31 January, 2008

Life at Sea by Alejandro Postcard

The postcard shows a painting by Robert A. Alejandro entitled Life at Sea. I found a website of a "Robert A. Alejandro" but am not sure if he is the same person who did the painting. I just assumed that they are the same person. Award-winning Filipino designer Robert A. Alejandro offers a wide range of graphic design services from concept to completion. His projects include book and magazine design, including book cover art and illustration for children's books, coffee table books, art books and more.

Life at Sea Postcard

I couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

30 January, 2008

Kaleidoscope by Lozano Postcard

The postcard shows a painting by Arthur (Art) Lozano entitled Kaleidoscope. The painting was actually his entry at the Cordillera Ecological Painting Competition. He is actually from Ilocos Sur and had also won the Luzon Art Awards.

Kaleidoscope Postcard

I couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

29 January, 2008

Harana by Dizon Postcard

The postcard shows an oil painting by Dizon entitled Harana. I tried to search for his/her first name, but results came up with several painters named Dizon.

Harana Postcard

I couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

Harana is a traditional form of courtship music in which a man woos a woman by serenading her underneath her window at night. It is widely practiced in many parts of the Philippines with a set of protocols, a code of conduct, and a specific style of music. The main instrument used for Harana is the Guitar, played by the courter, although other string instruments such as the Ukulele and less frequently, the Violin and Trumpets are also used.

SOURCE:
Music of the Philippines: Harana Wikipedia Entry

28 January, 2008

Guyabanos by Bolaños Postcard

The postcard shows a still life painting by Greg Bolaños entitled Guyabanos. I was able to find an article about the life of the painter entitled "King of Pastel gets his due". It stated that Greg Bolaños is acknowledged as the King of Pastel. The subjects for Bolanos have also remained the still-lifes, nudes, and portraits that he’s been known for.

Guyabanos Postcard

I couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum), but National Bookstore owner Socorro Ramos has still-life collections done by Bolaños.

Guyabano or soursop is somewhat difficult to eat, as the white interior pulp is studded with many large seeds, and pockets of soft flesh are bounded by fibrous membranes. Comparisons of its flavour range from strawberry and pineapple mixed together to sour citrus flavour notes contrasting with an underlying creamy roundness of flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana.

SOURCES:
Manila Standard Today Article: King of Pastel gets his due
Soursop Wikipedia Entry

27 January, 2008

Fruit Vendor with Twin Sons by Manansala Postcard

The postcard shows another painting by Vicente Manansala entitled Fruit Vendor with Twin Sons.

Fruit Vendor with Twin Sons Postcard

I couldn't find additional information (size) about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

Additional Information:
1977
Oil on canvas

26 January, 2008

Fisherman's Family by Austria Postcard

The postcard shows an oil painting by Tam Austria entitled Fisherman's Family. The only information I could find about him is that he is from Tanay, Rizal, a graduate of University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1954) and a member of member of Galerie Joaquin.

Fisherman's Family Postcard

I also couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

25 January, 2008

Farmer by Amorsolo Postcard

The postcard shows another oil on canvas painting by Fernando Amorsolo entitled Farmer.

Farmer Postcard

I couldn't find additional information about the painting (size) nor its location (private collection or museum).

24 January, 2008

Family by Balagtas Postcard

The postcard shows an oil on canvas painting by Balagtas entitled Family. I was able to find a Filipino painter named "Angelito Balagtas." I assumed that they are the same person. Unfortunately I couldn't find any biography of the painter.

Family Postcard

I also couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

23 January, 2008

Dance Fever by Garcellano Postcard

The postcard shows an artwork by Lyra Abueg Garcellano entitled Dance Fever (in colored pencils and aquarell). Lyra Abueg Garcellano graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (1994) and from the University of the Philippines with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (2000). She is an accomplished illustrator of children’s books and is the author of a comic strip in a national daily newspaper.

Dance Fever Postcard

I couldn't find additional information about the painting (size) nor its location (private collection or museum).

