Remember the Horse

October 10, 2011

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Whoever painted this must have been under the influence of Picasso.  Style is contagious to a very high degree.
That kind of contagion has nothing to do with imitation, which is why it is so difficult to decide on plagiarism.

In fact, most of what anyone knows or thinks or says or paints echoes its sources so that your real connoisseur sees a picture or hears a minute of music and says: oh, that is from the sixties or that is late nineteenth century East European! The same with text.

In other words, the absolutely original work of art just does not exist unless indeed like a meteorite it fell from another star’s civilization down to Earth.

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Landscapes

September 17, 2011

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All three are  made some years ago in central Spain. Landscapes are the best of all worlds, maybe because they obviate the difference between abstract and concrete, since it isn’t possible to draw and paint everything there is to be seen.

And then the light changes.

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Below, from Aranjuez, was received only yesterday in the mail and so I have not yet asked for permission to publish it here. Basically, it isn’t a landscape either —  or is it?

But it is very nice to imagine.

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Ferdinand Hodler

September 11, 2011

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Hodler is considered the greatest Swiss painter.

Both of these paintings are typical: the light but brilliant colours, the simplified landscape, the clouds and lots of a luminous blue.

Typically, there are mountains and lakes, though the little tree below is one of his most famous pictures.
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At Wikimedia commons there are complete collections of Hodler landscapes and portraits:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Landscape_paintings_by_Ferdinand_Hodler

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Portraits_by_Ferdinand_Hodler

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If I Could Paint

August 28, 2011

I would not try and do an abstract. However, I would not do either what is sometimes called a realist painting, though no two people agree what that could mean.

I think the important thing is not to copy.

So are photos useless?

Most of them, those that are easily forgotten. Maybe the difference between a great photographer and the rest of us is just that we keep too many and cannot decide which to throw out.

But I never take any photos myself. The ones I have were made by friends and relatives.

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There are very few that I would miss if somehow they got lost. In other words, there are only a few that I actually remember. So I would paint what I remember of those and now and then look at them, but just for a second, to get hints.

As to the photo above, I wonder whether that little footpath would come out and the daisies that are barely visible as white points in the foreground. Also, I do not know what that patch of snow white could be, near the horizon to the right. Nor do I know why the line of clouds is not horizontal, but follows the slant of the horizon, which surely can’t really be.***

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I had not remembered that little bush or shrub in the  foreground. I would leave it out.

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*** A month later:

As to why the clouds follow the line of the  horizon: the position of the camera ….. :-D

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