south african readers will undoubtedly know the work of pierneef, considered to be one of the ‘old masters’ of south african art. the graphic style of his work & his colour palettes are two reasons why he’s one of my personal favourites.

the rupert museum in stellenbosch is currently hosting an exhibition of his Johannesburg Railway Station panels, which were commissioned by South African Railways in 1929. the thirty-two panels depicting landscapes of different parts of Southern Africa were unveiled in 1932 and displayed in the concourse of the then new Park Station in Johannesburg.

This project created enormous publicity for the artist, as the Railways were responsible for the promotion of tourism both nationally and internationally, and Johannesburg Railway Station became the main point of embarkation for visitors, whether tourists or businessmen, as the age of air transport had yet to arrive.

i would encourage anyone in the area to go check them out. more info here.

i remember seeing a pierneef for sale in a gallery once and it was priced at something like R2 million. his baobab painting sold for over R11 million in 2008.

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painting woodstock

this article in the December 1969 edition of US Vogue where they compare scenes from woodstock to famous paintings absolutely made my day – perhaps for obvious reasons. why can’t vogue still be like this?

All nature is but art, unknown to thee; / All chance, direction, which thou eanst not see.” Except you can. As clearly as you can see the sunlit discipline of Seurat you can see direction on those rare, risked occassions when an event slips it man-made plans and becomes a phenomenon, pulling order, unexpected, from chaos – and, at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, from muf. “Gettysburg,” they called it. A plague of people. A slough. A three-day anguish that no one who was there regrets: Hundreds of thousands of kids come together to enjoy each other in the presence of music, and of peace. They knew about art and nature what Alexander Pope wrote in 1773. They lived for a weekend in the still eye of a hurricane.

please note that i did not make these comparisons myself, i have simply recreated the image comparisons from the original magazine article in higher resolution for your viewing pleasure.

seurat – a sunday afternoon on the island of la grande jatte

manet – le déjeuner sur l’herbe

gauguin – spirit of the dead watching

cezanne – the bathers

vogue scans courtesy of youthquakers

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green & gold

they just make sense together.

lovely package

dasha shhelochilina francisco

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apiece apart

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get on my walls

girl with braids

portrait of a russian officer

girl in red

girl with a swan neck

by the commode

the two

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Aron Wiesenfeld

aron wiesenfeld‘s work is astonishing. his charcoal pieces in particular make me stare & stare.

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sandra eterovic

sandra eterovic is is an australian surface designer. i like her hand painted men folk.

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jennifer davis

hey jennifer davis, your art is rad. i want it on my walls, please. buy her stuff here. that sloth!

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as you’re not allowed to take photos in the museé d’orsay anymore, i decided to write down every painting i liked. notice some of the silly lists i scribbled… (far more difficult to do when you’re copying the titles from french, i felt like a kid learning the alphabet for the first time)

these are just a few that made me stop in my tracks….

cuno amiet – snowy landscape (1904)this is AWESOME to see in person.  i wrote in brackets “HUGE!”

winslow homer – summer night (1890) – one of my favourite paintings of all time.

auguste renoir - fernand halphen as a boy (1880) - the red practically shines from across the room.

odilon redon – eve (1904)sheesh, his paintings are beautiful. difficult to pick a favourite.

louis anquetin – henri samary (1880) – wicked. possibly a new addition as i don’t recall seeing it before.

joseph granié – marguerite moreno (1899) - luminous would be the right word here.

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