Monday, October 25, 2010

Latest art cards

I haven't posted any of my art cards in a while and I'm feeling a little artsy today, so here goes.

Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" 1907-08

Go to for a very nicely done slideshow on Klimt, his life and his work. Nice music in the background, too.

According to this card from Poland, this painting, "Alicja" was painted by M. Adamczyk.
 "Autumn Varberg" by Swedish painter Nils Krueger

Krueger is best known for his landscapes and cityscapes of Paris and vicinity, often at dawn or dusk, in the mist, rain or snow.
 This is "Kreeta Haapasalo Playing the Kantele in a Peasant Cottage", painted by Finnish artist Robert Wilhelm Ekman in 1868. So what the heck is a kantele and who is Kreeta Haapasalo? 
The kantele is a plucked string instrument similar to a zither, and native to Finland, Estonia and Karelia. That answers my first question. Kreeta became well known for her singing and kantele playing, which she did mostly to raise a little money to support her 11 children and her almost-good-for-nothing husband. (Obviously he was good for SOMETHING.)

Her songs were often very sad. Mine would be too, if I had 11 children and my husband didn't work.

"Peach Trees in Blossom" by Vincent van Gogh, 1888.
 "Monet's Wife and Child' by guess who........YES, Claude Monet. Very good.
 "Reclining Figure" by Fernand Léger, 1922.
I think it's funny that this painting is part of a collection belonging to the Sara Lee Corporation. Let this be a reminder that too much pastry can be harmful to your figure.

You may now exit the museum.

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