The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby stumblin » Tue Apr 19, 2005 5:28 am

"I've said it before, city folks just don't know how to have fun."
Er...
Well, I suppose there might not be too many city folk whose definitions of "fun" stretch to sticking their arms up a cow. Perhaps I've led a sheltered existence?
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby bruneau » Tue Apr 19, 2005 10:18 am

David,
Actually it's a funny story considering the situation of the cow and the vet at first. I can see Ben Turpin (as the vet) and other members of comedy capers make a nice thing of it.
Or even R. Crumb and he probabely do something with the calv still attched on the cow and swinging together with the vet in the air while the bull is after them. And then two or three idiots running after the whole bunch.
It's certainly food for the imagination and I keep it in mind to make something out of it.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby bruneau » Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:40 pm

I know it's my job my trade but now I think about it, it's hard to find a bluesy painter myself, cos most of good painters came from well to do families and lived a sheltered and "easy" live. Except Van Gogh, I think he lived in the most misserable circomstances you can imaging. But I don't like him or his paintings. So I found another one and one of my favourites.
[h3]PIETER BREUGHEL[h3]The Elder (1525?-1569)

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/b/bruegel/buyer.jpg
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby bruneau » Sat Apr 30, 2005 7:00 am

In the portrait above the painter looks like an old man.
This can mean a) It's not a selfportrait b) The estimated birthyear is incorrect or c) Pieter Brueghel looked already as an old man when he was 40 years old.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby blueswriter » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:06 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-30-05 AT 07:11 AM (EST)]It's doubtful he was painting bluesmen in the 1500s, in fact, in the work of Chagal, Van Gogh, Monet, and many others, I don't recall any of them painting bluesmen or women.

One I would consider is Edward Hopper...

http://faculty.evansville.edu/rl29/art1 ... thawks.jpg

Not that he painted blues artists either, but, for me, Hopper's use of location, character, and shading in Nighthawks captures a lot of blues feel.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

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Postby blueswriter » Sat Apr 30, 2005 2:01 pm

Good one, Stumblin' - I think that's the first time I've seen Homer and others from The Simpsons used with Hopper's painting as the source. I couldn't find a bigger image of the one below, but it's James Dean, Bogey, and Marilyn in the same setting Hopper used.

http://www.gerrold.com/photoblog/nighthawks2.jpg
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby bruneau » Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:02 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-30-05 AT 11:05 AM (EST)]Another American artist I Like
Grant Wood!
This is his famous painting "American Gothic"
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA98/haven/ ... gothic.jpg
Stumblin can't you find this painting with Homer and Marge Simpson?
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby allanlummox » Sat Apr 30, 2005 4:22 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-30-05 AT 12:22 PM (EST)]But that painting sounds less like blues and more like Sacred Harp Shape note Singing.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby bruneau » Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:36 pm

You're right about that Dan.
But I like the painting and I like also The sacred Harp.
I've 2 cds from them.
http://www.rounder.com/images/album/ROU ... _Cover.jpg
http://www.rounder.com/images/album/ROU ... _Cover.jpg

I find the singing some kind of surreal.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby allanlummox » Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:47 pm

Yea, I first heard the style through the "Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music" - which I can't possibly recommenc highly enough.


There IS a choir here in the Bay Area which has some Shape Note songs in it's repertoire. Hearing that stuff live is a pretty moving experience.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby bruneau » Sun May 01, 2005 10:17 am

Hey Dan,
I've got the cds but don't know much about "The Sacred Harp hymnal".
This is a question BTW.
Can you tell me something more.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby allanlummox » Sun May 01, 2005 1:30 pm

A pretty good general article;


http://fasola.org/

Basically, Shape Note was a simplified form of musical notation for teaching congregations to sing Harmony, and the "Sacred Harp" a particular book of these arrangeemnts.


The approach to notation gives the arrangements a vibrant and strident sound.

Neat stuff.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby bruneau » Sun May 01, 2005 2:53 pm

Thanks Dan
That's a mighty fine link.
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RE: The Bluesiest Painter - Draughtsman ?

Postby nizer » Mon May 16, 2005 1:35 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON May-16-05 AT 10:13 AM (EST)]Bluesiest painter-draughtsman?

Romare Bearden

http://www.beardenfoundation.org/index2.html

Heavily influenced by Matisse, he had a wide range of subjects, including da blooze:

http://www.beardenfoundation.org/artlif ... f_the.html

I would love to have uploaded one of his paintings/prints/collages for your viewing pleasure but I don't seem to have that option.
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