Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ghirlandaio, Winslow Homer, William Morris Hunt...

Ghirlandaio -Herod's Banquet

Winslow Homer - Boys in a Dory

William Morris Hunt - Italian Boy

Victor Gabriel Gilbert - Place d'Anvers & le Sacre Coeur

Lovis Corinth - Self Portrait with his Wife

Jose Benlliure y Gil - A Carnival in Rome

Jan August Hendrik Leys - The Bird Catcher

Jose Benlliure y Gil - Santa Maria Della Rosa

Gaston Bussiere - Deux Enfants Aux Couronnes de Fleurs

Carl Heinrich Bloch - Christ Teaching in the Temple

Friday, February 01, 2008

Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) 1591-1666

Guercino - Fame with Honour and Virtue

St Sebastian tended by two angels

Flaggelation of Christ

Richard G. Mann has written that the Italian artist Guercino "fused spirituality and homoerotic desire in many of his paintings of religious subjects."

Guercino was the first to come up with the idea of Saint Sebastian Tended by Two Angels. These were young male angels. Previously, Saint Sebastian would have been tended by Saint Helen and her maid.

Reportedly, Guercino was keen on beautiful male angels and cute looking putti.

In Saint Gregory the Great with Saints Ignatius and Francis Xavier, Richard G Mann points out that two putti "embrace playfully in the heavens ... one of the putti, who has a notably erect penis, gazes seductively down at Gregory."

Mann writes that in Flagellation of Christ, Christ's tormenter "gently lifts up some of his hair as he gazes intently at him with an expression encompassing both compassion and desire." (Guercino)




Art on Flickr

SE ACERCA LA TORMENTA / THE STORM IS COMING by maryaben © All rights reserved.

The Girl in Kiakar Colony by Lars-Gunnar Svärd © All rights reserved.

Paul Gauguin - Gay Painter

Gauguin - Breton Boys Bathing

Gauguin - Boys Wrestling

Gauguin - Boy Bather

Gauguin - Bathers

Gauguin - Breton Boy

Gauguin - Breton Boy in a Landscape

Gauguin - Breton Boy by the Aven River

Gauguin - Boy by the Water

Gauguin - Bananas (Gauguin was keen on symbolism)

Gauguin - Man with Axe

Gauguin - Manana

Painting by Charles Filiger

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a Post-Impressionist painter.

His most famous quote was: "I must confess that I am myself a woman." (Paul Gauguin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

In 1873, Gauguin married a Danish woman, Mette Sophie Gad.

In the late 1880s and early 1990s, Gauguin and his followers spent time in Brittany.

A close friend of Gauguin was Charles Filiger whose paintings of farm boys and Christ figures 'attests to his struggle with homosexuality and religion.' (glbtq >> arts >> Symbolists)

In Brittany, Gauguin also painted boys, often naked boys.

In Paris, in 1887, Paul Gauguin met Vincent van Gogh.

There has been speculation that Vincent felt sexually attracted towards Paul Gauguin.

Paul Gauguin is said to have flirted with Van Gogh, but to have preferred much younger men. (Paul Gauguin's erotic life - Page 3 -

By 1888, Gauguin and Vincent were living in Arles, in the South of France.

The same year, Vincent's friendship with Paul Gauguin came to a sudden end, and Vincent cut off part of his left ear.

In 1891, Gauguin sailed to the tropics (Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands) to escape "everything that is artificial and conventional."


Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890

Camille Roulin by Van Gogh

Peach tree in bloom

Bridge at Asnieres

Paris rooftops

Gypsy caravan
Le Moulin de la Galette

Vegetable gardens

Carousel Bridge and the Louvre

As a youth, Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch Post-Impressionist, was fervent about religion.

However, during the 1870s, he failed the various exams which would have allowed him to become a pastor or a missionary.

In 1980, Vincent began his career as a painter.

In 1882, Vincent began very briefly living with an alcoholic prostitute, Clasina Maria Hoornik, known as Sien. During the year 1882, Sien gave birth to a baby boy called Willem and Vincent spent three weeks in a hospital suffering from gonorrhoea.

Willem came to believe he was Van Gogh's son, but the timing of the birth makes this unlikely.[41]

In 1883, Vincent abandoned Sien.

In 1885, Vincent was getting young peasant girls to model for his paintings. He was accused of making one of them pregnant.[45]

In 1886, while living in Antwerp, Vincent began to drink absinthe heavily and may have been treated for syphilis. [51]

Starting in 1887, Vincent began writing letters to his young friend Emile Bernard. In these letters Vincent revealed that when he had the money, he tried to visit a brothel about every two weeks.

Also in 1886, Vincent moved to Paris, where he shared a house with his brother Theo.

In 1887, Vincent met and befriended Paul Gauguin, who had just arrived in Paris.

Some writers believe that in Paris Vincent discovered a world of gay sex.

There has been speculation that Vincent felt sexually attracted towards Paul Gauguin and that Vincent had a very close relationship with his brother Theo.

Paul Gauguin is said to have flirted with Van Gogh and Theo, but to have preferred much younger men. (Paul Gauguin's erotic life - Page 3 -

Albert J Lubin, in his book Stranger on the Earth: A Psychological Biography of Vincent Van Gogh, suggests that Vincent may have been sexually attracted to Gauguin.

Vincent's move from Holland to Gay Paris seems to have led to the production of some brighter, sunnier, more joyous paintings.

On the other hand, there is still the feeling in some of the French paintings that Vincent is repressed and has still not learnt to live at peace with himself.

By 1888, Vincent was living in Arles, in the South of France. He worked alongside Paul Gauguin.

The same year, Vincent's friendship with Paul Gauguin came to an end, and Vincent cut off part of his left ear.

It is possible that Vincent's apparently manic-depressive or bi-polar behaviour was related to repressed homosexuality.

YouTube - Vincent & Theo (gay kiss between Vincent and ...


Alexander Ivanov 1806-1858

Italian Scene
The Appearance of Christ before the People


Seven Boys in Colourful Clothes
Apollo, Hyakinthos and Kyparissos singing and playing.

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov 1806-1858 was a Russian painter who favoured Neoclassicism .

In 1831 he set up home in Rome and explored much of Italy.

In Italy he painted Apollo, Hyacinth and Cypariss Singing and Playing Music (1831-1834) which was approved by his sponsors in St. Petersburg.

Apollo loved both Hyacinth and Cypariss (Cypress). The young Hyacinthus is playing the flute; Cypress is drowsing.

Around 1833 Ivanov began to plan The Appearance of Christ to the People (1837-1857). He worked on it for twenty years.


Dubois, Roberts, Titian, Gemito, Gibson, Mancini, Ciardi

Paul Dubois' A Florentine Singer of the Fifteenth Century, one of Europe's most popular statues, was first exhibited in 1865.

David Roberts (1796-1864)- Temple of Philae Nubia

Venice by Titian
Vincenzo Gemito 1870

John Gibson (1790 – 1866) - Sleeping Shepherd Boy

Antonio Mancini (1852-1930) - Il Saltimbanco (1877)

Guglielmo Ciardi (1842-1917) - Laguna

KYHN, Vilhelm -

Danny Lyon