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Historical Painting of the Week

Weekly we present an exceptional work in our "History of modern Painting". This one is painted by Hiroshige of modern Painting-Historical Painting of the Week

Watch the larger version in the "History of modern Art: Painting of the Week". Each week a new painting is presented, relevant for "Moving Movements".

"Moving Movements" is a survey of the history of modern art, from about 1800 up to 1950. The different painters are compared by decades. All important movements are considered. In this way is shown the only evolution in the history of painting is one of the painter true to himself or herself, working in his or her own specific style. With more then 1000 illustrations in large resolution. This collection keeps growing on the page "painting of the week". On the bottom is the archive of all former paintings of the week, click there on the thumbnails.


Contemporary Painting of the Week

Weekly we present an extraordinary work from Virtual Museum, wonderful contemporary art that touches us, figurative or abstract. For this week we have chosen from page 67,
a work by Jama M. Jama Museum, Painting of the week

Watch large version on Virtual Museum page 67

"Virtual Museum" is a collection of wonderful and wondrous contemporary art that touches us, figurative or abstract, nevertheless still original. It is to be seen as complemented to the western museums of contemporary art, showing another kind of art.


Painting by JF shown this week

From paintings by Johan Framhout, 3d art (link)

From paintings by Johan Framhout on

New works are shown on the blog page


Photo of the week

From the pages with photos by Johan Framhout, Gerda Abts and Jens Van Den Bergh. This is Istanbul. (link), photo of the week

Photography shows the best of the photos by Johan Framhout, Gerda Abts and Jens Van Den Bergh, taken in different countries, as one can see at the beginning page of photography. At the bottom stands the link to the pages with photos of Belgium. The pages called "Art in Belgium" also belong here: photos of different sculptures on public places or expositions in Belgium. When new photos have been added, it is always announced on the blog page


Photos from sculptures, art in Belgium

From the chapter 'Photos of art in Belgium'. The photos are taken by JF, the sculptures (stone, wood, polyester, glass...) & paintings by several artists exhibited in Belgium. This is from art route Wuustwezel. (link), photo of sculptures of the week

On the page 'Photography' are placed on bottom: Photography in Belgium, Photography of art in Belgium, Flowers in close-up and Belgium in 1920.


Colour tutorial

First watch this ring. Which name would you give to the colours A, B, C and D? We would chose to A: warm green or ochre green, B dark gold ochre or light brown, C red brown and for D bluegreen, also called turquoise.

Physically this colours are however dark yellow (A), dark orange (B) and dark red (C). D is indeed bluegreen but on our version of the colour circle the colour seems rather a light blue!11 is light blue, but looks more purple.

Primary colours are 1, 3 en 5. We did prefer the version with the yellow on top because it shows the evolution from cold colours on the left tot warm on the right. Of course all colours should be gradient, nevertheless we choose a frame to give us a better insight in the colour spectrum. For a complete correct presentation a sphere should be used, the colours 1, 2 and 3 as well as everything in between could be a horizontal circle, with white and black as a Nord and South pole, the exact middle being neutral grey. For practical reasons we did prefer to put everything on one surface. A computer screen is nevertheless still in 2D. The outer ring shows the colours of the main ring mixed with grey.

Our brain does not experiences colours objectively. The tones of the primary colours in our circle are the most intense on the computer screen, called the RGB colours (also the green and the violet are called RGB colours). However the blue (5) looks rather dark to us. In paints it is named middle blue. Although the colour on the left between the middle blue (5) and vived green (6) is bluegreen, it resembles more light blue. The three basic colours construct all other colours and tones, include black and white . To light white is the sum of the the three primary colours, black the lacking of any light or colour. The three primary colours to light however are green, red and blue (with yellow being the mix of green and red. The printing of our colour circle is made with three basic colour pigments: yellow (1), violet (4) and blue (5). The pigment for the violet is called magenta, the printer creates vivid red with mixing magenta with yellow. Good printers have a colour more, the complete black. If one changes the mode from RGB to CMYK, the printer will additionally use that black pigment, because the RGB black is not that perfect. There is no white pigment in the printer, white will be limited to the colour of the used paper. Paints however have different pure whites, more intense then any colour of paper or gesso (on the canvas). Here on the screen there is no white in the center of our colour circle (25), it is in fact a light gray. If it would be really white, the light coming out of the screen would blind the eyes. Colour tones are somewhat different from one screen to another, it depends on the light source and the chosen clarity.

