The Unfinished Image

The life of the pseudonymous individual: Theophilus Solomon; architect, alchemist, astronomer, biologist, and wanderer.

The Trials of Psyche #printmaking #linocut #myth
Hold fast #printmaking #linocut (at Arkansas Arts Center)
femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)
So to continue yesterday’s theme of painters whose work resembles Vilhelm Hammershøi's, today we have Carl Holsøe.
Parlor Interior with a Woman, which Holsøe painted around 1900, shows off the comparison beautifully.
The muted colors of the room, the off-kilter angles of the door, and the averted gaze of the subject all smack of Hammershøi—while the clarity of the light and accuracy of the reflections suggest the influence that Hammershøi, his brother-in-law (Ilsted), and Holsøe all shared: Vermeer.
But, like Ilsted, Holsøe has just a little bit more warmth and humanity to him than Hammershøi.
The gold flowers in the vase on the left, the hints of framed paintings or prints on the wall behind, and the woman’s garden hat all suggest a sense of hominess conspicuously absent from Hammershøi’s interiors.
Indeed, as the Museo Thyssen comments, Holsøe “was inspired by the mood of simplicity and stillness found in…middle-class drawing rooms [emphasis vehemently added].”
I’d much rather live in Holsøe’s imagination than Hammershøi’s—but in a way, the lack of tension that provides that comfort also makes Parlor Interior just that little bit less visually compelling.

femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)

So to continue yesterday’s theme of painters whose work resembles Vilhelm Hammershøi's, today we have Carl Holsøe.

Parlor Interior with a Woman, which Holsøe painted around 1900, shows off the comparison beautifully.

The muted colors of the room, the off-kilter angles of the door, and the averted gaze of the subject all smack of Hammershøi—while the clarity of the light and accuracy of the reflections suggest the influence that Hammershøi, his brother-in-law (Ilsted), and Holsøe all shared: Vermeer.

But, like Ilsted, Holsøe has just a little bit more warmth and humanity to him than Hammershøi.

The gold flowers in the vase on the left, the hints of framed paintings or prints on the wall behind, and the woman’s garden hat all suggest a sense of hominess conspicuously absent from Hammershøi’s interiors.

Indeed, as the Museo Thyssen comments, Holsøe “was inspired by the mood of simplicity and stillness found in…middle-class drawing rooms [emphasis vehemently added].”

I’d much rather live in Holsøe’s imagination than Hammershøi’s—but in a way, the lack of tension that provides that comfort also makes Parlor Interior just that little bit less visually compelling.

(via laclefdescoeurs)

chadmsirois:

Nocturne in Blue and Gold Valparaiso Bay, James McNeill Whistler, 1866

chadmsirois:

Nocturne in Blue and Gold Valparaiso Bay, James McNeill Whistler, 1866

frontal-cortex:

Life cycle of the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum (100x) Technique : Transmitted light
Dr. Dirk Dormann MRC Clinical Sciences Centre Imperial College London London, England, United Kingdom

frontal-cortex:

Life cycle of the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum (100x)
Technique : Transmitted light

Dr. Dirk Dormann
MRC Clinical Sciences Centre Imperial College London
London, England, United Kingdom

(via flasd)

laclefdescoeurs:

The Beggars, 1879-80, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

laclefdescoeurs:

The Beggars, 1879-80, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

lacalaveracatrina:

Alfred Stieglitz - Going to Prayers, 1895.

lacalaveracatrina:

Alfred Stieglitz - Going to Prayers, 1895.

blastedheath:

Mathias Goeritz (German/Mexican 1915-1990), Mensaje, c.1959. Gold leaf on wood, 135 x 122 cm.

blastedheath:

Mathias Goeritz (German/Mexican 1915-1990), Mensaje, c.1959. Gold leaf on wood, 135 x 122 cm.

artmolecula:

Kathe Kollwitz

artmolecula:

Kathe Kollwitz

booksnbuildings:

Ground plan of the basilica represented in Jan van Eyck’s “Madonna in a Church”
(From Erwin Panofsky’s Early Netherlandish Painting)

booksnbuildings:

Ground plan of the basilica represented in Jan van Eyck’s “Madonna in a Church”

(From Erwin Panofsky’s Early Netherlandish Painting)