Friday, August 30, 2013

Harem Exploitation

Before the Punishment by the Hungarian painter Franz Eisenhut (1857-1903). Eisenhut is considered one of Austria-Hungary's greatest academic painters in the second half of the 19th century an specialized in Orientalist subjects.
Here he did a really spectacular piece. Two disobedient harem slaves are awaiting their punishment stretching their erotic bodies  for all the onlookers of the painting.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

An Artist at Work

The Portrait of a Sergeant (1874) by the French military painter Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815–1891). Apart from the fact that it is a very well done painting it is full of small "unheroic" details normally not worth to be noticed by a military painter.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Joust

Before the Joust by the Italian painter Cesare Auguste Detti (1847-1914). As historical genre painter Detti  specialized more in scenes settled in the 17th or 18th century, but here he was attracted by a medieval subject. The result is a genre painting anyway.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A National Martyr

The execution of Matija Gubec in front of St. Mark's Church in Zagreb (1905) by the Croatian painter Oton Iveković (1869-1939). Matija Gubec was a leader of the Croatian-Slovenian peasant revolt 1573 and became later a symbol for the indepence movement in Croatia.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Voluptuous Prisoners

Captured (1938) by the great Australian artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969). Lindsay who is probably best known for his erotic artwork shows here a bunch of pirates with their prisoners: two voluptous women who didn't look afraid at all. History serves here more as a costume.