Monday hero: William George Gillies

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Monday hero: Mai Miturich

I know absolutely nothing about the Russian artist and illustrator Mai Miturich, except what I just found on the internet:

Miturich ( 1925-2008) was the son of two artists, Petr Miturich and Vera Khlebnikova. In Russia he is a well known and loved artist. 


I used to buy cheap Eastern European picturebook sometimes as a student, for their lovely, and in my eyes very foreign illustrations. I don't have all of them anymore.

Was one of those maybe by Miturich? Surely I would have kept it?

His work is clear and poetic, and very 'mid-century' as we now call it.

I'll see if I can find something by him now.


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Monday hero: Edgar Degas

Not even for its autumnal colours, today the work of Edgar Degas (1834-1917).

I like the way he painted his women. They are maybe not always beautiful, but certainly intriguing.

Take Elena Carafa, above left: she doesn't pose for him so much as is utterly bored.

None of the paintings look posed, which attracts me to them.


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Monday hero: Mirko Hanák

This is the work of the Czech artist and illustrator Mirko Hanák (1921-1951).

I am amazed everytime by the way he has perfected his skills.

This is all done way before you could manipulate things with computers, this is all done by hand.

I know how hard it is to control chance when doing watercolours. Where to let the paint spread, and when to keep it crisp (and then: how!?).

I bow deeply..



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Monday hero: Charles Ginner

I recently came across the work of British painter Charles Ginner (1878-1952).

Although Ginner was born in France and went to artschool there, his work is to my eyes very British.: a mixture of urban and industrial landscapes plus green countryside.

Ginner was a war artist during both World Wars.

He called his own style New Realism.


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Monday hero: Don Bachardy

Today I ask your attention for another draughtsman: Don Bachardy (1934).

Bachardy is an American portrait painter, who has made an enormous amount of portraits of his partner, the late Christopher Isherwood.

They are almost painfully honest, loving portraits of a decaying man, almost too private to look at, but hauntingly beautiful.



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Monday hero: David Hockney

Although I also like the big landscape paintings Hockney (1937) has done lately of his native Yorkshire, I especially love his portrait drawings.

They are chrystal clear, getting clearer over the years I think.

The one in the middle of the top row reminds me of work by Peter Vos.


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There's a nice double interview with Koos and me in a magazine for people who work in education, called 'Juf en Meester' this month.

With a very nice photo of us, taken in my studio.



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Literary Prize 'Gouden Griffel'

Koos Meinderts won the literary children's book prize 'Gouden Griffel' yesterday for his beautiful book 'Naar het noorden' (To the north)

So proud!!!

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Monday hero: John Aldridge

Last week I didn't write a 'Monday hero'blog, as I had forgotten to write down my password for the website when I went on holiday to beautiful Terschelling!

But today I'm back with the beautiful paintings of John Aldridge (1903-1983).

I think my preferances in art are by now known: a good painter who finds his subject matter on his doorstep.

Aldridge lived in Great Bardfield, like Bawden and Ravilious, and like them he even designed wallpaper!


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