Vintage

albert bierstadt

hey dorks, it’s art history time. if you’re not familiar with the classic frontier paintings by albert bierstadt – you will be now. you owe it to yourself to stare at these bad boys. that light! that detail! oh wow, i could just imagine a million reproductions hanging in thrift stores & seventies living rooms the world over and not getting a second glance (shame).

Albert Bierstadt (18301902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.

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his work was criticized by contemporaries for being too large, with excessive light (actually known as “luminism”), dramatic colours & an exagerrated shift from foreground to background.

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my doctor had an entire wall in her consulting room wallpapered with a picture of the yosemite valley, i found it strangely calming.

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sheaff ephemera

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Sheaff Ephemera - A place for show-and-tell, wondering aloud, and wandering the trails of curiosity. there’s so much rad stuff there – go & explore.

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la gratitude

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one of the best things i own is this framed etching of La Gratitude manor in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. my dad bought it from some poor guy who was actually peddling it door to door. he seemed a bit down on his luck, so pops took it off his hands for something ridiculous like… R350. i don’t really LOVE the etching, but i really like the fact that it’s of a building in stellenbosch (born & raised) – and a place i walk past almost everyday.

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what caught my attention most of all was the frame, which is on the verge of falling apart & also super dusty (i don’t want to clean it too much, in case it breaks). it has this faded green velvet inner border & little flowers all around the edges. i’m a tart for ornate frames, you see.

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i do think that it’s pretty old, even though i’m sure that the dude who was selling it must have lied his pants off about what it was actually worth. there’s a calendar from 1911-1912 stuck on the back – which is kind of odd, but perhaps some kind of indication of its age.

either way, it’s lovely.

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legend

i’ve watched this advert a multitude of times, but decided to share anyway for those of you who might not have seen it yet – it’s been all over the sa blogosphere (for good reason). it’s an ad for the south african investment firm, allan gray. read the background story & making of over at king james and pay close attention when the dust clears at the end of the ad, that’s actual james dean right there : )

“he devoured life, swallowing large chunks of it whole”

yoh – what a dish, right?

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vivian maier

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You won’t recognize the name of Vivian Maier. A Jewish refugee of wartime France, Maier came to America in the 1950s and lived in Chicago until her passing in April of this year. She left behind no known relatives. In a storage locker, however, she left behind almost 40,000 undeveloped negatives of photos she took on the streets of Chicago during the 1960s and ’70s. The collection was purchased at auction by John Maloof, who has been developing the photos and displaying them on his wonderful blog.

via badbanana (aka tim siedel – possibly the funniest guy on twitter… besides serafinowicz). be sure to read the story about her and how john maloof came about her work.

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