Old classical art in a contemporary gallery

Published on 2019-08-07 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Painting


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Old classical art in a contemporary gallery

Original acrylic painting on linen canvas
Artwork size : 23.62 x 23.62” / 60 x 60 cm

© Gallery of painter Eric Bourdon, 2019



     A dark traditional portrait of Eric Braeden (Victor Newman in The Young and the Restless), as an antique not very at ease in an explosive contemporary art gallery ! Classical art causes skepticism, fear and misunderstanding among the general public. Getting to the end of the old representative art ?…

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© Nathalie Vessié-Hodges / L’Atelier du Poisson Soluble



     “The Casting of Leonardo”, the latest illustration book by Belgian sketch artist Nathalie Vessié-Hodges, will be released very soon, on August 21st ! As you will have understood, it is obviously about the Florentine painter and inventor, there aren’t a thousand Leonardo… On the other hand, if you thought the model who inspired his masterpiece “La Gioconda” had no competition, you’re going to discover a beautiful, little-known episode in art history !…

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Red cop on Yellow vest – Acrylic painting

Published on 2019-03-31 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Painting


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Red cop on Yellow vest

Original acrylic painting on linen canvas
Artwork size : 25.59 x 21.26” / 65 x 54 cm

© Eric Bourdon, 2019



     The Yellow vests, or Yellow jackets (French: Gilets jaunes), is a social movement that began in France in November 2018, motivated by rising fuel prices, high cost of living, and claims that a disproportionate burden of the government’s tax reforms were falling on the working and middle classes.

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BURNOUT

Original acrylic painting on linen canvas
Artwork size : 31.50 x 31.5″ / 80 x 80 cm

© Eric Bourdon, 2019



The Burnout, post-post-postmodern expressionist version
  of the Scream by Edvard Munch, “father of expressionism”…

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Brett Kavanaugh, a judge without precedent…

Pen, marker on paper, digital retouching
Eric Bourdon © 2018

 

     An illustration with Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s pick for US Supreme Court, a highly conservative judge (described by The New York Times as a “conservative stalwart”) obsessed with judicial precedents, but having a very fuzzy memory of his own past…

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Teacher training in America

Published on 2018-05-05 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Drawing, Drawings on paper


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Teacher training in America

Pen, marker on paper, digital retouching
Eric Bourdon © 2018

 

     Excerpts below are selected from an article by German Lopez published on Vox.com : www.vox.com/…/armed-teachers-gun-violence-mass-shootings (2018/03/20)

     “The case against arming teachers”
More “good guys with guns” wouldn’t be enough – and would likely make a lot of problems worse.

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The Kiss by Auguste Rodin

Published on 2018-02-24 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
Category(ies) : Analysis, Sculpture


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The Kiss

Marble sculpture
Auguste Rodin / Carved by Jean Turcan
H. 181,5 cm ; W. 112,5 cm ; D. 117 cm

 

     The Kiss is a sculpture of an entwined couple, of which Auguste Rodin created as early as 1882 small versions in plaster, terracotta and bronze.

     In 1888, the French government commissioned Rodin to realize the first large marble version of The Kiss, for the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition. But Rodin will take almost ten years to deliver it.

     This marble version appears for the first time at the Paris Salon (former name of the Salon of French Artists) in 1898. It is currently on display at the Musée Rodin in Paris.

     What many people don’t know is that Rodin’s The Kiss, like a lot of the Rodin Museum’s works, was not sculpted by Rodin…

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Café scene by Raoul Dufy

Published on 2018-02-22 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
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Café scene

Watercolor and gouache on paper by Raoul Dufy
Executed around 1934 – Artwork size : 50,8 x 66,8 cm
Sold £50,000 at Sotheby’s London on Feb 6, 2014

 

     In 1926, while watching a little girl running on the dock of Honfleur, Raoul Dufy realizes that the mind records color faster than the outline. He will then dissociate the colors and the drawing. Dufy adds his drawing to large bands of horizontal or vertical colors, or to large colored spots.

     Watercolor and gouache become more and more important after 1930. The “puddles of color” of the background are spread on a paper previously wet and stretched on a drawing board. When they are dry, he draws with a fine brush the various elements of the subject.

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The Desperate Man by Gustave Courbet

Published on 2018-02-13 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
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The Desperate Man

Oil painting on canvas by Gustave Courbet
Artwork size : 45 x 54 cm, 1843-1845
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     The Desperate Man is a painting by the French painter Gustave Courbet. The artwork is a self-portrait of the artist. It is thought that he made this painting between 1843 and 1845, at the beginning of his installation in Paris. It shows him “desperate” but especially in full youth.

     Courbet was very attached to this canvas since he took it with him into exile in Switzerland in 1873. A few years later, Dr. Paul Collin at the bedside of Courbet during his last days, describes the painter’s studio and, more particularly, “a painting representing Courbet with a desperate expression and that he had entitled Despair for this reason”.

     The painting belongs to a private investment collection, but was exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay in 2007.

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The peaceful landscapes of Alfred Sisley

Published on 2018-02-07 by Eric Bourdon | Comment
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The bridge at Moret (Le pont de Moret)

Oil painting on canvas by Alfred Sisley, 1893
73 x 92 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

 

     Born in Paris in 1839, Alfred Sisley is a British artist painter and engraver, attached to the Impressionist movement and living and working mainly in France. He will be admitted to the Salon of French Artists in 1866, 1868 and 1870.

     The pictorial language of Alfred Sisley has always been strongly in keeping with Impressionism, but he has also always shown his attachment to his first inspirers, Jean-Baptiste Corot and Charles-François Daubigny. Sisley is exclusively a landscape painter, one who, with Claude Monet, best sought and succeeded in expressing the most subtle nuances of nature in the Impressionist landscapes. His paintings show his keen interest in the colorful impressions of trees and buildings, and the changing play of light and clouds above the landscape.

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