SOURCE:
A survey of contemporary Filipino art:
Lyra Abueg Garcellano

22 January, 2008

Countryside Scene by Amorsolo Postcard

The postcard shows another oil on canvas painting of Fernando Amorsolo entitled Countryside Scene. The painting shows a scene where the farmers harvest rice while a woman takes a break to breastfeed her baby.

Countryside Scene Postcard

I couldn't find additional information about the painting (size) nor its location (private collection or museum).

21 January, 2008

Candle Vendors by Antonio Postcard

The postcard shows an oil on canvas painting by Antonio entitled Candle Vendors. I, however, found two Filipino painters with the surname Antonio, actually father (Angelito Antonio) and son (Marcel Antonio). But when I compared the style of painting, I believe the artist of the painting is Angelito Antonio. I, again, couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

Candle Vendors Postcard

Angelito Antonio was born in Malolos, Bulacan on February 3, 1939. The son of a UP Fine Arts graduate, he gave in to parental persuasion and spent an unhappy semester in the MIT College of Architecture before shifting to painting at the UST and graduating in 1962. The following year, he held his first one-man show at the Philippine Art Gallery. Since then, he has held several other group and solo exhibitions in the Philippines as well as in Saigon, Australia, Hong Kong, the Hague, and the United States.

20 January, 2008

Barrio Fiesta by Amorsolo Postcard

The postcard shows another oil on canvas painting of Fernando Amorsolo entitled Barrio Fiesta. I also couldn't find additional information about the painting nor its location (private collection or museum).

Barrio Fiesta Postcard

Barrio fiesta, which means neighborhood celebration, is an integral part of the Filipino culture through which different neighborhoods in the Philippines celebrate their patron saints. The fiesta is a social ritual as well, bonding the community in festive spirit and local color.

A Barrio Fiesta theme party promises a cultural feast with pastoral-inspired entertainment. The traditional features of a town or barrio celebration are recaptured in lively music and dances, costumes, cockfights, bamboo lanterns and an array of native food serve in true fiesta style: on banana leaves and eaten in true fiesta spirit with bare hands.

19 January, 2008

Balut Vendor by Manansala Postcard

The postcard shows the painting of Vincent Manansala entitled Balut Vendor. Vicente Silva Manansala (January 22, 1910- August 22, 1981) was a Philippine cubist painter and illustrator. Manansala's canvases were described as masterpieces that brought the cultures of the barrio and the city together. Manansala developed transparent cubism, wherein the "delicate tones, shapes, and patterns of figure and environment are masterfully superimposed".

Balut Vendor Postcard

Unfortunately, I couldn't find additional information about the painting nor the location (private collection or museum), but the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Lopez Memorial Museum (Manila), the Philippine Center (New York City) and the Singapore Art Museum are among the public collections holding work by Vicente Manansala.

A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. They are common, everyday food in some countries in Asia, such as in the Philippines. Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors at night.

SOURCES:
Vicente Manansala Wikipedia Entry
Balut Wikipedia Entry

18 January, 2008

Atis & Lanzones by Amorsolo Postcard

The postcard shows another painting of Fernando Amorsolo entitled Atis & Lanzones, fruits that can be found in the country. I can only give the information about the fruits about the painting and not the location of the painting (private collection or museum).

Atis & Lanzones Postcard

Atis or sugar-apple or sweetsop is usually round, slightly pine cone-like, 6-10 cm diameter and weighing 100-230 g, with a scaly or lumpy skin. The fruit flesh is edible, white to light yellow, and resembles and tastes like custard.

Lanzones or Lansium domesticum fruit is covered by yellowish, thick, leathery skin. Underneath the skin, the fruit is divided into five or six slices of translucent, juicy flesh. The flesh is slightly acidic in taste.


Additional Information:
1926
Oil on canvas

SOURCES:
Sugar-apple Wikipedia Entry
Lansium domesticum Wikipedia Entry

17 January, 2008

Angelus (Oracion) by Amorsolo Postcard

The postcard shows the 1959 painting by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo entitled Angelus (also called Oracion on another website). Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (May 30, 1892 - April 26, 1972) is one of the most important artists in the history of painting in the Philippines. Amorsolo was a portraitist and painter of rural Philippine landscapes. He is popularly known for his craftsmanship and mastery in the use of light. In 1972, Fernando Amorsolo became the first Filipino to be distinguished as the Philippine's National Artist in Painting.

