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  1. claypipesarchaeologist

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    I’d like to start this thread for those of us interested in art. “Pipes in art” seems like a great way to show appreciation for both the aesthetic and historical value of pipes and pipe smoking. Even though photos are art, I think we maybe should focus on other medians, as there are already thousands of photos of pipes on this forum…just a thought.

    Here are some Dutch paintings of clay pipes, one of which is staring Rembrandt as a model.

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    I love the last one especially. BTW, your screen name here sure beats your photobucket screen name.

    Tobacco's a musician.And in a pipe delighteth;It descends in a close,Through the organ of the nose, With a relish that inviteth.
    Barten Holiday
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    One more Picasso

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    Maybe a couple more Picasso's

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    Guess you can tell I'm having fun with this.

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    It has always amazed me how small those early clay pipes were. Was the tobacco that much stronger? Or our tolerance that much smaller?

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    OK I'll stop for now

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    Great stuff, edgreen! I love the comic piece.

    And the clay pipes were small because tobacco was scarce in the "old world." If the average person with the average income came across some tobacco, they could usually just afford a pinch. They'd buy a clay pipe, smoke their pinch, and through the pipe away. Or, in the case of the very long stemmed clays kept at taverns for communal uses, they'd break off a piece of the stem when they were finished to allow the next smoker to have a sanitary smoke.

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    Although I agree that the scarcity of tobacco and it's high trading value was the primary reason for small bowls, I don't believe for a minute that pipes were merely tossed after one use. From artifacts I've seen of the tavern pipes the ends were indeed broke off from smoker to smoker but they were smoked down to a very short stem. So much so that when they were finally tossed in the latrine or fire pit, the smoker probably had scorched lips. Zero waste in those days.

    De gustibus et cloribus non disputandum.
    'There is no arguing about tastes and colours.'
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    Two still life paintings by William Michael Harnett:

    The pipe is an instrument of civilization.
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    Wow! That first Harnett is awesome. And yes, not all pipes were tossed after just one use.

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    WOW, This is a wonderful thread!

    I vote this needs to be.. uh.. a sticky? Stuck. Post it, Stick it.. stucky? ... whatever you call it when it's a permanent thread up at the top of the forum heading. People can add Art to it. I firmly believe that pipes, pipe smoking and art all go hand in hand on some level.

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    "A Man Cutting Tobacco" by Werner van den Valckert

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    That one is unlike any I've seen. The woman's affectionate proximity as the man is busy, her offering him a smoke...it's pretty unique.

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    Awesome thread idea!

    Here are two men with the Zouaves 5th NY Infantry during the Civil War:

    And here's a dachshund with a pipe because dachshunds and most German breeds in general are awesome:

              
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    Loving the Zouaves painting Brit. I've seen it before but can't recall where. Gettysburg perhaps.

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    Ha! That dachshund wears his pipe and hat handsomely.

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    This is a great subject!

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    RLTW!
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    Favoriting this one! Thanks.

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    @claypipesarchaeologist. But of course, he's a dachshund!

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    Leave it to Ranger to find something that friggin epic.

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    Great thread. I especially like "pipe art" when the pipe is not the focal point, but just an everyday accessory.

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    Here's today's entries



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    metarzan: I'm right there with you. I especially like the ones where you have to hunt a little to find the pipe(s)...

    And here's one of the original concepts of Santa Claus:

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    OK, I have no life

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    edgreen: I'm glad you're loving this so much

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    Can't post the image right now but I loved one painting so much my (now) wife bought a recreation online for me. "Ein Forsterheim" depicts a German or Austrian man relaxing with pipe after a long day in the field

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    Enjoying a cosmic blend...

    Smoked pig...

    Ummm...

    Michael
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    I like the guy in the brown coat with the pipe and standard.

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    If these were in a coffee table book I might actually open the book and enjoy the art instead of having a book just being expensive coasters for my coffee. Think Kevin could get the copyright releases for it?

