Art

Olivier Messiaen – a blackbird for the flutist

I probably don't think of any other composer as often as I think of Messiaen in my daily life - at least not with this regularity, which has lasted for years. His piece Le merle noir is practically in my head as soon as I set foot outside. We live in the country and...

Two Stubborn Men – Michelangelo and Pope Julius II.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the star of the Renaissance, had a real problem with Pope Julius II.   The Rovere Pope held his office in the style of an Italian territorial prince and had Michelangelo summoned from Florence to Rome in 1505 so that he could build...

The painter Raoul Dufy and his Normandy

"I know the sea as a bather, as a sailor and as a painter. It is as a painter that it is dearest to me." (Raoul Dufy) In the course of his life, the painter Raoul Dufy was first an Impressionist, then a Fauvist and a Cubist. He was born in 1877 in Le Havre in...

The bedroom in Arles

"The Bedroom in Arles" (or "Vincent's Bedroom") is the title of three oil paintings and two drawings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The first sketches date from 1888, when the artist moved into his first own home, the so-called "Yellow House". Originally he...
The bedroom in Arles

The bedroom in Arles

"The Bedroom in Arles" (or "Vincent's Bedroom") is the title of three oil paintings and two drawings by the Dutch...

Boy on a ram

Boy on a ram

It is said that the greatest artists have been given the gift of creating stories that last for centuries by the power...

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The Happy Drinker

The Happy Drinker

Frans Hals, along with Peter Paul Rubens and Anthonis van Dyck, is one of the most important portrait painters of his...

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Arrival of the boats

Arrival of the boats

This is a wonderful picture of J. Maris, who literally draws you into the daily life of the people of Scheveningen....

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