Category: art

Jan Švankmajer’s Food Trilogy (1992)

Jan Švankmajer’s Food Trilogy (1992)

Figure of a Standing Beauty

This lovely lady was crafted between 1670 and 1690 in Japan. She is dressed in a fashionable outfit of the day; she is draped in several layers of kimono, which are belted at the waist with a black obi. Her face has a jovial expression. While one foot is slightly revealed at the hem of her garment, her hands are held demurely by her body.

Depictions of such bijin, or beautiful ladies, were becoming popular in Japan at this time in the newly budding art form of ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world.” The leaders in fashion were typically residents of the pleasure districts. So beautiful figures such as this were often styled based on them.

No More, No Less: Japanese artist made of amazing surreal…

No More, No Less: Japanese artist made of amazing surreal portraits from found photographs.

A ceremonial axe, made by the Chokwe or Lunda …

A ceremonial axe, made by the Chokwe or Lunda people of today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo. Early 1900s

The good, bad and ugly Gospel record covers.

The good, bad and ugly Gospel record covers.

Competition for decorated trams, Germany, 1908.

Competition for decorated trams, Germany, 1908.

People standing by the mural at the Paris International…

People standing by the mural at the Paris International Exposition, 1937. Photographed by Fay Sturtevant Lincoln.

This charmed me. A little bear, poised expecta…

This charmed me. A little bear, poised expectantly, or perhaps posing for the viewer. “Little” is also the right word: it is just under a foot tall (or 29.5 cm).

Bronze, Italian or possibly German, circa 1600. Courtesy of the Getty Museum.

This charmed me. A little bear, poised expecta…

This charmed me. A little bear, poised expectantly, or perhaps posing for the viewer. “Little” is also the right word: it is just under a foot tall (or 29.5 cm).

Bronze, Italian or possibly German, circa 1600. Courtesy of the Getty Museum.

Womankind: Surreal digital collages by Peruvian artist María…

Womankind: Surreal digital collages by Peruvian artist María María Acha-Kutscher.