Who Was Illustrator August Bleser, Jr.?

WHO WAS ILLUSTRATOR AUGUST BLESER, JR.?

August Bleser, Jr. (1898-1966) was an illustrator active during the 1920s and 30s and probably beyond, for whom I can find no biographical...

A Graham Sutherland Churchill Portrait Survivor

A GRAHAM SUTHERLAND CHURCHILL PORTRAIT SURVIVOR

Several years ago I did a Molti Riratti post on Winston Churchill. One of the paintings was the one in the image above, a 1954 portrait...

 
 
 
The rue Mallet-Stevens Then and Now

THE RUE MALLET-STEVENS THEN AND NOW

A while ago I wrote about the French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens and included some period images of the rue Mallet-Stevens in Paris'...

Neuschwanstein Murals by August Spieß

NEUSCHWANSTEIN MURALS BY AUGUST SPIEß

This post is frustrating to write. That's because I want to make a point, but have nearly zero in the way of illustrations to support...

 
 
 
Helene Schjerfbeck: From Skilled Realism To

HELENE SCHJERFBECK: FROM SKILLED REALISM TO

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) is widely regarded as one of Finland's most significant artists. I'd put her raw talent up there with...

Poster: Stadtbahnstation Karlsplatz, Vienna

POSTER: STADTBAHNSTATION KARLSPLATZ, VIENNA

Otto Koloman Wagner (1841-1918) was one of the first architects to move away from Classicism towards Modernism. His mature style was...

 
 
 
Late 1920s Early '30s Cigarette Advertisement Illustration

LATE 1920S EARLY '30S CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENT ILLUSTRATION

Cigarette makers haven't been allowed to advertise in publications or broadcast media in the United States for a long time now. Before...

Example of New Apple Store Architecture

EXAMPLE OF NEW APPLE STORE ARCHITECTURE

A mental game I sometimes play is trying to guess how a highway interchange or building under construction will look when completed....

 
 
 
Jacob Elshin: From Czarist Army to Seattle Murals

JACOB ELSHIN: FROM CZARIST ARMY TO SEATTLE MURALS

As regular Art Contrarian readers probably sense, I am perhaps more interested than I should be with paintings made in the 1920s and...

Edmund Dulac Book Illustrations

EDMUND DULAC BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS

Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was yet another artist who abandoned a professional career track for art. He also left his native country...

 
 
 
One-Eyed Stockton Mulford's One Really Fine Illustration

ONE-EYED STOCKTON MULFORD'S ONE REALLY FINE ILLUSTRATION

Stockton Mulford (1886-1960) lost his right eye in an accident when he was seven years old, yet became an illustrator. The best source...

Alden McWilliams' Tom Corbett, Space Cadet Comic Books

ALDEN MCWILLIAMS' TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET COMIC BOOKS

Alden McWilliams (1916-1993) was one of those comparatively rare comics artists of his generation who could draw people convincingly....

 
 
 
Up Close: Moreau's "Salome Dancing before Herod"

UP CLOSE: MOREAU'S "SALOME DANCING BEFORE HEROD"

Gustave Moreau (1826-1878) was something of a Symbolist whose later painting style is a taste I can't seem to acquire. Your reactions...

Otto Soglow: From The New Masses to The Little King

OTTO SOGLOW: FROM THE NEW MASSES TO THE LITTLE KING

Otto Soglow (1900-1975) was a successful comic strip cartoonist. His Little King character first appeared in The New Yorker magazine...

 
 
 
Henry Lamb: Painter, Physician

HENRY LAMB: PAINTER, PHYSICIAN

Henry Taylor Lamb (1883-1960) had almost completed his medical training when he chucked it and took up art. As mentioned here , some...

William Strang's Painting of People

WILLIAM STRANG'S PAINTING OF PEOPLE

William Strang (1959-1921) was a Scot who spent his career in London, first as an etcher and later as a painter of portraits, mostly....

 
 
 
Alden McWilliams' "Twin Earths" Artwork

ALDEN MCWILLIAMS' "TWIN EARTHS" ARTWORK

The first, and perhaps the most famous, science-fiction comic strip was Buck Rogers which debuted in January 1929. Others of that genre...

Jes Schlaikjer, Forgotten Illustrator

JES SCHLAIKJER, FORGOTTEN ILLUSTRATOR

I hadn't known of Jes Wilhelm Schlaikjer (1897-1982) until he was featured in Illustration Magazine a few months ago. For one thing,...

 
 
 
Harrogate Travel Posters from the LNER

HARROGATE TRAVEL POSTERS FROM THE LNER

During the 1920s and 1930s Britain had four major privately owned passenger railway systems that operated on a largely regional basis....

In the Beginning: Paul Gauguin

IN THE BEGINNING: PAUL GAUGUIN

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) famously painted Postimpressionist, often Symbolist scenes of Brittany and French Polynesia using...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

SUMMER SALE-Mixed media abstract tree collage landscape, "Snowy Dawn" by...

SUMMER SALE-Mixed media abstract tree collage landscape, "Snowy Dawn" by Colorado Mixed Media Artist Carol Nelson Fine Art

6"x12"x1.5" Mixed Media on Panel /Available SUMMER SALE PRICE $199 Read more ...

Dead at 76, Aretha Franklin

Dead at 76, Aretha Franklin

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7:23 AM Christmas Cove

7:23 AM Christmas Cove

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$Highest bid for a good cause$

$Highest bid for a good cause$

Here in Newport, RI we all look forward to Wet Paint at the The Newport Art Museum. It's a big fundraising event which culminates in a live auction and brings artists and the... Read more ...

Bjarke Ingels: "New York is not the Capital of the United States. It is a...

Bjarke Ingels: "New York is not the Capital of the United States. It is a Capital of the World."

Since moving to New York in 2010, BIG founder Bjarke Ingels has built an impressive portfolio, from developed projects such as VIA 57 West and The Eleventh to propositions such... Read more ...

SUMMER SALE-Mixed media abstract tree collage landscape, "Snowy Dawn" by...

SUMMER SALE-Mixed media abstract tree collage landscape, "Snowy Dawn" by Colorado Mixed Media Artist Carol Nelson Fine Art

6"x12"x1.5" Mixed Media on Panel /Available SUMMER SALE PRICE $199 Read more ...

"End of the Evening" Original Impressionist landscape sunset oil painting by...

"End of the Evening" Original Impressionist landscape sunset oil painting by Janice Trane Jones

"End of the Evening" is an original 18 x 36 x 1.5 oil on a canvas wrap. This is a large landscape painting of the last light of the night just as the vivid colors light up the... Read more ...

True North / Alain Carle Architecte

True North / Alain Carle Architecte

© Adrien Williams Architects: Alain Carle Architecte Location: Cornwall, Canada Area: 513.0 m2 Project Year: 2017 Photographs: Adrien Williams Conception Team: Christian Aubin... Read more ...

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 386

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 386

X-23. 2018. Gouache on mixed media board, 9 × 12″. (Claws also made from Strathmore Mixed Media Board) gouache washes to hone the drawing decided to add a hand pencils Read more ...

Seven Blocks / studio M architects

Seven Blocks / studio M architects

© Kouichi Torimura Architects: studio M architects Location: 5-11-27 Nakanobu Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan Area: 281.72 m2 Project Year: 2018 Photographs: Kouichi Torimura ©... Read more ...