SoCS — Art

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has assigned us the smears “art.” Linda instructs us to “talk about something that’s hanging on your wall,” she says. “Add a picture, if you’d like.”

6FE6C3AE-7020-4934-8DDA-CF35759F3E83.jpegOne of my favorite artists is M.C. Escher and one of my favorite works by Escher is Hand with Reflecting Sphere, also known as Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror. It is a lithograph that was first printed in January 1935. It depicts a hand holding a reflective sphere. In the reflection, most of the room around Escher can be seen, and the hand holding the sphere is revealed to be Escher’s.

I’ve previously posted about my love for Escher’s work in THIS post, where a few other of his lithographs are included.

Another artist whose work I enjoy is René Magritte. He was a Belgian surrealist known for his witty and thought-provoking images. He depicted ordinary objects in an unusual context, challenging observers’ perceptions of reality.  Here are a few of his paintings.

My wife is partial to Erté. Born Romain de Tirtoff, he was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials. He was one of the most well-known fashion illustrators of the 1920s. His designs included dresses and accessories for women; costumes and sets for opera, ballet, and dramatic productions; and posters and prints. Here are some examples of his work.

14 thoughts on “SoCS — Art

  1. Shelley January 12, 2019 / 4:59 am

    I’m fascinated with Escher’s work too, thanks for sharing your favorites.

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  2. crushedcaramel January 12, 2019 / 5:02 am

    I think I have exceeded the number of “likes” I am allowed, because no matter how many times I attempt to like this post, it undoes my like!

    But I found this very interesting, so much so that I went on to google all of the artists you mentioned – and wanted to comment because my like would not register.

    Hope my comment registers!

    Uh oh! It is rejecting my comment too! I have obviously grieved WP in some way.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 12, 2019 / 7:28 am

      Your comment came through loud and clear. I’m not sure what is going on with the Happiness Engineers, but WordPress is being very wonky lately. Last night I checked my stats for the day and it told me “There are no posts for this period.” I panicked, thinking that all of my posts had been lost in space, so I closed the app and then reopened and there they all were. Phew, what a relief. I don’t know what is going on over at WordPress lately. I think with all these color changes, they must be getting stoned on some powerful hallucinogenic.

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  3. newepicauthor January 12, 2019 / 6:31 am

    That picture with the apple covering up the guy’s face always reminds me of that movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

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    • Fandango January 12, 2019 / 7:37 am

      I saw the movie (the original), but I can’t remember anything that would make that connection. I may have to watch it again.

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      • newepicauthor January 12, 2019 / 7:44 am

        When Pierce Brosnan goes into the museum to steal the painting another 50 guys come in all dressed just like him sort of like this painting.

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  4. Marleen January 12, 2019 / 9:57 am

    I appreciate and enjoy art deco as well as art nouveau, and those are some nice pieces. And the Hand with Reflecting Sphere lithograph is amazing.

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    • Fandango January 12, 2019 / 11:33 am

      Yes, it’s my favorite Escher work.


  5. Marleen January 20, 2019 / 9:35 am

    I feel like being nosy. I really like how vivid the apple is in that one painting. But I’m wondering what thoughts you think of as being brought up by the whole painting.


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