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My Favorite Altar Pieces at Mariahilferkirche, Graz


DSCN8692 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October DSCN8705 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October

DSCN8704 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October

DSCN8710 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October

There are many interesting churches in Graz and one of them I visited in 2012, Mariahilferkirche and cloister, impressed me very much with its startling altar pieces.

DSCN8693 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October

The most striking one was an altar of Pietà, whose particularity was that there was a sword piercing into Maria's breast.  It was a very disturbing and moving image and hard to forget.

DSCN8700 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October

I happened to have seen quite a few similar images during that trip; in the very same church, on the side wall, I also saw this standing alone Maria pierced by a sword.  In other church, I even saw a Maria pierced by seven swords!

DSCN8701 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October

The second favorite altar in Mariahilferkirche featured a dead scene of a saint, perhaps, Maria. 

DSCN8696 _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October

The strong contrast between the splendidly colorful angel and the bleached dying Maria were very striking, and their postures echoed each other, and formed a broad and comforting embrace.  Very moving.

DSCN8696m _ Mariahilferkirche, Graz, 8 October (detail)


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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 9/13 | tags: religion church figurative realism surrealism




My Favorite Sculptures at Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz


DSCN9102 _ Universität Graz, 9 October

As I reported shortly after my trip to Graz in 2012, I was delighted by my visit to Institut für Klassische Archäologie at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, for its collections of many classical Roman and Greek marble sculptures and reliefs.  According to the university, "the Institute is home to significant archaeological collections of ancient vases of Greece, objects from local sites as well as casts of ancient sculptures."

There were many beautiful sculptures to admire, many of the had incredible ethereal beauty in their wonderfully proportioned forms and polished details, such as these works below:

DSCN9113 _ Universität Graz, Graz, 9 October

DSCN9137 _ Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Graz, 9 October

DSCN9149 _ Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Graz, 9 October

Yet, pressed, I had to name the Niobe below as my favorite - it was not the most polished piece to behold and the deliberately clumsy posture of the grief-stricken queen was rather ungainly, yet more moving for that.  What moved me most were her stunned facial expression and the terrified face of her little daughter clinging to her, trying desperately to avoid the fury of the gods, who had just killed all her eleven siblings, provoked by the boasting, now belatedly repenting Niobe, a moving subject also propelled me to make an abstract installation last year.

DSCN9209 _ Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Graz, 9 October

My second favorite was a huge head of a noble horse, with its lean bones, fiery eyes and flaring nostrils, looked supremely eloquent and elegant:

DSCN9152 _ Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Universität Graz, 9 October

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 9/5 | tags: graz Austria greek University figurative sculpture realism traditional




My Favorite Paintings at Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria

The other important museum I visited in Graz, besides Kunsthaus, was Neue Galerie, which housed many important Austrian art.

DSCN9534 _ Neue Galerie, Graz, 9 October

DSCN9528 _ Neue Galerie, Graz, 9 October

My favorite painting there was, again, by Egon Schiele (1890, Tulln an der Donau, Austria - 1918, Vienna),  titled Stadtende (Häuserbogen III) (City End, Houses Arc III). It depicted a jumble of houses in various shades and shapes and the whole composition was quite dynamic, full of contrast and movements. Despite the many colors employed by the artist, the painting was also very harmonious, predominately in various shades of gray, accented by stripes and patches of brilliant blue, red, and green colors.  It was a lovely painting, beautiful, a bit unsettling and menacing, mainly due to some very angular and irregular outlines of those houses.

DSCN9492 _ Stadtende (Häuserbogen III), um 1917, Egon Schiele, Neue Galerie, Graz
Stadtende (Häuserbogen III), um 1917, Egon Schiele

My second favorite piece was by a Graz artist, Axl Leskoschek (1889, Graz -1976, Wien), Der Doppelgänger (The Double).  It was a somewhat spooky painting, monochromatic and enigmatic.  It featured actually not two, but three figures - the doubles and an image reflection in a mirror, looking out of the frame, as if mocking at the live two, in their fancifully dinner jackets, with intriguing postures and facial express warranted endless interpretations.  It was an unforgettable piece.

DSCN9485 _ Der Doppelgänger, 1945, Axl Leskoschek, Neue Galerie, Graz, 9 October
Der Doppelgänger, 1945, Axl Leskoschek (1889, Graz -1976, Wien)

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 8/24 | tags: citiscape Austria graz Neue Galerie painting figurative landscape




My Favorite Artworks in Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

The ultra-modern museum, Kunsthaus, in Graz, Austria, was a distinctive architecture and its attraction is itself.

