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“Night with her Train of Stars, and her Great Gift of Sleep” by Edward Robert Hughes (1912)

The Pre-Raphaelites

Carl Larsson: how a loved and popular painter became lost in controversy

Carl Larsson: how a loved and popular painter became lost in controversy

The Eclectic Light Company

A century ago, in 1915, much of Europe was engaged in one of the greatest and most senseless slaughters in recorded history. Poison gas had been used in the Second Battle of Ypres, and the trenches were filling with corpses. Around half a million troops died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Those who could still care about art were being shocked by Cubists such as Picasso, Braque, and Juan Gris, and developments by Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, and Robert Delaunay.

Nordic art

The Nordic countries managed to remain neutral, but British and German naval activity in the Baltic was a reminder that the war was not far away. Nordic culture and politics were developing increasingly independently: in Finland the publication of the Kalevala in 1835-49 inspired Akseli Gallen-Kallela‘s spectacular Aino Triptych (1891), and Finland finally achieved independence from being an autonomous Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire in…

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Summer in Alaska – Kenai Fjiords

Summer in Alaska – Kenai Fjiords

Landscape Transitions I. Spring in DC.

Oil pastels on carton board

Oil pastels on carton board, 2015

Tiffany Stained Glass

Magical stained glass…

Vase with Red Poppies

Vase with Red Poppies completed by Vincent van Gogh in 1886 Twitter /  Youtube / Bloglovin / Google+ / Instagram /  LinkedIn /  Pinterest / Tumblr

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How to spot Doulton in a crowd!

Another hand-painted rose design from Limoges

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If you like Downton Abbey…

You may also wish to try watching Australian TV series called “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” I am usually not a huge fan of mysteries (even though in my early teens I would lose regular sleep over stories by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle), but this one won my heart and after devouring two seasons (thanks to holidays!) I can’t wait for the third one. It is not just a mystery show, it also has romance, gorgeous costumes (oh, those flapper dresses and head pieces!) and Art Nouveau decor, jazz, and a Hispano-Suiza (never heard about it until this show, what a beauty!). But once again, it is not just that. It is about a “modern woman”, lady detective Miss Phryne Fisher (played by beautiful Essie Davis), living in a traditional society of 1920s. The main character also reminds me of a female protagonist in “Easy Virtue” (played by Jessica Biel).

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