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Elinor Wylie: Castilian

He washed his face in water cold,
His hands in turpentine;
He squeezed out colour like coins of gold
And colour like drops of wine.

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Re-reading Christina Rossetti’s ‘In an Artist’s Studio’

The value of Rossetti’s poem lies in both the expert use of the Petrarchan sonnet, a particularly challenging form to master in English, and in the poet’s complex stance on the role of art in creating and re-enforcing images of women.

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Emma Parker: This young woman created 784 paintings while hiding from the Nazis

Together these sequential images tell a family history, focussing on a central character called Charlotte Kann, a semi-autobiographical version of Salomon herself. They document Charlotte’s development as an artist, her struggles against madness and her first love affair, all painted against a backdrop of increasingly violent Nazi rule.

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Georgia O’Keeffe talking about her life and work

Here’s a video of Georgia O’Keeffe at her home in New Mexico in 1977 — she was nearly 90 at the time. . Georgia O’Keeffe’s hands, 1918, photo by Alfred … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Pierre-Auguste Renoir at work in 1915 (rare footage)

This is rare footage of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir at work, which is from Sacha Guitry’s patriotic World War I-era film Ceux de Chez Nous, “Those of our Land”. Renoir … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

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