Summer Wood - Oil on panel (10" x 8") by Benoit Philippe
The Temptation of Saint Anthony, by Cézanne
Press reviews described the painting as being “The Temptation of Saint Anthony”. Critics commented on the wicked smile of the seductive Devil’s daughter (the former noble goddess). The pseudo-Acteon had become a pathetic Saint Anthony.
On the last day of the exhibition, Vollard saw the collector who had refused the painting when titled “Diana and Acteon”. He had in his hand the review published in the paper and, triumphant, explained that he just bought the “Temptation”, which looked so realistic.
Remember this story next time you pick a title for your work. Titles do influence the viewers and their perception of your work, even if the viewers are not conscious of it.
Recollections of a Picture Dealer by Ambroise Vollard (English translation)
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Two tea cups - Oil on linen canvas pannel (6" x 8") by Benoit Philippe
Linocut is a cheap printmaking process. The material you need is minimal:
Front and back of a linoleum board
Wooden and plastic handles
Different types of blades
This technique is easier than woodcutting because there is no grain and you can carve in any direction.
If you follow these simple rules, you will have completed your first linocut in (almost) no time:
Tea Time - Linocut by Benoit Philippe
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