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Water and Reflections

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by designldg

 

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“These landscapes of water and reflections have became my obsession.
They are far beyond my old man powers and despite everything I want to succeed in conveying what I feel.
I destroy some… I start over again… And I hope something will finally come from so many efforts.”
(Claude Monet – French painter, 1840-1926)

This image belongs to the series of pictures which is a tribute to the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet.

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The Magic Pond

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“Suddenly I had the revelation of how magical my pond is.
I took up my palette.
Since that time I have scarcely had any other model.”
(Claude Monet – French painter, 1840-1926)

This image belongs to the series of pictures which is a tribute to the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet.

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With Unknown Realities

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“Whereas you are philosophically seeking the world in itself, I am simply focusing my efforts on a maximurm of appearences in close correlations with unknown realities.”
(Claude Monet – French painter, 1840-1926)

This image belongs to the series of pictures which is a tribute to the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet.
Like Waterlilies, some of Monet’s most important explorations in color and composition were made in the gardens of his home at Giverny, some 30 miles west of Paris.
He had installed an ornamental water garden that proved to be the focal point for dozens of his explorations of color and light.
Monet began painting his waterlily scenes as a nonintentional series of color and light studies.
His repetitive studies of various features of the French countryside around him – poplar trees, haystacks, snowbound villages, and even the façade of the Rouen Cathedral – show an artist whose keen eye and searching intellect were not content to rest after capturing the effects of light, shade, and color only once.

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With Life and Movement

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“The motif’s essential is the mirror of water whose aspect is constantly being modified by the changing sky reflected in it, and which imbues it with life and movement.”
(Claude Monet – French painter, 1840-1926)

This image belongs to the series of pictures which is a tribute to the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet.

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Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon

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Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon

 

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”
(Jules Renard quotes – French Writer, 1864-1910)

This young man was spending his Sunday afternoon on a boat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world.
It is the only place where there is a little freshness in the city during summers.

“Reflets dans l’eau”

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"Reflets dans l'eau"

 

“Reflets dans l’eau” (reflections in water) is a musical description of rippling water. It appears on the album “Images” and was composed by Claude Debussy in 1904.

 

Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. He is considered one of the most prominent figures working within the field of Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He established a new concept of tonality in European music.

 

I often have Debussy’s music in my mind when I come to ghats of Varanasi (Benaras). This picture shows the reflections of a boat on the holy waters of the Ganges. Apart from the frame there is no edition to this image.

 

The painter’s workshop

Posted in The artwork and the artist with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by designldg

The painter's workshop

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This picture was shot one evening at my friend Durga’s workshop which is facing the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

Durga Charan Das is a young painter living in the “City of Lights”.
When he was 4 years old he became famous after painting the feet of Goddess Durga’s statue in a temple nearby his family house in a village located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Ever since he is considered to be the Mozart of Indian contemporary painting.
This reputation allowed him to become a successful Art student in the prestigious “Banaras Hindu University” (B.H.U.) of Varanasi.
The biggest university in Asia has a program led by some of the best Art teachers among modern India.
His training gave him a knowledge of classic Indian and European paintings while allowing him to carry on his own style.
He is painting amazing bodies making love or sometimes alone but always with sensuality and strength, with something special that reminds a lot of Eugene Delacroix’s work…
Durga has already won several prestigious awards in India and now exhibitions of his work are starting in Europe.

This is a link in order to see his portrait:
www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/2190256216/in/set-72157600004147839

Namaste Monsieur Monet…!

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Namaste Monsieur Monet...!

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This picture was shot in the beautiful and serene Lodhi Garden in Delhi last May before a storm.
The Lodhis were a pashtun Muslim dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century.

The lotusses in this pond were reminding me the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926).
This is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings which depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of the artist’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.
During the last years Monet suffered from cataracts.
In 1923, Monet had a lens removed from his right eye, correcting this but also allowing him to see ultraviolet light (which the lens usually blocks), and he began painting the water lilies in a more blue shade.

I found funny to work on this series of images as a kind of tribute to this artist and it is a new subject for me which allows me to play with colors.
Besides I enjoy making links into that Indo-Western topic that I usualy show in my photostream even if here it’s only coming from my imagination.

Although the title is an allusion to another impressionist painting “Bonjour Monsieur Courbet”.

“There’s a moon in my body”

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

"There's a moon in my body"

 

” There’s a moon in my body…
There’s a moon in my body, but I can’t see it!
A moon and a sun.
A drum never touched by hands, beating, and I can’t hear it! ”

This is a poem from Kabīr (Hindi: कबीर, Punjabi(Gurmukhi): ਕਬੀਰ, Urdu: /Punjabi (Shahmukhi)کبير‎) (1398—1448) who was a mystic poet from Varanasi (Benaras), the social and practical manifestation of his philosophy represented a synthesis of Hindu, and Muslim concepts. 
According to Kabir, all life is an interplay of two spiritual principles, one is the personal soul (Jivatma) and the other is God (Paramatma) and salvation is the process of bringing into union these two divine principles.

Kabir is a very important figure in Indian history. 
He is unusual in that he is spiritually significant to Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims alike. 
Kabir touches the soul, the conscience, the sense of awareness and the vitality of existence in a manner that is unequalled in both simplicity and style. 
Another beauty of Kabir’s poetry is that he picks up situations that surround our daily lives. 
Thus, even today, Kabir’s poetry is relevant and helpful in both social and spiritual context. 
Following Kabir means understanding one’s inner self, realizing oneself, accepting oneself as is, and becoming harmonious with one’s surroundings.

Kabir has written much poetry and song, all verses are recorded in Hindi. 
His lyrics are characterised by a free use of the vernacular, and is unfettered by the grammatical bonds of his day and it is this quality which has made his philosophy accessible to generations of Indians.

Monsoon season is the lotus season and last June I saw this lotus pond on a road from Khajuraho to the jungle which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle book” in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
Lotus always remind me French Impressionist Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (or Nympheas).

Indian Nympheas

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Indian Nympheas

One more picture of lotus that I have been working as a kind of tribute to the Nympheas by Claude Monet.

Water Lilies (or Nympheas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926). 
The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.

I took this picture at the ISKCON Temple of Delhi which is located at Raja Dhirshain Marg, Sant Nagar, near the East of Kailash locality. 
It is one of the 40 temples in India that belongs to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, dedicated to Lord Krishna. 
A part of the Hare Krishna Movement started by Acharya Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the devotees and followers of the Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult built this temple in 1998 to disseminate the message of the Bhagwad Gita.