Tag Archives: French sensibility

“GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM” THE DAVID BOWIE SHOW

The Art Gallery of Ontario, deftly following up on its Surreal Things show, has tapped into London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s rampage of a show, a wild and wonderful bundle of entities, pertaining to singer/songwriter PLUS, David Bowie (b. 1947). … Continue reading

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RENÉ VINCENT—A DECO ARTIST WITH A DIFFERENCE!

One of the most prolific and accomplished French graphic designers of the art deco era (1910-1940) was René Vincent (1879-1936). What I like most about his work is its rootedness in bodies and objects of palpable heft, in contrast to … Continue reading

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THE LITHOGRAPHS OF PIERRE BONNARD

Pierre Bonnard was a French painter and print-maker acutely committed to avant-garde efforts as commonly designated Art Nouveau. His special take upon the matter became known as Les Nabis, a concentration upon delicate minutiae of figures and settings, and the … Continue reading

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THE PARIS PAINTINGS OF ALBERT MARQUET

Today I want to take a look at how Albert Marquet (1875-1947), a close friend of Henri Matisse and generally regarded as a second-rate practitioner of post-Impressionist painting, found his way to harmonics that still speak to us.

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PARIS, OF COURSE (First of a series on Paris, and other great cities)

Rue de l,arbre sec (Street of the Dry Tree), the site of the gallows in medieval Paris, and also the site of the once-glorious Art Nouveau department store, La Samaritaine, now shut down (just off the right foreground of the … Continue reading

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POCHOIRS

Today we consider, by way of introduction to be followed by later instalments, a design genre I hope to prompt you to investigate, because I’m convinced it comprises some of the most sophisticated, witty and exciting graphics ever produced.

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SURREALIST GRAPHICS by LUCIEN BOUCHER

Surrealism stems from French sensibility, that special carnal fastidiousness to be discerned in Impressionist painting (and so many other modern forms of art— Fauve, Cubist and post-Impressionist), Proust, Absurdist theatre and a gamut of design ranging from architecture to cuisine. … Continue reading

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