Tove Jansson

August 10, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Classic Books, WRITING & LITERATURE |

August 9, 1914: On behalf of everyone who loves Moomintroll, Little My, Snufkin, Mymble, Muskrat, et al…to everyone who appreciates Tove’s statement that “what I liked best was being beastly to Hitler and Stalin,” TVC says Happy Birthday Tove! Of all the Moomintroll books, L likes Comet in Moominland the best.

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Impressionism – the Wrong Turn

July 27, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART |

Selections from the Museé d’Orsay, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide, July 2018 It’s worth a visit to the famous hoard of impressionist works in Paris just for the building: As for the paintings, well… A selection of 60 or so was gazed upon by The Varnished Culture recently.  Featured heavily were (sigh!), Monet, Sissley, Pissarro, Renoir, and Manet, with occasional dashes of the often-more-interesting Caillebotte, Seurat, Gauguin, Courbet, and Cézanne, and a sprinkling of lesser players. On loan, largely from the Museé d’Orsay’s basement, the exhibition has been very popular, and no wonder.  Impressionism has always been popular, except in…

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“For Doodles, try Cy Twombly”

July 20, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART |

$46m for this red doodle – Thus Roger Scruton, though we didn’t think much of the Da Vinci that also set a new record either… For examples of the ever-raging debate… Paul Joseph Watson: x https://youtu.be/Ea39dHj01yc 2. ShamyDefuma x https://youtu.be/ZIkkjQWUgZQ

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A Further Sign of Decline

July 11, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, AUSTRALIANIA |

The downfall is not limited to the pale people of the West. It has infected aboriginal art as well… Here is a piece by Enos Namatjira: Compare it to this: Perhaps we’ve done our dash and now the cycle spirals ever downward?

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The Worst Sculptor in the World

June 4, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, CRIME, Ulalume |

We celebrate Robert Jacobsen (4 June 1912 – 26 January 1993), Danish creator in the realm of the plastic arts. Robert inhabited the artistic niche of great sculptors such as Alexandros of Antioch and the ancient Greek masters, and moderns such as Auguste Rodin. Jacobsen’s claim to fame is as the Worst Sculptor in the World.  A modernist (naturally) who enthusiastically embraced the avant-garde through the toxic COBRA movement of northern Europe, working with welder, mask and subsidized iron, he and his ilk dispensed with hard work and consideration of structure, theme and aesthetics, preferring to hide their laziness and…

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