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Albert Goodwin’s fantasies

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Viriconium (Millennium/Gollancz, 2000). Painting: The Gates of the Inferno (no date). The web continues to be an incomparable treat for anyone interested in art history. One of the great advantages of the BBC’s Your Paintings site is having the opportunity to see pictures by artists whose output would rarely be deemed important enough to appear […]

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The art of Thomas Cole, 1801–1848

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The Titan’s Goblet (1833). Thomas Cole’s Titan’s Goblet isn’t featured at the Google Art Project, unfortunately, but the following paintings are, and all benefit from being able to explore their details. Cole’s colossal vessel predates Surrealism by a century, and is one of many paintings which always has me mentally labelling him as the American […]

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John Martin’s musical afterlife

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Angel Witch (1980) by Angel Witch. Art: The Fallen Angels Entering Pandemonium (1841). It’s been a busy week so the posts just now are tending towards haste and laziness. The paintings of John Martin (1789–1854) make such good album covers you’d expect that there were more than this handful. Perhaps there are (Discogs.com contains numerous […]

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Danby’s Deluge

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Since John Martin’s tumultuous canvases are back in the news it’s worth remembering another 19th-century painter of Biblical cataclysm, Francis Danby (1793–1861), whose enormous The Deluge (1840) used to hang in the same room as the Martins at Tate Britain. Danby was a contemporary of Martin although not as enthusiastic about this kind of subject […]

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John Martin: Heaven & Hell

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The Great Day of His Wrath (1851) by John Martin. I’ve written on a couple of occasions about having been a precocious youth when it came to art appreciation. My first visit to the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) when I was 13 was of my own volition during one of our annual school visits […]

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Volcano: Turner to Warhol

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An Eruption of Vesuvius, Seen from Portici (c.1774–6) by Joseph Wright of Derby. Joseph Wright of Derby captured the eruptions of Vesuvius in several pictures of which this is one of the more spectacular examples. The painter enjoyed spectacle as he also the rendering of chiaroscuro effects so it’s no wonder he was attracted to […]

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Darkness visible

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Pandemonium by John Martin (1841). Happy birthday to John Milton, 400-years-old today. “High on a throne of a royal state, which far / Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind” by Gustave Doré (1866). Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The etching and engraving archive Previously on { feuilleton } • Chiaroscuro II: Joseph […]

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The art of Mihály Zichy, 1827–1906

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The Triumph of the Genius of Destruction (1878). A Hungarian artist with a flair for the pandemoniac, as can be seen from this lurid anti-war painting. Zichy is also known today for Love, a series of erotic etchings produced in the 1870s. These may or may not include the masturbating male at the end of […]

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The art of Stella Langdale, 1880–1976

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Nocturne (aquatint; no date). One of Callum‘s recent book postings alerted me to the work of Stella Langdale, an artist and illustrator I hadn’t come across before. Judging from online listings her obscurity would seem to be a result of not having being as productive as some of her contemporaries, and her drawings are a […]

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Chiaroscuro II: Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797

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An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768). As promised, one of my favourite chiaroscurists. The impression Joseph Wright’s work made on me at the age of 13 was one of many revelations from my first visit to the Tate Gallery. The paintings which struck me most of the older works there were […]

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HP Lovecraft’s favourite artists

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HP Lovecraft by Virgil Finlay, 1937.

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Salvador Dalí’s apocalyptic happening

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The oft-despised concept album of the 1970s doesn’t come more demented than 666, a double disc set by Greek group Aphrodite’s Child released in 1972. The group featured Vangelis and Demis Roussos among their number (Roussos later turned up on Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner) and this is about the only thing they’re now remembered […]

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Death from above

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The apocalyptic spectacles of Romantic painter John Martin are routinely treated by art critics as kitsch, a dismissal which ignores the considerable power and perennial attraction that many of his best pictures possess. Kitsch is a bad thing, it seems, unless you’re Jeff Koons or Jake and Dinos Chapman. Martin’s most famous work, The Great […]

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The art of Vasili Vereshchagin, 1842–1904

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The Apotheosis of War (1871) by Vasili Vereshchagin, “dedicated to all conquerors, past, present and to come”. Previously on { feuilleton } • The apocalyptic art of Francis Danby

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The apocalyptic art of Francis Danby

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The Deluge (1840). In the days before cinema and the likes of Roland Emmerich, people had to visit galleries or see touring exhibitions of huge paintings for their fill of artistic cataclysm. I discovered some of these works on my first visit to the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain), aged 13. I was there to […]

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