Tag Archives: French

Louis Carriere, French pulp fiction artist

I just ran across this and thought it was funny. What is that guy wearing? (If it’s a guy–Oh, wait, he’s French. I lived there in 1990 and they really did still wear scarves). He is even more peculiar than the flasher … Continue reading

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Gustave Moreau, Study from the Triumph of Alexander

Gustave Moreau has always been one of the artists I most admire. His drawings that are etched over watercolor create the most beautiful ethereal filigree. Here is a drawing done separate from the painting as a whole. The ornamentalism is … Continue reading

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Gustave Moreau, French Symbolist Head of Jason, (watercolor)

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Gustave Moreau, Return of the Argonauts, (late watercolor) from the Musee Nationale Gustave Moreau

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Jean-Leon Gerome, The Snake Charmer, 1870

There is are a number of things we would find reprehensible in Gerome’s paintings and in Orientalism in general such as the objectification of African and Middle Eastern peoples, and the objectification of women. This painting has a certain sweetness … Continue reading

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Jean-Leon Gerome, The Birth of Venus, 1890 vs Zdzisław Beksiński, Venus, (below)

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Against the Grain (À rebours ) by J. K. Huysmans

Read about the book/author here. This is an image I ran across that reminded me of this quote from the book about the main character, Esseintes, the anti-hero. “He desired colors whose expressiveness would be displayed in the artificial light of … Continue reading

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Monsù desiderio (François de Nomé), 17th c. Baroque painter of apolocalyptic landscapes

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Jules Bastien-Lepage, Joan of Arc, 1879

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Jean Hazera, French painter of the fantastique

Jean Hazera is a talented contemporary French painter who borrows from many medieval and surrealist traditions to create original art. Visit his website. Jean Hazera, Le Paradis Terrestre, 2005

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