Tag Archives: El Greco

My inspirations for April

30 Apr

Well, I’ve read a few interesting books in April – Eugene Onegin for the first time, Sense and Sensibility and Jane Eyre – I can’t possibly count which time it was. I’ve also watched Jane Eyre (2011) and Sense and Sensibility (1995) again! Movie Onegin (1999.) starring Ralph Fiennes is quite good and very accurate. I’ve pretty much been in the 1840s atmosphere, since I’m writing a story set in that decade I had no other option than to be. It’s my favourite decade of Victorian era and most of my stories are set around those times for it is the most interesting and the most inspiring era for me.

1857. The Sister’s Grave by Thomas Brooks

1846. die sentimentale.. johan peter hasenclever

jane eyre

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1844. paris fashions for may

1841. February fashion

1960s Jane Asher 1

1960s Jane Asher 2

1960s Marianne Faithfull photographed by Cecil Beaton

1960s Jenny Boyd, Jane Asher, Cynthia Lennon, Marianne Faithfull, and Pattie Boyd

1960s britta eklan 2

1960s britta eklan 3

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1600. View of Toledo by El Greco big

1830s Natalia Pushkina

El Greco’s ‘View of Toledo’

28 Apr

When I first saw this painting, I could not believe it was painted at around 1595-1610. because it’s so sharp, impulsive, dark and expressionistic; it’s so unlike any other painting of the time. Though the style of this painting is a striking resemblance to 20th century Expressionism, historically it is an example of Mannerism.

Alongside Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and some of Turner’s and Monet’s landscapes, this painting is one of the best known depictions of the sky in Western art. This is not a typical landscape, it’s rather expressionistic for it shows the painter’s view of Toledo, a town he lived in most of his life, and not a faithful depiction of the town. Enigmatic symbolism of the painting could be connected to the mystic spirit the town was surrounded with those days. Also, isolated landscapes are rare in Spanish Renaissance and even Baroque paintings, thus making El Greco the first Spanish landscaper.

I am just so intrigued by this painting; the sky looks so powerful, so raw and so threatening while the buildings of Toledo look static, gloomy and solitary. Grey buildings are in contrast with the vivid green nature that exceeds in brown shades, even black in the background. Trees and bushes look so crooked and strange as if they are whispering a curse. I am writing a story set in an isolated castle (in England actually not Toledo haha) and this painting is my main inspiration for describing the nature.