A most unusual post, but necessary and unavoidable – Defending Freedom in my homeland

Originally posted on INVISIBLE FORMS:
I do not ever publish about politics on this blog, but I’ll make a flagrant exception today, just on behalf of my fellow Catalan citizens and in defence of my country’s liberties -and democracy itself-, now threatened by an incurably totalitarian state as Spain is. (Yes, it is, as it has…

A pretty little church, a thousand year old

In the immediately previous post here about Catalan Romanesque Art, I’ve failed to include some pictures of the churches themselves, where the paintings and sculptures belong. There are hundreds of them -better or worse preserved- in my country and Andorra. My sister had a bunch of photos and documentation about 67 churches, hermitages and monasteries… Continue reading A pretty little church, a thousand year old

Catalan Romanesque Art – World heritage and cradle of our national identity

Visual arts, in all their forms, were among my sister Ari’s main interests and affections; but this is a hugely broad field and she -like everybody else- had to be content knowing well a few corners of it. Medieval European Art -and Catalan-Occitan Romanesque Art in particular- was one of those corners she knew quite… Continue reading Catalan Romanesque Art – World heritage and cradle of our national identity

“The Gypsy Tales” animation cartoon series from the perspective of Romani artists – A worthy project

Originally posted on ROMEDIA FOUNDATION:
Written by Anna Orosz Representing Roma culture with animation is the newest innovation of sharing traditions. The story of Gypsy Tales cartoon series started in 2013 at the Kecskemétfilm Studio with the direction of Mária Horváth, who wanted to share the Roma folk traditions and show the Roma cultural values.…

A Pictorial Tribute – Delvaux’s “Ari”, and a sort of family portrait

– – The first time I watched “Rosine” -an oil by the surrealist Belgian painter Paul Delvaux, from 1968- I said to myself “this tall, slim girl with the red hat and the fan looks very much like Ariel”. As a matter of fact, quite a few women in Delvaux’s paintings of the two last… Continue reading A Pictorial Tribute – Delvaux’s “Ari”, and a sort of family portrait

Edward McCartan (I) – The gentle eroticism


Edward Francis McCartan (August, 1879 – September, 1947) was an American sculptor, best known for his bronzes of Art-Déco style, popular in the 1920s.
Born in Albany, New York, he studied at the Pratt Institute and at the Art Students League of New York, and then in Paris for three years before his return to the United States in 1910. In 1914, McCartan became the Director of the Sculpture Department of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City.
Posthumously honored by the National Sculpture Society, his public monuments were few -but the Eugene Field Memorial (“Winken, Blinken, and Nod” also know as “The Dream Lady”) can still be found in the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.

Other works can be seen at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina, and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Michigan. New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building -a national historic site in Newark- New…

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To a distant friend lost in confusion – with much sorrow from Ariel and I

At the ending of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, just before drinking the poison, the prince speaks his last words and final plea to his best friend: (Hamlet to Horatio): I am dead; Thou livest; report me and my cause aright To the unsatisfied. […] If you didst ever hold me in thy heart, Absent thee from felicity… Continue reading To a distant friend lost in confusion – with much sorrow from Ariel and I

Edward McCartan (II) – Some daring elegance


This is a second gallery with carefully selected and adequately presented images of sculptures by Edward Francis McCartan (Albany, NY, 1879-1947), among the big lot that one may find on the Web -many of them with low resolution and wrong captions.

I will add very few comments (if any) and explanations about them in this post, since I fairly think that the works speak by themselves, and do it eloquently.

I have chosen three bronzes:

Diana and Hound, 1920, in the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin:

edward-mccartan-diana-and-hound-1920-2-adjDiana and Hound (1920 – bronze – lat. left)

edward-mccartan-diana-and-hound-1920-4-adjDiana and Hound (1920 – bronze – front)

Another Diana (with another hound) of a smaller size and slightly more stylised, with slimmer and taller figures, both the woman and the dog. (This sculpture belongs to a private collection) :

Edward McCartan Tutt'Art@Diana with hound (1922 -bronze…

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May I have a blue-and-white stuffed tiger…?

… To my eyes, yes. I actually have one -and a big one, by the way. In fact, I got my black and white, Siberian tiger years ago, and I did it not long after having read a mind-blowing comic strip of Calvin & Hobbes, in which Calvin’s dad tells him how the world was… Continue reading May I have a blue-and-white stuffed tiger…?

‘Sun Bath’ by Martin Lewis – as never seen before

As an appropriate follow-up of my recent post on Martin Lewis in my own blog: INVISIBLE FORMS, I show here what my sister Ari did with one the best engravings by this artist: Sun Bath; a work that she absolutely loved in every aspect… except for one of the two figures illustrated in it. So,… Continue reading ‘Sun Bath’ by Martin Lewis – as never seen before