Sunday, 4 January 2009

John Frederick Peto






More works by J. F. Peto

20 comments:

Gabbi said...

I love his work dear Michiko, especially the board with the letters and notes. I wish I could make something like that for my room maybe? with the curtain to pull over like that when you didn't want anyone looking at your stuff :) But I won't even pretend that I can...I'm not that handy with tools. Thank you for sharing!

Gabbi said...

I just realized you put a new photo in your profile! Lovely self portrait pretty girl :) Hope you had a great weekend!xoxo

the asherette said...

yes wonderful work. and i too, like gabbi, love the new profile photo.
xox

Sam said...

These are really lovely! All 3-D and antique! I like the one with the violin best. I've never seen his work before and now I'm intrigued! Thank you!

michiko said...

Thank you, glad you all enjoyed Peto's work.
And thanks Gabbi and Asherette for the compliment on my profile photo, it's kind of old, taken a year ago I think, my hair is short now. I don't really like being photographed lol

Roxana said...

I've just discovered him too, thanks to you. I am intrigued by his work.

Mary-Laure said...

I love these, especially the one with the shelves (top). It has a kind of trompe-l'oeil realistic quality that is defeated by the colors popping out; it makes me feel there are secrets among those objects, something hidden behind the smooth volumes.

ambika said...

Oh, I love trome l'oeil. Very cool examples.

mothersvea said...

I love his work!as always you show the most beautiful pieces of art!

michiko said...

Thank you Roxana, Mary-Laure, Ambika and Mothersvea for your comments!

Mary-Laure, I agree, and you described the charm in his works perfectly :)

leopoldo said...

i love these. great blog! i'm barely starting mine and posting new art pretty often. come visit when you can! :-)

michiko said...

Thanks Leopoldo!
You're on my blog list so I'll go visit often!

[Tara] said...

Yay, we get to see a real photo of you --you are so lovely!!
I have so much to say about this post! As soon as I saw these, I thought they looked almost exactly like another American Trompe L'oeil painter's work: William Harnett {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Harnett}. Apparently Harnett and Peto knew each other, but Harnett became more famous in his time. This type of painting was quite the trend in the U.S. during the late 1800's. There are stories about people being so fooled by realistic quality of Harnett's (and probably Peto's) paintings that they would go up and try to take the objects off the canvas! There is a wonderful book I REALLY recommend for you {one of the best I've read all year} called "Looking Askance" by Michael Leja. It is about art, trickery, and fraud in American art during the 1800's and early 1900's. It discusses trompe l'oeil quite a bit. Sorry for the long comment!!

michiko said...

No worries AT ALL about the long comment, thanks so much for all this information Tara!

Yes I know William Harnett, i like his works too, Peto and Harnett knew each other and their works are so much alike. But I didn't know trompe l'oeil was so big in the US during the 1800's and early 1900's, I don't know a lot about American art in that era.
"Looking Askance"sounds very interesting, I'll look for it on Amazon.

Thanks also for the compliment on my profile photo, I don't really like exposing my face on cyber world but I feel a bit better about it now :)

Dave King said...

Beauty found in surprising places and/or items. Lovely!

michiko said...

Thank you very much Dave!

Mila said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing, my dear.

I hope you are fine!

LOVE,
Mila.

K at Blog Goggles said...

Love these! Thanks for posting :)

p.s. Your home image is gorgeous.

Gabbi said...

Michiko :) I just tagged you on my blog, please come by!

Michelle said...

Amazing! I love these!