“There were the people who read and there were the others. Whether you were a reader or a nonreader – it was quickly noted. There was no greater distinction between people. People were amazed when he asserted that and many shook their head at such crankiness. But that´s how it was. Gregorius knew it. He knew it.”

Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

(S.C.Z. - Villach)

“The solidarity of those who go through the world with thick glasses.”

Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

(S.C.Z. - Villach)

“He loved to stand at the dark display windows of the bookshops and feel that, because the others were sleeping, all these books belonged only to him.”

Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

(S.C.Z. - Villach)

“Can there be anything more absurd than this: to be moved by a wish that has no conceivable object?”

Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

(S.C.Z. - Villach)

“Or is it the wish – the dream-like, bombastic wish – to stand once again at that point in my life and be able to take a completely different direction than the one that has made me who I am now.”

Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

(S.C.Z. - Villach)

books0977:

Artist’s Wife with a Boy at a Table (1921). Zbigniew Pronaszko (Polish, 1885-1958). Oil on canvas. National Museum, Cracow.

His work showed a synthesis of colors, limiting the palette to the wealth of shades of pink, purple, and red while imposing broad strokes. He was a co-founder of the Polish Formalists.

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La Marchesa Maria De Seta (1937). Gino Severini (Italian, 1883-1966). Oil on canvas.

After his last truly Futurist works—a series of paintings on war themes—Severini painted in a Synthetic Cubist mode, and by 1920 he was applying theories of classical balance based on the Golden Section to figurative subjects from the traditional commedia dell’arte. He divided his time between Paris and Rome after 1920.

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books0977:

Les Lampions. Delphin Enjolras (French, 1857-1945). Oil on canvas.

Enjolras studied under the watercolorist Gaston Gerard at the Ecole de Dessin de la Ville de Paris. Enjolras exhibited his work at the Paris Salons, joining the Societe des Artistes Francais in 1901. His specialty was in portraiture of young women, often in their daily affairs and in an intimate nature.

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books0977:

An Appeal for Mercy, 1793 (1876). Marcus Stone (English, 1840-1921). Oil on canvas.

Stone selected a scene from the Reign of Terror, when many people feared for their lives. The young lady who kneels, with letter in hand, is entreating that the life of a loved one be spared. It is perhaps a good sign that the Republican official turns away as he reads perhaps his orders, for it shows that he fears to confront the lady’s eloquent face and words.

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fleurdulys:

Camille Monet at the Window, Argenteuil - Claude Monet

1873

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fleurdulys:

The Room of Flowers - Childe Hassam

1894

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fleurdulys:

Au bord du lac Daumesnil - Maurice Chabas

1902

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fleurdulys:

Sunset in Yosemite, California - Albert Bierstadt

19th century

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fleurdulys:

The Hammock - Gustave Courbet

1844

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fleurdulys:

Sweet August - Xi Pan

2004

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