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Henri's reports on his recent activities

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vrijdag 24 juni 2011

Charles-Alexandre Lesueur in Le Havre

It is well known for its collection of early 19th-century paintings by local naturalist and traveler Charles-Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846).

It is disappointing, that not even a few of this museums most treasured pieces were on show.

But there were living insects demonstrating mimicry which in itself is also quite interesting …

maandag 20 juni 2011

Orchid study in watercolour

The first two weeks of June 2011, I was in Normandy and Picardy, situated in Northern France. “Les orchidees sauvages” was the name of a farm where we stayed, and behind it, there were the orchids flowering. I did a quick study in watercolour of the Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis, showing an impression of plant habitus.  
The botanical studies by Blaschka, being preparatory materials to glass models concentrate on detail and exact form to be recreated in models. They may look stiff, but actually, they show what can be reproduced in glass. 

Anacamptis pyramidalis, watercolour, c 30 x 20 (2011)

zondag 19 juni 2011

154th birthday of Rudolf Blaschka

June 17, 1857, Rudolf Blaschka was born. 
Thus, these days we commemorate his life and achievements as a scientific artist.

Rudolf Blaschka, Medium, Black
spraypaint/stencil, c 20 x 30 cm