18 juillet 2007

The Fountain : using colour / The Fountain, l'utilisation de la couleur

A few months ago, I wrote about Darren Aronofsky's last movie : "The Fountain" (article written in French only). The Fountain tells the story of a man (Tomas, Tommy, Tom Creo, portrayed by Hugh Jackman), living in three different times and places, who is scared of death and tries to do everything to avoid it ... It is a quest to find the "Fountain of Youth" (symbolized here by the "Tree of Life"). Il y a quelques mois, j'écrivais un article concernant le dernier film de Darren Aronofsky : "The... [Lire la suite]
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14 juillet 2007

The Impressionists, BBC, 2006

"We saw the world afresh, but for a long time, the world didn't seem to understand us. The Impressionists, they called us. We were painters of water, of light, of colour. We were of our own time, yet beyond it." Claude Monet, The Impressionists, BBC 2006. Based on archive letters, records and interviews from the time, these three hour mini-series tells the history of a most illustrious brotherhood of Impressionist artists : Monet, Renoir, Bazille, Manet, Degas and Cézanne. Old Claude Monet is interviewed by a... [Lire la suite]
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11 juillet 2007

Le Salon ... / The "Salon" ...

Painters, from left to right : Bazille (James Lance), Renoir (Charlie Condou) & Monet (Richard Armitage), from BBC Drama "The Impressionists", 2006. In the 19th century, the "Salon", in Paris, is a major artistic institution which influences the taste of the audience and the art circles of the time. It is associated with the academic painting and obeys to conservative rules, which are dominated by political, historical and religious criteria, by the sense of detail and the suppressing of each brush... [Lire la suite]
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08 juillet 2007

Promenade Découverte des Arts Plastiques de Mons / Discovery Walk of Fine Arts in Mons

Cette exposition consacrée aux artistes peintres, aquarellistes, sculpteurs, céramistes photographes et créateurs aura lieu le dimanche 22 juillet 2007 (voir article précédent). La Promenade Découverte des Arts Plastiques de Mons est un véritable circuit touristique organisé dans la région de Nimy et ses environs, au sein d'un patrimoine architectural et traditionnel doté d'artistes étonnants et talentueux. 10 lieux différents accueilleront plus de 60 artistes. Avec l'aide de spécialistes des Beaux-Arts, un concours basé sur la... [Lire la suite]
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07 juillet 2007

Les Carnets de l'Aquarelliste 2007/011

5.  LA SYMBOLIQUE DES COULEURS : le rouge. Le rouge, d'un point de vue psychologique, est la couleur de l'optimisme, de la vigueur, de la combativité, de l'agressivité jusque dans ses retranchements les plus lointains, du désir amoureux, de la passion et du besoin de conquête. Mais, surtout, il appelle à la vie et à ses principales caractéristiques : la joie, la santé et le triomphe. Au niveau symbolique, il possède un sens différent au fil de ses variations ... Ainsi, le rouge carmin, vif, est synonyme de vie, de chaleur... [Lire la suite]
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06 juillet 2007

Books / Littérature : Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Writer and poet, considered one of the greatest lyric poets of the 20th century, Rainer Maria Rilke created the "object poem" attempting to describe with utmost clarity physical objects, the "silence of their concentrated reality." He became famous with such works as "DUINESER ELEGIEN" (Elegies from the Castle of Duino) and "DIE SONETTE AN ORPHEUS" (Sonnets to Orpheus). They both appeared in 1922. After these books, Rilke had published his major works, believing that he had done his best as a... [Lire la suite]
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04 juillet 2007

About Art : once upon a time, there was an ... urinal / A propos d'Art : il était une fois, c'était un ... urinoir

After Gustave Courbet, in 1917, another French artist challenged the contemporary academic rules of art. He sent one of his works to the "Salon des Indépendants" in New York. The work was called "Fontaine" and was a manufactured object purchased in a Parisian department store which he left untouched and signed with someone else's name. His real name was Marcel Duchamp, the inventor of the "ready-made", an artistic trend still predominant nowadays. He wanted to exhibit its "Fontaine" under the... [Lire la suite]
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02 juillet 2007

Using watercolour pencils / Utiliser des crayons aquarelle

Here is one of my first drawings working with watercolour pencils. Using watercolour pencils is very similar to using an ordinary pencil. The artist holds them the same way, sharpens them the same way, and can erase them too. It is only when he adds water on the paper that their uniqueness appears. Watercolour pencils are specifically manufactured with a binder that dissolves in water. These pencils can be used in different ways. To realise this work, I firstly put dry pigments down on paper, as if I was drawing with any colour... [Lire la suite]
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01 juillet 2007

About Art : to be governed by Freedom / A propos d'art : le régime de la Liberté

"I am fifty years old and I have always lived in freedom ; let me end my life free ; once I am dead, let this be said of me : Here is a man who never belonged to any Church, any institution, any academy and least of all to any system, except that governed by freedom.", Gustave Courbet. Gustave Courbet (10 June 1819 - 31 December 1877) was a French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting. He was a figurative painter and also worked in politics, to help peasantry and improve the working... [Lire la suite]
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26 juin 2007

Is it any wonder ? / Y a-t-il un quelconque émerveillement ?

Yesterday, while I was painting, I listened "Under The Iron Sea", KEANE's last album (which is very good!). The second track : "Is it any wonder ?" tells the story of someone who feels betrayed when he sees our world ... He tought he lived in a world of goodness but he suddenly realises that he was wrong. Well, I just want to say that : YES, THERE IS WONDER. Everytime, everwhere. But, in a world ruled by profits, deadlines, stress and appearances ... people just don't see it. When did you last stop to admire a... [Lire la suite]
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