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December 08, 2003

I Know What I Like

Can't find any images of the Martin Johnson Heade painting that just sold for more than a million dollars, but there are a number of nice reproductions of his work available here.

I like Approaching Thunderstorm and Blue Morpho Butterfly, myself. The odd quality of the light in Approaching Thunderstorm is nearly perfect, and the painting of the butterfly is another blow to the idea that that the main mass of a picture cannot not be blue.

Postscript: Other images I ran across while googling about on the above. Note: Try reloading the link if the images below don't appear. Second time appears to be the charm for all of them. Art Renewal may have some odd filters in place to prevent direct links to images, but if so it appears to work only once.

Joshua Reynolds' Brown Boy. The idea that the main mass of a picture could not be blue was ostensibly his, though it possesses something of a urban legend status. It's certainly easy to see Gainsborough's Blue Boy as a reply of some sort to Brown Boy. If the two portraits are not a discussion over color, what are they?

Aisde from portraits, that is.

Banastre "The Butcher" Tarleton - Also by Reynolds. The most hated British officer in the American Revolution. Most people know him as the guy who killed Mel Gibson's son in The Patriot. Interestingly enough, at least to me, Reynolds also painted a portrait of Capt. William Bligh, he of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, the subject of yet another Mel Gibson movie.

Finally, a Reynolds portrait of George Clive and family, from when white people really were white people. I get the feeling the family's entertainment consisted of endless repetitions of "man in a transparent box" and "man walking against the wind."

Posted by Bigwig at December 8, 2003 02:02 PM | TrackBack
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