A wish of mine was for a very long time to add a Bonnard painting to my collection, Knowing at the same time that it is an unrealistic and certainly impossible wish. I have been looking for Bonnard paintings in all major museums. found them and they always impress. They have some realistic elements, a lot of abstraction and truly magnific atmosphere. Bonnard catches the light as no other painter does. A brushstroke and technique which resembles the pointillist technique of painting and with this technique he created a style of his own. the result highly recognizable paintings which always fascinate.
It took a very long time before finally his works were considered to be the very best from the century. There were two exhibitions in the late Nineties which contributed to this recognition ( Tate and Moma)
Wikipedia describes why his paintings are one of a kind:
Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brush marks and close values. His often complex compositions—typically of sunlit interiors and gardens populated with friends and family members—are both narrative and autobiographical. Bonnard’s fondness for depicting intimate scenes of everyday life, has led to him being called an “Intimist“; his wife Marthe was an ever-present subject over the course of several decades She is seen seated at the kitchen table, with the remnants of a meal; or nude, as in a series of paintings where she reclines in the bathtub. He also painted several self-portraits, landscapes, street scenes, and many still lifes, which usually depicted flowers and fruit.
Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject—sometimes photographing it as well—and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes. “I have all my subjects to hand,” he said, “I go back and look at them. I take notes. Then I go home. And before I start painting I reflect, I dream.”
He worked on numerous canvases simultaneously, which he tacked onto the walls of his small studio. In this way he could more freely determine the shape of a painting; “It would bother me if my canvases were stretched onto a frame. I never know in advance what dimensions I am going to choose
This is the farewell exhibition of the Groninger Stripmuseum . It stops after this appealing exhibition in which comic artist show that beside their talents as comic artists they are in many cases also serious and very accomplished painters. Here is the painting that struck me most. It is INFANTICIDE by the late Peter Pontiac.
I am an admirer of Peter Pontiac for a long time now and this painting shows in an excellent way that there is more to his art than his stand alone comics. www.ftn-books.com has some nice Peter Pontiac items and limited editions available.
This is a line from a Shakespeare sonnet . Piet Dirkx finds his titles everywhere and notes them on cigarboxes and Moleskine note books and this is probably one of the most illustrous of all. The work of art is also exceptional. The first time i saw it was at the first Piet Dirkx exhibition in the Ravesteijnzaal at the Haags Gemeentemuseum and this was the second work i acquired for my collection and never regretted it. It is long work of art , measuring aprox. 200 cm and its height being ca. 15 cm. The lat is tiles and signed and dated by Piet Dirkx. The work consists of 14 small paintings on wood , placed on a special lat.
Not just an ordinary painting, but this time a very special painting by Giovanni Nicolai. Giovanni sent me this beautiful painting of an Italian gentleman. In bright greens and red colors . A classic composition , but when studied from up close there is an abstraction in the painting that is very appealing. Giovanni Nicolai is a typical italian artist with his roots in classic painting. It will be interesting to follow his career. If you are interested in his paintings and drawings , know that i have some drawing for sale at www.ftn-blog.com and that for other works you can approach him at : firstname.lastname@example.org
A grand old spanish Master in painting is Eduardo Arroyo. His style is highly authentic and recognizable and although the main part of his oeuvre is to be found in Spain his art is appreciated all over the world. Arroyo has created an ARROYO world in which style in combination with persons make a composition which at a glance looks almost abstract, but which is filled with realistic elements.
These Arroyo worlds are best admired in the large museums in Spain ( the Sofia Museum has a nice collection of them), but for those who do not have the opportunity to visit Madrid, there is always www.ftn-books.com
It was a necessary step to make the site more accessible, so i changed the lay-out made it much more clear for all visitors to find their way among the 8000+ items that are for sale at www.ftn-books.com.
The result a clean and pleasing site in a blue and creme color scheme. Pleasing to the eye, with a great search engine to find those titltes you are looking for . Please take a look at www.ftn-books.com and when you order use the discount code: FTNnew (10% discount on all items), which is valid until the 6th of February 2019.
Hans van Hoek, a typical dutch artist who’s work is rooted in the classical approach to painting. You can recognize parts by Rubens and Cezanne in his painting but overall it is typical Hans Van Hoek. Look closely and you can distinguish figures…from a distance it is different and it is almost like looking at an abstract painting.
van Hoek was a very well known and appreciated painter in the Netherlands and he had his exhibitions in the large museums over here. Stedelijk Museum and van Abbemuseum had their exhibitions with this great artist, but people lost interest in his works when he decided to move to South Africa where he stayed in Barrydale for a period of 12 years. In 2008 he returned to the Netherlands and he had to build his reputation as an artist once again, but somehow he has lost momentum in the period he stayed in South AFrica because when he left he was a welll appreciated and colelcted artist and recently i encountered work by van Hoek at auction for prices as low as euro 600,–
Hans van Hoek will prove to be important in the near future so i can only recommend his works to be collected. www.ftn-books.com has some nice hans van Hoek publications available.
Another heart by Piet Dirkx is this Heart on Wood executed in wax. Originally part of the Biotoop presentation this has recently become part of my personal collection. The heart is a bright yellow in a brownish /red wax underground. If you look carefully you can distinguish rectangles in the red background. Wax Heart on wood , aprox size 55 x 40 cm.(collection W. van den Elshout).
Another of those more obscure Belgian artists is definitely Vic Gentils. Studied in Antwerp and became known through participating in the Kassel and Venice Biennales in the mid Sixties, but soon after people lost interest in his art was only known in Belgium. Not many museums have work by Gentils, but if you encounter work in a museum it is probably a “painting” from the series of ANTI-PEINTURE. a series of non paintings which is pure abstract and can be categorized as Informal.
Following years of search and doubt during which Vic Gentils assimilates expressionism and the ubiquitous Picasso and Klee, in 1955 he turns to abstract painting. And when that too seems inadequate, Gentils starts making his famous assemblages. These are indeed abstract compositions, from wood scraps – usually frames from doors or windows – that he combines with appropriated picture frames, thus also referring to the painting as ‘window on the world’. In this sense *Anti-peinture I* (1960) is not really an adieu to painting but rather an evocation of painting’s own shortcomings. Gentils makes art-historical art. With cast-off decorations once sold to nostalgic parochial folk, he forges a new patrimony. In the white modern spaces so desirous of being timeless, his assemblages function like alienating interventions, objects that underscore the historical nature of each object, each space. And perhaps the opting for dark tones was his way to escape from the shadow of expressionism, by ironic reference to that somber style sometimes drown in asphalt.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Possibly there will be a time that the works by Gentils will be reevaluated and appreciated but for now the only thing to do is to study the older publications on Gentils of which some are available at www.ftn-books.com
And now for something completely different….certainly not. The 4th weekly is devoted to another part of Biotoop. It is the trusted companion wile at the dinner table at my sisters home. The Piet Dirkx hanging and looking over the table, is chosen because of the blend it makes in colors with its surroundings. Whenever you put a vase with flowers below it, it appears that all the colors of the flowers are present within the wax painting. The size is a medium size of aprox 118 x 100 cm. (collection Thijs & Jochem Bakker / Lucas van den Elshout)
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20