Art

That's not ND!

I mentioned last week that I started watching a show called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, set in 1920's Melbourne.  It's a gas!

Miss Fisher's boudoir is supposed to reflect her hyper-fashionably avant garde character, but the art choices are...curious.  Her walls are covered in miniaturized versions of fine art.

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For example, I circled the tiny version of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignion. Picasso painted this piece of art in 1907, exhibited it in 1916, and then rolled it up an stored it until 1924, when he sold it to a private collector.  At which time I assume Miss Fisher had a mini made.  

There must be a similar back story to her Modigliani nude.  Modigliani painted this series in 1917 (and died in 1920 of tubercular meningitis + poverty + overwork + alcoholism + drug addiction = perfect storm).  Luckily Miss Fisher is so plugged in that she had a copy made...or is it an undocumented original?

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Season 1, Episode 5

And yes, she has a Klimt too.

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

Klimt "Hope II" 1907-1098

When you do design work for tv/movies/etc, as I do, you are completely fixated on finding art that is ND (nondescript).  You would never-ever-in-a-million-years put art on a wall that is recognizable.  You wouldn't even use art that you found in a garage sale, or art that you bought at Bed Bath & Beyond.  There are prop houses that will rent you art, but even they won't confirm in writing that the art is completely copyright-free.  Everyone is so afraid of getting sued that many designers just make the art themselves so they know exactly where it comes from.  

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

Mistresses: Season 1, Episode 1

A work around that you see quite a lot is the mass-produced metal art.  Yes, it's still sculptural, but somehow you can get away with it.  

Cafe Chairs are the new black

Orange is the New Black - Season 1, Episode 3 - Dining room in yuppy couples home.

Orange is the New Black - Season 1, Episode 3 - Dining room in yuppy couples home.

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 18

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 18

Fun fact: In 1859, Thonet produced Chair No. 14.  Fifty million of these chairs were produced through 1930.

The cafe chairs became ubiquitous, and they began to pop up in paintings of the time.  Below is a painting of the interior of the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec.  The chair is clearly featured.  

I love the cafe chairs that popped up in Episode 3 of Orange is the New Black.  It's a Netflix show about a woman who has to go to prison, so I didn't thinker there would much to write about, but clearly I was wrong.   

Not as big a fan of the table, but I liked that they paired the chairs with something slick and contrasting.   

I think of Michael Thonet as the godfather of the cafe/bistro chair.  He specialized in bent wood furniture, and began producing pieces in the 1830s.  

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 14

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 14

Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec - At the Moulin Rouge, 1890s

Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec - At the Moulin Rouge, 1890s

Faux Beaux-Art

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This past weekend I visited the Belvedere Palace Art Museum in Vienna, Austria.  

When I visit museums, I keep myself entertained by writing down all my favorite piece.  Then I go home and scour the internet for for JEPGs.  

When I was searching for a JPEG of  Freidrich von Amerling's Rudolf von Arthaber with his Children, I uncovered an image of the below living room.  This image took me to FineArt-China, a site where you can buy faux paintings (and even get yourself painted into them).

My gut instinct is to resist all things faux, but then I started looking at that living room and thinking about how I will never-ever-no-way-in-hell own an authentic old master panting, and my resolve started slipping.  Maybe it's okay to go faux if it is over the top.   

 

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I started poking around the site, and stumbled upon Louis XIV, and then I was SOLD!!!!!

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This is a the "place holder" poster I have had in my home for eight years.  It's time for an upgrade!

This is a the "place holder" poster I have had in my home for eight years.  It's time for an upgrade!

I kept messing about in the Old Masters section, and found many other works I would consider owner.  Here are just a few: 

Turner - Burning the House of Parliaments  

Turner - Burning the House of Parliaments  

Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

John Singer Sargent - Madame X

John Singer Sargent - Madame X

Renoir - La Loge

Renoir - La Loge

Caravaggio - Bacchus

Caravaggio - Bacchus

Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon Crossing Saint Bernard

Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon Crossing Saint Bernard

Ingres

Ingres

Dega

Dega

Objet d'Art: Bizarre-o Helmets

Bird Man helmet from the early 16th Century

Bird Man helmet from the early 16th Century

The show I am working on in Vienna is Medieval themed, so the other day I was sent a link to The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat.  Each helmet is more amazing than the next.  Do yourself a favor and check them out on the website.  

The Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria, 1511-1514

The Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria, 1511-1514

Closed helmet with masked visor, by Kolman Helmschmid in Augsburg, Germany, c. 1515

Closed helmet with masked visor, by Kolman Helmschmid in Augsburg, Germany, c. 1515

Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545

Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545

Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545

Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545

The ceremonial and parade helmet of Charles V, Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540

The ceremonial and parade helmet of Charles V, Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540

Jennifer Lawrence - Nude!

Can you believe that the photo of Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars was on sale at  Paris Photo LA? 

I kind of love it.  

But what I love even more are the sketchs underneath the photo.  The artist, P. E. Sharpe, did drawings inspired by the photo.  

What is more humiliating than falling at the Oscar?  Maybe having someone draw your naked body in the act of falling at the Oscars.

Sorry folks, these sketch have been sold (not to me, i wish).

Photo: Kevin Winter; Sketches: P. E. Sharp

Photo: Kevin Winter; Sketches: P. E. Sharp

Paris Photo

I went to Paris Photo this past weekend, and it was just lovely.  It is a massive photography show and sale which takes place all over the world.  

This was the first year Los Angeles hosted a sale and it couldn't have been more pleasant.  The sale took place on the Paramount Studio Lot, and utilized sounds stages as well as the little faux store fronts in fake New York.  They brought in food trucks, and had cute aqua signs all over the place.  And there were celebs to spot, so what more could you want.  My best sighting was Jane Seymour.  What a babe.

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As for the art...I found it surprisingly meh.  I know I can be picky, but I also know how to covet, and there just wasn't very much I yearned for. 

Matthew Brandt - From the series "Dust" - "Last Stand of the Melrose Hotel

Matthew Brandt - From the series "Dust" - "Last Stand of the Melrose Hotel

There were only a few pieces I saw and liked, and they were pretty much in my wheelhouse - large and have architecture or interior design in them.

Sold by the Hamiltons Gallery  - London.  I didn't track down the artist info

Sold by the Hamiltons Gallery  - London.  I didn't track down the artist info

Filip Dujardin.  These are photos of fantasy places.  Not sure what the artist's process is. 

Filip Dujardin.  These are photos of fantasy places.  Not sure what the artist's process is. 

And then the piece de resistance:

Paola Pivi  - "I'm a bear, so what?" 2012

Paola Pivi  - "I'm a bear, so what?" 2012