June 2011

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 71 of 83

play in your free time Art Throb Mooving art By Pete Lundberg pected, but nevertheless lovely, portrayal of farm animals often found in art. While depictions of bovines go back some 17,000 J years to the famous cave paintings in France, these images depicted wild animals. Bovines were fi rst domesticated in the Neolithic Age (about 5,000 years ago) and have been popular subjects since. In more traditional schools of oil painting cows were frequently portrayed, starting in the 18th century, by British, French and German artists. French painters like Julien Dupre made a comfortable liv- ing producing endless pieces showing milkmaids and their four- legged companions, while American painters Th omas Bigelow Craig and Olive Parker Black helped make bucolic pastoral scenes in demand here. What’s not to love about cows? Th ey exude calmness and help produce wonderful artisan cheese! Th eir slow movement makes them easy subjects, and the wide variety of breeds create an end- une is Dairy Month, and no Wisconsin-born columnist would dare neglect that fact. So it seems fi tting to explore the perhaps unex- Clockwise from upper left: Perhaps one of the earliest examples of “art” as we know it, cows were a popular subject even 17,000 years ago on cave walls in France. Cows continue to be popular subjects with both artist and buyer. This updated Bessie, in an unusual palette, is by Diane Whitehead. Julien Dupre, a French painter (1851-1910) was best known for his realistic portrayals of strong farm women, often pitching hay or tending to cows. less source of interest. Th ey have been immortalized on canvas for centuries, from Da Vinci (remember the Moo-na Lisa?) to Warhol, and will certainly continue to have their place in the art world for some time to come. Pete Lundberg is not only an art lover but also the owner of Janus Galleries in Madison. Book Club Simple home style Home from the Hardware Store By Stephen Antonson and Kathleen Hackett With 50 easy and innovative projects for the home, this husband-and-wife duo shares how to transform utilitarian objects from your local hardware store into new creations. Shelf supports and galvanized elbows morph into coffee tables and more in this fantastically quirky DIY guide. Published by Rodale Inc., $23 Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring By Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell Learn how to create a chic and elegant home without paying big bucks in this practical and inspiring read. With beautiful images and step-by-step project ideas for every room, you’ll fi nd a wealth of inspiration on decorating with secondhand fi nds and repurposed goods. Published by CICO Books, $30 Undecorate: The No Rules Approach to Interior Design By Christiane Lemieux If you think you have to hire a professional to get that designer look, think again! The founder of DwellStudio, the renowned home furnishings company, shares a non- traditional approach to formal design. From Chicago to California, this book showcases 20 stylish interiors that embrace imperfection. Published by Clarkson Potter, $40 70 BRAVA Magazine June 2011

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Brava - June 2011