Winter means many things different people. For some it is the best season of the year. The thoughts of snow and cold, ice and winds bring smiles to many a face. For others those same thoughts bring a feeling of melancholy. The cold weather and the short days, as well as the snow and ice […]
(PCM) Does life imitate art? If the sales of fiction for our e-readers, smart phones and – oh yeah, books – tell us anything, it’s that it might be the other way around: life in the information age moves fast, and art (including literature) needs to keep up. In recent years, short fiction has become
(PCM) Many individuals feel that the 1972 painting “The Hands Resist Him” by artist Bill Stoneham carries a curse. Many strange occurrences are rumored to have taken place by those who have viewed the painting and even more so for those who have actually had the painting in their possession. Some say that these occurrences could
Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra) by Henri MatisseBlue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra) by Henri Matisse was completed in 1907, and was scandalous when first presented at Société des Artistes Indépendants and later, New York. He went on to create his better known Blue Nude II, Gouache-painted paper cut-outs that were stuck to paper mounted on
The Scream Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) by Edvard Munch (1893) The scene was identified as being the view from a road overlooking Oslo, Norway; the Oslofjord and Hovedøya, from the hill of Ekeberg. “I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood
The Flower Carrier by Diego Rivera was painted in 1935, and is currently located at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA. The large basket strapped to the man’s back is representative of the hardship of a worker in a modern, capitalistic world.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte By Georges Seurat (Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte – 1884-6) About 7 by 10 feet, it took about two years to finish. The painting format was oil on canvas, but with similar-sized painted dots instead of brush strokes. The format was
Cupid’s Foot, by Terry Gilliam, for Monty Python Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time (also called An Allegory of Venus and Cupid and A Triumph of Venus) is a 1546-ish painting by the Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino, and the source of Monty Python’s famous foot.
Le chateau des Pyrenees (The Castle of the Pyrenees) by Rene Magritte (1898-1967) Who hasn’t wished for a castle in the sky? Rene was known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality. The 7933 Magritte asteroid was discovered and named after him in 1989. The surrealistic piece is currently at the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem.