Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Arcadian Deco

Art Deco Arcadia from just about a hundred years ago...

Thomas Baumgartner — circa 1915

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tromping Angels

Illustrations of Alphonse Mucha are very satisfying to my eyes, even when I'm not familiar with the story involved. Here, the young lady hears something...possibly the angels tromping by or the bells swinging like there's no tomorrow. Either way, it's a lovely graphic work, is it not?

If you know the story involved here, please do share.

Where Holy Men Fell to Earth

The old days, the old ways, promoted world travel with most compelling graphics. Travel posters were glorious.

Isipatana means the place where holy men fell to earth, based on the legend that when the Buddha was born, devas came down to announce it to 500 holy me. The holy men all rose into the air and disappeared and their relics fell to the ground.

Sounds like an extraterrestrial close encounter.

This poster portrays a Buddhist pilgrimage to the sacred site. 

Art by Dorothy Newsome — 1930ish

Friday, August 22, 2014

Color Variant

I've seen several different color variations of this piece, 
but this is the most pleasing one for me. 

Alexander Benois — Chinese Pavilion — early 20th century

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Night

This is "The Night", as it was 99 years ago . . .

Gruber_ 1915

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I love spooky scenes in art, as long they're not violent. This one is yummy spooky—called Lithuania by Artur Grottger, 1864

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not by Mucha

This piece is what art elitists would think of as lowbrow art, kitsch, or art for the masses.

Yeah . . . so?

I think it's a charming Art Nouveau graphic that isn't by Mucha for a change. It's from an old postcard.

1903-ish, artist: I. Dunno.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Handsome Is as Handsome Does

A handsome character sketch of a handsome rake of a character...

Anton von Werner — 1875

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Mountain Spirit

This is a freaky cool German ad from 1917. Attention getting, ey?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Go Figure!

This art looks like it was drawn by Peter de Sève, for the New Yorker or such. Yet it was drawn by Otto Flechtner some 98 years ago. 
Go figure!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

They Seized the Woman and Made Her a Goddess!

Riders of the Wind by Elswyth Thane was published in 1927 and was a property that was optioned by The Banner Group. There was an effort to shop it around for a movie, but I don't see that it was ever made—though modern reviews of the book are positive. 

This ad in a movie promotional book is quite striking for its Art Deco/Nouveau-esque qualities. This ad is rare and lovely, is it not?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Timeless Environment

A philosopher has some mighty heavy thoughts to ruminate about, needing a solitary and timeless environment to uncover some truth.

Looks like this theorist has found such a place, lucky fool.

Karl Spitzweg — The Philosopher — 1917
update: the artist died some years before this image was printed in 1917

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Another Green Umbrella

Yep, another impressionist painting by Richard Edward Miller. Yep, another green umbrella. Nope, I'm not complaining.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Going Green, Staying Green

There's something about Impressionists—American Impressionists at that—that liked to paint women with parasols and umbrellas—women with green parasols and umbrellas at that.

Richard Edward Miller, early 20th century

Beautiful to Behold

California impressionism is easy to recognize and is beautiful to behold. Here, The Green Parasol by Guy Rose, early 1900s.