Thursday, December 15, 2005
I wish the whole animation blogging community a Happy Xmas & New Year. Thank you everyone who checked out my blog this year & all who left comments, my Xmas present to you is a brand new blog dedicated to my favourite British caricaturist GARY. Check it out at garycatures.blogspot.com
Sunday, December 11, 2005
My girlfriend took me to a gallery solely dedicated to Voutch which she had found on a street in the north west of the city. It's a small space but they sell many of his original paintings none of which I could afford to buy (they start at 900 euros) but it's great to see them for real. They're quite small too, most no bigger than A4. They also sell his books of course & posters & postcards too. Voutch heaven! The gallery is on Rue Guersant, Metro:Ternes.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
There seems to be a never ending amount of interesting exhibitions in Paris. Le Bestiaire Medieval at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France is marvellous. Dozens of ancient illuminated volumes from the library's archives are on show focusing on the way animals & mythological creatures were depicted in the middle-ages. The intricate, hand written/illustrated pages are mind-blowing and the way the animals are intepreted is often hilarious.
The Bibliotheque-musee de l'Opera currently stages an exhibition of designs & costumes from past operas curated by Christian Lacroix. The theme here is 'rouge' and Lacroix has basically selected every drawing & costume from the archives that is red.
It's great to see so many different drawings, styles & designs by such varied artists & fashion designers.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Before life drawing at TATE Modern on Monday I spent the afternoon at the Henri Rousseau exhibition. The first room has an incredible sculpture by Emmanuel Fremiet. 'Gorilla carring off a woman' caused a sensation at the 1889 World Fair with its depiction of bestial savagery. It's a really dynamic piece - like a Frazetta drawing in three dimensions. Fremiet was Master of Drawing at Paris' Natural History Museum where Rousseau would go & draw plants & animals for reference. A google search turns up lots more of his dynamic sculpture. The animal sculptures look like Heinrich Kley's drawings.
The 'Senegal Lion attacking an Antelope' are stuffed animals that Rousseau used as reference for his painting 'The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on The Antelope'.