Dutch artist Eric Basstein started painting on an early age and at the age of 19 he went to art school. Although he didn’t had the right degree the school decided to take him in by judging his work. After two years he decided to quit school and start focussing on one of his other passions, music.
After 10 years in the music scene he felt that the need to paint again got bigger and bigger. In 2015 Eric decided to switch back to painting and this time with full focus. He took his experience from his musical background with him, and used that for his paintings. The use of multiple layers and all sorts of existing samples to create a new song inspired him. This is how Eric came up with the idea to make collages with samples of old paintings, comic books and fashion magazines. These collages are sketches for his paintings.
Eric’s blend of the historical and modern is sublime. His paintings blends realist figurative work inspired by old masters with abstractions taken from comic books and fashion. His work combines contemporary and classical references to create an astonishingly resonant dialogue with the viewer.
Kenne Grégoire is a Dutch painter with several thematic areas in which he explores different approaches. The most prominent seems to be still life in which he uses a combination of isometric perspective and naturalistic rendering. This is contrasted with other still life subjects in which he takes a more straightforward approach.
There are other repeated themes, such as patterned backgrounds and figurative work that varies from naturalistic to stylized. In all of his work he demonstrates a refined control of texture and color, usually casting his subjects in muted light and emphasizing their textural characteristics.
Glass is a 1958 non-verbal documentary short by Bert Haanstra that contrasts glassblowing techniques used inside the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with more modern industrial machines. The first half shows several men at work using traditional glassblowing to create ornate objects like vases and mugs set against jazz music, while the second part shifts abruptly into the mechanized world of industrial glass production set to a whimsical score of more synthesized music.
Now this is what we are talking about. Parra and Toykyo giving us the “Fly New Coffee Table.” This is what we want in our living room. It has a Bob’s Big Boy sort of roundness to it. It sort of looks like a cocaine table, but that is for another post…
They only made 8 of these, which means 8 people are going to be flyer than us. Wonder if all 8 goes to those in the land of the Dutch?
Hey, Americans should be more loved in Paris, especially after rescuing this Manet piece from a salt mine. And this Manet piece isn’t the only one with an interesting past.
IN Room 38 of the Louvre’s Richelieu Wing hangs “The Astronomer” by the Dutch master Jan Vermeer. It is an exquisite painting. The stargazer sits before a celestial globe, his fingers spanning the constellation Pegasus. He wears a teal Japanese silk robe, a style favored by Dutch burghers in the late 17th century. He is lost in thought and bathed in a golden light.
Of course we can’t see the back of the painting. But if we could take it down from the wall and turn it over, we would find the spot where a small black swastika was stamped by Nazi curators after it was stolen from Édouard de Rothschild, a Jewish collector whose art had been coveted by Hitler since before the start of the war.
“The Astronomer” is but one of thousands of pieces of artwork in Paris that carry such a history.
Nothing like sitting in the back of Toronado in San Francisco watching a World Cup Final. Spain, in a final surge, wins 1-0 over The Netherlands. Although we were rooting for the Dutch, Spain has been the best in the world for a few years now, and it was a well-deserved and earned World Cup Trophy. The German Octopus was right…
A lot of people will be pulling for Spain in our group of friends to beat Germany and then take on the Dutch and win in the World Cup Final, but we think we are fully in love with the Orangemen at this point. The Netherlands, the Dutch, Holland, whatever you want to call them, but after their 3-2 victory over Uruguay today, we are just leaning to the low countries.