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Boss Art website

Today i launched the website of contempory artist Boss, who is a friend of mine: BossArt.be

When he asked me about some ideas and information about a website, i was really enthousiastic and proposed to create the website for him and maintain it. We had an agreement that i can write whatever i want and so i will describe how i see and interprete his work. Of course i have had many conversations with him about his art and art in general, so i think i pretty well know him and how he looks at things.

For certain works, i already added a description and i will keep continuing adding more works and descriptions in the future.

I really think it is great art. It’s fun, clever, original and it is very varied, so please visit BossArt.be.

And please let me know what you think of it.

Ravothko (ode to Raveel and Rothko)

Ravothko (ode to Raveel and Rothko)

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Remarkable artists: Caravaggio

Michelangelo Caravaggio was one of the greatest painters of all time. He fine tuned the technique of Chiaroscuro to increase drama in paintings. He influenced a lot of other painters like Rembrandt, Rubens, Vélazquez, de La Tour, Gentileschi, De Ribera…

Supper at Emmaus - Caravaggio

Did you know…?

  • Caravaggio was notorious for brawling. Because he was a famous painter, his patrons protected him from being prosecuted.
  • In 1606 he killed a man named Ranuccio Tomassoni
  • The reasons for the killing are not clear. Some say it was result of a quarrel over a gambling debt and a tennis game
  • This time his patrons couldn’t protect him anymore and he fled from Rome to Naples
  • After being the most famous Roman painter, he now became the most famous painter from Naples
  • Despite his succes, he left a few months later for Malta, to join the Knights of Malta
  • Soon he was arrested again for another fight. He wounded a knight.
  • He escaped from prison and fled to a friend in Sicily
  • All of these events couldn’t stop him from creating masterpieces and his style kept evolving
  • He became more and more bizarre: sleeping fully armed and with his clothes on, ripping up a painting at a slight word of criticism, mocking the local painters
  • He died at the age of 39. Officially he died of fever. Some people say he was murdered.
  • His influence on the history of art can hardly be exaggerated. Followers of his style are called Caravaggisti.

Amor Victorious

Amor Victorious


Self portrait as Bacchus

Self portrait as Bacchus


Judith Beheading Holofernes

Judith Beheading Holofernes


San Gerolamo

San Gerolamo

David and Goliath

David and Goliath. The head of the Giant is a self portrait.


Crucifixion of St. Peter

Crucifixion of St. Peter


Salome with the Head of John the Baptist

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist. The head is a self portrait of the artist.

Artist in the spotlight: Michaël Borremans

Michaël Borremans

Michaël Borremans

The house of opportunity: voodoo

The house of opportunity: voodoo

While a lot of people thought video and photography had demyisified the art of painting, Michaël Borremans was one of the people who persisted in painting in a realistic way. His works make me think of 17th – 19th century masters like Vermeer, Goya and Velázquez, but with a very contemporary twist.
All of his paintings have this exciting tension and breath a mysterious atmosphere. In the beginning, the artist found inspiration in old school books, American comics, pictures from the 30’s, images from a forgotten past… Today he works with models and he himself shoots the photos that form the base material for his paintings.
A Borremans painting is usually modest in size, which is a perfect reflection of the painter’s character.

In my opinion, a combination of five elements create the typical atmoshphere in his art work:

The Pupils

The Pupils

  1. the usage of dark brownish colors;
  2. realistic, almost photographic, brushwork;
  3. unconventional subjects
  4. original placed light sources
  5. intended poor framing
Four Fairies

Four Fairies

With the interaction of those five elements, Borremans creates a bizarre cinematic fantasy world with a gothic aftertaste that reminds me of film noir.
The last years he also creates videos as an extension to his paintings. His videos cannot be compared to the work of other video artists. What makes them original is that, while his paintings are cinematic, his videos look like paintings. Unlike the groteske videos of Bill Viola e.g., they have the same intimicy (in an uncomfortable way) as the paintings. Apart from some rotation, they contain no movement or story line. According to the artist, you don’t have to watch the entire video; you watch it, like you watch a painting: just as long as you like.

You can find the work of Michael Borremans in museums all over the world: New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, London, Paris, Jerusalem, Ghent…

Trickland

Trickland

Sleeper

Sleeper

The Preservation

The Preservation

the examination

the examination

Michael Borremans on wikipidia
More work of Borremans at Zeno X gallery

What is a masterpiece?

