Monday, October 18, 2010

Image Hoard 2: Man & the Sea

This week I'm back with another collection of images from my little treasure trove.  For these pictures there's a loose nautical theme, but it really is loose.  

1- Marie Antoinette by Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1762
Former Queen of France, and nothing to do with the sea.  I recently watched Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette and thought it was a lot better than I had been led to believe.  It's visually spectacular and poignant in it's own way, with a great soundtrack (click for Spotify link).

2- Dress by Alexander McQueen
It's gorgeous and frothy, simple as that.

3- Baudelaire poem & Illustration by Pierre-Yves Tremois
Tremois is an artist with a cheeky way with lines that is quite striking and different.  You can also see his sculptures on his website.

4- Sketch by Mark Ryden
Ryden did the cover for One Hot Minute and many other magnificent paintings involving meat, girls, toys and Abe Lincoln.  He's a long-time favourite of mine.

5- The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel, 1863
It's twee, and the cherubs totally spoil the mood but I've always loved this painting; the way Venus lies unconscious and pristine on the water.

6- An illustration of Baudelaire's Man & the Sea by Shannon May
This image has given the page to man and nature in a 50/50 split.  It has tension and depth, but is so simple.  Beautiful.

7- Giant Squid, Architeuthis dux
This image is of a Giant Squid that was publicly dissected at Melbourne Museum in 2008.  The latest episode of Inside Nature's Giants is about the Giant Squid and it is one of the most gob-smacking and inspiring things I've ever watched.  See it here on 4oD.

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