Haute Porn – Aubrey Beardsley

August 21, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART |

Beardsley (born 21 August 1872) was unique with his precise, mannered etchings of romantic historical pastiches, decadent and languorous, reminiscent of Japanese wood-cuts and a not too distant cousin of work by the likes of Gustav Dore. Able to work without working, the sad trade-off for that good fortune was his martyrdom to TB, Beardsley dying aged only 25.  A pity, for the great marriage of his imagination with his precision could have helped stave off the artistic morass in which we find ourselves, a century or so later.

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21 August 1911: To Steal the Mona Lisa

August 21, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, HISTORY |

On this day early last century, Vincenzo Perugia entered the Louvre in a worker’s smock and spirited the Mona Lisa away. Nowadays, you can hardly see her, imprisoned behind a wall of thick glass…

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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: 2. ShamyDefuma

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