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18th of July

Beatrix Potter – The Rabbit’ Christmas Party


Beatrix Potter - The Rabbit’ Christmas Party

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)
‘The Rabbits’ Christmas Party’
About 1890
Watercolour

At Sotheby’s London, Beatrix Potter’s original watercolour illustration of the final scene from “The Rabbit’ Christmas Party” was sold for the remarkable amount of £289,250 – nearly five times its presale estimate (est. £40,000-60,000). This has set a new record for book illustration sold at an auction.

The watercolour was one of 20 original illustrations, books, unpublished Christmas cards and letters by Beatrix Potter. They came from her brother, Bertram Potter, which were offered for sale in today’s auction of English Literature and History. The whole collection, which represents the most extensive group of Beatrix Potter artwork to have appeared on the market went for a total of £748,200.

Bertram Potter must be a very happy man.

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15th of July

About the Olympia by Édouard Manet


Olympia is an oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet in the Realism style. Painted in 1863, it measures 130.5 by 190 centimetres (51 x 74.8 in). The nation of France acquired the painting in 1890 with a public subscription organised by Claude Monet. It is now in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

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What shocked contemporary audiences was not Olympia’s nudity, nor even the presence of her fully clothed maid, but her confrontational gaze and a number of details identifying her as a demi-mondaine or courtesan. These include the orchid in her hair, her bracelet, pearl earrings and the oriental shawl on which she lies, symbols of wealth and sensuality. The black ribbon around her neck, in stark contrast with her pale flesh, and her cast-off slipper underline the voluptuous atmosphere. Whereas Titian’s Venus delicately covers her sex, Olympia’s hand firmly protects hers, as if to emphasize her independence and sexual dominance over men. Manet replaced the little dog (symbol of fidelity) in Titian’s painting with a black cat, which symbolized prostitution. Olympia disdainfully ignores the flowers presented to her by her servant, probably a gift from a client. Some have suggested that she is looking in the direction of the door, as her client barges in unannounced.Read More…

Olympia - Édouard Manet
Olympia by Édouard Manet

This post was partly made as reference for: Mark Ryden

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Categories:  Fine Art & Artists
14th of July

Art and Illustrations by Shepard Fairey


Shepard Fairey has a whole range of subject but I posted these portraits because I think they work wonderfully together. There is something very prolific about them – Perhaps the colors (red and black) and/or the strong cultural and social references which gives these art works such weight.

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Shepard Fairey – Malcolm X

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Shepard Fairey – Mujer Fatal

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Shepard Fairey – Arab Woman

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Shepard Fairey – Peace Goddess

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Shepard Fairey – Peace Mujer

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11th of July

Adolie Day


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11th of July

Illustrations by Kukula


Her skill and style is fantastic but conceptually I found her other stuff a little bit try hard morbid (emo kids would love it) . Here are some specific illutrations I picked out.

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10th of July

Diablo 3 Illustrations


Computer games often produce some amazing illustrations. Blizzard games have just released Diablo 3. I remember when they brought out Diablo 1 – I was glued for hours as I explored the labyrinths looking for new weapons and spells. You have to find and kill Diablo. Here are some illustrations from the game. Check Out The Website – pretty impressive.

Click on them:

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