Saturday, April 11, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Adolph Menzel’s Balcony Room [feedly]



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Eye Candy for Today: Adolph Menzel's Balcony Room
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The Balcony Room (Das Balkonzimmer), Adolph Menze
The Balcony Room (Das Balkonzimmer), Adolph Menzel

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikipedia, original is in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin.

In addition to Menzel's wonderfully casual, painterly brushwork, this piece is noted for its interesting composition, in which a large portion of the image is "empty".

To me, it's a fascinating series of contrasts: the full and empty of the composition, as well as the dark-within-light values of of the chair in front of the open French door contrasted with the light-within-dark of the reflection in the mirror against the dark wall — repeated in the dark rug against the lighter areas of the floor, and the patches of bright sunlight against the darker area of the floor.

Even the two lamps aside the mirror are opposite value contrasts. Whether intentional or not, the two chairs facing opposite directions seem to reinforce the idea of opposition.


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Brian Robinson [feedly]



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Brian Robinson
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Brian Robinson, watercolor landscapes and townscapes
After a successful career as a graphic designer, during which he painted when possible on the side, UK artist Brian Robinson transitioned into full time gallery art.

His crisply realized watercolor landscapes and townscapes glow with vibrant but naturalistic color, which derives its "punch" largely from Robinson's knowing placement of adjacent colors, rather than from artificially raised chroma.

His superb suggestion of textures, particularly evident in his woodland scenes and depictions of individual trees, gives his compositions an appealing sense of tactile immediacy.

Robinson's website divides his work into categories. You can find a few additional, slightly larger images on herts visual arts.

Robinson is represented by the Hawker Gallery, though their site doesn't include artist image galleries.


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