Whoever already watched The Grand Budapest Hotel is probably wondering, whether the two central paintings in the film are real artworks. Whoever hasn’t watched the film yet, go watch it first and then come back to this post! The film is great!!
The “priceless” painting Boy with Apple in Wes Anderson’s film is actually a 21st-century, made-for-film creation. It was painted by artist Michael Taylor – so it’s a fiction within a fiction that plays delicately with the art history of old Europe, pretending it is a real Renaissance masterpiece.
The artist Johannes Van Hoytl the Younger, to whom this renowned and unimaginably expensive masterpiece is attributed in the film, has much in common with other masters of the Renaissance in northern Europe. In one of the interviews Wes Anderson said, that the reference was intentionally made to kind of Flemish painters. They were trying to suggest that it wasn’t an Italian Renaissance painting, but a more northern one.
When a film’s character realises the painting is missing, he notices a watercolour of lesbian lovers hanging on the wall instead of it, that instantly brings the Austrian genius Egon Schiele in mind. However, Two Lesbians Masturbating was painted by Rich Pellegrino, commissioned to create this Schiele-type erotic painting by Wes Anderson.
Sunday doodling. This is one of my favourite quotes from the grand Budapest hotel!
Mendl’s, from The Grand Budapest Hotel.
We return from hiatus with a Conversation about our most anticipated films of 2014, which is basically just us stamping our feet and demanding that Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel hurry up and get here already.
The Grand Budapest Hotel | Annie Atkins
The new Wes Anderson flick has some stellar design work, the old classy feel of these pictures and items are direct reflection of those quirky little worlds that Anderson builds in his film making. Stoked about this design work and stoked about the new movie.
Wes Anderson’s Filmography.
All feature in my illustrated guide to Wes Anderson: