You do not always need acrylic or oil paints to construct a masterpiece. Take for instance an unidentified Russian artist who takes everyday household items such as an iron steamer and bed sheets to create replicas of “Girl With a Pearl Earring” by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and a self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh.
Instead of employing the iron to smooth out any rough edges on the sheet, the artist does the exact opposite. He deliberately uses the iron to create creases on the white bed sheets to mirror famous artistic paintings.
A remake of the Johannes Vermeer original ”Girl With a Pearl Earring.”
The above video is a still from Philips Russia‘spromotional video which advertises the ingenuity of their new line of steamer irons and feature the artist’s work. Now with an ample amount of time and patience, one could be his or her own very Picasso when doing their daily chores!
How fateful that just as we celebrate Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt’s 150th birthday this past week, a lost painting of his turns up as well!
Within a recent trend of rediscovered artwork, Trumpeting Putto, a late 1800′s ceiling fresco, resurfaced from the depths of an Austrian family’s garage.
Gustav Klimt (Photo: Getty)
While the art dealer representing the owner, Josef Renz, declared the painting a Klimt, Renz now faces skepticism.
According to Alfred Weidinger, a Klimt specialist and curator of the Schlossmuseum Belvedere in Vienna, Renz attributed Trumpeting Putto to the wrong brother.
Weidinger said Gustav Klimt’s less-famous brother, Ernst Klimt, created the painting, consistent with other discovered works — studies for Trumpeting Putto made by Ernst.
Yet, considering the Klimt brothers shared a studio for some time, where they worked on numerous pieces collaboratively, art experts are still investigating the painting’s provenance.
But Gustav Klimt wasn’t the only famous artist to experience brotherly love. Influential brothers of other fine artists actually helped shape their more-famous siblings’ career.
Theo van Gogh, the younger brother of post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, served as Vincent’s major support system. Because of Theo’s consistent financial and emotional aid, Vincent easily devoted himself entirely to painting.
Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, 1878 (Photo: Paris Provence Van Gogh)
Charles Pollock, the eldest brother of abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, was also a painter himself. When Charles decided to travel to New York City to study fine art at the Art Students League of New York, his younger brother followed suit, prompting Jackson’s monumental career.
Charles and Jackson Pollock, 1930 (Photo: Charles Pollock Archives)
When the father of pop art legend Andy Warhol died, Andy’s older brother, John Warhola, took over parenting responsibilities at age 17. Determined to send Andy to college, John scraped together enough money to pay for Andy’s education at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University).
Paul Warhola, right, and Andy Warhol, center, 1940 (Photo: Warhola)
Of course, fine artists aren’t the only creative minds to find solace in their brother’s support. Take Duane and Gregg Allman, for example. The siblings founded the American rock/blues Allman Brothers Band which went on to win Grammy Awards and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Check out the throwback performance below and watch the brothers in action!
The northeast’s first big snowstorm of the year hit yesterday, bringing hours of blizzard conditions through the night.
Today James and I enjoyed a peaceful city snow day. The cool frozen powder has often enhanced a dramatic or soothing landscape. Artists have captured the beauty of snow for ages.
Wood Gatherers in the Snow by Vincent Van Gogh
Wood Gatherers in the Snow by Vincent Van Gogh from 1884 is one such snow-inspired work. The renowned post-impressionist artist communicates a connection to everyday people pursuing everyday tasks in difficult conditions.
Effect of Snow by Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin, a friend of Vincent Van Gogh, painted Effect of Snow in 1879 as an obvious tribute to a winter wonderland. Like Van Gogh, Gauguin was a post-impressionist pushing the boundaries of a landscape to portray the scene’s feeling and movement.
Snow Cloud by Annette Conniff
This captivating landscape, Snow Cloud, is painted by living Maryland contemporary artistAnnette Conniff. Conniff describes her work as her way of capturing nature, the weather, a mood, the light, an atmosphere, and a moment.
Untitled photograph by Galya Kovalyova
Finally I would like to share with you a snowy work by nAscent Art photographer, Galya Kovalyova. To me, the most amazing thing about this peaceful and meditative untitled photograph is that it is actually a color photograph depicted in color–it was just that monochromatic that day! This fine art piece is available through nAscent Art New York – 347.838.3686, email@example.com.
I hope you enjoyed the snow-filled day and this snow-filled artwork! Are there any famous old artworks or new contemporary pieces with snowy subject matter that you would like to share? Comment below!