Great stuff Romy, I hope you'll continue to post :)
@ DalaiLuke : thanks, I like it, I am posting on other forums as well, after sixty years of chess playing and a lot of reference books, there are so many subjects... What do you want to see or read ? I dare to ask such question... Bye !
Well, all I know to date is your artwork and your contributions here ... but I'll check further :)
What do you want to see or read ? I dare to ask such question... Bye !
Maybe something touching on the theme of a library full of unread chess books?
I assume that's meant to be a work of art and not something functional.
That's what I was thinking... unfortunately I don't have any information on it.
Yes, indeed, for me too this is a great work of art because it proves again that people can have very original ideas and even can engineer and fabricate it, really "arts and crafts". So, my question is: who is the artist ?
And speaking of unread chess books, I gave them away, others are often interested in it. What kind of books ? For example on end games, in the beginning (60 years ago for me) we had adjourned games in the chess clubs, so at home you had to study the next moves. Now we finish the game the same night, and that is better.
Than books on openings : as soon as you made a repertoire for yourself, you want to know more about them. In the end, you don't check your notes anymore, so, get rid of these books.
On the middle game I kept a few books, describing principles of certain masters, attacking, defending etc. And automatically one comes to learn about a certain person, in my case Emanuel Lasker, because he founded no "school", had no followers, how come ? He had a strong Personality, described in various good books and biographies.
Finally : I kept and buy reference books, dictionaries and info on general chess items, a good source for my writing articles in club magazines.
This topic is about chess and art, books belong to it, and I am happy we do have a good book seller in the Netherlands, www.schaakboek.nl in Utrecht, have a look !
Oh, sorry, Splitleaf, I just only now read your answer on the book case artist... Perhaps I can search further for info...
Looked again RomyGer, but could not find. Sorry.
It will take a few clicks to get to the actual picture from above.
Thank you Martin (off the hook again!).
not really art, but very nice :)
I don't know about that. They're white. :-p
Chess in Russia started in St Petersburg : Petrov, Jaenisch, Schiffers and Chigorin played in the Coffee House " Café Dominik ", since 1841, see this oil painting by G. Bakmanson, 1903 :
Like the way this painting (786) gives the appearance of these souls being warmed by the fire of the chess board. :)
[EDIT] Also enjoy post 43 for a sort of similar reason, the place depicted in this painting, in contrast to the Bakmanson piece, seems dilapidated yet there is the possibility of the beauty of chess shinning there. The heavy lines and murky style are part of what make it compelling too, as if it were a memory or something.
Don't remember seeing this one:
Samuel Bak "Key"
More art than most of this crap (Gary Larson is a genius!).
Yes, I love him too! I bought all 5 books with the best of gary larsson. Wonder where they are?? :/
I read The Complete Far Side (and one of them I even read twice):
... probably where every Gary Larson book ends up ... next to the toilet under other books.
In the home of a person to whom I lended the book!! grr
@Andy those seem like great books! Havent seen that version before.