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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

As Montaigne reminds us at the end of the century, 'Et les Roys et les philosophes fientent, et les dames aussi ... how were scatology and scatological


Montaigne and Etienne de La Boétie


"Happy are you, reader, if you do not belong to this sex to which all good is forbidden"


Herbert Read's The Meaning of Art see prev. post.

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yareta plants possesses strangeness in beauty.

In January 2008 I posted an entry on "ugly plants.[1]"

Today, I buy Herbert Read's The Meaning of Art[2] (1968) and I find the quote There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion by Francis Bacon.

It comes from Bacon's very short aesthetics essay Of Beauty[3].

Poe was fond of quoting it and Baudelaire made it his own via Poe in the motto "le beau est toujours bizarre".


RIP Corneille, 88, Dutch artist.

Au sein du désert, il y a encore de la place pour les jeux (1949), Galerie Moderne, was his most expensive artwork.


"Self-portrait in the Studio" at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid.


Hvítserkur natural wonder


History of the maja vestida and the maja desnuda (Spanish language text from Wikipedia)




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