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Picasso and the Mandolin

Published on 05/02/2014 By Fabio

Picasso painted Girl With a Mandolin in 1910. I just think it’s a really, really cool painting.

picasso girl with a mandolin

PS: I could have used an “official” picture of this painting. It would have probably been of a better quality. I just like to use these pics that I took myself. I don’t know, it feels like more authentic and less of a schoolbook.

Self-portrait in Seven

Published on 08/01/2014 By Fabio

Marc Chagall has always been very important to me because one of his prints was hung in my parents’ room. I’ll maybe talk more about that one if I ever get to see it live. After learning more about the guy years later (recently, to be honest), I found one more connection: look at this painting and I’ll tell you about it after.

art marc chagall autoportrait aux sept doigts

In this self portrait, he depicts two places: his home country (Russia, in the top-right corner) and his expat land (can you guess which one?). “The parallel landscapes linger over the artist, emblematic of his expatriate condition, torn between the traditions of home and the opportunities of the modern world”.

Noteworthy, his left hand has seven fingers. Maybe a reference to the Jewish tradition or maybe a intuition about the future movie Gattaca. Check the movie out, I watched in Geraldton, Australia and it’s great.

The Sleeping Gypsy

Published on 13/11/2013 By Fabio

Today’s Art item is The Sleeping Gypsy from Henri Rousseau. He was a member of the Naïve school, which has been active for a strikingly long time, compared to other contemporary styles: the first recognized work dates back to the 18th century and it lasted till our days.

The name “Naïve” comes from the simplicity of the paintings, where colors and perspectives rules are almost never respected.

I had a similar painting in my house when I was a kid. There were a lot of animals and I always thought “wow, this must have been made by a kid like me”. Instead it was just a naïve artist.

rousseau the sleeping gipsy

Vic Heroicus Sublimis

Published on 03/07/2013 By Fabio

This painting by Barnett Newman has one singlemost visible quality: it’s a BIG motherfucker.


With its 5.5 meters long and 2.5 meter tall, if you walk close to it, you’ll be completely surrounded by its saturated red and that will be it. This Newman guy belongs to the Chromatic Abstraction school, where the artists use color as the primary vehicle of expression.

The name of the painting is Vir Heroicus Sublimis, which is Latin for “Man, Heroic and Sublime”, and it was honored with a lot of metaphysical interpretation, notably that the artist wanted to capture both tangible and intangible. This girl devoted a long blog post to it at her Eyes in The Dark blog. I’m not quite sure what to think about it. But if you walk close to it you really only see red around you.