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MATISSE AND PATTERNS.

MATISSE AND PATTERNS. Once, when my brother Elmer and I were in college and my sister Mary was in high school, Elmer came downstairs in either a plaid shirt and striped Bermuda shorts or plaid shorts and a striped shirt. … Continue reading

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THE KILLER FOG OF 1952.

THE KILLER FOG OF 1952. The London fog and smog through which Turner saw the world continued until the 1960’s. The killer fog of 1952 is described in this article by Christopher Klein on the history.com website. During the space … Continue reading

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TURNER’S LIGHT.

TURNER’S LIGHT. I had looked at many of Turner’s paintings with their effects of atmosphere and color without realizing that Turner’s work was shaped by the English air. Turner was born in 1775 and all during his lifetime, houses were, … Continue reading

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THE EFFECT OF GEOGRAPHY ON THE IMPRESSIONISTS.

THE EFFECT OF GEOGRAPHY ON THE IMPRESSIONISTS. Christie Davies, in a review on the New Criterion website of EUROPEAN ART: A NEUROARTHISTORY by John Onian, provides a lot of observations about the effect of geography on painters that had never … Continue reading

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THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH BEHIND MONTY PYTHON’S ATTACK BUNNY.

THE HISTORICAL RESEARCH BEHIND MONTY PYTHON’S ATTACK BUNNY. The dangerousminds post also mentions the killer bunny in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It occurs to me that Terry Jones, one of the Pythons, is a medieval scholar (the author … Continue reading

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GIANT MEDIEVAL ATTACK RABBITS.

GIANT MEDIEVAL ATTACK RABBITS. I posted here at the end of 2016 about medieval knights fighting snails. Here at the dangerousminds website is a collection of illustrations from medieval manuscripts of giant attack bunnies wreaking havoc. (link via instant pundit). … Continue reading

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KNIGHTS FIGHTING SNAILS REVISITED.

KNIGHTS FIGHTING SNAILS REVISITED. I am finishing 2016 with the same question with which I started the year. In response to a link Annalisa sent me, I started 2016 with this post about the large number of drawings of knights … Continue reading

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RESTORING ROTHKO PAINTINGS WITH LIGHT.

RESTORING ROTHKO PAINTINGS WITH LIGHT.This article in the New Yorker by Louis Menand (April 1, 2015) tells how Harvard has found a way to restore/recreate the Rothko paintings by lighting them. Further, the time when the lights are turned off … Continue reading

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PAINTING WITH UNSTABLE PAINT.

PAINTING WITH UNSTABLE PAINT. This article by Barbara Haislip at the Barron’s website deals with the economic problems for art collectors presented by the use by contemporary artists of unstable paint. It is entitled: “How Stable is Your Rothko?” Haislip … Continue reading

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SUGGESTIONS FOR ARTISTS WHO WANT TO DESTROY SOME OF THEIR ART.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ARTISTS WHO WANT TO DESTROY SOME OF THEIR ART. Annalisa sent me a link to this post on James Gurney’s website, Gurney Journey. Gurney discusses a general problem that artists have: “In the back of every artist’s closet … Continue reading

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