Did you know that a masterpiece was literally a master piece: a piece of work that had to proof the creator of the masterpiece had the right skills?

Salvador Dali  - The Persistence of Time

A Dali masterpiece

In mediaval Europe guilds were formed to group craftsmen and merchants with the aim to protect their respective professions and to control the quality of the craft.
In the guilds, knowledge and experience were exchanged. New members were trained in the craft. After a thorough training, a pupil could be recognized as a craftsman with the title of “journeyman”. Everyone who wanted to settle as an independent craftsman had to proof his skill with a master piece: a sort of practical exam that showed the technical skills of the candidate master.
In the Painter’s guilds for instance, the candidate master had to create an original painting according to the guidelines of the guilds.
This painting was his masterpiece.

Gustav Klimt - The Kiss

A Klimt masterpiece

Pablo Picasso- Guernica

A Picasso masterpiece

Edward Munch - The Scream

A Munch Masterpiece

Remarkable artists – Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous painters in history, but did you know…

Vincent Van Gogh - self portrait

Vincent Van Gogh – self portrait

The Red Vineyard - Vincent Van Gogh

The Red Vineyard – Vincent Van Gogh

Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Van Gogh - Bedroom in Arles

Van Gogh – Bedroom in Arles

Vincent Van Gogh - The Night Cafe

The Night Cafe

Vincent Van Gogh - Starry Night

Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh - Irises

Irises

  • Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime: The Red Vineyard. The buyer was Anna Boch, a Belgian Painter.
  • When Van Gogh’s paintings are sold today, they are among  the most expensive painitngs ever
  • At the age of 32 he went to the art academy, but was sent away after 3 months
  • He only painted 10 years, but produced 2100 art works in this period
  • His brother Theo sent him money to survive.
  • He worked as a missionary in the Borinage, a Belgian coal mining region
  • He suffered from tinnitus. As a result he heared non-existing sounds.
  • About his cut off ear:
    • Some say tinnitus was the reason why he cut of his ear: to stop the sounds in his head
    • Other sources say that he cut of his ear accidentally in a fight with Paul Gauguin, using a razor blade.
    • And yet another story tells Paul Gauguin cut of Van Gogh’s ear with a sword in a fight for a local girl
    • It is said he cut of his ear and brought it to a prostitute
  • He had periods he was very depressive and in which he had hallucinations
  • He stayed in mental institutions for this.
  • Dr Gachet treated him. A portrait from Van Gogh of dr Gachet was sold in 1990 for US$ 82.5 million
  • Officialy, he commited suicide with a revolver (but the gun was never found)

3 Favourite Paintings in Florence

I’ve been to Florence, Italy and i think that everyone should see it. The whole city is a joyfull witness of the Renaissance. The museums are stacked with masterpieces.

These 3 paintings made a huge impression on me:

Parmigianino – The Madonna of the Long Neck (1534-1540)

There is something about this weird painting that makes it fascinating.

The long neck of the madonna and the strange deformation of her child could be seen as amateurish, but stilll, if you see this painting in real life it catches your attention and keeps it.

The colors are well chosen and in perfect harmony. The composition holds a tension with the packed people on the left and the peacefulness of the madonna, whose volume takes half of the space of the whole painting.

Parmigianino - The Madonna of the Long Neck

Parmigianino – The Madonna of the Long Neck

Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus (1486)

This iconic painting has influenced many artists from the Renaissance until today’s graffiti artists in L.A.

Sandro Botticelli - Birth of Venus

Sandro Botticelli – Birth of Venus

Antonio Ciseri – Ecce Homo (1871)

This is really a masterpiece and an underestimated painting.  I really got goose bumps watching this in the Palazzo Pitti.

In this original setting, the main actors are shown from the back. Jesus, the king of the Jews, is being humiliated and we are witness of the moment Pilate is showing him to the furious crowd. You can see the yelling crowd and the anger on each face of the spectators. They  are really hungry for blood and want him to be crucified. One man on the roof of a building is holding his hands above his head, his fists clenched.

Antonio Ciseri - Ecce Homo

Antonio Ciseri – Ecce Homo