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Art lives and dies in the unique heart of he who carries it, just as all feelings only live and expand in the souls of those who feel them. There is no history of art — there is the history of artists.

Marianne von Werefkin


Marianne von Werefkin is a name that often catches my eye when I am digging around for art online. It always stands out even though I don’t have any knowledge of her work so at some point I finally looked closer at her work. And, like so many little known artists that I come across, I have to say I was pleased by the work I found.

Marianne von Werefkin Self Portrait

She was born in Russia in 1860 and died in Switzerland in 1938. Throughout her life she was associated with several important painting groups and movements in Europe though she never achieved widespread recognition for her work, certainly nothing close to that of her peers such as Kandinsky and Klee. It was difficult for a woman to stand out in the male dominated world of art at that time. Fortunately, that has been changing over the past century though I am sure not as quick as it should.

I am very taken with much of her work, especially the compositions and the way in which she expresses her self in forms. I also have enjoyed a few quotes and other writings she left behind, which like her compositions line up with my own viewpoints.

Here are a couple of other examples;

All bores me in the world of facts, I see an end, a limit to all things and my heart thirsts for the infinite and for eternity.


The artist is the only one who detaches himself from life, opposes his personality against it, he is the only one who orders things as he wishes them to be in place of things as they are. Thus, for him life is not a fait accompli, it is something to remake, to do again.

I know I am not giving you a lot of info here today outside a few quotes and images. But take a look and in it strikes you, dig a bit deeper for yourself. I think you will be rewarded. I see her work as just good stuff. And for me, that is a high compliment.

DGA510708 The Black Women, by Marianne Werefkin (1860-1938), gouache on cardboard, 1910; (add.info.: The Black Women, 1910, by Marianne Werefkin (1860-1938), gouache on cardboard.
Artwork-location: Hanover, Sprengel Museum Hannover (Art Museum)); De Agostini Picture Library / M. Carrieri; out of copyright

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5 Pointz Long Island CityI was looking for a diversion from the cold and snowy weather that refuses to release its grip on us when I came across this short video that gives a brief (it’s only three minutes!) history of art.  It’s obviously not comprehensive and done with tongue firmly in cheek so don’t be too critical if they miss an -ism or two along the way.  All I know is that I would much rather be watching this than going out to plow, which is next on the agenda.  So I am going to watch it again and put off putting on my boots for a bit.

The image I chose for this post is a commuter’s view of 5 Pointz in Long Island City, NY.  It was an old factory complex that became a haven and showcase for graffiti  artists until recently when developers took over and began transforming the space as the area undergoes gentrification.  That is the short version of what has become the 5 Pointz controversy as graffiti artists and aficionados try to preserve this space and the art therein.  I just thought the image was striking in the way the imagery changed and enlivened the whole feel of what was a dilapidated space.  Such is the power of art.

Have a great day and enjoy a short journey through the history of art.



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