Tag Archive: Paintings


 Yesterday, the 25th of February 2013 ……

– was

Artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s 172nd Birth Anniversary.

Nuwan et Renoir (Oct 2008) # 1

Nuwan et Renoir (Oct 2008) # 1

Nuwan et Renoir (0ct 2OO8) # 2

Nuwan et Renoir (0ct 2OO8) # 2

Pix #1 With Renoir’s The Bathers @ Musée d’Orsay, Paris (Oct 2008) 

Pix #2 With Renoir’s Girls at the Piano @ Musée d’Orsay, Paris (Oct 2008) 

Born on the 25th of February, 1841, Renoir, happens to be one of my favourite artists from the impressionist era. What I love about his work is the unique use of extremely fine (tiny) brush strokes. Especially in The Bathers, the two reclining nudes look as if the two whole figures are covered with tiny little brownish hairs. And his use of warm colours to enhance the natural summery glow of the painting beautifies the work even more. Girls at the Piano too has that summery jubilant feel, but contrasting the society of the two females present in this picture, to that of The Bathers.  

Nuwan et Renoir (Sept 2OO8) # 3

Nuwan et Renoir (Sept 2008) #3

 Pix #3 With Renoir’s Ball at the Moulin de la Galette @ Musée d’Orsay, Paris (Sept 2008) 

Contrasting to the earlier two Renoir’s, the third picture, taken when I visited Musée d’Orsay  a month earlier, this particular painting uses more cooler shades. What I like most about this painting (along with a few others done in a similar style) is the way he depicts the sunny patches falling on the people through the trees. 

– was 

when I got up early in the morning, to catch the Oscars 2013, live telecast on Star Movies, despite a sleepless night. The 85th Annual Academy Awards was held on the 24th February 2013 night, by US time (Western US), which was early morning 25th February 2013, here. 

Oscar Red Carpet 2013

Oscar Red Carpet 2013

Red Carpet style & The Oscars

From all the celebrities, my favourite outfit was that of Anne Hathaway. She had an almost Audrey Hepburn kind of charm, in that simple pink outfit, very clean cut, neat. My kind of style. And her short crop works well with that outfit, making her feel more Hepburn and less Hathaway. Just as I was thinking that she has managed to capture the essence of Audrey Hepburn, Hathaway mentioned that the rocks on her neck were from Tiffany’s. Hathaway @ Tiffany’s!!! Wow!! She won the Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables (2012). Jessica Chastain & Jennifer Lawrence were the next two best dressed fem fatales of the evening. The main surprise at the ceremony for me was Jennifer Lawrence winning the Oscar for Best Actress, that was a bit unexpected. I’m sure she deserved it, although I can’t judge as I haven’t been able to see any of the films that were nominated this year. Having followed the Oscar buzz, I wasn’t surprised with any other win. Best Film, Argo (2012), Best Actor Daniel Day Lewis et al, won as expected. 

Seth Macfarlane did a superb job hosting the show. The highlights for me were, when he hinted at the Academy for not nominating Ben Affleck, the Captain Von Trapp scene and of course the segment of the ‘Boob’ song referring to all the Kate Winslet movies where she’s bared it all. Winslet by far is the best actress today after Meryl Streep. All in all, loved the show and re-watched most of it when it was re-telecast last night.

NS

Oscar Winners & Show

-was

a full moon day.

While the wolves were howling on one side of the globe, religious activities were being held on this side of the globe. Of course dogs were howling at the moon here as well.

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Cézanne Birth Anniversary

Today, the 19th of January 2013, is Paul Cézanne’s 174th Birth Anniversary.

Cézanne Self Portrait  Sept 2008

Pix: Cézanne et moi (Cézanne & I)  at Musée d’Orsay, Paris .

Cézanne Still Life Sept 2008

Pix: With Cézanne’s still life paintings –  at Musée d’Orsay, Paris .                                                     (of course I do not look like that anymore, I’ve put on a bit)

Born on 19th January 1839, Paul Cézanne happens to be my favourite impressionist/post-impressionist artist, and among my favourite artists of various modern art movements of the 19th & 20th century. Surrealist artist Salvador Dalì, being my favourite artist ever.

Although being a fan of painting of the human figure, as most my own artworks tend to concentrate on the human figure, and I do love Cézanne’s nudes as well, especially his use of the shades of blue in them; my favourite Cézanne works happen to be his still life paintings. The uniqueness of his use of bright colours on the fruits. The bright reds and yellows blending into the darker greens, his brushstrokes of very quick strokes and lazily done slower smoother strokes, both sometimes within the same painting etc etc, he is the greatest when it comes to the still life impressionist works.

If you look at the paintings that I’m standing in front of, the one on the right hand corner, you can see how he has removed the monotony of a horizontal axis, by the insertion of the vertical bottle and glass. Plus he’s managed to put the whole picture into background by the insertion of a knife. Just by the removal of the knife, you’ll get the illusion of the fruits being in the foreground, although they are kept in the same place. And if you look at the picture, that is partially covered by me, you can see movement. Actually majority of his still life’s are not still, there’s always movement. As if the fruits are falling or something happening in the picture. His works on Skulls are also pretty interesting. Reminds me of the Catacombs in Paris (which I visited back in July 2009). Boy, I miss Paris, the most beautiful city I’ve lived in, though just for less than a year (2008-2009).

To Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). He lives on through his masterpieces.  

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Today also happens to be the birthday of young Logan Lerman.

Happy 21st to the very likable Mr. Lerman, my youngest favourite actor.

After seeing him in one of my favourite satires from recent times, Meet Bill (2007), and one of the best westerns of the new century 3:10 to Yuma (2007), he is the best among the actors of his age group. Although I liked Abigail Breslin and Cameron Bright, who did some great work in Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Birth (2004) respectively, who happen to be younger than Lerman,  I’ven’t seen them appear in that good a movie more recently. While Lerman has proved he’ll be a future superstar (if not already) with the kind of varied roles he’s had since his childhood. Primarily he’s a really good actor, and not just a pretty face, and has a very likable persona.  Am keen on watching his most recent venture, Perks of being a Wallflower (2012).

Wishing you all the best on your Key B’day.

Cheers Nuwan Sen

Check out what I’ve written about Logan Lerman previously on IMDB, on my list titled ‘Top 5 Nouveau Comedies (2001 – 2010)‘ May 2011 & ‘No Name‘ Oct 2011.

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