Hey art nerds, it’s Museum Week! If you are on Twitter, the hashtag #MuseumWeek will bring you a selection of interesting items from museums from around the world. Each day has a theme… today, it’s secrets. Check out the twitter blog to learn more – https://blog.twitter.com/…/museumweek-2015-kicks-off-around… – over 2,000 museums from around the world are participating. Lots of very cool tweets so far!
Via Google Cultural Institute:
MadC, folks. This woman’s work is amazing.
Claudia Walde, known as MadC, is a graffiti artist from Germany who is known for her large scale outdoor artistic works.
MadC started her artistic trajectory as a teenaged graffiti writer, and has since then developed her creative endeavors into various fields such as graphic design, writing and fine art. She has studied at both Burg Giebichenstein – University of Art and Design, Halle and Central Saint Martins College, London, and carries a master degree in graphic design. MadC is also author and designer of two books on street and graffiti art Sticker City – Paper Graffiti Art (2007) and Street Fonts – Graffiti Alphabets From Around The World (2011) (both published under her birth name).
Her major international breakthrough came however in 2010 with the production of the work that has become known as the “700-Wall” – a 700 square-meter work along the train line between Berlin and Halle. This painting is most likely the largest graffiti mural created by a single person, and it was finished in four months.
Her style is so fresh, so clean. Watching her work is truly an inspiration.
This video is via Google Cultural Institute, and well worth watching if you have even a passing interest in thae art of the can:
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Of the many images of good old Saint Paddy I am fondest of this one. Painted in 1877 by Briton Riviere, it is in the collection of the Liverpool National Museum. Legend has it that in 433 A.D. Saint Patrick was en route to see the king, but he knew that Loeguire, the High King of Tara was planning to ambush him. Saint Patrick and his group chanted a hymn of his own composition, the first written in Gaelic – “the Deer’s Cry” (aka Saint Patrick’s Prayer, Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, or the Lorica), and all Loeguire and his men saw when Saint Paddy’s crew passed by was a red doe followed by 20 fawns.
Here’s a rather fascinating article on the importance of the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel to the Impressionist movement – long story short, he basically created the market for Impressionism and risked everything in doing so, and was sole supporter of many of the artists that are now hailed as masters of Impressionism. The article is in support of an exhibition opening in London at the National Gallery next week – Inventing Impressionism: The Man Who Sold a Thousand Monets opens at the National Gallery, London WC2N, on 4 March. (nationalgallery.org.uk). Sadly I’ll be unable to attend but for fans of Impressionism who do happen to be in the UK, this is an excellent opportunity to see what sounds like a pretty awesome collection.
It’s Victor Hugo’s birthday, Born on this day in 1802!
Everyone knows about Victor Hugo as an author what with Les Misérables & the Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame de Paris in the original French) and all that, but what a lot of people don’t know is that he was also quite an accomplished artist. The great Romantic artist Delacroix himself once wrote in a letter to Victor Hugo that if Hugo had decided to devote himself to art instead of writing, he would have become one of the greatest artists of the century.
An interesting thing to note about the reproductions of Hugo’s work here is that some of them were héliogravure, an early method of photographic reproduction of artworks for print. Pretty impressive that this technique was in use in the 19th century!
If you are interested in buying a book about Hugo’s drawings, Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo is a good choice, as is Victor Hugo and the Romantic Vision : Drawings and Watercolors .