DSCN8995 _ View of Kunsthaus, Graz from Schloßberg, Graz, 8 October

DSCN9414 _ Kunsthaus, Graz, 9 October

DSCN9402 _ Kunsthaus, Graz, 9 October

That said, I did see some very interesting works in this museum during my 2012 visit to Graz.  My favorite item was an installation - a wooden forest flourishing under several intense circular florescent lights, suggesting a giant incubator, or an solemn, almost spiritual outer space, where several stars or planets converging upon alien soil.  Very intriguing.

DSCN9371 _ Kunsthaus, Graz, 9 October

My second favorite was a 30 minutes video, titled True False Else, white outlines of ever-morphing objects continuously expanded and contracted against a dark background, reminiscent of the famous William Kentridge's drawing animation.  Mesmerizing.

DSCN9349 _ True False Else, 1992, Constanze Ruhm, 30 min., Kunsthaus, Graz, 9 October
True False Else, 1992, Constanze Ruhm, 30 min.

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 8/19 | tags: Kunsthaus graz Austria installation video-art modern




My Favorite Artworks in Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, Austria


DSCN8852 _ Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, 8 October

Schloss Eggenberg in Graz, Austria is a magnificent Baroque palace and in 2010 was included in the listing of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.  In 2012, when I made a brief stop at Graz, though I was not able to visit the museum housed inside the Schoss, Universalmuseum Joanneum, I was able to tour the building and its lovely garden ground.

DSCN8785 _ Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, 8 October

Though I couldn't go inside many marvelous rooms, I was able to see this wonderful triptych below through the window and though it was medieval in style, the coloration and rendering of its figures were reminiscent those of the great Jan van Eyck.

DSCN8795 _ Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, 8 October

My second favorite in the Schloss was a bearded figure with a heavy crown, a Kaiser, I assume, holding a model of a town with some effort, looking imploringly heavenwards.  A pious figure, seemingly suffered under the weight of his charges, almost pathetically tragic. Hard to forget.

DSCN8842 _ Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, 8 October


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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 8/13 | tags: graz castle schloss painting figurative sculpture realism traditional




My Favorite Artworks in the Mausoleum, Graz, Austria

DSCN8637 _ Dom (Katharinenkirche und Mausoleum), Graz, 8 October

Graz is an ancient Austrian city, whose Renaissance cityscape is dominated by the complex of Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II and the Dom and the Katharinenkirche (right, left and middle).

DSCN2226 _ Kaiser Leopold I. Mausoleum, Graz, 8 October

In 2010, I visited Graz and saw this impressive tomb, a minor St. Peter's, designed by Ferdinand's court artist Giovanni Pietro de Pomis.  The interior was both grand and intimate, magnificent and humble.  I found the center shrine (above) very impressive, dark and somber, topped with the Emperor's proud eagle standard, beneath a brilliantly colored scene of coronation in the heaven.

The crypt itself was a small round space, and atop of the tomb, there were two effigies of the royal couple, carved in earthy red stone, almost crudely simple, like medieval chess pieces, tiny and humble, and very pious indeed, despite all the pomp above their resting cellar.

DSCN2233 _ Kaiser Ferdinands II. Mausoleum, Graz, 8 October

DSCN2234 _ Kaiser Leopold I. Mausoleum, Graz, 8 October

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 8/7 | tags: medieval painting figurative sculpture realism traditional




My Favorite Artifacts at Jüdisches (Jewish) Museum, Vienna

Jüdisches Museum Wien (Jewish Museum) in Vienna has many artifacts highlighting the past and present of Jewish culture in Austria.  When I visited the museum in 2012, I was astounded by the huge quantities of items they put on display, some beautiful, some ethereal, some kitschy, and some poignant.

I was particularly taken by artifacts emphasizing the folksy Jewish tradition and heritage, such as the two figurines in the picture below.  These two figures, in traditional eastern European Jewish attires, with their endearingly exaggerated open-arm gestures - a sort of Jewish self-parody, I hope - invited viewers to enter their now long-gone time and location specific sphere.

DSCN1670 _ Jüdisches Museum, 6 October

I was also very taken by the almost medieval-looking metal spice boxes, see picture below. I was particularly taken in by the far left one, which reminded me of a moving tent, or with a little more imagination, a knight errant in full armor, who ironically roamed the lands of Europe and the Middle East where many Jewish people, Muslims and Pagans constantly being threatened by sword and fire, and worse.  It was hard not to see violence and suffering even in these seemingly most innocuous objects.

