Nancy and the Fallen Prince

The picture in this video is a portrait by Titian of Charles Quint, the great grandson of Charles the Bold, btw.

Activities of the past days:

a) Had a bad reaction to the tetanus booster so I was incapacitated for three days. Condition is slowly improving now. Bingewatched tons of Finnish detective series.

b) Spent time on my own detective work. Read some more articles about Charles the Bold. Conclusion: everybody hated him. Some compared him to Lucifer, the fallen angel. The Bold fell too, in the end, quite literally, from his horse, on the battlefield before Nancy in 1477.

c) Threw away a large number of old bad paintings

d) Spent some time going through old parish records. Around 1750, one of my ancestors from around Liège went to get married in a French village somewhere west of Nancy. I’m quite curious about the how and why and how he met his future wife but as I don’t have a time machine, I’ll never know the truth. It’s also interesting that it was close to the Woëvre forest, where Dagobert II was assassinated. But Dagobert, though linked to the quest, is a completely different story.


Update: Soup

Helios and Phaeton by Nicolas Poussin

The day started well. When we were cleaning up the mouldy rubbish in the cellar of my parents, I stepped in a rusty nail and had to go get an update of my tetanus vaccination.

Yesterday I worked on my Brexit and Oscar paintings but I’m not very happy with the result. At this point, I’m not sure if there is any point in creating more useless art. There is too much of it everywhere already. It’s probably more useful to save stray cats and the bees.

Brexit in progress. It has progressed further than this but I have no picture of it.

I painted some more sketches in oil paint on unprepared brown paper, which is not a very good idea and they will not last. Here is a sample of an unfinished one, not very well photographed.

From an old video

Henry is still on my plate. I think it’s not just the images that caught my eye, but also the theatrical, campy, elegant way LO moves. Unfortunaly that is not something one can capture in a drawing or a painting (e.g. 1.27 and after):

From Henry V (1944 version)

I found another classic movie in the local recycling shop.

I have retrieved Charles from storage, because he’s only half done. Not sure if I should continue or start all over again.

Came across more reference images. Here is one of them:

Another portrait of CtB I came across, also in a book presentation. He looks about 8 or 10.

The quest is going well but I have so many leads to follow I don’t know where to start. Also, I have found a remarkable stone but I don’t know what to do with it yet. It doesn’t prevent stepping in rusty nails, unfortunately.

I can still call my quest the quest of the sword because Charles the Bold had a rather fancy magical sword. It originally belonged to his father Philip, and was customised for him and afterwards looted by the Swiss, I suppose. However, I don’t have to look for this sword, it is not hidden. It is in a museum and quite out of my reach.

What I really need to find, though, is his cold, dead, shrivelled heart.


Update

Last Sunday we went on an art field trip to the Netherlands. The Voorlinden museum of contemporary art is a privately owned museum, not far from The Hague. To be completely honest, I only went along because Charles the Bold spent time in the Hague and I wanted to cross this place of my list. I am not super into non-figurative art. We didn’t really go into the city so I am not sure it counts but whatever.

In the museum, which cost an arm and a leg to enter, there were a few artworks by Anselm Kiefer, very large, the colours were interesting but the ideas behind them were quite depressing (WWII nazi crimes and such). Other art was by Louise Bourgeois, of whom I’d never heard before the art history classes we had to take last year. For the rest the museum was filled with a mix of works by miscellaneous contemporary artists (think large blue squares and a room full of old doormats).

Afterwards we went to the beach of Scheveningen. In very short time it got dark and thick fog coverd land and sea, which rendered everything quite spooky. A late Halloween, in other words. I didn’t smell the sea, the only smell was the stench of fried fish and chips and the sound of the rolling waves was drowned by the noise of the casino on the pier.

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I have been painting and drawing a lot the past couple weeks but I’m a very slow painter and haven’t finished anything yet. Most of it are small studies and sketches in oil paint, some more of Henry V but also other stuff. I am not going to post them here yet. I have posted bits and pieces on IG, and I have destroyed almost as many as I have made.

As for the quest: our field trip meant a total of five hours in a bus so to pass the time I have been reading the chronicles of Philippe de Commynes, looking for treasure but I only found trash. Almost finished with them.

Been experimenting with digitising old 8mm and super 8 home recordings from the family archives. Not all of them are equally exciting, lol.

The past couple months I have watched a few series and films during breaks and in the evenings: The Crown 3rd season (good and bad bits); a couple episodes of nordic crime (usually good but weird); one quarter of The knight before Christmas (absolutely cringeworthy), Salvation (simple but entertaining), The Arrow (last season is a bit superfluous); Henry V twice (riveting); Het zwaard van Ardoewaan (long past its sell by date ha ha); two episodes of Outlaw King (not very good, mostly due to the strange editing); Midnight Diner (entertaining).

On the list-to-watch: The Tudors; The Medici; The White Queen (my reenactment group were extras in it apparently), Wolf Hall and The King.

Good night, sweet ladies.


The Sword in the Stone – Update

Het zwaard van Ardoewaan – very rough sketch in oils on A4 watercolour paper

So far I still haven’t finished one single painting in art school. Have been concentrating on the drafts and sketches. I have made dozens of sketches, trying out things and new colours, and new surfaces. It’s odd but I don’t like painting on traditional stretched or unstretched canvas. I prefer paper, wood and metal.

At home, I have more or less completed the small study of Apollo flailing Marsyas. Next on the to do list is to finish the rest of the paintings I have started but not yet completed: Oscar; Monthléry; the van der Weyden copy of Charles and Brexit. I am also making sketches for a couple new paintings.

Last week I ordered a digital copy of the 1944 Henry V movie with/by Laurence Olivier because I couldn’t find the complete film anywhere locally or online. The dvd arrived on Saturday morning and I have already watched it more than once and it’s even better than I expected. Apparently there is a new version of this play on Netflix but I haven’t watched that one yet. And there are many other versions of the play, among others with Kenneth Brannagh and Tom Hiddleston but until I have watched all complete versions, the overly camp version of the 1944 film is my favourite.

The matter of the magical sword of the Bold is out of the way, but now I am investigating the Valenciennes tournament knight again, and the autopsy report of Charles the Bold. There are many loose and even more dead ends.

But that’s for later. Now I am going to paint a little more.


The villainy, the pageantry, the power…

Ha ha ha…

HA HA HA…

Ook een pareltje. Nu nog aan de dvd’s geraken.

Ondertussen ben ik het oor van Karel de Stoute en zijn moeder op diverse schilderijen aan het bestuderen. Er is iets mis mee. Maar wat?


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