Monday, December 17, 2012

Here, have some magic

Hello, dear friends.

It has been almost three months since I last posted here!  The fall semester was crazy - I wrote my senior theology thesis (and, with the help of the Mystical and Mellifluous Doctors, got an 'A-'), sang a full role in our Sacred Music program's production of St. Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum, and was kept quite busy with other endeavors on top of it all.  But now I am done (at least for a few weeks...) and am ready for Christmastime celebrations to commence!

With some leisure time finally at my disposal, I've returned to hunting down splendid and delicious art - and I simply must share what I have found recently.

ok first of all, confession: I guess that John Singer Sargent had, up till now, been classified in my mind as a guy who did a whole lot of not-particularly-exciting portraits...

But then I found THIS.

Chiron and Achilles (c. 1922-1925)

the contrast here is perfect: Chiron (who is inexplicably leaping through the clouds), Achilles and the eagle lend structure to the composition with their paralleled bows, arms and wings; while the clouds are simply fluffy and peacefully ubiquitous.  (are you enjoying my artistic commentary so far?)

(feel free to scroll on once you have reveled sufficiently)

this next artist is probably my most exciting discovery in a long time.  so prepare yourself for

JOHN BAUER.  (The Fairy Princess, 1905)


and THIS

from The Crofters and the Gnomes  by Anna Wahlenberg

and I think my favorite so far is THIS

"He found her hiding in a tree"

and that is all I will share for the time being, because prolonged exposure to John Bauer's art has been known to cause confusion, fatigue, and occasionally explosion of the brain.

I will be posting again hopefully within the next couple of days - stay tuned!

Wishing you a joyful last week of Advent,


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