Angelus Postcard

Unfortunately, I couldn't find additional information about the painting nor the location (private collection or museum).

It has been a part of Filipino Catholic life to pray the Angelus. The Angelus (lat. Angel) is a Christian devotion in memory of the Incarnation. It consists of three Biblical verses describing the mystery, recited as versicle and response, alternating with the salutation "Hail Mary!" and traditionally is recited in Catholic churches, convents and monasteries three times daily, 6:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m, accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell.

SOURCES:
Fernando Amorsolo Wikipedia Entry
Angelus Wikipedia Entry

16 January, 2008

Untitled Painting Postcard

The back of the postcard only reads:

Restaurantes - Madrid
Anzas Espalter, 8
Breda Castellana, 78
la fragua Ortega y Gasset, 6 (lista)

Untitled Painting Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)


Since there was no other information on the postcard, I couldn't find the name of the painting and of the artist.

15 January, 2008

The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt Postcard

The painting on the postcard is entitled The Jewish Bride and is a work of Rembrandt. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 – October 4, 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history.

The Jewish Bride Postcard

The Jewish Bride shows an elegantly dressed man and woman in a vague, dark room. The man has lovingly placed his arm around the woman's shoulder and a hand on her breast. Very carefully she touches his hand with her fingertips. Both are staring straight ahead, they seem deep in thought. A few objects can be recognised in the obscure background: beside the woman is a plant in a pot and behind her an architectural fragment.

Additional Information:
Portrait of Two Figures from the Old Testament, known as 'The Jewish Bride'
1667
Oil on canvas
121.5 x 166.5 cm
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

SOURCES:
Rembrandt Wikipedia Entry
The Jewish Bride Wikipedia Entry
The Jewish Bride, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

14 January, 2008

The Townhall Postcard

The back of the postcard reads:
Bruxelles - Brussel
L'Hotel de Ville
Het Stadhuis
The Town Hall
Das Rathaus

Unfortunately the postcard also did not include the name of the artist. The Town Hall (French: Hotel de Ville, Dutch: Stadhuis) of City of Brussels is a Gothic building from the Middle Ages. It is located in the middle of the famous Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium.

The Town Hall Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

13 January, 2008

The Three Dancers by Picasso Postcar

The painting on the postcard is entitled "The Three Dancers" and a work of Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. As one of the most recognized figures in twentieth-century art, he is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.

The Three Dancers by Picasso
(PH Wish from Teresa Ostrander)

The jagged forms of Three Dancers convey an explosion of energy. The image is laden with Picasso's personal recollections of a triangular affair, which resulted in the heart-broken suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas. Love, sex and death are linked in an ecstatic dance. The left-hand dancer in particular seems possessed by uncontrolled, Dionysian frenzy. Her face relates to a mask from Torres Strait, New Guinea, owned by the artist, and points to Picasso's association of 'primitive' forms with expressiveness and sexuality.

Additional Information:
June 1925

Oil on canvas

support: 2153 x 1422 mm
frame: 2232 x 1507 x 107 mm
Tate Gallery, London

SOURCES:
The Three Dancers Wikipedia Entry
The Three Dancers, Tate Collection

12 January, 2008

The Mirror of Venus by Burne-Jones Postcard

The back of the postcard reads:

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
O Espelho de Venus
Le Miroir de Venus
The Mirror of Venus
E Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

The painting on the postcard is the work of Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, an English artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and was one of the great forerunners of Symbolism. The subject can be seen as an exaltation of ideal beauty, set in the atmosphere of the universe represented in a perspective also common to late-Victorian art. The painter uses the minimum narrative discourse, distributing the poetic and dreaming figures, wearing pseudo-classical garments, in a linear frieze-like manner, of Greek inspiration.

