June 18, 2013
June 17, 2013
February 26, 2013
|Massimo Scolari, The Sick Square, 1971|
See my Scolari post on But Does it Float. I'm looking forward to the recent book collecting these works (Amaz link) -- these come from the old book (most b/w).
|Massimo Scolari, Sardinia North East, Cape Boi, 1973|
February 24, 2013
January 23, 2013
|La ligne jaune, 1972|
|Auf Polls Spuren, 1976|
|Die Eisenbahnen haben einen Schnupfen, 1983|
Most of these works by Bettina von Arnim (b. 1940) come from Galerie Poll, though I have trouble navigating to them directly from their website. The rest come from expired auction listings. I gave titles when I could find them. I would love to see more of her work (and proper reproductions).
Not related (as far as I know) to previous poster-boys of this blog, Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim (unlike this Bettina von Arnim).
update: Thomas Kümmel (@klbkultur on twitter) left a comment about the artist. Thank you!
Bettina von Arnim (born 1940 at Zernikow) is related to the widely branching noble lineage "von Arnim" although it is not easy to trace her roots.
She is the daughter of Friedmund and Clara von Arnim. Her parents managed the family estate "Gut Zernikow" until it was expropriated by the Soviets. They then fled Eastern Germany for West Berlin in 1945.
Her father, Friedmund von Arnim, was a great-grandchild of Ludwig Achim and Bettina von Arnim (German writer and novelist, Countess of Arnim and sister of Clemens Bretano). Friedmund von Arnim died as a prisoner of war in Russia in January 1946. Her mother, Clara von Arnim, died on May 7, 2009 at the age of 99.
January 16, 2013
January 13, 2013
I apparently can't get enough of bug-eyed dogs...perhaps because the Boston Terrier runt of my teenage years was crazy bug-eyed. See these previous posts: one, two, three.
January 10, 2013
Book collector Arthur van Kruining cleared up the mystery: "This book is of Dutch origin. The title is DWERGENLAND (1923). "Ajo" was the pseudonym of Henriëtte Fox-Borel. Unfortunately her books are quite rare." Thanks Arthur!
Google translates "Dwergenland" as "Dwarf Country." See more Ajo here.
November 27, 2012
November 17, 2012
Illustrations by the Swedish artist Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, also known as GAN (1884–1965).
The Scheherazade illustrations (last few) date from 1916 and the others (from "Swedish Folk Songs") seem to be from around the same time.
See a group of paintings by GAN on feuilleton. All of these images come from expired auction listings.
November 15, 2012
November 13, 2012
Stumbled on this artist while googling another Frank Mechau, one who illustrated a book by Aldington in 1931.
See Frank crouching in front of a mural sketch.
November 11, 2012
October 30, 2012
During the hurricane (not so bad in Philly) I posted some NASA photos of past storms on But Does it Float. (Unusually topical for me, I know.) I used a Goethe quote found in Auden's A Certain World: A Commonplace Book. Here's the full quote:
Many years ago, as now, my mind strove with eager delight to study and discover the creative life of Nature. It is eternal unity in manifold manifestation; the great is little, the little is great, and everything after its kind; ever changing and yet preserving itself, near and far, and far and near, and so shaping and re-shaping itself—to marvel at it is what I am here for.
The reason why I prefer the society of nature to any other is that nature is always right and the error, if any, can only be on my side. But if I hold converse with men, they will err, then I will, and so on forever, and we never get to see matters clearly.
Everything factual is, in a sense, theory. The blue of the sky exhibits the basic laws of chromatics. There is no sense in looking for something behind phenomena: they are theory.
On the next page Auden gives a fun Lichtenberg aphorism:
If nature be regarded as the teacher and we poor human beings as her pupils, the human race presents a very curious picture. We all sit together at a lecture and possess the necessary principles for understanding it, yet we always pay more attention to the chatter of our fellow students than to the lecturer's discourse. Or, if our neighbor copies something down, we sneak it from him, stealing what he himself may have heard imperfectly, and add to it our own errors of spelling and opinion.Image: Hurricane Dean, 2007, NASA