DSCN1672 _ Jüdisches Museum, 6 October


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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 7/31 | tags: Decrotive silver figurative




My Favorite Artworks at Augustinerkirche, Vienna

The Augustinerkirche (Augustinian Church) was built in the 14th century as the parish church of the imperial court of with the Gothic interior added in the 18th century.

The most impressive artwork was a tome sculpture designed by the renown Italian sculptor Antonio Canova, for Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria - in his typical neoclassical style - pyramidal shaped, with clear and clean delineation, and delicately modeled figures.  The atmosphere it created was somber, sorrowful and soaringly lyrical.

DSCN1769 _ Augustinerkirche

DSCN1752 _ Archduchess Maria Christina Tome by Antonio Canova, Augustinerkirche


Archduchess Maria Christina Tome by Antonio Canova, Augustinerkirche, Wien

My second favorite work there was a strangely painted skeleton, surrounded by beautiful decorative borders. This frank depiction of death and decay gave viewers no catholic comfort, yet it was not devoid of any tranquility, a kind of knowing acceptance, which was the grace we all hope to have when it's our time to take our leave.

DSCN1758 _ Augustinerkirche

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 7/24 | tags: Augerstinekirche Vienna tomb painting figurative sculpture




My Favorite Artworks in Votivkirche, Vienna

One of the most visible churches in Vienna, amongst many magnificent ones, is Votivkirche, which I visited in 2012 and was duly impressed. 

DSCN9231 _ Votivkirche, Wien, 2 October- 500 DSCN9394 _ Votivkirche, Vienna, 2012

This Neo-Gothic church of twin spires, dating back to late 19th century, boasted a famous Antwerp Passion Altar (Wood Curve) (dating back to around 1460). This altar was the best example of the achievement of medieval wood curving religion art in the low countries.

DSCN9317 _ Antwerp Passion Altar, Museum of Votivkirche, Wien, 2 October- 500
Antwerp Passion Altar

DSCN9316 _ Antwerp Passion Altar, Museum of Votivkirche, Wien, 2012

This Altar has grandeur, dignity and its moving pathos lies in the folksy naïveté and the lightened wrenching dramatic tableau it represents.  I found it hugely effective and moving.

DSCN9371 _ Antwerp Passion Altar, Museum of Votivkirche, Wien, 2012 DSCN9324 _ Antwerp Passion Altar, Museum of Votivkirche, Wien, 2012
DSCN9320 _ Antwerp Passion Altar, Museum of Votivkirche, Wien, 2012 DSCN9318 _ Antwerp Passion Altar, Museum of Votivkirche, Wien, 2012

Another amazing work was even grander assembly - Hochaltar (Main Altar), which consists of tier-ed multiple parts.  Due to restoration work, I was only able to see the upper part from side and behind in the Museum Gallery; however, the trusses of the scaffolding added quite appropriate setting to Christ and angels when view from behind.  The lower part of the Hochaltar was glistering and awe inspiring.

DSCN9232 _ Hochaltar (Main Choir), Votivkirche, Vienna, 2012 DSCN9244 _ Lower part of the Hochaltar (Main Choir), Votivkirche, Vienna, 2012

DSCN9326 _ Upper part of the Hochaltar (Main Choir), Votivkirche, Vienna, 2012 DSCN9322 _ Upper part of the Hochaltar (Main Choir), Votivkirche, Vienna, 2012

DSCN9334 _ Viewing Altar from Museum of Votivkirche, Wien, 2 October- 500

Below is a short video with quick glances of the Antwerp Passion Altar, and the Hoch Altar viewed from Museum Gallery:



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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 7/16 | tags: church Votivkirche Vienna Austria figurative sculpture realism




My Favorite Artworks at Secession Building, Vienna

The Secession Building in Vienna is so iconic, that though it doesn't have permanent collections, except for Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt, I feel that I am compelled to include it in the series of My Favorite Museum Collections.

Secession Building is an exhibition hall built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich as an architectural manifesto for the Vienna Secession and the Beethoven Frieze is a painting by Gustav Klimt created in 1902 for the 14th Vienna Secessionist exhibition and is now on display in the building permanently.

The frieze has the hallmark of the overt ornamentation the movement, and it also addressed the life's motifs close to Klimt's heart, as it covered the themes of human yearning for happiness and fulfillment of desires in the dark and tempestuous world as can be gleaned through a snapshot of the copy of part of the immense frieze below.

