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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Thursday, September 26, 2013


Untitled, 2005, Tom McGrath

McGrath is a personal favourite. I find a lot of resonance in the way he captures blurring whether the view is through a windshield or an aeroplane window or any other moving(?) object. Is the vision clouded, is the entire perception blurred? Is it the impermanence of everything?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Death and Life

Death and Life, 1916, Gustav Klimt

For a closer look at this painting, check out Khan Academy's Smart History segment

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Death of Seneca - 2

The Death of Seneca, 1773, Jacques-Louis David

This painting seems to be more intent on offering enticing elements to the eye rather than capturing the agony of that ordered attempt at suicide. I prefer the Luca Giordano version to this one.

Alain De Botton in his book The Consolations of Philosophy writes:
David's rococo version of the scene was not the first, nor the finest. Seneca appeared more like a reclining pasha than a dying philosopher. Paulina, thrusting her bared right breast forward, was dressed for grand opera rather than Imperial Rome. Yet David's rendering of the moment fitted, however clumsily, into a lengthy history of admiration for the manner in which the Roman endured his appalling fate.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Death of Seneca - 1

The Death of Seneca, 1650 - 1675, Luca Giordano

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My Motherland can fuck your Fatherland, William N Copley

My Motherland can fuck your Fatherland, William N Copley

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Women's Bathing Place Oodeypore, India

Women's Bathing Place Oodeypore, India,

Edwin Lord Weeks 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Back Where You Belong

Back Where You Belong, Jack Vettriano

Room in New York

Room in New York, Edward Hopper

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Timeless Beauty

Timeless Beauty, Mark Spain

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach, Mark Spain. 

It hangs in my study; I like the ambience: - the sea-washed beach, the angle of the subject, the perspective, the car- all together remind me of an era, gone or perhaps lost ?

Can't ignore the uncanny resemblance to  the style of Jack Vettriano. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Rilke, Portrait, Moscow, 1928

Rainer Maria Rilke, Portrait, Moscow, 1928, Leonid Pasternak

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Wounded Angel, Hugo Simberg

The Wounded Angel, Hugo Simberg

Gran Cairo, Frank Stella

Gran Cairo, Frank Stella

Elle Loge La Folie, Roberto Matta

Elle Loge La Folie, Roberto Matta

Monday, February 25, 2013

Haystacks at Chailly at Sunrise

Haystacks at Chailly at Sunrise, 1865, Claude Monet

An early representation of haystacks. When Monet did the famous haystack series later in his painting life he is said to have propped multiple canvases with each canvas capturing the play of light on hay at a certain point of time in the day. The BBC series on The Impressionists shows Monet flitting from one canvas to another in sheer joy as the light changes.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Venice, 1899

Venice, 1899, Roger Fry

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Self-Portrait, 1547, Tintoretto

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Monk by the Sea

Friedrich Caspar David, 1809

Monday, January 28, 2013

Suprematist Composition, White on White

Suprematist Composition, White on White , Kazimir Malevich

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Tianenmen , Zeng Fanzhi

Friday, January 04, 2013

Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani

Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, Leonardo da Vinci

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