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I wanted to feature the graphic posters of Pierre Bonnard. Though mostly know for his paintings, if you have been to Paris, you certainly recognize these posters. They are sold on every surface and product you can think of, maybe it was the birth of licensing, haha!  Pierre’s use of flat color and decorative line helped establish the Art Nouveau look of the late 1890’s. Art was becoming more decorative and public and it helped establish the new field of advertising. Crazy to think of advertising as being new at one point, right?

I wish every painter would dip into advertising work a bit and bring their eye into more of the everyday world. I particularly like the hand painted lettering in these posters.

Bonnard also designed furniture, developed textile patterns, painted screens, created stage sets, and illustrated books. I wonder if stretching his gifts like this was something he had to do for income or part of a calling of sorts to bring art into public spaces. I have always been a fan of the posters of this era.  I even had some hung in my apartment several years ago, I like the organic decorative shapes and graphic feel of them.

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This one, below, is my personal favorite. I like the line quality and use of white space.

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This lithograph was not used for advertising but it  has the same organic and graphic feel to it.

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As long as we are talking about details (oh, you didn’t realize that we were?) I have a huge appreciation for the work of  Australian  born,  Kelly Smith from Birdy and Me.  I simply love her work, her ability to edit herself in composition and in  color. I once ran across a blog post describing  how she complies her drawings and how she draws everything out by hand, using the grid method. She has a unique perspective and it shows. She says she likes to mix fashion and fairy tale. I like a girl who knows who she is, don’t you?

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If you like  details, then you may just like this account! How long do you think it took to paint the details of these garments? Pain staking but it is simply what they knew. Sometimes we forget that people functioned with no photography!  Artists weren’t quite in a rush back then. If patience is a virtue, I am not sure I could be so virtuous! 😉 Fun account.  Check them out at @artgarments

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Maybe it’s summer calling out to me, but I am enchanted by these hyperrealistic oil paintings of Spanish born, Josep Moncada . It’s as if I can hear the water splashing over my feet. Capturing sunlight the way he does is such a fascination to me. His work is stunning and soothing at the same time. It’s as if I can feel water gliding over me.   These paintings, while so realistic have not hint of forced labor in them at all. So lovely.

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How can you not love the whimsy and story behind the work of Harrison Howard, not to mention the skill? I love someone with personality. Harrison Howard seems like a painter who you would want to share a martini with, shaken not stirred. I also love this quote about time spent in Cannes, when he was a young boy, “There was a terraced garden where I was also captivated by the butterflies and other insects, the roses that attracted them, and the smell of the lemon yellow acacia trees in bloom. Those things also had a lasting influence.”  It is always interesting to ask yourself what sights, smells and experiences you have had that have made a lasting influence on you verses something you happened upon on the internet.

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