japonisme: art detective

09 February 2011

art detective

how i love to play detective. when i first saw the vallotton painting i thought i recognized the print on the wall. finally dug it up, it's by his compatriot, vuillard. i looked too at a similar print (the name of the painter of which i will fill in when i remember it!), but then i was so excited when i remembered which one it was.

the next one, i knew what it was imme- diately, but it took me a while to find it online. it's so cool when artists highlight other artists.

willcox does it again with william nicholson's book. (okay, i changed the cover to red, but why not?)

artists also fea- ture them- selves! willcox fea- tures an image from the book on the cover.

and manuel robbe has a woman perusing another of his own prints.

but what gives me a cool chill is knowing two of my favorite artists, at different times, sat in the exact same spot, and were each moved to paint it.

and this last is just a hoot: which came first, the poster mocking the women or the women mocking the poster?

oh silly me -- the poster is in the photo!

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Blogger vitalik shu said...

you are great detective)))) very intresting post)))

10 February, 2011 02:02  
Blogger Margarida Elias said...


10 February, 2011 02:03  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

it's so cool that you guys like it! thanks!

10 February, 2011 07:15  
Blogger Haji baba said...

I love these, Lily. Do some more. I know they must be alot of work but try. The books are especially fascinating. Did you see the postcard that used exactly the same view as Ethel Kirkpatrick but about 50 years later?

10 February, 2011 14:09  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks, charles! i actually have done it before, so now i'm going through the blog to see if i can add the detective tab to each of them. but it's going to take a little time, and some of them are a little hard to call.

but yeah-- i'm working on others too!

10 February, 2011 14:43  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oops... detective 'tag' or 'label'

anyway, what reference did i miss about kirkpatrick?

i was thinking, not for the first time, yesterday about how there really are not new images for me to find of many of my favorite artists. i think i've pretty much seen all of the dow, prints, and nordfeldt.

but then it occurred to me that maybe somehow this can give me the ability to notice the connections

10 February, 2011 15:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like a 'mise en abîme'. How interesting!d

11 February, 2011 03:08  
Blogger Gerrie said...

Thank you Lily for one of the most inriguing and widely read articles I've encountered on the Internet.

11 February, 2011 11:20  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

d-- i don't think i understand the nuance!

watson-- thanks! ;^)

11 February, 2011 13:06  
Anonymous evan said...

The Internet does nothing for my ADD...your blog sends me off on voyages of discovery all the time...I NEVER would have noticed the book/poster references...but I do catch stylistic references...sometimes. Mostly I'm way to excited just to be discovering things I've never seen before to worry IF I've seen it before...unless it's problematical. Wait...that's no influence- that's down right stealing!

11 February, 2011 14:03  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i remember your completely inadvertent pirate, that it gave you quite a start when i showed you a picture. yeah, there's a thin like between inspiration and theft, and i don't know where it is, but for sure, with such ease at replication and incorporation of any kind of data, it's surely slipping around these days.

and besides, i'm sure nobody would fault you for not noticing these little things. i pretty much always have noticed stuff. used to get me into trouble when i was in school. i think it's an asperger's thing.

11 February, 2011 14:16  
Anonymous evan said...

^ Well, I think there's inadvertent pirating & then there's 2 artists who, even if it's years apart, finding themselves, totally unaware of each other, exploring the same territory. I think in this day & age influence is inescapable. Conscious influence just requires a moment of giving credit where credit is due. Stealing is a different beast altogether.

12 February, 2011 12:01  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i agree, evan, and isn't it amazingly cool when two artists do that. it's a bit like the portraits of lake louise, above.

note: i liked your wordplay!

12 February, 2011 13:05  

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