Art and Artifice
Archive 42 - Autumn 2022
"Monadnock No. 2" is a landscape painted by Abbott Handerson Thayer in 1902. It is one of a series of paintings Thayer created of Mount Monadnock, a prominent landmark in New Hampshire.
The painting is considered to be a blending of realism with impressionism, with loose brushstrokes and subtle variations in color and tone.
"Monadnock No. 2" is notable for the use of color, which is muted and restrained. Thayer relied primarily on earth tones, greens, and blues to create a harmonious and understated palette and this shows his interest in the Japanese concept of "notan," which emphasizes the balance of light and dark elements in a composition.
Below: Wild Geese, Willows and Peonies from 1568–1615 - folding screen - Work possibly by Kano Motonobu, six panel folding screen. Color on paper, Freer Art Gallery, Washington DC
Freer Art Gallery Washington DC. Photo by Erik Weems
Kano Motonobu was a prominent Japanese artist who lived from 1476 to 1559. He was a member of the Kano school of painting, which was founded by his father, Kano Masanobu, and became one of the most influential art schools in Japan.
A self-portrait of Van Gogh found beneath layers of paint on an entirely different painting
Story at Washington Post
The painting "Head of a Peasant Woman" is in the collection at the National Galleries of Scotland and was being inspected for their coming Impressionism exhibit.
"...the mysterious image was revealed by an x-ray taken when art conservators examined Van Gogh’s Head of a Peasant Woman of 1885 ahead of this forthcoming exhibition
Vincent van Gogh La Mousmé 1888, detail
Fake Chagall painting purchased at $90K to be destroyed – Irish Times
Article describes how "fluid" is art authentication, and that something declared "real" in one era can be overturned later by the experts in another era.
Two years ago, when she was looking to sell works from her collection, Sotheby’s suggested it might be a good time to auction her Chagall, among others, Clegg said. But the company told her it would have to send the work to France for authentication by a panel of Chagall experts.
... to Clegg’s dismay, the expert panel in Paris declared her Chagall to be fake, held on to it and now wants to destroy it.
Technology is piercing a hidden world inside artworks
Using X-rays and spectrum scanners to look at layers inside of a painting that are not visible to the naked eye has been used by restorers, researchers and experts for decades, but with the advent of more readily available AI technology the possibilities for computers to go much further into inspecting every atom of an artwork is growing rapidly.
Story at BBC News
Five years ago, the National Gallery in London acquired new state-of-the-art scanning equipment capable of capturing so much data about a single painting that most cultural organisations are poorly equipped to make much use of it. Some are now initiating cross-sector collaborations with universities that can offer superior computing facilities and broader expertise. As part of a recent partnership with University College London and Imperial College London, called Art Through the ICT Lens, or ARTICT, the National Gallery has been producing much clearer images of Francisco de Goya's Doña Isabel de Porcel (c 1805), a fashionable young woman wearing a black mantilla (scarf). In 1980, a mysterious second portrait of a man in a waistcoat and jacket was discovered underneath. Getting a clearer image of the man has meant combining multiple scans from different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, some of which reveal certain aspects of the painting better than others. At first, this process had to be done manually but thanks to this new research, it has now been handed over to a computer.
Andy Warhol, vinyl record cover artist - 28 examples at vintag.es
Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice - AMAZON Published by Watson-Guptill, 256 pages
Original Page August 2022