28 January 2008

Dreary weather

Photo of Antwerp taken with a camera worth 20 euros. Atrocious detail, yet the grainy aspect of the image is very invocative of the greyish weather at the time the photo was taken. Almost impressionistic.


17 January 2008

Antal Weiss

pastel on paper 28 x 37 cm

Antal Weiss (1886-1963), portrait of a young Hungarian lady, 1918

Very little is known on the internet about Antal Weiss. From what I have found on-line so far he was a Hungarian graphic artist and illustrator. There are a few references to him working as a designer of posters, both civilian and military.

On the Imperial War Museum website we find one example of a wartime poster of his advertising war loans in WW I. And on an Hungarian auction site I found the following image of another war poster he made in 1915. The text, contrary to what you might think if you do not speak Hungarian, has nothing to do with war. Boldog uj évet simply means Happy New Year.

On this site you'll find a civilian advertising poster by Antal Weiss. I am not reproducing it here for reasons of copyright. Weiss also seems to have been involved in the design of Hungarian banknotes and the illustration of books and book covers, as evidenced by this monetary style book cover or this book here. By the looks of it he must have been a well-established artist in his time.

I also have an ex libris, signed and dated 1912, actual size 55 x 55 mm, designed for one Mérei Emil. The word könyve means book or volume.

That is all for the time being. Admittedly, the information presented here is still rather flimsy. Yet, the quality of the portrait in my possession motivates me to continue my research on Antal Weiss. The internet won't be of much assistance in this case, apart from this handy online Hungarian to English translator or even this one, so I'll be forced to delve into real paper archives as soon as I get a chance to do so.

By publishing my findings so far I am also hoping, through Google, to meet people who know more about Antal Weiss. No matter the eventual results, the search itself will prove as interesting as the artist himself undoubtedly used to be. To be continued.


15 January 2008

Unknown artist

Oil on panel (possibly Belgian)

Artist unknown


If you have anything interesting to offer Phryne, you can tell her in the comment sections to the posts on the main page. If it is really good, she'll bare her breasts... I mean, reveal her e-mail to you.

Links open in new windows and lead to webpages in different languages. Over time there should be enough eye candy in here to satisfy even the hardiest monolinguist. Of course, should you be that generous, you can always suggest links in the comment sections to the posts on the main page.


Only retrospect will be able to tell what this diary was all about. For the moment, all I can say is that it won't be political nor will it deal with current events. Most of the time it will centre around things NOT bought by the masses. There is a great amount of forgotten beauty out there in small things, I aim to create a collection of them here. Since, like most people, I have a normal daytime job posts will develop over time. When you see the phrase "later more" it simply means the affected post will be elaborated on whenever I have some time to spare. Even though this weblog, like most others, takes on the form of a diary, posting will not respect the timeline imposed by the format. It will grow organically, jumping back and forth in time.

By the way, Phryne was an ancient Greek model who was tried for heresy and then got away scott free because a devoted friend showed the judges her naked breasts. They were so impressed with her beauty that they dropped all charges against her. I suppose they dropped even more than that, but you never know for sure with these ancient Greeks.

PS: All pictures on this blog were taken with a very cheap camera. The challenge is not to buy a better one, which I cannot afford, but to make the most of what I have.