Pierre Bonnard – Siesta (1900)

Of all the themes that an artist might tackle, sleep has always been one of my favorites. It’s highly versatile, as it can allude to deep, physical contentment, sexuality, escapism or the mystery of the subconscious. For me, it’s always been more about its physicality, the rejuvenating pleasure one might derive from it and the…

Frederick Arthur Bridgman – The Siesta (1878)

By the end of the 19th century the allure of the Orient and the “far away” was sweeping over Europe and North America. Following Napoleon’s 1798 – 1801 invasion of Egypt, other expeditions followed, drawn in particular towards the Middle East and North Africa. Scientists traveled alongside artists, in an attempt to decipher the exoticism…

José de Almada Negreiros – The Nap (1939)

Not only a complex Portuguese artist, but also a prolific writer, poet, actor, dancer and choreographer, he was a creative through and through. In writing, José de Almada Negreiros identified with Futurism and Dadaism, seeking to present the absurdity of life. In painting, he was just as modern, but more of a Realist. You can…