Art History Meme: 6/9 paintings
Cafe Terrace at Night by Van Gogh
1888. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
"Vincent was enthusiastic about The Cafe Terrace and wrote to his sister Wil: ‘In point of fact I was interrupted these days by my toiling on a new picture representing the outside of a night cafe. On the terrace there are tiny figures of people drinking. An enormous yellow lantern sheds its light on the terrace, the house and the sidewalk, and even causes a certain brightness on the pavement of the street, which takes a pinkish violet tone. The gable-topped fronts of the houses in a street stretching away under a blue sky spangled with stars are dark blue or violet and there is a green tree. Here you have a night picture without any black in it, done with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green, and in these surroundings the lighted square acquires a pale sulphur and greenish citron-yellow colour. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. They used to draw and paint the picture in the daytime after the rough sketch. But I find satisfaction in painting things immediately.’" [x]
Bastille - Of the Night
Diego Rivera. Day of the Dead. 1924.
Pablo Picasso - Bull (1945)
About Picasso’s series:
“Pablo Picasso created ‘Bull’ around the Christmas of 1945. ‘Bull’ is a suite of eleven lithographs that have become a master class in how to develop an artwork from the academic to the abstract. In this series of images, all pulled from a single stone, Picasso visually dissects the image of a bull to discover its essential presence through a progressive analysis of its form. Each plate is a successive stage in an investigation to find the absolute ‘spirit’ of the beast.”
“We Communists are all dead men on leave. Of this I am fully aware.”
Eugen Leviné (1883—1919).
This is amazing, the straddlebus or Land Airbus! More info here: http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/straddle-bus-may-be-coming-down-road-soon.html