Month: August 2018

Antique Wooden Watercolor boxes

I was intrigued by these stylish watercolor boxes ever since I saw for the first time a few years ago on the website of a paint manufacturer. Later that day after doing some research I found out that these boxes were manufactures by large English paint companies like Winsor and Newton, Daler Rowney and Reeves, Brands that of course still exist to this day.

The boxes were multifunctional and relativily easy to be caried around (the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood often took them on their painting trips). The big blocks of colors were similar to what we have today, minus the plastic cap that accompanies it of course.

Most of these boxes had drawers to keep additional stuff such as pencils, brushes and typical porcelain palettes. after a painting session the lid could be locked with a key. (The listings on Ebay with lower prices have often lost their key).

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor antique watercolor paint box

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor antique watercolor paint box


Eugène Grasset (1845 – 1917)

Eugène Grasset 1845- 1917. Was a Franco-swiss Artist and illustrator, because of his work from the Art-Nouveau period is considered a pioneer in that field. Next to his posters and graphic work Grasset also created ‘motivs’, stamps and designs for stained glass windows. Grassets work was very divers, he even had a lead typeface made after his design, the ‘Grasset’-font.



Yumeji Takehisa (1884 – 1934)

Although still popular in Japan to this day, with even a museum dedicated to him, Yumeji Takehisas work is only seldom seen on western art blogs. Personally I admire his work very much: it looks like an aesthetically pleasing mix between ukiyo-e prints, Nihonga painting and early western modernism. The art by Takehisa is poetic on many levels probably because he was a poet in his early life and ‘only’ a self thought painter and printmaker.

Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939)

It was a bit of a hard choice to make what artist I would feature in my first post.
When I looked through my books I found a book about Arthur Rackham and knew what to subject to pick. A popular and well known person but nonetheless a very interesting subject.

Arthur Rackham was an English illustrator and one of the most prolific in the so called golden age of illustration, he made his fame by illustrating gift books. These books were richly filled with not only black and white illustrations but also coloured illustrations that became more prevalent and affordable by the invention of color separating techniques at the end of the Victorian era.

The subjects of these books where often whimsical tales such as folk tales, fairytales, world literature, myths and legends etc. Arthur Rackham’s name is often said within the topic of fairytales. his work interests me because beautiful inked lines with many subtile washes of watercolor.

Here you can see of his work:




a new visual art and illustration blog

Welcome to this new art blog: My name is Thomas, I am an illustrator and designer with a passion for visual art. The main goal of this blog is to tell the world about the things I am passionate about and to show beauty in visual art with a focus on historical and figurative art, illustration and design.

By historical art/design/illustration I mean anything that predates (post)modernism, my personal taste of art is rather eclectic my biggest interest is the nineteenth century or in the period before The Great War. this includes major art movements like: Symbolism, pre-Raphaelites, Art-Nouveau / Jugendstil, Japonism, Ukiyo-e, Nihonga, impressionism, the golden age of illustration etc.

New posts will appear 3-5 times per week or even more if the posts are smaller and contain more images.

I hope you will enjoy this blog.