Francesco Albano (December 2013)
12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator.
Rossetti’s personal life was closely linked to his work, especially his relationships with his models and muses Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth, and Jane Morris.
His art was characterised by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism. Poetry and image are closely entwined in Rossetti’s work; he frequently wrote sonnets to accompany his pictures
Surreal paintings and charcoal drawings by James Gleeson
“‘Madame Sophie Sesostoris’ was carved and assembled by Robert Klippel and painted by James Gleeson in the years 1947-48 when both artists were living and working in London. Her title derives from T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’ which features ‘Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyant’. The enigmatic predictions of her tarot cards are alluded to, for example, on the four miniature panels at the base of the sculpture. The figure carved by Klippel appeared to Gleeson just the way he imagined Madame Sosostris would look and also reminded him in a satirical way of the mysterious, melancholy women who gazed from the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne Jones. Gleeson titled the figure, distorted her name and cast her as a ‘pre-raphaelite satire’.
Below the surface of her form we are shown the dazzling whirr of the organic machine. Both artists grappled with concepts of the internal and the external and their aim with this sculpture was ‘to suggest the vital inner structure of an apparently simple form, to suggest that by some kind of x-ray magic one could look through the opaque skin and see all that lay within.’
This collaborative sculpture was included in the 1948 exhibition held by the two artists in London. Other works shown in this exhibition, include ‘Entities suspended from a detector’ and ‘Fever chart’ by Robert Klippel, both in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.”
Max Ernst etchings from his 1934 pictorial novel, Une semaine de bonte (A week of kindness or The Seven Deadly Elements).
"Mention the name of German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) and you will always have a respectful and positive reaction. This renowned printmaker, draughtsman and theoretician produced one of the most identifiable and imaginative bodies of work of the last millennium."
Above are details of (bottom) Hercules, a woodcut from 1496, and (top) Nemesis, an engraving from 1502. Obviously the engraving process offers much more tonal nuance.
For the full report on the exhibition of Durer’s prints at The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts check it out here;
A photo of Ai’s Shanghai studio before it was demolished by the Chinese government
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