Author: Cedric

Henriëtte Ronner-Knip – Three Feline Favourites

Henriëtte Ronner-Knip (1821-1909) was born in Amsterdam to Josephus Augustus Knip and Pauline Rifer de Courcelles, both artists. She was the first woman admitted as an “active member” to Arti et Amicitiae, a prestigious art society in Rokin in the Netherlands. From 1870 she painted her most famed works, focussing on cats and dogs in bourgeois settings. We shall focus on a few of them below. The Piano Lesson 1897 This was my first introduction to Ronner. I am a cat person myself hence I shall be biased in favour. This above painting is truly adorable and exquisitely well...

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Wamono A To Z Vol. I – Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1968-1980 – AOTM September 2020

Would you believe I purchased this wonderful album pre-release, on vinyl in July, some two months before it was due for release. I had forgotten my impulse buy until I received an email confirming the record was on its way. Wamono A-Z Vol. I consists of a collection of Japanese funk fusion tunes compiled masterfully by DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite & Chintam. Yoshizawa is a renowned remixer compiler and producer. His career spans over three decades. DJ Chintam worked as a record buyer before opening his Blow Up shop in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in 2018. He is. specialist of soul,...

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Raise the Red Lantern – Conspiratorial Delight

Raise the Red Lantern tells the story of a young university dropout who marries an ageing clan elder with multiple wives. The red lanterns are raised outside the home of the wife with whom the master chooses to spend his night. It becomes clear early on that the wife whose home the Master chooses most frequently controls the household. This unquestionable masterpiece was filmed by Zhang Yimou and completes his Confucian trilogy which opened with Red Sorghum and Ju Dou. All three of these films starred Gong Li who was propelled to superstardom. She is considered one of the...

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The Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake – Thomas Eakins – Realist Excellence

This wonderful offering by Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), a Philadelphian artist, depicts the events of a famed rowing race on the Schuylkill River in May 1872. Eakins was an important American painter, photographer, sculptor, and fine arts educator. H graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1866. He is said to have carried American Realism to its height. The Gross Clinic (1875) is considered one of the most importance pieces of American art. But today, we shall focus on The Biglin Brothers, featured below. Thomas Eakins was at the forefront of Realist painters who shifted the focus of...

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Pissarro – Late Afternoon in Our Meadow – Impressionist Pointillist Excellence 1887

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was a key figure in the impressionist and post impressionist movement. His works were key in the progression of both. He counted amount his great friends and colleagues Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. He preferred to work in the outside, capturing gorgeous moments like the one below. An interesting fact about Pissarro is that he married his mother’s maid and had eight children with her. The painter Camille Pissarro was the most artistically innovative and socially concerned, most revered, and eldest of the famed and courageous group of French painters known as the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists,...

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