Passepartout is all about documentaries and visual stuff I find worth seeing.

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A World of Emotion and Essence: The Enchanted Art of Katherine Bradford

Truth is, I quite often find consolation in words and in art, and these days I’ve been in special need of both. Luckily, I found Katherine Bradford‘s work.

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This simple feeling of comfort: the art of Frances Baruch

I cannot remember what I was searching for when I came across Frances Baruch‘s work. What I remember is this feeling of comfort I had looking at the pictures of her gentleness-inspiring ceramic work of people and animals. It was that feeling I sometimes have when I discover something that resonates with me and that feels…’true’.

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17th Century Dutch Humor and What Hid Behind an Apparently Inoffensive Bush

The truth always prevails my dears, that’s what I have to tell you! They tried to cover it up in this 1643 Isack van Ostade’s A Village Fair with a Church Behind painting, and they painted a bush on top of it. But 100 years later, curators spotted the fake, took it off, and revealed the true “artist’s intentions”: a pooper with a dog looking at him. In 1903 when the bush was painted on top of this shameless little fellow, it seemed more appropriate to go about doing such business in a bush I guess. But in the 16th and 17th century this kind of potty jokes in art were apparently quite popular. You don’t have to be a high-brow art lover to appreciate old Dutch paintings, you can also be a ‘Where is Wally?‘ fan and spot for the twist behind them.

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Medieval Emoticons: the Delights of Seeing Art from Long Ago in a (Funny) New Light

I’m a big fan of medieval art and representations. That’s especially when they are cherry picked around a subject. I previously loved these Ugly Reinaissance Babies, now I’m absorbed by these ‘Medieval emoticons‘, and in general by the website where I found them. Discarding Images is a real treat.

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So many stories: the magic of Alexander Jansson’s illustrated world

I cannot believe I found these only now! Where have they been hiding? It seems that every time I’m having a greyish Dutch day, I find something magical to get me out of the gloominess. Last time it was Leszek Kostuj and his surreal paintings. Now it is Alexander Jansson, this wizard from Sweden who does all sorts of mixed media illustration, 2D/3D stuff and other tricks. His work managed to completely change my day. Have a look. You really have to. It’s all magic.

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The magic, the kitsch and the love: Svetlana Novikova’s surprising animal art

What? You don’t like this? No, no, this cannot be. It’s 7 in the morning, autumn is coming, days are shorter… Can you tell me without blinking that you can take a look at this tomcat below and not get a warm and fuzzy feeling? I certainly do get that feeling and with this discovery, my love for kitsch art got an upgrade. These remarkable paintings are made by Russian painter Svetlana Novikova, and on her website she says her goal is to create one of a kind, exclusive original pieces of art that have a personal emotional impact. It seems to me she succeeds pretty well in doing that.

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Sugar and spice: the enchanted art of Leszek Kostuj

I discovered these surrealist paintings this morning. I woke up to one of those greyish Dutch days, when the pavement and the sky seem to blend. The contrast with this enchanted world felt quite amazing. Looking outside and then looking at this bunch of surprising and unusual characters, I wished I could spend the day in one of these paintings. Not sure which one in particular, since each one tells a different story.

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The Diary of Tortov Roddle: the surreal and the dreamy anime story

This surreal animation is my newest discovery. A friend sent it to me tonight and so I plunged in Tortov Roddle’s world, a curious place with surprising encounters. Tortov Roddle travels on his long-legged pig, there’s peaceful music in the background and no voice over to disrupt this dreamy adventure.

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Federico Babina’s illustrations: what if some of the most famous art would mix with architecture?

The only artist I know who painted and projected buildings is F. Hundertwasser. I guess there are others, but probably not many. For the majority of artists we can only imagine what their art translated into a building design would look like.

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There’s so much space: the surreal art of Quint Buccholz

I recently discovered these airy and surreal images made by German painter and illustrator Quint Buccholz. I found them surprising, sometimes funny and sometimes truly touching.

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Florentijn Hofman's Floating Duck Sculpture Arrives In Hong Kong

Rubber Duckie travels the World

This Rubber Duck travels the World. Designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, Rubber Duck appeared in different places, from Sydney to Sao Paolo and from Hong Kong to Pittsburgh.

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Watch Online Animation: Walt Disney and Salvador Dali’s surrealist animation

What does Walt Disney and Salvador Dali have in common? Nothing, you might think. But that’s not true. Between 1945 and 1946 Salvador Dali collaborated with Walt Disney’s John Hench on an animated film called Destino.

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The art of making the common surprising

Gilbert Legrand transforms common usual objects into characters. After you see these surprising transformations, your tap can never be just a tap, your brush just a brush.

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Old-Age Bitter-Sweetness With a Splash of Humor: The Surprising Paintings of Marius van Dokkum

I discovered Marius van Dokkum in a postcard shop, between mountains of ‘happy birthday’ and ‘get well soon’ cards. I found out later that Dokkum’s cards were made after his paintings.

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Le Louvre et ses visiteurs

They don’t make them like this anymore! I recently discovered these photos taken in the ’60s by famous and wonderful Alecio de Andrade. Worth seeing the entire collection.

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Matte…who?

Matte Stephens. I discovered his work recently and tried to find out who he was. His prints reminded me of Saul Bass and Henri’s Walk to Paris. He (Matte Stephens I mean) is a painter from Portland, Oregon. He paints with gouache and has a cat named Simon. What he can make you can see below:

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Not just a room with a balcony: Rudi Hurlzmeier

Do you know Adolph Menzel? I don’t mean personally, he died in 1905, but do you know his work?

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When books are not for reading: please try this at home

I recently found three artists with three different ways and styles of changing books into something unexpected. So here is what you can do with your old dull shelves of books.

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Old CDs metamorphosis: the art of Sean Avery

Sean Avery is an artist and an illustrator for children’s books. And he’s the one turning old CDs into these animals. They look a bit kitsch and don’t invite touching. And since I find kitsch unfairly unappreciated and I have a geeky interest in things made of non-conventional stuff, I found these animals worth looking at.

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Art made out of old cars: Finnish dairy metal cattle

Finish artist Miina Äkkijyrkkä (can you pronounce her name?) combines agriculture and cattle-raising with “high” culture and the visual arts. In her work but also in her daily life.She’s known to love cattle and she’s also known to have a passionate and eccentric character.

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