What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Venus Machine


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Reinhard Schmid

A while back, a fellow blogger (I no longer recall who) posted the painting above which blew me away. (All I kept thinking was, “Look at those shoes!”) It inspired me to do a little research, and I was not disappointed.

This is the crazy beautiful painting of German artist Reinhard Schmid. Though he has been supporting himself since 1987 solely by making art (the lucky so-and-so), he began his adult life as a submarine navigator. What an interesting guy!

Schmid’s lush-looking paintings are made using a combination of media in reverse on glass, which explains why his art has such magnificent depth of color.

“My work is a sensual combination of fantastic, surreal images and a rare style: pencil and a unique mixed media technique on the reverse side of glass! I like to show the world of the unreal. My work is whimsical complex and mostly with a humorous or erotic touch.

Though surrealistic and bordering on the fetishistic (he’s clearly got a shoe thing), Schmid’s works nonetheless feel familiar, like modern interpretations of Medieval images. He’s currently working on a large-scale version of the Tarot. I’ll bet that’s going to be spectacular!

You can follow Schmid on his website and on Facebook.

All images property of Reinhard Schmid.



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

5 thoughts on “Venus Machine

  1. He is into shoes alright. I wonder if people understand just how difficult painting in reverse is. Not sure I could do it.

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  2. These are bonkers. They make me think of Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Arcimboldo combined with Vogue photography. They aren’t quite my cup of tea in that I can imagine really enjoying looking at them in a gallery but I would not give them wall space in my home.

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