Thursday, August 23, 2012
"Set Relaxing"

It began with seeing a cool photo of a kangeroo shared by 'Positivity Toolbox' via the interwebz.
I couldn't look at that 'roo and NOT see Set. I hadda have a draw.

Saturday, September 1, 2012
"Klimt's 'Hopeful' Painting"

Gustav Klimt
Austrian, 1862-1918
Hope II, 1907-08
Oil, gold, and platinum on canvas, 43 1/2 x 43 1/2" (110.5 x 110.5 cm).
MOMA, 468.1978

Earlier, I was hunting a photo for the Photo Friday theme of "Modern Life". I settled on one taken from the outdoor grounds at MOMA in New York. I thought the looming skyscrapers suggested 'modernity', while the green life below surges. While on that hunt, I came across this photo of Klimt's painting.

Eric Kandel, the author of that book Julia read quotes to me, is much impressed with Klimt. He says biology had a "profound influence" on Klimt and cites the medical historian Tatjana Buklijas, "a closer look at Klimt's work in the years immediately after 1903 reveals an abundance of shapes ... reminiscent of epithelium [cells] with black 'nuclei' in whiteish 'cytoplasm'."
(Eric R. Kandel, Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, (Random House, 2012), page 34.) Yes, there's lots of that sort of shape in his Hope II!

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