DSCN0593 _ Beethoven Frieze copy, Secession, Wien, 5 October
Beethoven Frieze copy, Secession, Wien

The frieze has the hallmark of the overt ornamentation the movement, and it also addressed the life's motifs close to Klimt's heart, as it covered the themes of human yearning for happiness and fulfillment of desires in the dark and tempestuous world.

Since there are no other permanent art collections to speak of in Secession Building, I'm going to cheap a bit, by citing an element of the utterly lovely building itself.  My favorite relief on the exterior wall of the building is a group of three highly decorative owls, well-balanced and proportioned, stylized in the typical Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) fashion.  Absolutely enchanting.

File:Jugendstil owls - Koloman Moser - Detail facade of Secession Building - Vienna.jpg
Jugendstil owls - Detail of the facade of the Secession Building.
Image credit: Alberto Fernandez Fernandez


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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 7/13 | tags: modern sculpture figurative painting Klimt Secession Vienna




Impressionism from National Gallery of Art (DC) in San Francisco

Last weekend, I visited Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, to see a special exhibition - Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art from Washington D.C. (March 29, 2014 – August 3, 2014).  

DSCN1836 _ Impressionism from National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

The exhibition included many paintings from the period of the emergence of the Impressionism, most of them were of modest dimensions, with subjects ranging from intimate portraits, still life to familiar outdoor landscapes.

The exhibition was organized and displayed by artists, a choice group including many big names and a few less familiar ones.  Below are the paintings I liked most:

DSCN1805 _ Self-Portrait, 1861, Henri Fantin-Latour, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Self-Portrait, 1861, Henri Fantin-Latour

DSCN1807 _ Three Peaches on a Plate, 1868, Henri Fantin-Latour, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Three Peaches on a Plate, 1868, Henri Fantin-Latour

DSCN1806 _ Oysters, 1862, Édouard Manet, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Oysters, 1862, Édouard Manet

DSCN1808 _ The Artist's Studio, ca. 1868, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
The Artist's Studio, ca. 1868, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

DSCN1815 _ The Towpath, 1864, Johan Barthold Jongkind, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
The Towpath, 1864, Johan Barthold Jongkind

DSCN1816 _ Beach at Trouville, 1864/65, Eugène Boudin, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Beach at Trouville, 1864/65, Eugène Boudin

DSCN1817 _ Beach at Trouville, 1863, Eugène Boudin, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Beach at Trouville, 1863, Eugène Boudin

DSCN1822 _ Mound of Butter, 1875/1885, Antoine Vollon, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Mound of Butter, 1875/1885, Antoine Vollon

DSCN1820 _ Claude Monet, 1872, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Claude Monet, 1872, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

DSCN1831 _ The Fence, 1872, Camille Pissarro, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
The Fence, 1872, Camille Pissarro

DSCN1830 _ Flood at Port-Marly, 1872, Alfred Sisley, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Flood at Port-Marly, 1872, Alfred Sisley

DSCN1827 _ Boulevard Héloïse, Argenteuil, 1872, Alfred Sisley, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Boulevard Héloïse, Argenteuil, 1872, Alfred Sisley

DSCN1838 _ Madame Henriot, ca. 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
 Madame Henriot, ca. 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

DSCN1841 _ Carmen Caudin, 1885, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Carmen Caudin, 1885, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

DSCN1842 _ Three Pears, 1878/79, Paul Cézanne, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Three Pears, 1878/79, Paul Cézanne

DSCN1845 _ Flower Beds in Holland, ca. 1883, Vincent van Gogh, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Flower Beds in Holland, ca. 1883, Vincent van Gogh

DSCN1852 _ Village by the Sea in Brittany, ca. 1880, Odilon Redon, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Village by the Sea in Brittany, ca. 1880, Odilon Redon

DSCN1854 _ Breton Village, ca. 1890, Odilon Redon, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Breton Village, ca. 1890, Odilon Redon

DSCN1853 _ Landscape of the Île-de-France,  Édouard Vuillard, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
 Landscape of the Île-de-France,  Édouard Vuillard

DSCN1856 _ Woman in Black, ca. 1891, Édouard Vuillard, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Woman in Black, ca. 1891, Édouard Vuillard

DSCN1870 _ The Artist's Studio, 1900, Pierre Bonnard, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
The Artist's Studio, 1900, Pierre Bonnard

