a. van welie



Painting: Antoon van Welie, Holy Cecilia with Lyre

Photograph: Nikolai Matorin, The rhythm of labour (Ритм труда), ca 1960

Raisa was sewing sacks made of coarse linen. Her hands were moving fast but the rest of her body, her glance, her eyebrows, her full lips, the white neck were still, absorbed in the monotonous, mechanical work – they looked as if they were slumbering. Only now and then she raised her head, stretching her numb neck, casting quick glances out of the window, looking at the raging blizzard, and then she bent again over the linen. There were no desires, no sorrow, no joy – there was no expression in her beautiful face with the snub nose and the dimples in her cheeks. In much the same way that a fine fountain conveys no feeling when it is dry.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, The Witch (translated by Colouringreflections)

Music: Gabriel Fauré, Une châtelaine en sa tour, op. 110 (suggested interpretation: Naoko Yoshino)


Antoon van Welie (1866-1956, The Netherlands)

Van Welie was a Dutch painter bridging a range of late 19th century and early modern styles. His best-known portraits of women show an influence of Pre-Raphaelism and Academicism, but his style came to absorb elements of Symbolism, Luminism and Post-Impressionism. He has been described as “the last decadent painter”, referring to a movement of art and literature that emphasised man and its creation over nature, ennui over morality, and transgressive or sumptuous qualities opposed to those who professed ‘good taste’.


Held at Queens College, Cambridge.

Twenty years of Footlights: Left to right: Nick Symons, Tom Bell, Dan Stevens, Ed Weeks, Robin French, Matt Holness, Robert Webb and Tony Slattery.

The performers who took part in the show were:

Ed Weeks, Tom Bell, Ruth Pickett, Anthony Windram, Pippa Van-Welie, Lloyd Thomas, Tom Basden, Tom Cantrell, Dan Stevens, James Lark, Philip Stott (2002)

John Finnemore, Kevin Baker, Marianne Levy, Greg Marsh, Karl Hayward-Bradley, Owen Powell (2000)

Richard Ayoade (1998), Matthew Holness (1996), Alice Lowe (1999)

David Mitchell (1996), Robert Webb (1995)

Jonathan Dryden-Taylor (1995), Leila Hackett (1996)

James Bachman (1994)

Alexander Armstrong (1992), Ben Miller (1990)

Rob Harley (1986), Nick Symons (1983), Tony Slattery (1982)

Andy Mayer (1966)

The show was also kindly attended by other Footlights alumni, including Nick Hancock and Griff Rhys Jones. Footlights were very appreciative of all the help and support shown by the alumni, and please accept my apologies if I have missed anyone off this list.

rtr47  asked:

What are a couple of your favorite works of art? Also, who are five of your favorite artists? Thanks :)

Favourite artists at the moment (because it changes a lot, except for Waterhouse):

- John William Waterhouse

- Florence Harrison

- Antoon van Welie

- Alphonse Mucha

- let’s go with Edward Burne-Jones this time

Favourite works of art… oh man this is tough. I love a lot of works by Waterhouse a lot, especially Circe offering the cup to Ulysses…

… which is a lot more purple in real life. I love a lot of Pre-Raphaelite works. I also love a lot of sculptures. I love medieval manuscripts. Some furniture makes me jump up and down with enthusiasm (ed. not on the furniture itself). It’s a combination of my mood and the thing itself that makes me fall in love with an artwork.