• artists,  bowler,  drawings,  nudes,  painters,  paintings,  photography

    Tumblr is dying

    And these images are why Tumblr is still broken, dying 6 weeks later AND the appeals process is bullshit. Some of you might know about Tumblr’s laughable attempt to expunge adult contentfrom their system using AI. That I moved the really ‘adult’ and pron-tastic ‘Retire To The Parlour’ blog to this server as a result.

    I appealed all these laughable ‘adult’ tags and they are STILL not sorted. According to Tumblr’s own new TOS, drawings, artworks and illustrations of nudity are fine. Doesn’t stop them still flagging my life drawings as ‘porn’ though.

    Even in the one photographhere, there is NO genitalia shown, apart from one that you’d need a magnifying glass to see anything!. It’s a photo of a male sauna, so any ‘obscenity’ is in the eye of the beholder, there is no sex happening there. 

    Really, Tumblr is full of shit. 

    They promised the bot would get ‘better’ on our dime as WE taught our censor masters as the test dataset of our work. Originally the system flagged a completely dressed man in a bowler hat and a close-up of a Holbein painting. Arbeit macht frei, indeed. Fuck off Tumblr, your censor bot is a mistake. It still doesn’t work, and your appeal system still leaves perfectly fine artworks and photos on the chopping block.

    And I’m going to repeat cross-post it until they fucking listen.

  • artists,  bowler,  hats,  painters,  photography,  sculptors,  top hats,  vintage

    Who didn’t get the ‘No Top Hats’ memo?

    Berlin Secession exhibition, 1906. I guess Lovis Corinth didn’t get that memo?

    Jury for the Berlin Secession 1908 exhibition. From the left: sculptors Fritz Klimsch and August Gaul, painters Walter Leistikow and Hans Baluschek, art dealer Paul Cassirer, painters Max Slevogt (sitting) and George Mosson (standing), sculptor Max Kruse, painters Max Liebermann (sitting), Emil Rudolf Weiß and Lovis Corinth.

    from Wikipedia
  • artists,  hats,  painters,  portraits

    Self portrait as a hunter

    Love the humour in this self portrait, Max Slevogt’s portraits do come over as a bit pompous but pretty sure this one from 1907 ‘Selbstbildnis als Jäger’ was a tongue in cheek one.

    I can’t think of an artist less like a hunter than Max with his cigars and glasses…

  • artists,  cigar,  painters,  photography,  portraits

    Max is resting

    Unusually informal photo of Max Slevogt smoking a cigar in the garden of Neukastel, around 1925. Methinks unplanned hence the angry expression.

    Like Matisse, a cat lover, there are other photos with his cat!

  • artists,  hats,  painters,  paintings,  portraits,  prints

    Max Slevogt in the garden

    If you said there was something very Cezanne or Manet about this painting, you’d be correct at least in the latter case, he was influenced by Manet.

    Max Slevogt, Self-Portrait in the garden at Godramstein, 1910. More info here.

    In later life his style became much more loose, more stucco. Like my favourite print of his:

  • artists,  bowler,  hats,  painters,  paintings,  portraits

    Max Slevogt bowler self-portrait

    Returning more to the blog’s main theme, here’s a self-portrait from German impressionist painter Max Slevogt, 1913 ‘Selbstbildnis Mit Schwarzem Hut’ which roughly translated is ‘Self-portrait with black hat’ – of course a bowler.

    Doesn’t look like he’s that fond of the city? More info here.