Archive for the ‘Painting’ Category

Albert Eckhout and Dutch Brazil

August 7, 2015 2 comments

Readers may recall that RT was born in Brazil 50-odd years ago. He considered himself fairly conversant in Braziliana, at least in its 1950s and 1960s aspects, but confesses that he had never heard of Albert Eckhout when he stumbled on his work a few days back. Such things happen of course, especially when the painter in question lived hundreds of years ago, but RT was also ignorant of the fact that the Dutch established a colony in northeastern Brazil, New Holland, and held on to it for a couple of decades before being forced out by the Portuguese. The Dutch incursion might seem trivial, except that Brazil apparently owes the origin of its national consciousness to this struggle with a European competitor.

And then there is the question of Mr. Eckhout’s work; African Woman, to RT’s eye, anticipates the paintings of Henri Rousseau by several centuries. What an achievement…and if that were not enough, Mr. Eckhout has a minor planet named after him. But now we have entered the realm of true trivia.

Last but not least among RT’s recent discoveries concerning Latin America is the artistic movement known as Costumbrismo, which flourished during the 19th century. Hardly a minor movement, Costumbrismo counted adherents in every Latin American country and in Spain as well.

Who’d’a thunk it? RT is more than satisfied with the results of his latest wanderings…


Painting: African Woman. Albert Eckhout (c. 1610–1665). WikiCmns. Public Domain.


Anna Bilinska Bohdanowicz–Polish Painter

October 8, 2013 2 comments


This self-portrait impresses RT: straightforward, tough, and not without a touch of humor (& please note the technical skill). Anna Bohdanowicz (1857-1893) looks like a promising painter whose career was cut short by an early death. Did RT mention her self-confidence? He’s willing to bet she was ahead of her times in many ways…   RT

Self-Portrait: Anna Bilinska Bohdanowicz; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

Monet at the Musee Marmottan

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As with speaking French, there is no way to describe the experience of seeing one of Claude Monet’s paintings. One of the privileges RT enjoyed in Paris was living within walking distance of the Musee Marmottan, located in a 19th-century townhouse in the 16th arrondissement. In those days (the 1970s), the Musee was a quiet, out-of-the-way institution where a visitor could examine at leisure Monet’s amazing impressionist technique. The great beauty of Monet’s work, the gentle silence of the old building…what an experience!  RT


Painting: Water Lilies; Claude Monet; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

Who talked continuously.

March 22, 2013 1 comment


john constable…peace and beauty…  RT

(reposted from Fragments)


Who talked continuously..