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    Pieter Claesz - Tobacco Pipes and a Brazier

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    Once again getting more culture out of this fórum tan I'd bargained for! Thanks for the thematic art gallery tour. And please keep 'em coming!

    http://nsma.org.au/pics2011/santa3.jpg

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    I love the one edgreen just posted of the boys having a smoke...and one of them clearly is not feeling well

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    Timothy Jones- Pipe and Tobacco

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    I know we're trying to keep away from photos, but...

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    I've been eagerly anticipating posting in this thread.

    It was over a month ago that Romeowood came up with the idea to write an article on this topic.

    So, while we weren't inspired to write the article because of this thread, it is quite a pleasant coincidence that this topic came up and has received so much eager participation.

    Continued here ...

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    Kevin: Fantastic! I'll have to give that the attention it deserves when I get home. What a happy coincidence!

    Edgreen: I only discouraged photos so people wouldn't post photos of their own pipes, which you could argue as "art." Those you posted are great! And it's nice to see some mediums other than paint/pastels.

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    Some sculpture for today

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    I look forward to this every day. Seeing what's new on this thread.

    edgreen idk how you keep finding these, but they are wonderful!

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    You said it, Monty.

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    Great set of photos. I saw the Mark Twain. It's darn near a perfect picture of him, capturing much of his personality.

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    while this ain't art, at least it's a book about a pipe guy...

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Hangmans-Daughter-Oliver-P%C3%B6tzsch-ebook/dp/B003P9XMFI

    the hangman's daughter is actually the first in a series that i have enjoyed.

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    We could probably argue quite successfully that books are "art".......but let's not. Feel free to post more, Curl!

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    That one photo edgreen just posted is pretty odd. You know the one I'm talking about.

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    Some lagniappe, since it's Monday

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    That one photo edgreen just posted is pretty odd. You know the one I'm talking about.

    Guy in top photo should trade pipes with guy in photo below him. Symmetry damn it! Symmetry!

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    The Art of the Album Cover

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    Awesome album covers... well mostly. I had to laugh at that Nilsson Schmilsson. You record an album and you have this huge 'canvas' to fill with album art and you opt to have a pic of yourself after you've just woken up.

    The pipe was the only redeeming element.

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    Hahaha! I hadn't thought of that. I like the PIPEDREAM ALAN HULL with his nose dipping into the bowl.

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    The skin as canvas:

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    I got nothing left. It's up to somebody else to continue now. If nothing else, this thread should make a nice screensaver.

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    edgreen, I personally can't thank you enough for all your efforts on this thread. It has been an absolute joy to get on here every day and see what cool pipe related art you have found. I have no idea how you were able to find so much, but bravo my friend .. BRAVO!

    And thanks to all those other members who posted art on this thread, and a very special thanks to claypipesarchaeologist who had the foresight and class to come up with this wonderful thread.

    This thread should be a sticky

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    Three cheers for edgreen!!! Thanks for all the effort. I'm looking for some unique stuff to continue this...

    And thanks, Monty.

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    aah! I was wondering when Norman would show up. How cool.. that soldier is in a blizzard, but hey, he got a corn cob and a tin of baccy in his Care Package.. everything else after that is gravy and smiles!

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    Those are great clay.
    I really ove coming here and just browse through the art. Each piece truly is art, well, most of them (that dachshund and some of those tattoos might miss),each piece telling a story in a different, but magnificent way. Hope we can keep it going, and if not, then I really think I'll download them all and use as a screensaver. Each piece has spoken to me in a different way.
    BTW, Juan Gris had completely skipped my mind for twenty years. Thanks for bringing his art back to me

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    Yes, Juan Gris. Let's pull some of the photos from that great article Kevin posted above. Here's the link: http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/pipe-smoking-culture/the-pipe-in-art-juan-gris/

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    As Buzz Lightyear says ...

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    I thought we needed a little more representation from a truly devoted pipe smoker; good old VVG.








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