Friday, May 28, 2010

Hendrick ter Brugghen

The Bagpiper, 1624
Oil on panel
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

This one of my favorite paintings. Hendrick ter Brugghen (sometimes spelled Terbrugghen) was from Utrecht but it's fairly obvious that in 1604, while in Italy, he either studied with or saw the paintings of Caravaggio.
Our piper, perhaps in the middle of playing a vigorous bransle, has thrown open his shirt to reveal a lovingly rendered shoulder, smudged from rubbing against the chanters of his pipes & glistening with a sheen of perspiration. The hands are beautifully modeled as well.

In an oblique way, this is also a sexy painting…

Monday, May 24, 2010

Spent Poppies № 2, 2010

Spent Poppies № 1, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Interior Study, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Figure Study, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Interior Study, 2010

Landscape Study, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Interior Study, 2010

Are these a bit strange? It's like being in David Lynch's laundry room…

Interior Study, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

OK, so I published this a year ago but I've now figured out how to add titles.
Here it is again; just like the real thing…

Of course, the beard is gone as well.