an almost Pre-Raphael feel to it.

Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun - Bather [Artist's Daughter] (1792)
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Here is another remarkable painting by the great artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre.  His nude Pandora is quite good too.  Lefebvre is one of my favorite artists.  I'm just as impressed with his colorful non-nude paintings like this one: La Fiancée.

Jules Joseph Lefebvre - Nymph with Morning Glory Flowers
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This lovely painting would have also been a good candidate for the Female Buttocks In Art Category.

Paul Baudry - The Wave and the Pearl (1862)
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Doesn't Kraka make a wonderful subject for the ideal Swedish blonde?  BTW, Kraka sounds like some lyrics you might expect from 50 Cent. ;-)

Mårten Eskil Winge - Kraka Daughter of Sigurd (1862)
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The next time I'm in LA; I'll have to check this painting out at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Charles Andre Van Loo - The Three Graces (1763)
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Klimt's The Friends is very nice indeed.

Gustav Klimt - The Friends (Destroyed) (1916-17)
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This is a nice nude by Goya.

Goya - The Naked Maja (1800-03)
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This is the only nude by Hansen, but a very interesting and realistic rendering.  I love the pose and facial expression of the model!

Canstantin Hansen - Hvilende Model (1839)
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Art And Video Links For 03/03/2008

Marie Spartali Stillman
I wish I could have found more of this wonderful Pre-Raphael artists' paintings.  Her paintings are all exceptional!  There are also two great paintings of hers on this BBC site.

Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni (1884)
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Louis Welden Hawkins
Unfortunately, there's only a few tantalizing images of this fascinating German born French Symbolist painter on the Internet that I could find anyway.  Here are a few more images by Hawkins.

The Haloes (1894)
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Gaston Bussiere (1862-1929) Via Femme
There are also just a few of his colorful and exotic works at the ARC, but they are all very good.

Deux Enfants Aux Couronnes De Fleurs The Nereides

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Jonathan Richman Via Metafilter
I had never heard of this band before today, and that's too bad because I would have been a fan of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers from day one!  Hears a few of my favorite videos from Youtube that I watched today.

Egyptian Raggae

I'm A Little Dinosaur

New England - TOTP

Dancing at the Lesbian Bar

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I Feel Like Saying A Beatnik Poem 1950's B Movie Style Via Everlasting Blort
This is a great parody (I think) of beatnik poetry from the movie High School Confidential.  I'll have to check out this campy B movie on Netflix.

Phillipa Fallon with Uncle Fester on Piano
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Grickle Via Little Hokum Rag
This artist makes decent comic artwork and animations.

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Radiohead: 2+2=5
This is an excellent animated video by Radiohead.

Radiohead 2+2=5
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New Rules Feb. 29, 2008
Bill Maher is at his best on this version of New Rules.

Bill Maher

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February 2008

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