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Posted: March 31, 2009 in animals

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From Wendy Pepper, Fashion Designer (as opposed to Wendy Pepper, sister-in-law of Pepper Piper, Detective, Police Woman, Angie Dickinson)…..Love everything about this except this beautiful woman’s face seems to be a bit off….She looks as if she’s P.O.’d about something, doesn’t she???…..Perhaps the whole thing is just too colorful for her….Or the colors just aren’t sitting well with her….Perhaps she’s a Color Snob, no?

Posted: March 31, 2009 in animals

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Two-Faced Portrait….Terrific art by Colette Calascione….If you look in the Good Book it speaketh the followingeth about this artist and this painting: “The women of NY-based painter Colette Calascione’s world are the most luscious and enigmatic lot you’re likely to encounter in modern classical painting. Inspired by Victorian portraiture and Surrealism, Calascione is gifted with an Old Master’s hand for technique, a fevered imagination, a wicked sense of humor and a reverence for the feminine form rivaling that of Vargas himself. The resulting work is whimsical, provocative and elegant in turns. Demure masked nudes entice viewers with smoldering eye contact and slight, come-hither smiles. Grand dames of the parlour consort with beastly Ernstian suitors. The rosy aura of myth and allegory that surrounds these ladies is a fetching as their silken lingerie… maybe more so.

Scrupulous attention is paid to everything, and the color and contrast she imbues in each form — powdery decolletage, folds of drapery, the riotously rococo backgrounds — is exceptional.

Truly, Calascione knows that Goddess is in the details.”…..Wish I had (could have been able) to say that!

Posted: March 31, 2009 in animals

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“The Fate of the Animals”….by German Expressionist painter Franz Marc…As the Good Book says: “Franz Marc’s best known painting is probably Tierschicksale (also known as Animal Destinies or Fate of the Animals)….Marc completed the work in 1913, when “the tension of impending cataclysm had pervaded society”, as one art historian noted. On the rear of the canvas, Marc wrote, “Und Alles Sein ist flammend Leid” (“And all being is flaming agony”). Mobilized during World War I, Marc wrote to his wife of the painting, it “is like a premonition of this war–horrible and shattering. I can hardly conceive that I painted it.”…..Footnote: Marc was killed during the Great War.

Posted: March 31, 2009 in animals

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Greater than Great Sculptor Antonio Canova….”The Repentant Mary Magdalene”…in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg….With Easter fast approaching and the Easter Bunny filling all of his/her baskets with plenty of antioxidant candies (blueberry jelly beans, etc.), I thought it only appropriate to direct our attention away from the commercial side of Easter to something spiritual…..Depressing, but spiritual….and awfully well done (not like a steak, but like a “good job”) by one of my favorite sculptors, Antonio Canova.

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Posted: March 31, 2009 in animals

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Sculptor John De Andrea’s “Dying Gaul, 2″….Painted Bronze, Life Size…..and totally cool!

Posted: March 31, 2009 in animals

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Giorgio Maria Griffa’s “Parnamarca”…1994….I think all of that is correct, but I’ll have to go back and check….for Georgio’s sake….Awesome painting, though, whoever painted it (probably Giorgio, but I’ll have to check!_

Posted: March 31, 2009 in animals

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Pedro Campos’ painting (yes, this is a painting!) “Silver Marble”…..Just too cool for an un-cool guy like me to NOT post…..Besides, when I was a kid I sucked at marbles and always marveled at the one or two neighborkids (generally, future juvenile delinquents…The connection??….Got me) who had the really-really nice marble bag and the really-really nice marbles (and big, too), especially the Silver Steelies!!….Someone once tried to tell me that the Steelies were just ball-bearings, but ya gotta be kidding me…..All that magical-mystical quality in a ball-bearing???….Not possible!