Artist's paint can have very intensive colours not to be seen on an electronic screen, although it doesn't seems that way. If you mix colours on the screen it will give an expected and logical result. Mixing pigments however will not always give a predictable result. For example mixing a vivid blue with a vivid red does not end in a vivid violet. For that purpose one should take a vivid violet pigment.

On our colour circle 13 looks what it is, dark yellow, thanks to the pure colours standing beside it. The A in the picture on top is however identical to the colour 13 on the second picture. On the first illustration is shown in B how we experience 14 as a brown, but it is identical to the dark orange on 14.

We do not have specific words in our vocabulary for the light tones of blue or green. On the contrary red with white we call pink, light violet is called lila. The name 'light red' indicates a red closer to orange on the colour circle, not the pink. The name 'dark yellow' on paint tubes is the most yellow kind of orange, not the ochre green shown in A or 13. The light blue (11) on our circle is not our choise, it is the mathematic mixture of the computer's most vivid blue with white. It does look a bit purple to us. Bluegreen is more recognisable in the ring of dark colours (between 17 and 18) then on the main ring.

Names as indigo, carmin, vermillion, purple and ultramarin are not colour names, but pigment names. Often used as if it where colour names nowedays, referring to an explicite tone. Indigo is a very dark tone of blue, vermillion is red going to orange, carmine to violet. Purple is the blue violet as produced by the purple snale and ultramarin is the blue of lapis lazuli, nowadays made synthetically.

For the construction of our colour circle we choose the tones as given by programs as Photoshop.

The indexed colour on the right top is RGB yellow. The middle of the right side is the dark yellow colour 13, the corresponding colour in the outer ring is always the precise middle of the square. The inner circle is the tone on the upper edge one thirth length form the 'pure white'.

A square is not the ideal represention (but very practical however) of colours, some pixels are repeated. The both corners on bottom for instance are the same 'total' black. The correct form of diagram would rather be a piece of pie, with the yellow on top of the circle radius. The program Painter uses a triangle which is a more logic representation.

Chosing colour in the program Corel Painter


Video, Gerda Abts plays Partita IV by Filippo Sauli on baroque mandolin (link)

baroque mandolin, builder Alfred Woll



9th November 2018, Royal Conservatory of Antwerp

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On this site

- History of modern art.van de moderne schilderkunst, 'Moving movements', with over thousand illustrations. Additional four times a month a 'Painting of the week' is shown.

- Virtual Museum, over hundred pages with contemporaray paintings, very beautiful and free of violence.

- Paintings by Johan Framhout, abstract as well as figurative

- Games: classical chess game and several original variants of chess

- Photography, photos by Jens Van Den Bergh, Gerda Abts and Johan Framhout. On the bottom is Belgium, flowers in close-up a,d photography from 'Art in Belgium' (mostly sculptures). At the end photos from Belgium anno 1920 from our collections

- Music shows two common projects by Gerda Abts and Johan Framhout. Further more we bring you to the site of Gerda Abts and the mandolin, 'Gevoelige Snaar'.

- On the page 'blog' chronologically the new additions of Jens Van Den Bergh, Gerda Abts and Johan Framhout

- CV Johan Framhout


link to twitter link to facebook link to msn


More on this site:


The page literature shows two novels written by Johan Framhout as well as some poems. The novel and most of the poems are written in Dutch (see Dutch pages).

cover novel 1 cover novel 2



New chess variants with usual set

See pages Chess4


Applied art

Illustrations in the site
"Mirorring, search into yourself",
a psychological site, within art7D.