Color is a power
which directly influences the soul.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
After getting back from New York (no I'm not done posting that trip) I made it just in time to see the Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibition at LACMA. It showed the influence of post impressionists like Van Gogh (and that whole movement going on in France) and how it ended up influencing the German Expressionist movement.
If you aren't aware of what was termed "Degenerate Art," in pre-WWII Germany, it's a fascinating period in art history. The Nazi party had a certain idea of what they considered art and what would show Germans (and Germany) in their best light, and it was definitely not the German Expressionists or pretty much any and all Modern Art, including Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, you name it.
They would poorly hang modern artists in a venue, with crummy lighting, cramming the walls with art, then pronounce the artists "Degenerate." Then, next door, they'd nicely hang a show with all the works that they considered the true "art" of that time.
Of course, most people would agree that much of the contemporary work that Hitler and his cronies liked, was pretty much crap. The old school painters were another story. They liked the old masters, working in a realistic style, and stole and looted everything that that they could get their hands on. (Rent The Rape of Europa, if you haven't already.) I'm sure you know already about all the artworks they are still trying to return to families and museums to this day.
Cuno Amiet, Swiss
Portrait of violinist Emil Wittwer-Gelpke, 1905
Oil on Canvas
As you will see, all the post impressionists weren't French, and the Expressionists weren't all German, but part of a larger movement of artists, influenced by one another and what came before them.
Russian, active Germany and France, 1866-1944
Heliogravures on Wove Paper
the artists studio
This next piece was amazing and pretty much impossible to photograph, in part because of the varnish and crazy glare from the lights, but even so ... it's impossible to really experience it in a photo. I was with my parents and my dad and I kept coming back to it ...
Ship in Dock, 1910?
Oil on Canvas
Here I'm trying to avoid the glare, taking it on an angle. How he painted this way, and made it so luscious and yummy, and not muddy, I'll never know. His brush strokes are so bold and loose ... ugh. I love it.
Nolde was persecuted by the Nazis, wasn't aloud to do his art, so he did watercolors in secret during the war because, unlike oils, they don't smell. He had actually been a previous member of the Nazi party but that didn't matter ... he was a modern artist. I'm hoping he had a big come to Jesus moment, because I really love his work.
Anyway, because he was called "degenerate" and persecuted by the party, in the end, after the war, it actually helped his career that he was on that list.
Of course, any time I get the chance to see a Kandinsky, and be in its presence, I get this sort of "art contact high." These colors ... they sing! Kandinsky was also considered "degenerate" by the Nazis. They only liked very realistic pieces, or goddesses, Arians and very horrid, flag waving, nationalistic pieces. Bleh.
Arabian Cemetery, 1909
Oil on cardboard
Color provokes a psychic vibration.
Color hides a power still unknown but real,
which acts on every part of the human body.
This next piece was a small little gem, by Franz Marc. I usually only see his huge oils but seeing it scaled down gave me a whole new appreciation.
Colored Flowers, 1913-14
Tempera over graphite
I love how Cézanne messed with perspective, and somehow it all works and is completely stunning. I can never get over his fruit, and that grey/blue ceramic pot? Seriously.
Still Life with Apples 1893-94
Oh my gosh ... love her.
Kees van Dongen
Modjesko, Soprano Singer, 1908
The layers of color ... see how they vibrate both on top of, and next to each other!? Looks like energy, no?
My dad and I take silly pics, kind of like what I do with my nephew. I know ... I'm such a nerd. Can't help myself.
Woman in a Striped Dress, 1895
Oil on canvas
Laziness (La paresse), 1896
(see the kitty?)
The House of Pan-Du, 1890
(detail) Otto and Maschka Mueller in the Studio, 1911
Oil on Canvas
Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, active France, 1853-1890
Pollard Willows at Sunset, 1888
The artist must train
not only his eye
but also his soul.
The Broad (BCAM) Building at LACMA, houses this giant piece by Richard Serra, on the first floor, called Band. Love the way that it changes and effects the way you feel as you walk around the piece ... as it undulates and leans toward you and then away.
If you want to read more about it, click here.
My folks. :)
by Tony Smith, (1912-1980)
I'm so behind on posting, I am combining posts!
These following photos were taken on several different walks in mid-city Los Angeles, from Hancock Park to just east of West Hollywood. Love the varied styles of architecture. I thought you might like to see some things I see walking around LA neighborhoods, if you've never been here.
Below, a very swanky apartment building on Beverly Blvd. ...
Alley off Melrose, some cool graffiti. I like the red shoes left behind!
My little car + cool graffiti
OK, gotta run! Hope there aren't too many typos!
Can you believe October is winding down?
Hope you are all doing great!!!
Blessings and light!
That is beautiful which
is produced by the inner need,
which springs from the soul.