I have been invited coming Sunday to speak at the Rubens exhibition “Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his legacy” about my suspicion that the 17th century beauty ideal was not Rubens’s “rubenesque" BBWs, but rather that Rubens managed to ‘sell’ his personal fetish to Europe during his lifetime. See here.
Truth be told, I’ve never liked Rubens as I’ve previously explained.
There is a whole category of sleeping children over at Wikimedia.
Nothing more peaceful, innocent and soothing to the eye than a sleeping child.
We have a saying in Flanders, that all children are ‘good’ when they are sleeping. I can remember when all of my three daughters were young, that having them sleeping next to me in their room gave me an enormous feeling of peace and contentment.
Detail of the Temple of Human Passions frieze by Jef Lambeaux.
Yesterday in Brussels, the Temple of Human Passions. This ‘scandalous’ work was closed to the public for a long time. I have been looking in vain for contemporary comments on its offensiveness.
Photo: J. W. Geerinck
In a recent post I mentioned a painting I once saw at Art Brussels of a man crying a river/waterfall.
The work gives new meaning to “Cry Me a River”.
Photo via a-place-in-the-sun.
Highlight in the history of the visual grotesque.
photo: Jan Willem Geerinck
This reminds me of the body horror (or bio horror or horticultural horror) of the Krupp fountain in the courtyard of the Kunstgewerbehaus, Munich.
Photo Jan Willem Geerinck