Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tension and Tragedy: Beautifully Haunting Works by Alice Wellinger [feedly]

Tension and Tragedy: Beautifully Haunting Works by Alice Wellinger
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Artist and illustrator Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it's as if they actually exist, but in a way that's similar to a vivid dream. Did these things really happen or was it just a figment of your imagination?

Her conceptual—and often, thematically dark—work lends itself well to things that aren't so cheery. Most recently, she created a series of illustrations about Shakespeare's famous tragedy, Othello.











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Anderson's Brother & Sister Covers [feedly]

Anderson's Brother & Sister Covers
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In 1949, illustrator Harry Anderson did a series of covers for Woman's Home Companion featuring a blond-haired brother having fun with his brunette sister. 

Anderson was a specialist in painting children for the women's magazines. The covers in this series are consistently well drawn and full of Anderson's generous and playful spirit. 

Harry Anderson (1906-1996) painted in gouache or casein because he was allergic to oil. If you want to see more examples of his work, check out the online collection by Jim Pinkoski.


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Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ [feedly]

Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights'
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Teaching art history online can be tough, despite a wealth of tools and technologies it's difficult to create an environment that compares to a great teacher who can make artworks engaging to a live audience. However, this new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch's famous Garden of Earthly Delights completely nails it. This is the internet we were promised.

The site was created by filmmakers, photographers and art historians as part of an upcoming documentary by Pieter van Huijstee titled Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil. The 'interactive documentary' not only lets you explore the painting in incredible detail down to the most minute brush strokes, it also includes sound design as you move through various sections of the painting and a series of audio essays describing over 40 areas of the painting! This might be the crowning example of how to educate the public about a masterwork painting online, I wish there was something like this for more artworks.

The documentary and interactive exhibit coincide with the 500th anniversary of the artist's death, which is also being celebrated by the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands that is currently exhibiting 20 paintings and 19 drawings by the "Devil's Painter"—the vast majority of his surviving works.

To see more paintings in vivid detail you can also explore the Google Art Project (they beat us for a Webby a few years ago, but we're not bitter). Also related: A new Bosch painting was identified in Kansas City last week. (via Metafilter)








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