La Valse (1893). Félix Vallotton (Swiss, 1865-1925). Oil on canvas. MuMa Le Havre.
This painting depicts pairs skaters twirling on the runway of the former Ice Palace at the roundabout of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Faithful to the principles of the Nabi movement, which aims to overcome the barriers of painting realism and perspective, the fabric is treated with an obvious simplification of forms.
Summer Afternoon in the Garden. Evert Pieters (Dutch, 1856-1932). Oil on canvas.
Pieters became a pupil of Charles Verlat and Theodor Verstraete. He was a member of the Pulchri studio in the Hage and Arti et Amicitiaein Amsterdam. In 1896 he won gold medals in Paris and St. Louis, and in 1898 a gold medal in Barcelona. In 1900 he won a silver medal at the World Expo in Paris.
Perfect way to spent a rainy afternoon…
Blodeuwedd: The Flower Woman(Middle Welsh composite name from blodeu ’flowers, blossoms’ + gwedd ’face, aspect, appearance’: “flower face”), is the wife of Lleu Llaw Gyffes in Welsh mythology, made from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet and the oak by the magicians Math and Gwydion, and is a central figure in the fourth branch of the Mabinogi.
Boy reading with other students. Extremadura, Province of Caceres, Deleitosa, Spain, 1951. From “Spanish Village” photo-essay. By W. Eugene Smith (American, 1918-1978).
Smith, from Kansas, eventually moved to New York City and began working for Newsweek. He became known there for his incessant perfectionism and thorny personality. Smith was fired from Newsweek for refusing to use medium format cameras, and joined Life Magazine in 1939 using a 35mm camera.
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