Welcome to Coup de Des: Arts & Letters of Victor A. Schramm. All work posted here is the work of me, Victor Schramm. I'm an Investment Advisor from Oregon with a B.A. in Russian & East European Studies. Over the years of this site, millions of readers have stopped by and I am grateful for the … Continue reading Greetings, Dear Reader- About the Author
Confidences (Secrets)- Pierre Auguste Renoir (1875)
My ekphrastic poem on Pierre August Renoir's "Confidences" was recently published.
Edvard Munch, Night in Saint-Cloud
Edvard Munch's "Night in Saint-Cloud" is a masterpiece of moody, nocturnal paintings that explore the loss of self into one's surroundings.
Jean Metzinger- “Paysage Coloré aux Oiseaux Aquatiques,” “Colorful Landscape with Waterfowl”
Jean Metzinger's Paysage Coloré aux Oiseaux Aquatiques stands out as a masterpiece of his early body of work.
"Get Out" is noted for its achievements in social commentary- it's also remarkable as an aesthetic masterpiece of horror film.
Gallery Show of Mike Van at White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, Oregon
On Saturday October 22nd, 2016, I attended the art opening of Eugene artists Mike Van and Connie Mueller. Mike Van also happens to be my grandfather, so this was a really great event for me and chance to do a little documenting of his career as an artist. After a brief couple of speeches from … Continue reading Gallery Show of Mike Van at White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, Oregon
“By the Deathbed,” Edvard Munch
I take a look at Edvard Munch's 1915 painting "By the Deathbed" and similar images of his.
“The Pursuit,” Leon Spilliaert
"The Pursuit," Leon Spilliaert (1910), is a unique piece among this Belgian painter's body of work.
Lost in a File-cabinet: Kafka’s ‘The Castle’
A look at Franz Kafka's "The Castle" as an existential text.
Repression of the Monstrous Id in Horror FIlm
A freudian comparison between Id repression in King Kong and Aliens.
Museum Liveblog: De Young Museum
Live blogging the De Young museum in San Francisco on instagram!