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Art of the Day – 5/29/13 (The Potato Eaters, Vincent Van Gogh, 1885)

Daily Artwork — “The Potato Eaters, 1885”

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1885 — The Potato Eaters. Oil on Canvas. Realism style. Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890 ). Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

For The Potato Eaters, Van Gogh’s first major work, he wanted to depict peasants as they really were. He thus chose coarse and ugly models, so they would look as natural as possible in the final work. He made sketches of the work and sent them to his brother, who helped Van Gogh make adjustment in the composition. As far as two years after Van Gogh completed this painting, he considered it his finest work. (From WikiPaintings)
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Daily Art

 

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Art of the Day – 5/17/13 (The Angelus, Jean-Francois MIllet, 1857-1859)

Daily Artwork — “The Angelus, 1857-1859”

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1857-1859 — The Angelus. Oil on canvas. Realism style. Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875). Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.

Millet had originally created this work for an American, Thomas Gold Appleton, who failed to take possession of the piece. Millet later changed the painting to include a steeple in the background and change the name from Prayer for the Potato Crop to The Angelus. The painting changed hands many times, ending with a bidding war between France and America. The painting has also been a source of speculation, due to Salvador Dali’s insistence that the figures are actually praying over their deceased child. Dali was so insistent that the painting was eventually x-rayed, revealing a shape that looked like a small coffin, indicating that Dali may have been right, and that Millet may have originally created the painting with the couple mourning over their small child’s coffin. (From Wikipaintings)
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Daily Art

 

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The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson

The Martian WarThe Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is this the pinnacle of great literature? Not really. Is it a fun, quick read? Definitely. An interesting take on “what if” science fiction, Anderson takes H.G. Wells and some of his more familiar characters and contemporaries and drops them right into their own stories with a romp through a possible Martian invasion. Of course, one must realize that the science in this is complete bunk, but a simple suspension of belief solves that problem instantly. Alternating voices between the action of Wells and the journal of Dr. Moreau gives the book a nice duality and provides a unique pace, voice, and viewpoint to the narrative. The only complaint is that some of the characters and races, namely the Selenites, could have used more fleshing out, but this does not detract from the overall feel and readability of the work.

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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Reviews

 

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