Van Gogh and Britain

We start with a question. Is knowledge of the background of an artist necessary to understanding and appreciating his or her work? The ongoing art exhibit at the Tate and an article on van Gogh seems to think it is. But it can be fun and self-educational to go into a group art show, look…

Succubi

Succubi As mentioned in a previous blog, a succubus is a demon who takes the form of a woman in order to seduce men while they sleep, usually through sexual activity. She is often depicted as a highly attractive enchantress. At times, a succubus is pictured as wearing wings, fangs, hooves or snake-like eyes. The…

Symbols in Art

Symbols in art Vodou like many religions invoke the spirit to address circumstances occurring beyond our comprehension. Figure B-1 is a painting by the Haitian artist, Hector Hyppolite. Hector Hyppolite (1894-1948) used symbols for spirits in many of his paintings. Hyppolite was a third generation vodou priest, or houngan. If you remember in an earlier…

Walls and Art

To an artist, a wall is an invitation to execute art or hang art. If it is authorized, it is referred to as wall art. If it is unauthorized, it is referred to as graffiti. I remember seeing contemporary graffiti by Lord Byron on the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion in Greece. You also find…

Until death do us part (hasta que la muerte nos separe)

Death comes in many ways. Early man often found his demise by receiving blows to the head. Even today, injures to the head causing death occur, particularly in contact sports. The figure below is an assemblage of six art pieces consisting of skulls from three different ages along with their fractured skulls that caused death….

Looking behind Walls

In January it was reported that in Paris, this aristocratic oil painting (10 by 20 foot) was found behind a wall during the demolition for a new boutique. Turned out to have been painted in 1674 by Arnould de Vuez. Is valuable both from a historical viewpoint as as well as an artistic one. (Venessa…