The Mirror of Venus Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

Additional Information:
England

Signed and dated; E. Burne-Jones 1875

Oil on canvas
120 x 200 cm
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

SOURCES:
Edward Burne-Jones Wikipedia Entry
Mirror of Venus, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian Collection

11 January, 2008

Baptism of Christ fresco by Signorelli Postcard

The back of the postcard reads:

Luca Signorelli
Battesimo (part)
The Baptism (detail)
Le Bapteme (detail)
Die Taufe

I found out that the image on the postcard is from a fresco done by Luca Signorelli. The fresco can be found in a chapel at Palazzone di Cortona. Luca Signorelli (c. 1445 - October 16, 1523) was an Italian Renaissance painter who was noted in particular for his ability as a draughtsman and his use of foreshortening. His massive frescoes of the Last Judgment (1499-1503) in Orvieto Cathedral are considered his masterpiece.



Baptism of Christ Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

Opposite the courtyard from the entrance of the Palazzone di Cortona is the Chapel, with Luca Signorelli's “Baptism of Christ”, in unfortunately bad condition. Vasari wrote of this painting that Signorelli “was not able to finish it because he died while he was working on it”. The fresco was actually not completed by him because while painting the great artist fell from the scaffolding: the work was finished by apprentices from his workshop.

SOURCES:
Luca Signorelli Wikipedia Entry
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa: Palazzone di Cortona

10 January, 2008

Templo Nacional Expiatoria del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Postcard

The postcards shows a painting Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart, but it did not include the name of the artist. The Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart at Tibidabo mountain was designed by architect Enrique Sagnier. Back in 1886, the property of the land was donated by twelve distinguished gentlemen to Giovanni Bosco, the founder of the Salesians, who decided to build a hermitage, Gothic in style and 8 meters high.

Templo Nacional Expiatoria del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Postcard

In 1902 the construction of the great expiatory temple was commenced: it is a monumental building designed in neo-Gothic style, and is crowned by a bronze statue of the Sacred Heart. The main crypt was not started until 1903 by the same Sagnier and finished partially many years later by his son. On the central tower there is a bronze statue built by José Miret in 1961, it is 7 meters and a half tall and weighs 4.800 kilos. The statue of Christ and the Sacred Heart spreading his open arms has become one of the main symbols of Barcelona.

SOURCE:
Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart

09 January, 2008

Still Life by Zvirinsky Postcard

The postcard gives the translation of the title of the painting and the artist (K.Y. Zvirinsky), but I wasn't able to find any biography of the said artist. I just hope that somebody can recognize the painting or have information on Zvirinsky.

Still Life Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

08 January, 2008

Russian Painting Postcard 2

I wasn't able to find the title of the painting on the postcard. I was, however, able to get the name of the artist. Mykola Kornylovych Pymonenko, sometimes spelled Pimonenko (b. March 9, 1862, Kiev - d. March 26, 1912, Kiev) was a Ukrainian painter. One of the most eminent Ukrainian genre painters Pymonenko was widely acclaimed in the Russian Empire. A number of Pimonenko's paintings are, in fact, generalized portraits which are the embodiment of a popular ideal of the working man. The artist also turned to the theme of peasant labour, depicting typical scenes from everyday life against the backdrop of a landscape.

Russian Painting 2 Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

07 January, 2008

Portrait of N. S. Semenova by Kiprensky Postcard

I was able to find both the title of the painting on the postcard and a biography of the artist. The painting on the postcard is the work of O.A. Kiprensky and it is entitled "Sibyl of Delph (Portrait of N. S. Semenova)." Orest Adamovich Kiprensky (24 March [O.S. 13 March] 1782-17 October [O.S. 5 October] 1836) was a leading Russian portraitist in the Age of Romanticism. His most familiar work is probably Alexander Pushkin's portrait (1827), which prompted the poet to remark that "the mirror flatters me". The lady in the postcard is Nimfodora Semenova (1788-1876), a Russian actress.


Portrait of N. S. Semenova Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

Additional Information:
1828

Oil on canvas

110.2 x 109

The A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow, Russia

SOURCES:
O.A. Kiprensky Wikipedia Entry
Olga's Gallery: Nimfodora Semenova

06 January, 2008

Park by Mashkov Postcard

I was able to find both the title of the painting on the postcard and a biography of the artist. The painting on the postcard is the work of I.I. Mashkov and it is entitled "Park." Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov (1881-1944) was a Russian artist, one of the most significant and at the same time most characteristic painters of the circle of "Jack of Diamonds."

