Yesterday we had an oil painting by a famous landscape watercolorist, so today, I figured we should have…an oil painting by a famous landscape watercolorist.
There are rather more of those than you might expect.
Anyway, this is John Sell Cotman’s Ruined House, painted sometime between 1807 and 1810.
The Encyclopedia Britannica writes that Cotman “saw in nature the classic effect of precise, austere pattern and expressed this effect by eliminating detail through controlled, flat washes of cool colour.”
Of course, that’s a fairly sensible route to take in watercolor—washes are what the medium lends itself to best—but it’s interesting to seem him take the same tack in oil.
It gives the piece a sort of thick blockiness, as though the house and figures were built of cardboard.
Photograph by Nat Farbman
Kuba Ngady Amwaash masked dancer, Mushenge, Congo.
When the kingdom of tribes was first brought together, the people were ruled by the Bushong people from the hill country of the central Congo (Caraway);these people have contributed most of the rulers to the Kuba. Whenever a king dies, the capital is moved to the location of the new King (Washburn , 19). Intertribal trading occurred often because the Kuba were such a powerful empire (Meurant , 121).
Supernatural powers are the basis for the beliefs; spells, witchcraft, and channels between the living and the dead are some of these powers. The king is the chief of the sorcerer’s and bridges the boundary between the natural and the supernatural (Meurant , 122).
Sophie Taeuber-Arp and her sister dressed in costumes that Taeuber-Arp designed for an interpretive dance to a poem by Hugo Ball (1916).
Mesopotamia, ca 4500 BC