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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
|images copyright and by kindest permission of the artist|
For 2018 she's decided on an intense and fun engagement with her chosen medium. She's doing a cat-themed woodcut per day till 2019, and that's freehand. No prep drawing, no tracing, just cutting. Above is "First Light," and below is "Window Seat." I'm going to reiterate that - one cat woodcut every day. Longtime readers know how fond I am of woodcuts, so you know I was thrilled.
Want to keep up with the challenge and see her other work?
Here's H M S Printmaking on Etsy.
Here's her website.
Monday, April 16, 2018
|Queens College, Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, photo by Brita Helgesen 01/24/14. (PD)|
Six Dynasties China is particularly interesting; while it was a long period of political upheaval, it was also a time of cultures intermingling. Longtime Museum readers know how much I love those for their fresh, fascinating results, and here's proof right here. Traditional Chinese art standards were mixed with influences from Buddhism as it infiltrated popular thought, as well as from Central Asian ruling classes. I love that this long-ago potter felt free as a result to make a perfect little dog and - bonus style points - extend his spots to the bowl around him.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
I've found a huge collection in Italian with pages (!!) full of cat proverbs. Everything you see below I translated with GoogleTranslate....so certainly feel free to correct me.
I buoni gatti prendono topi in casa e fuori - Good cats take mice indoors and out.
I gatti scabbiosi vivono a lungo - Scabby cats live a long time.
Gatto nero non divien bianco per sapone - Black cat does not become white for (with) soap.
La merda di gatto non e salsiccia arrosto - Cat s**t is not roasted sausage. (Dying to know what brought that one about - curator)
Anche i bei gattini hanno unghie aguzze - Even the beautiful kittens have sharp nails. (Yes. Yes they do - curator)
Preghiera di gatti non sale in cielo - Cats' prayers don't rise to the heavens.
La gatta dice mezzo il suo cuore - The cat tells her heart half (tells half her heart?).
Gli amore del gatto finiscono con graffi - Cat's love ends with scratches.
Il gatto, quantunque chiuda gli occhi, non e cieco - The cat, though it closes its eyes, is not blind.
Gatto bianco con coda nera, parla assai del l'ermellino - A white cat with a black tail speaks highly of ermine.
I gatti e le pulzellone, hanno la vita tenace - Cats and wizards are tenacious of life. (Wizards? - curator)
Strafforello, Gustavo, 1820-1903. La Sapienza Del Mondo: Ovvero, Dizionario Universale Dei Proverbi Di Tutti I Popoli, Raccolti, Tradotti, Comparati, E Commentati Da Gustavo Strafforello, Con L'aggiunta Di Aneddoti, Racconti, Fatterelli, E Di Illustrazioni Storiche, Morali, Scientifiche, Filologiche, Ecc. Torino: A. F. Negro, 1883. vol. 2. pp. 168-78.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
|Child's Bib, 19th century; cotton; H x W: 59.9 x 45.3 cm (23 9/16 x 17 13/16 in.); 1949-39-1|
Monday, April 09, 2018
|Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery. Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore|
Sunday, April 08, 2018
|Takeuchi Seihō [Public domain in Japan], via Wikimedia Commons|