Meadow Heart #1
Acrylic, oil collage on paper
In an interview with Ilka Skobie from ArtNet, Dine said when asked what was his fascination with the hearts, "I have no idea but it’s mine and I use it as a template for all my emotions. It’s a landscape for everything. It’s like Indian classical music -- based on something very simple but building to a complicated structure. Within that you can do anything in the world. And that’s how I feel about my hearts.”
Bust of a Faun
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso
Oil on paper mounted on canvas (1946)
"Pablo Picasso expressed the youthful innocence of this faun through the creature’s sweet smile, quirky eyes, and mismatched ears. The half human–half goat is depicted in a geometric pattern that suggests a harlequin, a theatrical trickster character. Picasso was fascinated with hybrid and mythical creatures, often portraying himself in such guises. He understood them as embodying the rational and irrational forces that live within us."
Let’s Phosphoresce by Intellection II
Roberto Matta Echaurren
Oil and charcoal on canvas (about 1950)
"Here, Roberto Matta Echaurren constructed a tightly woven realm where three-dimensional forms converge on the painting’s surface. His intent was to disrupt the viewer’s rational expectations and liberate the unconscious mind. Black rectangles seem to pulse on the surface and recede into deep space. Diagonal lines move into and out of the painting’s apparent depth. Luminous white, emerald green, and icy blue hues offset heavy areas. These elements evoke the infinite flux of time and space, dream and reality."
The prolific tulip fields of Holland originated out of the tulips brought there from the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) sometime in the late 16th century. There is a Turkish legend with different variations about a prince named Farhad and a princess Shirin. It is believed that Farhad killed himself upon hearing the fake news of the sudden demise of the princess and tulips bloomed from his blood.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific
Man with a Pipe
Oil on canvas
“I love above all else the appearance of people who have grown old without breaking with old customs.” —Paul Cézanne
"Man with a Pipe is one of a group of studies related to The Card Players, one of Paul Cézanne’s most important pictorial projects. The local workers reminded Cézanne of the qualities he admired in another of his favorite subjects, Mont Sainte-Victoire — steadfast, unchanging, and monumental."
Excavated at the tomb of the king of Chu at Tuolanshan.
"These exquisite dancers and musician figures found at Tuolanshan provide a fascinating insight into the rich, colorful life of the Han. The performance seems to be a popular Chu dance of the period that featured long waving sleeves and swaying movements. Similar earthenware dancers and musicians were also found in the entertainment hall in the auxiliary complex of the tomb at Beidongshan."
The White Cupboard (1931)
Oil on canvas
"Primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and simple vertical and horizontal lines create this quiet domestic scene. Seen from the back, Pierre Bonnard’s wife, Marthe, arranges tableware in the cupboard. By composing the image as he did, Bonnard invited the viewer into his home and offered a place at his table. This sense of intimacy and warmth is characteristic of his work. Bonnard, a former attorney, painted with feeling and from memory, rather than seeking to reproduce faithfully what he saw."