I took one of these once and put it up in my apartment. It’s a great poster. I need to get another one. I wonder if any are on eBay. (Yes, yes, I know stealing is wrong. It was a big color copy of the original, from a laser printer, probably from Kinko’s, hanging outside a convenience store.)
I have been looking through some imagery created by the talented artists of the AEF, the American Expeditionary Forces, during the nastiness that was the First World War, and I came across this one, a new favorite, of a soldier carrying his wounded buddy. A sketch by Harry Everett Townsend using charcoal on paper, it hangs in the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum.
By Lucas Cranach
the Younger, 1541
I’m not sure what to think of this guy, Philip I, Duke of Pomerania. He appears resolute. He looks as if he’s someone not to trifle with. This portrait was painted by Lucas Cranach the Younger in 1541. I will have to read up on both of them.
“Art is moral, in that it awakens. But what if it were to do the opposite? If it were to numb us, to put us asleep, counteract all activity and progress? And music can do that as well.”
— Thomas Mann in The Magic Mountain, 1924
I actually referenced this David Hockney quote during an interview with the Seattle Symphony today.
I talked about how I feel very much the same way. I am mostly introverted, with moments of extrovert activity for public performances, etc.
I am performing with a group at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Wednesday, March 8, though I’d prefer to sit in the bank of the recital hall and watch it play out.
I love the composing part of music, where I am mostly in the background. I would like to do the same for public performance, sit in the very back or perhaps stand, but I will instead be on stage, in a mix with professional and amateur musicians.
It took awhile, quite a bit of tweaking and playing about using software such as GIMP and Inkscape, but I have finally got the photo of grandpa to a point where I can blow it up, easily copy it by hand. So now I have to determine how I am going to use it. I am thinking about an etching or engraving. We will see. I will start playing around. The lack of contrast in his face presented numerous problems.
Obama’s former press Secretary and I share something in common: we both like Soviet era art. He has some pieces hanging in his home. I don’t, though I do regret not buying an old, original poster of Mao when I visited China. The above art is related to local politics in Colorado Springs, the details of which I don’t know.
Ain’t it great? Love it. Simple. It’s by Marcus, whoever the hell he is.