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Painting and general art thread Anonymage 01/18/2020 (Sat) 00:31:45 No.246
Both MC and the First Tower had one, so I think a general art thread would not be out of place here. Share paintings and other works of art that wouldn't go to the hobby thread.

As today is the Feast of Saint Anthony the Abbot, here is a painting in oil of his temptations -a rather common motif in art- by David Teniers the Younger (1647).
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Zdzisław Beksiński was a painter I came across because of an anon on /tower/ and his works are great; the vividness and detail is particularly astounding. Shame about his death, which was both needless and pointless - he was stabbed to death by a 19 year old because he refused to lend the teenager the equivalent of $100 USD.

Link to all of his works: https://www.wikiart.org/en/zdislav-beksinski/all-works#!#filterName:all-paintings-chronologically,resultType:masonry
Here are a few old illustrations of animal based on hearsay. I think it's pretty interesting to see how people from the past imagined exotic animals. By the way, if someone is interested to know more about the fifth picture, here's the article where I found it:

Wonderful painting. I love how detailed it is; it's so easy to lose yourself in this piece. For example, I just noticed that the woman in the blue dress has bird feet, which reveal her true demonic nature. I also like Saint Anthony's expression. He looks surprised and fragile, but at the same time solemn. However, what really strikes me about this painting are those
demons. I wonder why they're designed after grotesque animals.

