|Self Portrait - Rembrandt|
It's a fabulous city, one of my favourites in fact. Wonderful friendly people, Art galleries, architecture, bridges, canals, flowers, fabrics, design, parks, bicycles, restaurants, fashion. It's probably my favourite European city….and so close to Paris, London and Antwerp too.
Rembrandt's home is in Amsterdam....which is now a wonderful museum where you can wander from room to room and floor to floor imagining the Great Master at work.
It was clearly a very swish home when he bought it for his wife and family...in one of the new, up and coming areas of Amsterdam.
|Upstairs at Rembrandt House….the Master's painting studio.|
He didn't give up though....he remained true to self....continuing to paint 'real' depictions of what he felt and saw. The 'pretty pitchas' of the day were not for him!
Inspired by Rembrandt's story and his emotive self-portraits, etchings and dry points, I created 'The Dutchman' series below....as a tribute to him.
My collages attempt to capture the fact that Rembrandt's 'artistic style' had faded from popularity....due to the fickleness of 'fashionable Art'.
So here's a sample of my white, fading pitchas of "The Dutchman".
|The Dutchman III|
|The Dutchman IV|
|The Dutchman I|
Oh my....Lindy Lee!!
Inspired by Lindy's work.....her search of discovery, her sense of freedom, lightness and darkness, my collages below are a continuation of the white, faded series….only in red!
I've made them using rich ox-blood and black inks (intense colours that seem to represent Rembrandt for me)...stroked liberally across a collaged, emotive self-portrait.
I've simply called the series "Red Rembrandt".
|Red Rembrandt I|
|Red Rembrandt II|
|Red Rembrandt III|
|Red Rembrandt IV|
|Red Rembrandt V|
There'll be lots more about Lindy Lee in my next 'Promenade with my Parapluie' post.
Lindy's an inspiring artist, born in Brisbane, whose style and story are rooted in her Chinese/Australian background and cultures. For me, a most impressive artist.
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