The Musician – 1887

By Léon François Comerre, French Academic School.  I think this familiar looking instrument comes from Africa via the Arabic world and is generally called a tanbūr. A sort of distant uncle to the modern banjo, America’s African instrument. The only thing missing is the drone string. Advertisements

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The Blind Fiddler

“An itinerant fiddler is playing for a humble country family. David Wilkie focuses on the listeners’ different expressions. Only two people seem to respond to the music: the baby and the boy on the right, who is imitating the fiddler by playing the bellows.When this picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy some critics thought […]

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Comrades, the 42nd Highlanders (copy of a lost earlier painting by the artist) 1894, by Robert Gibb. This image is extremely moving and poignant.  The scene is of the 42nd Regiment of Foot (later called the Black Watch),  during the Crimean War winter campaign of 1854-1855.  The dying man on the ground is whispering his […]

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The Meeting

Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet, 1854.  Self portrait by Gustave Courbet (right).  The Realist style here is a bit stiff for my taste but this is a fine image for 19th century clothing.  Nice walking staff too.

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A Spot of Art

I like everything about this painting.  Eduard Charlemont is an easy one to spot.  Generally, his subjects are flamboyantly dressed, generally holding a drink, and often have a musical instrument; even if it’s just a drum.  I think I’m ready to be this guy.  And note the excellent little tusk-tenon bench.

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A Need for Solitude

  “I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of thinking and enjoying what they call living, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.” — Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler

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Traveler’s Life

Getting back to our theme of traveler’s, caravans, and other wanderers of the world… a few images from Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret a French Naturalist Painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I believe I would enjoy siting around this campfire. Once a common scene, now virtually lost in an era of loud, fume-belching machinery. […]

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