Author: History of Art

v-ersacrum: Elisabetta Sirani, Judith with the…


Elisabetta Sirani, Judith with the head of Holophernes (detail), 17th century

amare-habeo: Marianne von Werefkin (Russian-G…


Marianne von Werefkin (Russian-German, 1860 – 1938)

Twins, 1909

Oil on canvas, 27,5 х 36,5 cm

v-ersacrum: Caravaggio’s angels


Caravaggio’s angels

janeyrs: bei der anprobe “the fitting”, Vikto…


bei der anprobe “the fitting”, Viktor Schramm

Gorgeous. Her dress reminds me of the scene in Sleeping Beauty where the fairies are fighting over the colours of Aurora’s dress.



Details by François Flaming 

The Orchid, 20th century, by Fujishima Takeji …

The Orchid, 20th century, by Fujishima Takeji (1867-1943)

The Exquisite Corpse

Some might have played this creative game before. This game was heavily used by those in the Surrealism art movement, and could have some fun results. Numerous people are needed to play. Each person contributes an image (drawing or collage) and then folds their piece so that the next person has no idea what has been drawn. In the end, a (usually bizarre) composite figure is created.

“Three (or more) of you sit down around a table. Each one of you, hiding from the others, draws on a sheet the upper part of a body, or the attributes able to take its place. Pass on to your neighbor on the left this sheet, folded so as to conceal the drawing, but for three or four of its lines passing beyond the fold. Meanwhile, you get from your neighbor on the right another sheet prepared in the same way (previously folded perpendicular to the axis of the body to be realized)…In the event that colors are used, it is a requirement to pass, along with the sheet, the colors, limited to the number of those used.”

Below, Nude, 1927, “Cadavre Exquis” with Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, Max Morise, Man Ray, is a perfect example of this game.


“Surrealist artists played a collaborative, chance-based parlor game, typically involving four players, called Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse). Each participant would draw an image (or, on some occasions, paste an image down) on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal their contribution, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution.

Taking turns adding onto each other’s drawings and collages resulted in fantastic composite figures, such as Nude by Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, Max Morise, and Man Ray. The resulting nude female figure combines a humorous and absurd array of features—from leaf ears to snowshoe feet. For the Surrealists, Exquisite Corpse was a perfect parlor game, involving elements of unpredictability, chance, unseen elements, and group collaboration—all in service of disrupting the waking mind’s penchant for order.”

Beauty? What is that? – Beauty in itself is no…

Beauty? What is that? – Beauty in itself is nothing.

arterialtrees: Nicolas Régnier: Saint Sebastia…


Nicolas Régnier: Saint Sebastian tended by the Holy Irene and her Servant, 1626-1630 (details)

forevernoon: Henri Regnault, “Salomé” (1870),…


Henri Regnault, “Salomé” (1870), oil on canvas (via Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia)

In the spring of 1870, Paris had yellow fever. Not the disease, but the color, which spread as quickly as an epidemic among the most fashionable of the French capital. Ladies strutted the streets in golden gowns; collectors amassed as much yellow porcelain as they could buy; caricaturists thrilled in lampooning one tousle-haired woman. The cause was a gleaming painting named for the biblical John the Baptist-slayer “Salomé” on view at the annual state-sponsored Salon. It was created with layers of luminous yellow by the most promising young painter in the country. His name was Henri Regnault, and just a year later he would be dead.

While the artist, who died at the age of 27 in the Franco-Prussian War’s 1871 Battle of Buzenval, remained popular for about four decades after a bullet struck his head, the brutality of World War I, and the crush of the academic Salons by Impressionism and Modernism, finally extinguished his long flame.