Tag: Paintings


When I said I hadn’t watched any tv, I forgot I watched a short series about Julius Caesar which was quite amusing as he was more like a muscled Marvel superhero and not the rather dour, skinny general with the bony knees I remember from my Latin classes and assorted statues. Cleopatra was very attractive too but maybe a bit too modern as well.

Anyway. Yesterday I found more specific info about the B’s heart in a book about Burgundians (not the Loo one but an older one) so fifteen minutes well spent.

Today I put some more paint on Antoine’s portrait but it still needs a lot of work. I also painted the first layer of a new larger canvas “Animo Inquieto”. It’s basically a progressed version of the drawing of the book incident (not to be confused with the boot incident). I am a bit stuck with the background. I am not very good with backgrounds.

I also made some sketches for Oscar, a painting based on an old photograph of a rather comical actor, I think it’s doable. The actor reminds me of the type of people Frans Hals painted so I guess I’ll try it in that style. Also spent time on the B’s panel portrait. I have decided to use the vdWeyden as a base and use some pictures of real people as guides for the shading, eyes, etc. I am not interested in making an exact copy.

Did some quick sketches over last month. I am not going to make excuses for them. It’s this or nothing. I have tried.

Armour study
John the Baptist after Michaelina
baby brother and me, I was cleaning up my baby album. Trivia:
Sheep’s head
Quick sketch after Memling, as a study for Animo

Site update: Pictures of the Seven Sacraments

I have uploaded the pictures I took of the Seven Sacraments altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden on a separate page under the menu (see above or on the right). I have not yet added my personal thoughts and background information.

The page can be found here:

V. Documents & Background > The Dukes of Burgundy > The Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden

Paris II

Inside the Paris metro

Day 2.

On day two of our Paris field trip we visited the Picasso museum and the Fondation Vuitton.

Some impressions of the Picasso museum:

The hallway of the museum

A Picasso painting.

A watercolour of musketeers by Picasso. 

A typical cubist painting

The visit was concluded with a drink on the rooftop terrace.

After that we went back to the metro for the next leg of our Tour de Paris.

Small piece of street art at the bottom of a building.

One of the remaining old metro entrances

Our next stop was the Fondation Vuitton. The building was designed by Frank Gehry. It was nearly brand new so I’d never been there before, opposed to the other museums we visited. It looks expensive so it’s probably wiser to change vareers and start making suitcases. Inside there were no handbags, just monumental contemporary art.

The building has an intricate lay-out, resembling a ship or an old airplane. There is a small exhibition about the design and building of this museum inside as well.

If you haven’t seen he Eiffel tower, you haven’t been in Paris

The art collection is spread out over different smaller “galleries” (or rooms if you want).

Monumental kawaii art by Japanese artist Murakami

Another painting by Murakami

More monumental art: a replica of the feet of Michelangelo’s David by an other artist whose name I forgot. The 3D printed kittens are not a replica of a Michelangelo. 

Giant inflatable Felix the cat by yet another artist whose name I forgot.

After this we took the shuttle back via the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Very cliché. Just a quick break near the Centre Pompidou and then it was time to catch the train back home.

Over and done.

Paris I

Long time no write so update required. RL tasks away from home and events kept interfering, not to mention the sheer  endless stream of GDPR e-mails and phone calls that had to be dealt with.  Apart from those things, there was also an art school ‘field trip’ weekend and the last rush to complete assignments. Next on my list list will be updating the pages of this site.

In the mean time, here are some pictures of our art school ‘field trip’ to Paris a couple weekends ago. No time for shopping, just plenty of museums. We had to travel ultra light so I did not take the camera, and instead used my phone.

Day 1:

Strange rabbity art piece at the entrance of the Paris Nord train station.

The bombastic mausoleum with Napoleon’s tomb. We didn’t go in. 

We had a quick lunch in a park near Napoleon’s tomb. After an airport style security check by armed soldiers we were let into the park. Almost immediately after we sat down on one of the garden benches to eat our packed sandwiches an opportunistic one legged pigeon hopped over. We fed it bread and croissants. Probably not very good for the bird nutritionally speaking, but it seemed happy anyway.