DSCN1867 _ Red Plums, 1892, Pierre Bonnard, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Red Plums, 1892, Pierre Bonnard

DSCN1872 _ Bouquet of Flowers, ca. 1926, Pierre Bonnard, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Bouquet of Flowers, ca. 1926, Pierre Bonnard

Famous names included in the exhibition included Monet, Gauguin, etc. but I felt their works somewhat less moving and affecting than their the better efforts, nevertheless, their works deserved to be included in this blog:

DSCN1818 _ Horses in a Meadow, 1871, Edgar
 Degas, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Horses in a Meadow, 1871, Edgar Degas

DSCN1809 _ The Artist's Sister at a Window, 1869, Berthe Morisot, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
The Artist's Sister at a Window, 1869, Berthe Morisot

DSCN1832 _ Argenteuil, ca. 1872, Claude Monet, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Argenteuil, ca. 1872, Claude Monet

DSCN1844 _ Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière, 1888 or 1889, Paul Gauguin, National Gallery of Art at Legion of Honor
Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière, 1888 or 1889, Paul Gauguin

It was a marvelous show and the last day of the exhibition is August 3rd.  Do try to catch this beautiful presentation.


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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 7/10 | tags: impressionism San Francisco Legion of Honor washington dc National Gallery of Art painting figurative realism landscape traditional




My Favorite Paintings at Leopold Museum, Vienna

Leopold Museum in Vienna is renown for its collections of late 19th through early 20th century works by Austrian masters, such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl.

My favorite works there were many, and the two top choices were both by Schiele. My first favorite piece was called "Kalvaienberg" (Calvary Hill), which was of a square format, with the top one-third depicting blue and pink sky, and the lower part the gentle hill whose sloping top was dominated by tilting trees and three clustered crosses, breaking into the horizontal layers of clouds. It was rendered in overly sweet palette, verged on nauseating, therefore overcame the danger of being sentimental.  The understated rendering created a violent contrast between the content and the style which made this piece less conventionally overpowering, therefore startlingly striking and fresh. It affected without screaming.

DSCN0898 _ Kalvarienberg, 1912, Egon Schiele, Leopold Museum
Kalvarienberg, 1912, Egon Schiele, Leopold Museum


My second favorite painting was titled "Kardinal und Nonne" (Cardinal and Nun).  Against pitch black background, two kneeling figures, with their jutting naked lower legs formed the foundation of a pyramid, consisted of the upper bodies of these two figures - a luscious-looking cardinal, and a furtive-looking nun, whose interlocking hands formed a dubious gesture of praying, in a tight embrace reminiscent the iconic embrace of Gustav Klimt's "Kuss" (Kiss).  The scarlet robe of the cardinal and the black garb of the nun, contrasted greatly and created a great drama, which was however, dwarfed by the dramas manifested on their faces.  The cardinal was the obvious aggressor, while the nun, however, could be a victim, an accomplice, or both, in their illicit and grotesque embrace. A powerful rendering of decay.

DSCN0924 _ Kardinal und Nonne, Egon Schiele, Leopold Museum
Kardinal und Nonne, Egon Schiele, Leopold Museum

 

 

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 7/4 | tags: egon schiele Vienna Leopold Museum painting figurative surrealism modern




My e-Portfolio on MagCloud and ISSUU

Finally, I made an electronic portfolio of my selected paintings, drawings and installations and it can be viewed on ISSUU:

 


Unfortunately, ISSUU would not allow my readers to print the copies so, you may send me request, or sign on my eNewsletter on my website: www.matthewfelixsun.com and I will be very happy to send a free PDF to you.

Alternatively, I am also offering a professionally bound copy via MagCloud, at the cost of $8 per copy (Wire-O-Bind), 8.5"x11":

Art Portfolio of Matthew Felix Sun
Electronic portfolio of awarding winning fine artist, Matthew Felix Sun www.matthewfelixsun.com
 


or a square one, 8.5"x8.5", in perfect bound, offered at $8.5 per copy (with 8 extra pages):

New Publication
Electronic portfolio of awarding winning fine artist, Matthew Felix Sun www.matthewfelixsun.com
 




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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 6/20 | tags: landscape realism Magcloud installation drawing figurative painting ebook ISSUU modern




My e-Portfolio on MagCloud and ISSUU

Finally, I made an electronic portfolio of my selected paintings, drawings and installations and it can be viewed on ISSUU:

 


Unfortunately, ISSUU would not allow my readers to print the copies so, you may send me request, or sign on my eNewsletter on my website: www.matthewfelixsun.com and I will be very happy to send a free PDF to you.

