Monday, January 7, 2013

Learnin' stuff

this year one of my New Years resolutions is to learn more things about stuff

how stupid does that sound

no, but seriously

I often get embarrassed thinking about how little time I actually spend trying to learn new things about the big ole' world we live in and how much time I obsess about my own little world 

Most days I spend the majority of my time stressing over the ins and outs of interior design and mothering which is important...but just sorta kinda not really adding any new wrinkles to my brain...

ya dig?

So This week I am gonna lurn me somethin about Bernard Lorjou the french expressionist painter.

I stumbled upon his art haphazardly on a little know website called Pinterest ...ha

amazing right?

anyways, I was intrigued and instantly assumed, in my usual nothing existed before 1981 frame of mind, that this was obviously a hip new Etsy seller probably selling prints and matching weekly planners for 25 bucks.

well, it wasn't and I located the artist and got WAAAAy to excited finding out it was actually a french dude from the early 1900's!

You may not care...but I think its kinda cool to look at these paintings and see where some of today's tastemakers may be recycling/getting inspired from...

3 interesting facts....

+ Lorjou was a self taught French expressionist painter who at the age of 13 was living on the streets of Paris. He was born in 1908 and died in 1986 from an Asthma attack.

+ He was a founding member of L'homme Témoin which was a group of young french painters who sought to promote an anti-abstract style of painting called Social Realism. 

+ Lorjou’s body of work includes thousands of paintings, a collection wood engravings, ceramic and bronze sculptures, lithographs, illustrated books, socially oriented posters, stained glass windows, and murals.

And lovers,
now ya know

don't say I never taught you anything!


  1. Wow! Thanks for introducing me to this great artist. I plan on getting lost learning more about him in wiki.

  2. LOVE all of these. The colors are amazing and never would have thought they were from so long ago!

  3. Impressionism has always been one of my favorite periods of art. :)

  4. What a great idea for a new post series. Thanks!

  5. i saw this on your pinterest and pinned right away! i had no idea the history behind it - even cooler!! thanks for sharing.

    happy new year!

  6. Very interesting! Thanks for introducing us. If all of your weekly lessons to self are this interesting, I hope you'll post about them quite frequently!

  7. Wow! Would never have guessed these pieces dated back that far! Love his work!


  8. Amber - I'm in the same mode. I'm an "older" stay at home mom who is desperate to learn something new. I'd like to recommend online courses from Yale. There are tons to choose from, you can do the accompanying reading if you like or not, and each lecture is online and only 45 minutes. Even if you just watch an occasional lecture, you'll learn a ton! Makes me feel young and like a Yalie!

  9. Never heard about him and so glad to stumble upon his art now. Better late then never. Love the work.

  10. Found a facebook group that posts about Lorjou.
    It looks like it just got started. Has some cool info and more paintings.

  11. your article is very easy to understand, teru idea what else will you make for the new