Visual Art

Some facts about the color red

Red is one of the oldest colors still in use. For example, artists continue to use red ochre, which was originally used for prehistoric cave drawings. The pigment is made from clay that turns red after being mixed with a mineral.

A deep red ochre called sinopia — named for the ancient Greek city where it was mined — became a valuable and expensive pigment representing power and victory. Women in ancient Egypt used sinopia in makeup. During the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, and many other artists used it. It also is still in use today.

Read more about the color red at Mental Floss.

Quote

One of my favorites

Portrait of JRR Tolkien
“And some things
that should not have been
forgotten were lost.
History became legend.
Legend became myth.”
― JRR Tolkien
in The Lord of the Rings

He, too, was a soldier during the First World War. Some scenes in his books are a reflection on his experiences.

Inspiration

Forgotten women artists

Marie-Gabrielle Capet, Self Portrait (1784)The wonderful and hard-working Ghaddra sent me this. It is about forgotten women artists, a series by the Journal of Art in Society. In this case, the focus is on a woman named Marie-Gabrielle Capet.

Marie-Gabrielle Capet, who painted the self-portrait to the left in 1783 or 1784, was a Frenchwoman from the city of Lyon.

“She came from humble beginnings, with both parents being servants. Little is known of her childhood, but it seems clear that she demonstrated considerable artistic ability from a very young age…”

I am amazed by her talent. At some point she moved to Paris.

Capet “attracted the attention of one of the great ladies of French painting, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, who accepted her as a student in her studio. Marie-Gabrielle soon took precedence over Adélaïde’s numerous other female protégés. There were nine of these in total, collectively referred to as Les Demoiselles, and they included the talented Marie-Victoire d’Avril and Marie-Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond.”

A highlight for me was a painting by Adélaïde — a self-portrait — in which she included two of her students, one being Marie-Gabrielle Capet.

I encourage everyone to look through the Journal of Art in Society for some great inspiration.

Thank you, Ghaddra, for sharing! Or should I say: ¡Gracias!

I love Spanish. It is such a beautiful language.

aaronjhill
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