Tuesday, May 28, 2013

With old friend . You guys will have to wait until June 21st! to find out what this is all about!!!

Adolfo Couve

Adolfo Couve Rioseco (March 28, 1940 – March 11, 1998) was a Chilean artist and writer.

Couve was born in ValparaísoChile, the first child of three. In his first years, he lived in Llay-Llay and then moved with his family to Santiago. He entered the Jesuit San Ignacio School, where he finished high school in 1958.

Couve married Martita Carrasco with whom he had a daughter named Camila. The couple separated later. Adolfo Couve lived his last years accompanied by Carlos Ormeno.

Couve began his art studies at the Escuela de Bellas Artes, where he was a pupil of Professor Augusto Eguiluz. He lived in Parison a fellowship from 1962 to 1963. He studied at the Ecole de Beaux Arts. Later on he moved to New York and studied at the Art's Student League. In this last city, he had his first exhibition in an uptown gallery.

Back in Chile, Couve became professor of art at the Universidad de Chile, where he taught until his death. He was also professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile between 1974 and 1981.

After 1971 Cuove took a major interest in literature and published a number of literary works which literary critics would later categorize as a distinctive form of "descriptive realism". After a decade of almost complete devotion to literature he rediscovered his painting which he used as a parallel tool in expressing his views on life and the world.[1]

Although Couve gained considerable fame as a painter, his greatest achievements are thought to be his literary works, which include ten volumes of novels, novellas, and short stories.

Couve took his own life on the morning of March 11, 1998, in his house in Cartagena.

Herminia Arrate

Herminia Arrate Ramírez (July 1, 1895 - March 12, 1941) was a painter and First Lady of Chile as wife of President Carlos Dávila Espinoza.


She was born in Santiago, Chile, daughter of Colonel Miguel Arrate Larraín and Delia Ramírez Molina, granddaughter of Eleuterio Ramírez, a Pacific War hero (Tarapacá's campaign). Since her childhood, she had been interested in the arts, specially painting, being a disciple of Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor and Pablo Burchard. In 1927, she traveled to European countries. She married Carlos Dávila Espinoza, a journalist, ambassador and President of Chile in 1932. She died in Santiago in 1941.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Heart Of A Lion


Left-Handed Visual Artists
Appel, Karel
     Dutch Painter, Sculptor and Printmaker
Beaton, Sir Cecil
     English Photographer and Stage Designer
Borovilovsky, Vladimir
     Russian Painter
Borromini, Francesco
     Italian Architect
Bouvrie, Jan des
     Dutch Furniture Designer
Cambiaso, Luca
     Genovese Painter
Caniff, Milton
     American Comic and Sequential Artist
Crumb, R.
      American Comic and Sequential Artist
Dufy, Raoul
     French Painter
Dürer, Albrecht
     German Painter, Draftsman and Printmaker
Escher, M.C.
     Dutch Printmaker
Fuseli, Henry
     Swiss-born English Painter
Goyen, Jan van
     Dutch Painter and Draftsman
Grandville, J. J.
     French Caricaturist and Illustrator
Groening, Matt
     American Cartoonist
Guisewite, Cathy
     American Cartoonist
Holbein, the Younger, Hans
     Bavarian-born English Painter
Hughes, Patrick
     English sculptor and Painter
Jouvenet, Jean
     French Painter
Kincade, Thomas
     American Painter
Klee, Paul
     Swiss Painter
Landseer, Sir Edwin
     English Painter
Leonardo da Vinci
     Florentine Polymath
Mauldin, Bill
     American Cartoonist
Menzel, Adolph von
     German Painter, Printmaker and Teacher
Michelangelo (ambidextrous)
     Florentine Sculptor, Painter and Architect
     (Note: On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Adam, too, is left-handed)
Montelupo, Rafaello de
     Florentine Sculptor and Architect
Munch, Edvard
     Norwegian Painter and Printmaker
Nasmyth, Patrick
     Scottish Painter
Neiman, LeRoy
     American Printmaker, Painter and Sculptor
Oliphant, Pat
     American Political Cartoonist
Papety, Dominique
     French Painter
     Umbrian Painter and Architect
Regnault, Jean-Baptiste
     French Painter
Rembrandt van Rijn
     Dutch Painter and Engraver
Schäufelein, Hans
     German Painter and Designer
Sebastiano del Piombo
     Venetian Painter
Searle, Ronald
     English Cartoonist
Shansby, Eric
     American Cartoonist
Stanczak, Julian
     Polish-born American Painter
Umar Aqta
      Islamic Calligrapher under Sultan Timur
Williams, Robert
     LowBrow Artist Extraordinaire
Witz, Conrad
     German Painter
Yesari, Esad
     Ottoman Calligrapher

Saturday, May 11, 2013

This drink is NOT for you

'She's not mine if she's everybody elses.'

lost the desire to paint


As a young man, French painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) abandoned the traditional approach to painting – standing in a studio, copying the old masters - in favor of painting scenes in the open air. Monet delighted in the interplay of color and light found in nature. He loved to paint in his garden at Argenteuil, a pretty, bustling village just outside of Paris.
A spectacular stretch of the Seine, where the river reached its widest and deepest points, ran through Argenteuil.  Shortly after moving there in 1871, Monet bought a boat and converted it into a floating studio. He kept it moored near his home and used it to get a vista of the riverbank from the water.

Living with Monet at Argenteuil were his wife Camille Doncieux and their son Jean. Camille had been Monet’s model since they met in 1865. The couple lived in depressing poverty.
Right up to her death, Camille posed for her husband’s paintings, more often than not, appearing as an indistinct female figure in a rural landscape.
Sometimes Camille has her back to the observer; othertimes her face is veiled or hidden.
Camille was quite the devoted model. In Monet’s painting, “Women in a Garden” (1866-67), she posed for all four female figures!
Camille was so cooperative that she freely posed for Monet’s painter friends, too.

In 1876, Camille Monet fell ill with what is believed to have been cervical cancer. In “Camille Holding a Posy of Violets,” below, one can see the toll the disease has had on her health. She looks tired, older, and pale. It is speculated that her expression betrays her disgust with her husband who, by then, was openly carrying on a flirtation with their mutual friend, Alice Hoschede. Alice and her two children shared a house with the Monets.
In 1878, Camille gave birth to a second son, Michel. Her health was dangerously weakened. Although Monet was not as attentive as he could have been to his wife, he loved Camille and was devastated that she was dying. For a time, he lost the desire to paint.

Finally Camille’s long suffering came to an end on September 5, 1879. Monet was grief-stricken. But even his internal pain could not stifle his passion to paint. Camille – his model-wife – was his muse, his inspiration to paint. At her deathbed, he took out his paints and painted her last portrait.
“I caught myself watching her tragic forehead,” Monet wrote afterwards to a friend, “almost mechanically observing the sequence of changing colours that death was imposing on her rigid face. Blue, yellow, grey and so on… my reflexes compelled me to take unconscious action in spite of myself.”
Little is known about Camille Doncieux Monet (1847-1879) mainly because Monet’s mistress and second wife, Alice Hoschede, was so jealous of Camille that she demanded that Monet destroy all mementos – letters, photos – anything – that attested to Camille’s very existence. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mo Money Mo Problems

I don't know what, they want from me
It's like the more money we come across
The more problems we see