After lunch we visited the Rodin museum and its gardens.

The entrance to the museum

Gates of Hell, quite appropriate description of the museum that day. Hot and crowded.

The man in the mirror

The hallway.

Pardon me but your nails are in my neck.

The head of Anna de Noailles (sculpted one, not her real head, obviously)

Study for John the Baptist

More loose parts of John the Baptist. 

The gardens, view from the rear. (HA HA HA so funny euuaahmmm)

Our next stop was the Orangerie. There are two parts to this museum: two large oval rooms with Monet’s water lilies and regular museum rooms with mostly 19th/20th century paintings by Renoir, Matisse,  etc. Lots of naked women. On the paintings, not in the halls.

We had to cross the Seine to go the the Orangerie.

To give you an idea what the lilies in the oval rooms look like. I somehow managed to crop out the crowds.

This painting by Matisse can also be seen at the Orangerie

Our last stop for the day was the Orsay museum. Staff made a whole fuss about entrance times, security check, rucksacks etc, so in the end we had about 15 minutes for a visit all in all. I only had time to take a quick snap of this Bouguereau painting of Dante and Virgil in Hell on my way out. Here you can see a good example of the saying: “Hell is where my hat is.” In general I do not particularly like Bouguereau’s paintings but this one is a bit more interesting. The picture here says nothing about the size. The painting is huge (281×225 according to Wikipedia).

This concluded out museum visits of day one. Day two is for the next post.


De Pont

Blijkbaar heb ik al drie weken niets meer op de site gezet. Het is dan ook erg druk geweest, niet alleen vanwege de feesten maar ook vanwege allerlei andere toestanden. Niets geschilderd dat de moeite waard is om te tonen. Beetje kunst van anderen dan maar.

Gisteren waren we op bedrijfsbezoek in Tilburg en daarna was er nog wat tijd over. We hebben de overzichtstentoonstelling 25 jaar De Pont bezocht. De Pont is een museum voor moderne kunst dat in een oude wolspinnerij is gevestigd. De ruimtes zijn enorm groot en dat maakte het bezoek wel lekker rustig. Er zijn een hoop werken van bekende namen te bekijken en ook een hoop dingen die ik niet snap. Hieronder een kort overzichtje. Alleen slechte foto’s waren toegestaan, vandaar de lage kwaliteit.

Eerst een selectie met mijn eigen favorieten.

Thierry De Cordier:

Het is niet te zien op de foto maar deze sculptuur is enorm hoog.

Dan een soort dinges op papier van iemand waarvan ik de naam ben vergeten:

Dit had een hoog fantasy/metal/tatoeagegehalte. Het was eveneens redelijk groot.

Deze tafel en vier stoelen waren letterlijk reuzegroot. Als je eronder stond had je ongeveer de grootte van een kleine poes of een flinke rat. Ik weet niet of het echt kunst is maar ik hou wel van dit soort dingen.

Homeless Cat van Claerbout. Tekeningen van schattige poesjes zijn altijd leuk.

Ik ben vergeten de naam van de auteur van deze foto te noteren helaas:

Een muur van foto’s van kiekjes van Engelse mensen. Deze vond ik wel een beetje grappig:

Een beeld in de herkenbare stijl van Herlinde De Bruyckere:

Dit is een enorm groot werk van iemand (helaas, naam vergeten te noteren). Door de grootte en de uitsnijding was het enorm decoratief:

Dik opgezet macaber schilderij (corpussen op ateliervloer heet het, geloof ik) van Mulders. Het linkse gezicht vond ik mooi geschilderd:

Geen idee wat dit is. Het lijkt op twee rare borsten en het was wel grappig eigenlijk:

Deze macabere foto van Wall van iemand die in een lab een soort gemummificeerde arm zit te tekenen was ook wel interessant:

En dan zijn er de dingen die ik niet snap (maar anderen dus duidelijk wel):

Tuymans’ saaie meubels.

Dumas’ vieze baby’s.

Braeckmans vuile was.

En dit, dit snap ik al helemaal niet:




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