Saturday, November 21, 2015

Botany of the Elsewhere (Lionni's sketchbooks, 1972)

Leo Lionni (Amsterdam, 1910 – Radda in Chianti, 1999) in this work of beautiful charcoal and pencil sketches, creates a taxonomy of fantastic, weird plants. This research was developed and culminated four years later in his book "La botanica parallela" (Parallel Botany), first published in Italy by Adelphi in 1976.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hap Grieshaber- Woodcuts

Helmut Andreas Paul Grieshaber
(Rot an der Rot,  1909 - Reutlingen, 1981)

1. Two characters from the Commedia dell'Arte (Scapino)
(from "the Large Garden"), 1965.

2. Whale Capsizes Boat.
(The Angel of History 21: Stop the whale hunt), 1973.

3. Pan, 1939.

4. Carmina Burana, 1969.

5. Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pig, 1964.

6. Arlecchino, 1965.

7. Camel with Saddle Cloth, 1959.

8. First Fall (The Stations of the Cross), 1969.

9. Carl Orff, Astutuli, 1965.

10. Angel in the storm, 1962.

11. The Wheel, 1965.

12. Musica Viva, 1960.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Carleton E. Watkins. Photographs of the Columbia River and Oregon taken between 1867 and 1870

1, 2. Castle Rock, Columbia River
3, 4. Cape Horn, Columbia River
5. Cape Horn near Celilo
6. View on the Columbia, Cascades
7. Rooster Rock, Columbia River
8. Eagle Creek, Columbia River
9, 10. Multnomah Falls, Columbia River
11. Lower Multnomah Falls, Columbia River
12. Mt. Adams from Sunset Hill, Dalles City
13. Dalles City from Rockland, Columbia River
14. Willamette Falls, Oregon City
15. Islands in the Columbia, Upper Cascades
16. The Passage of The Dalles, Columbia River
17. Ruins of the High Bridge, Columbia River

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sea rocks, Ventimiglia

Migrants sleep on the rocks by the sea in Ventimiglia, at the border between Italy and France. June 15, 2015. (Photo: Massimo Pinca/AP)

“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "This is mine," and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”
Jean Jacques Rousseau
On the Origin of the Inequality of Mankind (1754) 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shadow Souls - Romanesque sculptures in Alsace photographed by Jean-Paul Fuhry

1. Lautenbach. A character riding a dragon. Portal jamb, details of friezes.
2. Lautenbach. Lovers surprised by the husband. Portal jamb, details of friezes.
3. Lautenbach. Cat and man, woman and child. Portal jamb, details of friezes.
4. Lautenbach. A man eaten by a snake. Portal jamb, details of friezes.
5. Lautenbach. A man eaten by a pig. Portal jamb, details of friezes.
6. Lautenbach. The kiss. Portal jamb, details of friezes.

7, 8. Murbach.  Lions, tympanum of the eastern gate.

9. Guebwiller. Detail of the lintel.
10. Guebwiller. Statue of the transept tower.
11. Guebwiller. A capital decorated with a bird of prey.

12. Kaysersberg. Bird of prey. Capital of the west portal.
13. Kaysersberg. Atlantean. Lintel of portal.

14. Sélestat. A capital decorated with a man holding in each hand a monster.
15. Sélestat. A capital decorated with an angel with book.
16. Sélestat. A capital decorated with griffins back-to-back.

17. Neuwiller. Bearded Atlante. Lintel of the north lateral portal. Church of St. Pierre and St. Paul. 
18. Neuwiller. A capital decorated with entwined dragons.
19. Neuwiller. A capital decorated with two monstrous dogs.

20. Strasbourg. Sarcophagus of Adelochus (Adeloch). Detail with Nereid riding a fish. Church of St. Thomas.