La Japonaise (1876)
I'm not an expert on art, but I've been familiar with Claude Monet's art since I was a little kid. The Houses of Parliament series stands out... as well as his Haystacks and Water Lilies series. But after look up a bunch of his paintings for this post, I decided to lure all of you in with La Japonaise. I had never seen it before, but it's an oil on canvas painting of his wife wearing a kimono surrounded by Japanese fans. He painted it in 1876, but it has since crossed the Atlantic and is now at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Another French artist is Ermsy. Actually, he was born in England... but he's based out of Paris... so I'm guessing that makes him more of an English artist who works in Paris. Oh well. Too late. I already invested too much time and energy in this post and I don't know any famous English painters off the top of my head... so I'm moving forward with my comparison to Monet.
Okay. I just realized how stupid that sounds. Monet is one of the most renowned painters of all-time... while Ermsy is one of the Topps Project 2020 artists. There is no comparison.
And from what I've read and seen on blogs people are pretty divided on Ermsy's artwork. It seems like people either enjoy it... or don't. Considering I purchased two of his cards on the Topps website within a span of six days back in July... it's pretty obvious where I stand.
I've been a fan of his work from the very beginning. It reminds me of Topps Kids from the early 90's... along with street graffiti from the 80's. I just couldn't get myself to pull $20 out of my pocket for a rookie card redux of Mike Trout.
But when Topps released the Tony Gwynn, I decided to join the club and purchase my first Project 2020 card. A few days later, I picked up the Rickey as well. It took a little under two months, but they arrived last week:
2020 Topps Project 2020 #161
2020 Topps Project 2020 #168
I'm not exactly sure why he chopped off Gwynn's head, but the Rickey is about as Ermsy as you can get. Like I said... you probably like his style or you don't.
Here's are side by side comparisons to the actual rookie cards:
1983 Topps #482
1980 Topps #482
And for those who enjoy back scans, Merry Christmas...
I'll wrap things up with another piece of art...
One of my former students created this and was nice enough to share it with me. It was her interpretation of this famous woodblock print:
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most recognizable pieces of Japanese art and has been a personal favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.
What about you?
What are some of your favorite pieces of art?
Well that's it for today. Happy Thursday and sayonara!