collecting colours over a cup of coffee...

If you are a lover of printed words, you would know how much of your time is taken by books alone. Then one day, sooner or later, you discover a huge vacuum within that you know next to nothing about other art forms. This blog is an attempt to fulfil one such lacunae in the art of painting. We intend to look up a random painting and upload it with a link here every day whilst having our daily cuppa coffee. In this way at least we hope to be better acquainted with colours, colourers and the schools than what we are now.If you wish to be a part, you know where to shout.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

At the Louvre

At the Louvre, James Tissot

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Book

The Book, e.e.cummings

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Self-Portrait, 1910, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Friday, October 30, 2009

Terrace in Cagnes

Terrace in Cagnes, 1905, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Bathers

The Bathers, 1887, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mother Nursing Her Child

Mother Nursing Her Child (Aline [wife] and Pierre [first child]), 1886, Pierre-Auguste Renoir


The years between 1884 and 1887 are known as the "Dry Period" in the artist's life, and most critics at the time thought that he had gone astray.
This crisis, however, was not just an individual matter. It affected not only Renoir, but also Monet, Pissaro and Degas and finally led to a complete collapse of this group of Impressionists
quoted from Peter Feist's Renoir

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Umbrellas

The Umbrellas, 1883, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Renoir created a number of beautiful examples of the two prototypes of street scenes, i.e. both general impressions of streets and crowds of people randomly hurrying past one another and the same people observed at close quarters. It was the latter type that Renoir sought to capture in the life-size figures of The Umbrellas. He used subtle shades of blue, grey and brown and then added emphasis by means of some brightly glowing colours.
quoted from Renoir by Peter H.Feist

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Two Sisters on the Terrace

Two Sisters on the Terrace, 1881, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Friday, October 23, 2009

Madame Charpentier and Her Children

Madame Charpentier and Her Children, 1878, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Le Moulin de la Galette

Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir


The above painting is one of the most significant of Renoir. For a better resolution version go here
The Moulin de la Galette is a windmill situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris, France.
In 1870, the owner Charles-Nicolas Debray, added a guinguette with a dancing room, and called it "Moulin de la Galette" in 1895. The "galette", is a small rye bread that Debray millers made and sold with a glass of milk. Now, in French, "galette" is the name of cake. In 1830, they replaced milk with wine (especially the local Montmartre wine) and the windmill by a cabaret.

The atmosphere was relaxed and customers more popular than in other establishments such as "Moulin Rouge". People came to "Moulin de la Galette" for enjoying and dancing.

quoted from Moulin de la Galette

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Theatre Box

The Theatre Box, 1874, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Notes: The man in this painting is Renoir's brother, Edmond

PS: I typed out La Loge in the title and then realized I'd done the translated titles for the rest. Somehow I always wonder about the validity of translating titles - don't have an answer though

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monet Painting in his garden at Argenteuil

Monet Painting in his garden at Argenteuil, 1873, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mme Monet reading Le Figaro

Mme Monet reading Le Figaro, 1872, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Lise, 1867, Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Renoir's first masterpiece was his Lise of 1867, which was exhibited at the Salon the following spring. It was a full-length life-size portrait of his young girl-friend Lise - something which was normally only used for royalty.
quoted from RENOIR by Peter H.Feist

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Arum and Conservatory Plants

Arum and Conservatory Plants, 1864, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dolce Far Niente - In the Courtyard

Dolce Far Niente - In the Courtyard, Fabio Fabbi

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Corner of an Eastern Courtyard

Corner of an Eastern Courtyard, Henry Wallis

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Past and Present II (The Abandoned Daughters)

Past and Present II (The Abandoned Daughters), Augustus Leopold Egg

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Southern Coast of Guernsey

Southern Coast of Guernsey, John Brett

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Pretty Baa-Lambs

The Pretty Baa-Lambs, Ford Maddox Brown

Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Composition Chequerboard, Piet Mondrian

Pigmentium turned three yesterday. Now is when it gets interesting to go archive digging.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Black Fish

Black Fish, Georges Braque

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mill in the Sunlight

Mill in the Sunlight, Piet Mondrian

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Red Tree

Red Tree, Piet Mondrian

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gray Tree

Gray Tree, Piet Mondrian

Friday, June 26, 2009

Little Girl in Blue

Little Girl in Blue, Amadeo Modigliani

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Portrait of Georg Gisz

Portrait of Georg Gisz, Hans Holbein the Younger

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Portrait of Unknown Young Man at his Office

Portrait of Unknown Young Man at his Office, Hans Holbein the Younger

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Portrait of an Old Man

Portrait of an Old Man, Hans Holbein the Younger

Monday, June 22, 2009

Portrait of Unknown Lady with a Squirrel and Starling

Portrait of Unknown Lady with a Squirrel and Starling, Hans Holbein the Younger

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