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Thursday, April 12, 2012
There are fish stories and then there are fish stories. The postmark on this postcard reads 1927, but the copyright on the front reads 1912. I can imagine that back then, not a whole lot of people had ever heard of a whale shark, let alone seen one.
In stark contrast to the exaggeration postcards of ridiculously giant fish, this one is true. A behemoth of a shark that received a lot of notoriety in its day.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Here's another group of detail shots from the Norton Simon Museum's collection; this group focuses on the brush-work of several nineteenth century artists of the 'French School.' I would say French artists, but as that Van Gogh was a Dutch transplant, he would be the exception here. Spanning an [approximate] eleven year period of develop, show are [top to bottom — in chronological order], Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes – The Pastoral Life of St. Geneviéve ; Claude Monet – The Artist's Garden At Vétheuil ; Louis-Eugéne Boudin – Low Tide, Berck : Vincent van Gogh – Mulberry Tree ; Paul Cézanne – Tulips In A Vase [c. 1890].
Although each of these paintings are representational studies, looking at the brush work of each of these artists, we can see the growing abstract nature of painting. In contrast to the evolution of painting through the prior few centuries, nineteenth century composition lends itself more and more to the evolution of pure abstraction seen later in the twentieth century. With the brush work of Cézanne and van Gogh, one can envision the coming works of Willem de Kooning or Jackson Pollock.
Friday, April 6, 2012
On this day, Good Friday, I found myself at the Norton Simon Museum viewing paintings that represent events that call for this day of reverence. For nearly two-thousand years, images of Christ's crucifixion have been created to remind the faithful of His sacrifice.
All the images above are detail shots from paintings found at the Norton Simon Museum.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Can it get any better? Not only do we have a train car, but a train car and a ginormous alligator. An alligator so big, its tail doesn't even fit on the postcard.
There are loads of old linen postcards with really big, exaggerated sized things on trains, trucks, carts, tractors or whatever may be used to haul big stuff around; popular subjects usually were big pieces of fruit or vegetables, but fish stories abound as well. The idea being, "We grow 'em and we grow 'em really big down here in [your state or city here]. Come on down and visit us to see the wondrous sights." I relish these visual jokes and hope to share more in upcoming posts.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
April Fish has the same connotations as April Fools, not only in being the first day of April, but deemed as a day of foolishness. A French tradition that I will not purport to understand its origin; although I have read a few explanations of its beginning, there are differing stories and no concrete evidence pointing to any one story's validity. Let's just take it for what it is, a day to not take life too seriously and have a little fun for the day.
However, remember this . . . if you're the only one left laughing, your joke probably wasn't very funny in the first place. Humor works best when it's at everybody's expense and within everyone's experience.
Happy April Fish!!!