Park Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

Additional Information:
1921-1922

Oil on canvas

70 x 79

SOURCE:
I.I. Mashkov Wikipedia Entry

05 January, 2008

July Night by Zhukovsky Postcard

I again got lucky with this postcard. I was able to find both the title of the painting on the postcard and a biography of the artist. The painting on the postcard is the work of S.Y. Zhukovsky and it is entitled "July Night." Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovsky was born in Yendrikhovtsy, Grodno province, in 1875. He became a celebrated painter associated with the Impressionist movement. He was dedicated to landscape painting. During World War II, he was arrested by the Nazis and sent to the Prushkov concentration camp, where he died in 1944.

July Night Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

Additional Information:
1916

Oil on canvas

80.8 x 107.7

Penza Regional Art Gallery (K. Savitsky Picture Gallery) Penza, Russia

SOURCES:
S.Y. Zhukovsky Wikipedia Entry
Penza Regional Art Gallery

04 January, 2008

In The South by Korovin Postcard

I got lucky this time with this postcard. I was able to find both the title of the painting on the postcard and a biography of the artist. The painting on the postcard is the work of K.A. Korovin and it is entitled "In The South." Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin (November 23 [O.S. December 5] 1861, Moscow - September 11, 1939, Paris) was a leading Russian Impressionist painter.


In The South Postcard
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

Additional Information:
1906

Oil on canvas

66.5 x 54.5

Penza Regional Art Gallery (K. Savitsky Picture Gallery) Penza, Russia

SOURCES:
K.A. Korovin Wikipedia Entry
Penza Regional Art Gallery

03 January, 2008

Russian Painting Postcard 1

The back of the postcard gives the name of the artist and the title of the painting. However, I had hard time gathering information about the painting on the postcard since it's in Russian. I was, however, lucky that I was able to translate the name of the artist. I got that name of Vasili Evmenevich Savinsky, but I was not able to find a biography of the artist. The painting on the postcard is a actually a portrait, but couldn't find the title of the painting itself or the name of the lady.

I just hope that somebody can recognize the painting or have information on Savinsky.

Russian Painting Postcard 1
(PH Wish from Richard Young)

02 January, 2008

Portrait of Rachel Donelson Jackson by Earl Postcard

The back of the postcard reads:

Portrait of Rachel Donelson Jackson
- by Earl
The Hermitage
Nashville, Tennessee
Home of President Andrew Jackson
Seventh President of the United States

The postcard shows a portrait of Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, wife to the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. Rachel Donelson was the daughter of the explorer and adventurer John Donelson, co-founder of Nashville, Tennessee and Rachel Stockley.

Portrait of Rachel Donelson Jackson Postcard

Ralph E. W. Earl, portraitist, was the son of Connecticut painter Ralph Earl and his second wife, Anne Whiteside of Norwich, England. On January 1, 1817, Earl arrived in Nashville to paint the portrait of General Andrew Jackson. Later that year, in Natchez, he met and married Jane Caffrey, Rachel Jackson's niece. She died the next year, but Earl moved into the Hermitage and into Jackson's circle.

SOURCES:
The Hermitage
Rachel Jackson Wikipedia Entry
Ralph E. W. Earl TN Encyclopedia Entry

01 January, 2008

Portrait of Fritza Riedler by Klimt Postcard

The painting on the postcard is a portrait of Fritza Riedler by Gustav Klimt. Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement. Klimt's primary subject was the female body.

Fritza Riedler, wife of a machinery engineer, appear seating with a background of a model structure. This confusion effect of depth and emphasis of the picture is typical of Klimt. An interesting detail is the mosaic emblem, which is in the hairstyles in the paintings of Diego Velasquez. Gustav Klimt was an admirer of the Spanish painter of the 17th Century.

Portrait of Fritza Riedler Postcard

Additional Information:
Portrait of Fritza Riedler (1860-1927), born Friederike Langer
1906
Oil on canvas
152 x 134 cm
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

SOURCES:
Gustav Klimt Wikipedia Entry
Belvedere Gustav Klimt Collection