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Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X is a 1953 painting by the Irish artist Francis Bacon . The work shows a distorted version of the Portrait of Innocent X painted by the Spanish artist Diego Velázquez in 1650. The work is one of a series of variants of the Velázquez painting which Bacon executed throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, a total of over 45 works. [ 1 ] The picture was described by Gilles Deleuze as an example of creative re-interpretation of the classical.
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In a world where it’s not uncommon for children to own electronic devices that are far superior to the phones the rest of us have been holding together with duct tape until our next paycheck, International Children’s Book Day is a beacon of hope. The celebration honors the import role reading plays in healthy child development, aiming to instill a lifelong love of printed works for young bookworms across the world. The event coincides with Hans Christian Andersen ‘s birthday — the Danish author whose fairy tale gems like The Little Mermaid , Thumbelina , and The Snow Queen have delighted the minds and hearts of readers big and small. Children’s storybook illustrators have been bringing the tales of Andersen and other authors to life for eons, offering an imaginative entryway into each fable’s unique universe — many of the artworks now inseparable from the books. With this in mind, we wanted to share the incredible creations of several famed fairy tale illustrators.
Oh, to have been in Tokyo in June! Shintaro Ohata just finished up a solo exhibition at the Yukari Art Contemprary in Tokyo, Japan. This Hiroshima, Japan-born artist is known for his ability to show us everyday life in a cinematic way.
Illustrator Claire Hummel has created a unique homage to the Disney princesses through her series of graphic illustrations entitled 'Historically Correct Disney Princesses.' Claire re-created the princesses in attire that would be correct for their time and social status. Instead of Belle donning an A-line gown, she is depicted wearing a set of panniers to enlarge her hips, which was a common fashion in France in the 18th century. Ariel is featured with flamboyant shoulder poofs as well. The Historically Correct Disney Princesses is a fun series that provides a historical contrast to the mainstream princesses that Disney depicted to us as children. Which traditional outfit most appeals to you?
Born in Madrid , Fernando Vicente begins his career in the ’80′s, mixing illustration with painting. His unique style embodies bold and slightly aggressive visual concepts, giving him the freedom of playing with the composition. Experimentation is his motto, shifting and mixing different environments in just one work. In his series “ Vanitas ”, Vicente depicts the transient beauty of a woman’s body, juxtaposing an aristocratic attitude in his Hepburn-like beauties, with the reds and yellows of the flesh, all framed in a nicely textured cyan background. Or in lesser words: underneath, we are all the same.