Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Saint Armel.

This is a surprisingly lively image of St Armel in the Scriptorial museum of Avranches, Normandy. It is mainly devoted books, handwritten and manually bound by the monks of Mont-Saint-Michel. After the French revolution of 1789 the books were transferred to the nearby town of Avranches.

The statue of Armel is almost life-size, of painted wood. The man has a jovial lively expression I'd associate with the height of Renaissance.

Since Armel was a holy man and a Breton prince of the 6th Century, but the statue is dated of 16th Century, I'd assume that it was made in the image and likeness of someone living at the time.

What a character!

Monday, March 13, 2017

1917. Old t-shirt.

This month it's a hundred years since the Russian revolution began in 1917 with toppling the tsar.

My old hammer and sickle t-shirt. I still use it ocassionally. Just noticed that the hole has the shape of a heart. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seurat in the Met and on Artsy.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York is currently holding a Seurat Circus Sideshow (en exhibition devoted to Seurat). 

The Web resource Artsy, dedicated to making works of art accessible to anyone with an internet connection, has a page on Seurat and invited The Normandy Photo Journal (see this post about Seurat and Port-en-Bessin) to share and publicise it. Reading Art is also invites its readers to have a look. 

Thanks, Artsy! This is Seurat's most famous work 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of L Grande Jatte' (Un dimanche après-midi à l'île de la Grande Jatte), 1884, a masterpiece of the technique known as pointillism (painting by small colour points). 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Portrait of Alexander Anichkin.

Portrait of writer A.Anichkin, Feb. 2017
"Sasha", bottom right
Oil on cardboard, 80x42 cm, 
signed by author bottom left 'David Taylor', 10 Feb 2017'
Original in private collection.
Est. v. £1,255

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Study after Matisse.

This is my study based on Henri Matisse's work Nu bleu IV, 1952. The original is in Musée Matisse de Nice.

Matisse did it in paper cuttings glued onto paper with pale pencil strokes.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Dog.

This a copy of Picasso's minimalist drawing The Dog. He had a favourite dachshund called Lump and put it in many of his pictures.

What is interesting here is that it's done in one continious curving line, all of it. And this is how I've done it too.

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