Alternatively, I am also offering a professionally bound copy via MagCloud, at the cost of $8 per copy:

On MagCloud

Art Portfolio of Matthew Felix Sun
Electronic portfolio of awarding winning fine artist, Matthew Felix Sun www.matthewfelixsun.com
 



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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 6/20




My Favorite Paintings at Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

The complex of the Belvedere Palaces in Vienna contained the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Austrian Gallery Belvedere), showcasing Austrian artists, such as Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918), two giants of the late 19th to early 20th century and their works were indeed my favorites in this museum.

Of many works by these two artists, I'll call Braut (Bride) by Klimt as my first favorite.  It was less iconic than the more renown Kuss (Kiss), but the images of this piece were richer and the messages more layered.  I particularly loved the interplays of the patterns and the juxtaposition of those overtly sensual, to the point of near indecent fleshy figures, permeating a hedonistic and even sinister atmosphere. It was the unabashed abandon carried the day.


Braut, Gustav Klimt, 1918, Oberes Belvedere, Wien

My second favorite painting there was Fensterwand (Hauswand) (Window Wall (House Wall), which contrasted most violently with the Braut by Klimt.


Fensterwand (Hauswand), Egon Schiele, 1914, Oberes Belvedere, Wien

This Schiele piece, somber though not stern, was orderly and becalming, with dashes of colors accenting the overall gray scheme.  It had a purifying effect, yet it was also playful in the details.  This piece, completed just four short years before both his wife and he succumbed to the Spanish flu pandemic, represented the world to be smashed by the Great War (World War I).  A very beautiful and poignant piece.

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 6/15 | tags: Schiele Klimt Vienna surrealism landscape figurative painting Belvedere modern




My Favorite Paintings at Albertina Museum, Vienna

The renown Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria was mostly valued for its graphic art collections, such as works by the incomparable Albrecht Dürer, whose ultra-realistic drawings and watercolors were so delicate that the museum only put reproductions on display, therefore, I refrain from citing his works as my favorite there.

Albertina Museum also had some really impressive oil paintings, amongst which, I was particularly enthralled by paintings by Max Beckmann and Paul Delvaux.

The Frau mit Katze (Woman with Cat) by German artist Max Beckmann was a stylish, understated yet highly erotically charged woman portrait, typical of his pre-Third-Reich oeuvre, without the unsettling sinister atmosphere permeated in his later works.

I was particularly enchanted by the sitters' self-satisfying langour, the marvelously subtle and bold interplays of orange, yellow, pale purple, green and black shades, and the sitter's slightly monumental bulk, which didn't take away any of her sensuality or her femininity.

DSCN9068 _ Frau mit Katze (Woman and Cat), 1942, Öl auf Leinwand, Max Beckmann, Albertina Museum, Wien, 2 October - 500
Frau mit Katze (Woman and Cat), Max Beckmann, 1942, Öl auf Leinwand (Oil on Canvas)

My second favorite works was Belgian painter Paul Delvaux's Landschaft mit Lanternen (Landscape with Lanterns) - a mysterious cityscape which extended to landscape under cool moonshine, almost symmetrical, with a noble-looking woman stood at the foreground, looking into the goings-on on the receding away from the viewers, including two small figures in white, carrying a stretcher with a person enshrouded in white sheet, against the gently lit hills dotted with unfinished architectures, or strange gate-shaped structures, corresponding to the seemingly unfinished city structures in the foreground.

DSCN9070 _ Landschaft mit Lanternen, 1958, Paul Delvaux (1897-1994), Albertina, - 500
Landschaft mit Lanternen (Landscape with Lanterns), 1958, Paul Delvaux (1897-1994)

The cool atmosphere and the classical symmetry recalled The Ideal City by Piero della Francesca (?) though the mood of Delvaux's painting was much darker and more mysterious, even quite sinister, and the story was much harder to decode, thus even more fatally attractive.

File:Piero della Francesca Ideal City.jpg
The Ideal City, Piero della Francesca, public domain work of art

During my visit, I shot the picture with a viewer looking inside the frames, and her presence added another layer to this haunting piece.

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Posted by Matthew Felix Sun on 6/10 | tags: Albertina Vienna Paul Delvaux Max Beckmann figurative realism surrealism modern





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