I remember seeing some paintings by Beksiński on /tower/ some months ago. I must confess, this is the first time I see his early pieces. They are very different to his most famous paintings, but they're still very interesting.
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'The Voyage of Life', a series of paintings by Thomas Cole (1842). "Undoubtedly, as it seems to me at least, satiety of all pursuits causes satiety of life. Boyhood has certain pursuits: does youth yearn for them? Early youth has its pursuits: does the matured or so-called middle stage of life need them? Maturity, too, has such as are not even sought in old age, and finally, there are those suitable to old age. Therefore as the pleasures and pursuits of the earlier periods of life fall away, so also do those of old age; and when that happens man has his fill of life and the time is ripe for him to go." - Cicero
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A painting by Balthus (1937), reminiscent of his more famous work Thérèse Dreaming. I personally prefer this one.
>>317 ``reminiscent''
>>318 That is to say, evocative or remindful of it.
>>317 It's not very good.
>>317 If you saved that from the Art Institute of Chicago's site you can actually get it at a much higher resolution. If you didn't, whichever site you saved it from got it from there. https://www.artic.edu/artworks/117241/girl-with-cat Right click the image and select "View Image". Look at the url. >/full/843,/0/default.jpg 843 denotes the width it downscales to. Many sites use similar resizing methods, but not exactly the same. On some sites you can remove the number to get the actual size. On some sites you can input an extremely high number to get the actual size. However, on this site you can exceed the actual size if you input certain numbers (4000, 5000, 7000, 8000), but that causes increased artifacts from upscaling. The actual size is 2649 x 3000, discovered by inputting 3000 or 6000. Even zoomed out in your browser window the difference is distinct when switching between tabs of both images, the crispness of the brush strokes and craquelure.
>>323 >/full/full/0/default.jpg Turns out "full" works. Why didn't I try that first?
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For something completely different, Hiroshi Nagai.
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And this is Eizin Suzuki.
Three different paintings that share the same subject: medieval brain surgery. >Cutting the Stone by Bosch The inscription at the top of the image reads, "Master cut out the stone - my name is Lubbert Das". The name Lubbert frequently appeared in Dutch literature as a foolish character and to identify those demonstrating a high degree of human stupidity. >The Surgeon by Hemessen A satirical painting that depicts a medieval surgeon as a quack. I didn't know about Jan Sanders van Hemessen's work until earlier, but I’m sure glad I know about it now. >Touch by Rembrandt Part of a series of five oil paintings depicting the five senses. It's one of Rembrandt’s earliest works --he was only around eighteen years old when the paintings were made. >>299 Thank you for bringing back these paintings. I remember feeling very impressed by them when I saw them on that old thread. >>303 These paintings are truly amazing. The use of color and the amount of details made me feel like I'm in another world. Actually, there are so many details that I cannot help experiencing pareidolia when I take a good look at these images. My favorite of the four is definitely the first one, but I can't deny that the third painting is extremely interesting. It's a shocking way of portraying the tribulations of adult life. By the way, thank you for sharing that quote by Cicero. I decided to read the book from which that quote is taken (Cato Maior de Senectut) and really enjoyed it. This was my favorite part of it: https://pastebin.com/puiBBP9M >>317 At first I thought that painting was kind of Balthus' works. However, it seems that the artist started to experiment with his art style at some point of his life. To be honest, I don't know much about Balthus, but I must admit that I find some of his paintings interesting. >>354 >>358 Excellent paintings. They made me feel strange, as if I were nostalgic for a time I've never lived, and homesick for somewhere I've never been. On the other hand, I must confess I envy their abilities to properly match and mix colors. Both of them know how to create a color palette that evokes a feeling of nostalgia.
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A very accurate representation of a leatherback sea turtle, painted by Pedro Juan Tapia in 1597. I also attached a few interesting images of the real turtle.
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>>403 You like turtles?
The Bronze Horseman, a painting by Vasily Surikov (1870). It portrays, apparently, the equestrian statue of Peter the Great that sits atop the Thunder Stone in the Senate Square in St. Petersburg. >>402 Nice selection of paintings. Hemessen makes a very comical scene, despite the obvious implications of fraud and pain. I mean the smile of easy lucre that the quack has, and the rightmost fellow is so comfortably stretching while the patient is at the verge of tears. Rembrandt's a little more serious; it seems to me that he's going for the 'cringe' effect, with little success, on me at least. It makes me consider how defenseless we are while in doctors' care. I mean, there's a potential 'Lubbert' in all of us when we, not knowing medicine, entrust ourselves to the hands of a medic, with no other warranty but that of good faith, reputation and authority; this applies to other professions -lawyers and mechanics, for example- that govern us on the basis of mere good faith, since we are oftentimes unable, due to our own ignorance on the matter, to judge their professional aptitudes before the final result. How to recognize the quack and the fraud before harm's consummation?
Four paintings by Paolo Uccello, a Florentine painter and mathematician who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. I knew about this artist thanks to an animated short film entitled "La Bataille de San Romano", but unfortunately, that video was took down from Youtube some months ago. All I could find online was this trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sanromano
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A few paintings by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. >>1130 The second painting makes me feel really small, which is kind of weird; it's really beautiful. I'd love to go to a place like that. As for the other three paintings, they have a lot of little details that make me feel like I'm looking at a tiny living world. >>1132 There's something about this paiting that feels really mystical and sacred. It's funny, I've seen (and enjoyed) some of Goya's paintings, but I've never took the time to read about him. I should do something about that. >>1133 These two paintings are gorgeous. I almost can feel the skin of Mary and Jesus. I particularly like how dark Mary's clothes are; it makes the composition more attractive. On the other hand, Mari's face in the second painting is really tragic. I even feel a little uncomfortable looking at her.
This is from the guy that made Scythe art.
>>1155 I just found a better version of one of the pics. This kind of scenes make me imagine a whole story behind it, it's like you just catched a glimpse of something going on, kinda dark souls in a way.
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Here are some colored-pencil illustrations made by Mark Ferrari, who is best known for his backgrounds for Loom and The Secret of Monkey Island. However, what I really want to share are his color cycling/palette-shifting artworks. Just open this link, click on "Show Options" and play around with the "Time of Day" slider: http://www.effectgames.com/demos/worlds/ >>1155 >>1156 I'd never heard of Scythe, but I really like the pictures you posted. It's interesting the way these paintings use their environment. It's like seeing an everyday situation that hides a dark secret. Also, I think it's the first time I see such a serious take on gnomes. >This kind of scenes make me imagine a whole story behind it, it's like you just catched a glimpse of something going on I know what you mean. I've always liked when a painting or a drawing makes me feel that way.
>>1160 I remember that pixel art web from old magicchan, nice memories. Scythe is a tabletop game set in some sort of alternate WWI with mechas everywhere. I haven't played it because I don't have anyone to play with but I would like to get my hands on it someday just because it looks cool. So the guy draws so many things I like, mecha, soldiers, gnomes, cats, monsters and medieval knights.
>>322 I may appreciate Balthus work to some extent but honestly, yes objectively speaking it's not technically very good.
I will hijack this thread to share some papes I saved during the years.
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