Arty Farty Friday ~ The Strange Worlds of Yves Tanguy

Yves Tanguy was born in Paris in 1900, son of a retired sea captain. Yves was said to be a very quiet, yet at the same time, anarchistic man. Allegedly, after having visited a an exhibition of the surrealist art of Giorgio de Chirico he spontaneously decided to become a painter, and gravitated naturally to his own version of the surrealist style, more or less untaught.

It’s believed that

The Future: “like the present only longer”

Wikipedia tells that: January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after the Latin word for door (ianua), since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. The month is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology, but according to ancient Roman farmers’ almanacs Juno was the tutelary deity [guardian, protector,

Arty Farty Friday ~ Giovanni Boldini, “Master of Swish”

Self portrait

One needs only to see a couple of portraits by Giovanni Boldini (31 December 1842 – 11 July 1931) to be able to recognise others – his style is striking and individualistic. He was known in some circles as the “Master of Swish”.

Snip from article at Daily Art Magazine: also at that website are some large format images of his portraits, well worth a look.

Boldini must

Arty Farty Solstice Friday ~ Masaccio

Masaccio, Painted by Himself, Lately Added to the National Gallery
The painter I’d decided to to feature this week was born this day,
December 21 in 1401, in a town close to Florence, Italy. The artist died aged 26, which could account for lack of more colourful information than the mostly fact-based and rather stodgy stuff I found at first. Then I found this lighter, yet still

Jeffrey Epstein & Others, and Asteroids

If any stray passing reader with an interest in astrology can recall a post from January 2015 about what was then a current scandal:
Jeffrey Epstein – Le Scandale du Jour

they might be interested to read some recently received comments on the topic of the post from “Vivi Vox”. The commenter has been studying asteroids in relation to astrological interpretation, and has come up with some

Arty Farty Friday ~ Gordon Parks, Photographer, Renaissance Man.

[Gordon] “Parks was a man of many pursuits — photographer, novelist, poet, memoirist, filmmaker, composer. But he is most remembered as a photographer. And while some of his images live on because they delight the eye with their beauty, others endure because of the way that they touched the hearts and minds of millions of LIFE’s readers and changed, if only just a little, the course of American

Music Monday ~ Tina, Queen Liz & Ian Lang – Oh my!

First, Happy Birthday and Many Happy returns to Tina Turner, now a fellow-79er! She has Sagittarian Sun, with Venus in Sagittarius within degrees of my own natal Venus, her Saturn in Aries matches mine and is also within minutes of my natal Moon. She’s of my generation too. Which of her songs to post? I love all her recordings, but some of them do have sad memories attached. Here’s one that’s

Painters Born in Mid-November.

Six painters of varying styles were born between 14 and 17 November – but in different centuries and decades. I have already written about all of these, over the years – here are links to my relevant posts, with an example of each of their styles.

Claude Monet 14 November 1840.

The Ice Floes – Claude Monet.

Arty Farty Friday ~ Cubism, Picasso, Braque, and the Astrology

Eleven years ago, before Arty Farty Friday came to exist, I wrote a post on Picasso and Georges Braque. It was the anniversary of Picasso’s birth yesterday,
25 October, an apt time to edit, generally tidy up and re-illustrate that old 2007 post:

In Nick Kollerstrom’s article on fixed star Algol it is pointed out that Pablo Picasso, one of the creators of Cubism, had fixed star Algol

Arty farty Friday ~ James Tissot & Those Gowns

James Tissot
Jacques Joseph Tissot ( 15 October 1836 – 8 August 1902), Anglicized as James Tissot, was a French painter and illustrator. He was a successful painter of Paris society before moving to London in 1871. He became famous as a genre painter of fashionably dressed women shown in various scenes of everyday life. He also painted scenes and characters from the Bible.

Jacques Tissot was