Blue

23 05 2014

More inspiration from art documentaries: International Klein Blue.

IKB191; click on image for original

IKB191; click on image for original

I adore this schematic of shades of blue:

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click on image for original source





Earthrise

22 05 2014

Perhaps the most astounding photograph yet taken : ‘Earthrise‘ by astronaut William Anders in 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission.

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click on image for original

You cannot tell me this doesn’t give you goosebumps.





Mondrian

21 05 2014

Mondrian is mostly known for his primary+black line paintings … but I’ve just discovered some earlier works he did during WW1.

My new favourite: Compositie 10 in Zwart Wit, 1915

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click on image for museum

Check out this page for more from this period, often referred to as the Pier and Ocean.





Tulip-mania

20 05 2014

Have you read about Tulip-mania? An economic crazy-time in the early 1600s in Holland where prices of tulip bulbs reached ridiculous prices.

The most significant price was paid, so the story goes, for a single bulb of Semper Augustus – it was the equivalent of what it would cost to feed and clothe an entire family for their whole lifetime (10000 gilders).

This is a painting of the kind of pretty flower itself …

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There’s no moral to this story … other than I often think about it when wondering if we’re all deluded about the value of some things …