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Schalcken’s paintings

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Self Portrait by Candlelight (1695). One additional pleasure of Le Fanu’s story and Leslie Megahey’s film is the way they draw attention to the work of an artist who might otherwise have remained overshadowed by his more famous contemporaries. Ever since seeing the meticulous chiaroscuro of Joseph Wright’s An Experiment on a Bird in an […]

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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 Cuauhtémoc Rodríguez

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Irradación from Microescenarios. Triumbirato from Microescenarios. Two of many striking digital works by Mexican artist Cuauhtémoc Rodríguez. The use of chiaroscuro always gets my attention and there’s plenty of that at work here, as in the example above. Via Bajo el Signo de Libra. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive Previously […]

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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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