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Painting with Light: Vermeer’s Interior Scenes

The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme.  This month we picked an abstract topic – Light.  Check out all the creative stories below!

I timed my last international trip perfectly.  My entire 12 hour lay-over in Amsterdam would be devoted to seeing the newly renovated Rijksmuseum.  It was definitely worth powering through the jet-lag to visit this incredible collection in its elegant new galleries!

Vermeer, "Woman Reading a Letter",  Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Johannes Vermeer, “Woman Reading a Letter”, 1664, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

While looking at the Dutch masterpieces in the main gallery including Vermeer’s Woman Reading a Letter, Mr. Tourist asked innocently, “So why are Vermeer’s paintings so famous?

Without even hesitating I answered, “It’s how he painted light.

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Star Wars Recreations of Famous Images

I have a special place in my heart for parodies of iconic works of art but Dave at 365 Days of Clones has taken tribute parody to the next level.  After posting a new photo of Star Wars Clone action figures everyday in 2011, Dave has started a series “52 Weeks of Star Wars” in which he combines these already well-known characters with pop culture spoofing movies, albums, photographs and paintings.  I’m not even a big Star Wars fan but these images are incredibly creative and superbly executed!

“Princess with a Pearl Earring” by Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver) – if you link to it full size, you’ll see that there is even craquelure

“Our Only Hope” by Dave Eger (Flickr, Eger)

"A New Hope" - Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

“A New Hope” – Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

“Trooper vs Trooper” by Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

I was blown away to see a version of “Power House Mechanic Working on Steam Pump” by Lewis Hine.  This is one of my favorite photographs because of its composition and the juxtaposition of industrial factory elements and the human form.  I recognized it immediately!  The Clone version of “The Falling Soldier” by Robert Capa is amazing too.  The picture is really well done, mimicking the soldier in mid-air and the hazy gray of the landscape.  It’s also an interesting choice to duplicate since the original image was criticized for being staged.

“Han Solo Working on the Hyperdrive” by David Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

“Death of a Clone Trooper” by Dave Eger (Flickr, egerbver)

365 Days of Clones is definitely creative enough to fill out the remaining second half of the year with awesome images.  But if I can offer some unsolicited advice, here’s what I would parody with Star Wars characters.

Rene Magritte "Ceci n'est pas une pipe"

René Magritte’s surrealist classic “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” is an easily recognizable image and would be so simple to stage with action figures.  I’m thinking “Ceci n’est pas un Ewok” would be good.  But an even better version would be C-3PO and R2-D2 with text that reads, “Ceux-ci ne sont pas les driods que tu recherches”!  This is appropriately enough Obi-Wan’s famous line and the classic Jedi mind trick.

The Scream - Edvard Munch

If you didn’t already know “The Scream”, it has been in the news recently after one of the four versions was sold for almost $120 million.  Given C-3PO’s anxious nature, the panic and desperation captured in “The Scream” makes this a logical Star Wars portrait of the protocol droid.  And really, with the big eyes, oblong head shape and golden skin, this guy looks a little like C-3PO already.

Washington Crossing the Delaware - Emanuel Leutze

La liberté guidant le peuple (Liberty Leading the People) - Eugène Delacroix

There are big heroic themes in Star Wars and so I’d also like to see the characters do something grand and historic like “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze or “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix.  I imagine either of these could be done with good guys or bad guys.  I can picture Vader or Obi-Wan in the first image as Washington, while a pile of dead clones would be good in the second image.

I got plenty more where that come from but I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy what 365 Days of Clones comes up with!

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