Monday, September 28, 2009

A Harem Beauty

A Harem Beauty by the Italian art deco painter Mario Borgoni (1869-1950). One of the better orientalistic ones.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Powerwoman by McGinnis

A real powerwoman by the American artist and illustrator Robert McGinnis (born 1926). McGinnis is famous for his illustrations of over 1000 paperback covers.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sweet Psyche

One more sweet little girl by the French artist Guillaume Seignac (1870-1924). Most are variations of the same subject.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ceres Bacchus and Venus

Ceres Bacchus and Venus (c. 1613). A great painting by the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Two Devils

Of Two Devils by the Australian painter Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).

Lindsay is one of my 20th century favourites.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Andromeda and the Nereids (1840) by the French painter Théodore Chassériau,(1819-1856).

Chassériau was a Student of Ingres whose classical influence is here evident.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Elegant Nude

A really elegant and stylish nude by the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931).

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Slave Market

Slave market (1866) by the French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904).

Despite all "realism" I'm sure that Gérôme never had seen a scene like this. The examination of the teeth is a nice detail but pure fantasy. A buyer of young women wouldn't have been very interested in her teeth.