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Tombstone Tuesday: Brandenburg cemetery, Bilthoven

Posted by on 4 Aug 2009 in Art, Bilthoven, De Bilt, Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi | 0 comments

Tombstone Tuesday: Brandenburg cemetery, Bilthoven

The first time we visited Brandenburg cemetery I told you that the cemetery was a bit dull: Straightforward headstones aligned in neat rows. There were two grave monuments that really stood out, though: The tombstone of the sculptor Gerrit Patist and this statue of a woman. The names on this undated grave are Bep van Beek and Govert Verheul. I have no further information on...

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Tombstone Tuesday: Gerrit Patist

Posted by on 21 Jul 2009 in Art, Bilthoven, De Bilt, Graveyard Photography, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi | 1 comment

Tombstone Tuesday: Gerrit Patist

The inscription reads Hier rust Gerrit Patist beeldend kunstenaar 23 8 1947 – 2005 2 8 (Here rests Gerrit Patist, visual artist, 23 August 1947 – 8 February 2005). On the Dutch wikipedia I read Patist was mostly a sculptor, but the wikipedia entry is very terse (you can read it here). I have been unable to find images of his art on the web, but he did have an exposition at the Nagele museum in...

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Goya’s black paintings

Posted by on 12 Dec 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 3 comments

Goya’s black paintings

Francisco de Goya Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is one of the greatest Spanish artists of all times. His work includes portraits, history (especially war) scenes, religious subjects, and cartoons. Goya has been the official court portrait painter and painted the portraits of Spanish royalty and nobility, but at the same time painted scenes from daily life and ordinary people. The black paintings: Introduction Towards the end of his life, Goya had become withdrawn, embittered, disillusioned. He was deaf, he had fallen out of...

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Goya’s black paintings: Half-submerged dog

Posted by on 11 Dec 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Half-submerged dog

Artist Francisco Goya Title Half-submerged dog Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain This is the most enigmatic of all the black paintings. A dog, half submerged (quicksand? or is the dog just standing behind a rim?), gazing into emptiness, and nothing else. The whole painting emanates emptiness, a sense of loss, loneliness. Some critics have stated that the painting is unfinished. It is possible, though the painting is expressive enough as it stands. The landscape is...

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Goya’s black paintings: Two women and a man

Posted by on 10 Dec 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 2 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Two women and a man

Artist Francisco Goya Title Two women and a man Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Two women and a man, also known as Two women or Two women laughing, seems to have formed a pair with The reading. Research has shown that in an earlier version of the painting the three people in this painting were looking at a book the man was holding. Judging by the expression on their faces, it was a rather naughty book. But Goya changed the painting, and what we see now is two women...

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Goya’s black paintings: The fates

Posted by on 9 Dec 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: The fates

Artist Francisco Goya Title The fates Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain In classical mythology, the fates are three goddesses that control the thread of life. They are the personifications of destiny (or fate). The first, Clotho, spins the thread of life, the second, Lachesis, controls its length, and the third, Atropos, cuts it. They symbolize birth, the passage through life, and death, respectively. Traditionally, Clotho is pictured holding a spool, Lachesis holding a...

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Goya’s black paintings: Asmodea

Posted by on 8 Dec 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Asmodea

Artist Francisco Goya Title Asmodea Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Asmodea is also known as Asmodeus, Sabbath, or Fantastic vision. It is a strange painting of two people flying through the air. It is unclear who they are, or why they are flying. They have been identified as witches on their way to a witches’ sabbath, but they don’t look at all like the witches of The witches’ sabbath. The title Asmodea was first used by Antonio Brugada, who has...

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Goya’s black paintings: Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s well

Posted by on 2 Dec 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s well

Artist Francisco Goya Title Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s well Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s well is also known as The holy office. The holy office is another name for the inquisition, an institution that had been abolished in 1820, and re-instated in 1823. Goya had come under the scrutiny of the holy office several times. The painting may be a comment on either the abolishment of the holy office or its re-instatement. On the...

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Goya’s black paintings: Heads in a landscape

Posted by on 26 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Heads in a landscape

Artist Francisco Goya Title Heads in a landscape Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Private collection Fourteen of Goya’s black paintings are on display in the Prado Museum. Many descriptions of the black paintings only include these fourteen paintings. They were painted on the walls of two large rooms of Goya’s house. If there were only fourteen paintings, and one of them (Two old people eating) was painted over an entrance, one of the walls would be bare – probably the spot next to...

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Goya’s black paintings: The reading

Posted by on 20 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 1 comment

Goya’s black paintings: The reading

Artist Francisco Goya Title The reading Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain The reading, also known as Politicians or Men reading, shows a group of men reading a book, or maybe a newspaper or magazine, that the man in the middle has on his lap. One of them is probably reading aloud, some of the men seem to be reading along, others are merely listening. We cannot see what the men are reading. The men are generally considered to be politicians, reading a newspaper (an...

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