It's Friday! Doesn't mean much to me now that I'm in retirement, one day just merges into the next and quite frequently I have no idea which day of the week it is. But for you poor wage slaves, Friday is usually a good day and, if your particular 'tractor factory' is in the UK, I am told that there is a possibility it will stop raining for 27 minutes at some time over the weekend! So, to set you in the right mood, here are a few paintings for you to gaze at which will, I'm sure, raise your spirits even further.
Obviously I begin with my favourite, Paul Klee, and a painting entitled The Vase :
Here's another called Rising Star:
Don't bother to try and make realistic sense of it. For virtually his entire life Klee (to use the current argot) 'pushed the envelope', experimenting with colour, shape, line and composition. Rumour has it that if you look closely enough you will find a Higgs Boson in there somewhere!
I have liked Beh Shahn's work for years but the fact is that he was a dreadful old' Trot' and most of his work is dead miserable. However, I did find this one which has some innocent charm to it. It's called Amusement Park:
Of course, I cannot resist offering some John Singer Sargent. This one brings back personal memories for me because the 'Memsahib' and I once holidayed in a lovely old Croatian town on the coast of Illyria. Part of the reason we chose it was because they have a high-speed ferry that crosses the Adriatic providing day trips to Venice. We had never been to Venice but everyone told us that on your first visit you should try and go in by sea. Excellent advice and this, more or less, was the view with which we were greeted:
However, if I am going to feature Singer Sargent then I must, I cannot do otherwise, than show one of the many very beautiful - and very rich - ladies he painted. Here is Madame Paul Poirson - sexy little minx, ain't she?
Finally, and especially for my old e-pal, DM, here are a couple of Turners. He does demonstrate a strong 'drama queen' tendency in some of his paintings but this one will knock your socks off:
But here's something more soothing, called Sunset on the River:
There, that's got you all relaxed and ready for the weekend, hasn't it? No, no, there's no extra charge, it's all part of the service here at D&N.