@bobbole’s amazing “You Don’t Remember the Somme?” art reminded me of Jeremy Deller’s art “We’re Here Because We’re Here” which I actually had the privilege of stumbling across in person when I was in Manchester in July 2016.
It’s Remembrance Weekend here so I thought I’d go down memory lane a little… (none of the photos are mine btw)
The ‘art’ included about 1,600 male volunteers, all dressed in the uniforms worn by the British army in the First World War. Each man represented a named individual who had been killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme (1st July 1916). When approached by the public, the men would hand out a card bearing the name, battalion and, often, the age of the man they represented. In Deller’s words, these cards were “like small tombstones”.
Every so often, the men would sing “We’re Here Because We’re Here” which was put to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.
I still get chills just remembering.
THIS IS INCREDIBLE 😭
Oh wow, those are my tags in the wild (bizarre). We really were incredibly lucky to hear about the project in such detail, and I’ve got a few more facts if anyone’s interested:
- The weaving alone took three months and in the end they used 11,500 metres of fabric
- There were 30 costume supervisors based at hubs around the country
- The SAS designed a workout the volunteers could do while wearing the uniform that would help break it in and make it look natural
- I basically spent the afternoon crying like a baby after the talk finished
I read about this at the time and was blown away by the concept. The key thing is that none of the men talked. If they had spoken, even in character, they’d have been historical reenactors. Instead they were a haunting.
This Twitter thread was going around the past couple of days and I am obsessed with it. Please click through to find some of the greatest GREATEST intentionally bad horse art you will ever see.
Seriously, I’ve been laughing at it for like two days now, help me
a new acrylic pour
Over the weekend I tried REALLY hard to do a successful acrylic pour on canvas. I tried over and over and wasted half the day (and loads of paint). While 100% on the verge of giving up I tried one more time:
Out of the unholy mess I made came something I actually like!
I think it looks a little bit like a lake from above.
My first ever successful acrylic pour on a canvas!
It’s still early days but I’m starting to get the hang of it. For this I used paint, water, Liquitex pouring medium, and WD40. (That stuff is AMAZING for creating cells.)
Fields of flowers, some being picked but mostly being left alone. American, Impressionist school. John Ottis Adams, artist. Living from 1851 to 1927, he was a member of the Hoosier Group of landscape artists. Studied at the South Kensington School of Art in London.
Oh these are so lovely.
“In Poppyland.” No date. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://scontent.fnyc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/s960x960/10265542_559172784203537_8292228860334475991_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=e007fa&_nc_ohc=90dphuBNlfUAX_GdWj9&_nc_ht=scontent.fnyc1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=81fbba1b1510d291056e7fb000a45f9e&oe=5F2A0D61
Painting with red flowers. Undated. Signed on the lower left. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 80 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Ottis_Adams_002_(39098022245).jpg
Garden. Undated. Signed on the lower right. Source: youtube.com. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 80 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Ottis_Adams_007_(25125385257).jpg
“Black-eyed Susans.” Undated. Signed on the lower left. Private collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.oceansbridge.com/shop/uncategorized/black-eyed-susansView original post
Francis Edmonds, “Devotion” (1857). Does anyone know the story, explanation, history, analysis of this? It’s one of my favorite paintings, but I want to make sure I understand it correctly and like it for the right reasons — Making Histolines
https://ift.tt/367iDtm via /r/ArtHistory https://ift.tt/2LvSriMFrancis Edmonds, “Devotion” (1857). Does anyone know the story, explanation, history, analysis of this? It’s one of my favorite paintings, but I want to make sure I understand it correctly and like it for the right reasons — Making Histolines
Hmmm. Somehow I doubt devotion was really what it was.
I haven’t seen some of these before. Loving it.
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These are gorgeous.
Some beautiful art created by the artist Plantare, take a look…
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Three Man with a Woman Holding a Cat, 16th century – by Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo — Making Histolines
https://ift.tt/2XlmQYm via /r/ArtHistory https://ift.tt/34kBIaMThree Man with a Woman Holding a Cat, 16th century – by Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo — Making Histolines
My god, those expressions are MAGNIFICENT and should become a meme immediately.
Oh this is MAGNIFICENT.
Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home, Here Are The Results
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