Text over image in paintings

Thursday, April 13, 2006

El Lissitzky \"Beat the Whites with the Red wedge\", a 1919 lithograph

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El Lissitzky Beat the Whites with the Red wedge, a 1919 lithograph Red was a standard symbol of revolutionEdge was asupremtist symbol of something new White was a standard color of anti-revolutionary forcesCircle was s supremtists symbol for unchangeable Text in Russian (left side) Klinom krasnimMeaning: With Red WedgeRed is left: political color and position of communists Text in Russian (right side): Bey Belychmeaning: Beat WhitesWhite is right: political color and position of anti-revolutionaries Painted during the Civil War in Russia (1917-1921) between Reds and Whites Image source:
El Lissitzky \"Beat the Whites with the Red wedge\", a 1919 lithograph
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El Lissitzky "Beat the Whites with the Red wedge", a 1919 lithograph is a perfect and famous example of using abstract art for very clear political message.

Text in Russian (left side) "Klinom krasnim" (Meaning: "With Red Wedge")
Red is left: political color and position of communists

Red was a standard symbol of revolution
Edge was asupremtist symbol of something new

Painted during the Civil War in Russia (1917-1921) between Reds and Whites

White was a standard color of anti-revolutionary forces.
Circle was s supremtists symbol for unchangeable.

Text in Russian (right side): Bey Belych (Meaning: "Beat Whites")
White is right: political color and position of anti-revolutionaries.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

William Blake (1757-1827) Laocoon: Manifesto over image

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William Blake Laocoon Source:

William Blake Laocoon
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William Blake, a famous English poet, painter, and printmaker (1757-1827) created Laocoon as a sort of manifesto.

Laocoon is a graphic copy of the ancient sculpture, wrapped in Blake’s own philosophical text.

See some quotes from Blakes' texts below. Source:
http://penn.betatesters.com/laocoon.htm

"If Morality was Christianity, Socrates was the Savior.

Art Degraded, Imagination Denied, War Governed the Nations. Spiritual War: Israel deliver'd from Egypt, is Art deliver'd from Nature and Imitation. Hebrew Art is called sin by the Deist Science.

A Poet a Painter a Musician an Architect: the Man Or Woman who is not one of these is not a Christian.

The Unproductive Man is not a Christian, much less the Destroyer. You must leave Fathers & Mothers & Houses & Lands if they stand in the way of Art.

A Poet a Painter a Musician an Architect: the Man Or Woman who is not one of these is not a Christian. The Unproductive Man is not a Christian, much less the Destroyer. You must leave Fathers & Mothers & Houses & Lands if they stand in the way of Art.

For every Pleasure Money is useless.
Without Unceasing Practice nothing can be done. Practice is Art. If you leave off you are Lost.

The Whole Business of Man Is The Arts, & All Things Common. No Secresy in Art.
Christianity is Art & not Money. Money is its Curse.

Art can never exist without Naked Beauty display'd.

Ceci n\'est par une pipe by Rene Magritte, 1929

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Ceci nest par une pipe  by Rene Magritte, 1929 Ceci nest pas une pipe (French) This is not a pipe - text here is a part of the image referring to the fact that painted object is not a real object. This painting produced huge amount of literature.

Ceci n\'est par une pipe by Rene Magritte, 1929
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Here text is equally important part of painting as image, actually stressing difference between real object and painting.

From Wikipedia:
Rene' Francois Ghislain Magritte (November 21, 1898 – August 15, 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He is well known for a number of witty and amusing images.

A consummate technician, his work frequently displays a juxtaposition of ordinary objects, or an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. The representational use of objects as other than what they seem is typified in his painting, The Treachery Of Images (La trahison des images), which shows a pipe that looks as though it is a model for a tobacco store advertisement. Magritte painted below the pipe, This is not a pipe (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), which seems a contradiction, but is actually true: the painting is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe.
(In his book, This Is Not a Pipe, French critic Michel Foucault discusses the painting and its paradox. )

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Pop-art classic Roy Lichtenstein, 1963 Whaam! Indistinguishable from comics - text is important part of message

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Roy Lichtenstein, 1963 Whaam! I pressed the fire control.. and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky

Roy Lichtenstein, 1963 Whaam!
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This painting considered to be a classic and is reprinted in numerous art books.
Text is important part of the painting.
This is the text of a pilot:
"I pressed the fire control.. and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky."