Seasons Greetings

I would like to wish all my followers and their loved ones a safe and happy holiday season. Eat, drink and be merry. I know I will. Probably a bit too much.

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ABOVE: Pablo Picasso, Le Père Noël, 1959, lithograph

ABOVE: Norman Rockwell, A Drum For Tommy, 1921, oil on canvas

ABOVE: Andy Warhol, Christmas Tree, Published in Harpers Bazaar, December 1957

ABOVE: Salvador Dali, Christmas Tree, 1959, Christmas card for Hallmark

 

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Ten Iconic Artworks in the USA

Of all the worlds great art treasures, many can be seen in the United States of America. Here are ten of the most iconic artworks to be found in the land of liberty.

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Row 1:

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night (Museum of Modern Art, New York City)

Row 2:

Katsushika Hokusai, Great Wave Off Kanagawa (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)

Grant Wood, American Gothic (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party (The Phillips Collection, Washington DC)

Row 3:

Georges-Pierre Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago)

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (Museum of Modern Art, New York City)

Rene Magritte, The Treachery of Images (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles)

Row 4:

Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory (Museum of Modern Art, New York City)

J.M.W. Turner, The Slave Ship (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Edward Hopper, Nighthawks (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago)

And You Thought You Were Weird

Creative people are often a bit odd – I know I am. Fear not creatives, even geniuses can be a little strange – in some cases, really strange.

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ABOVE: Albert Einstein (duh!), Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Let’s face it, we all have our quirks. The following geniuses are no exception:

Andy Warhol

Warhol was a confirmed foot fetishist and even owned a mummified human foot. No one knows where he got it.

Leonardo da Vinci

da Vinci was a practitioner of polyphasic sleep. What’s that you ask? It’s the practice of taking multiple naps throughout a 24 hour period. He rarely slept more than two hours a day.

Edgar Allan Poe

Poe liked to write each of his works in a scroll fashion, on a continuous strip of paper, sealed with wax. He also proclaimed his cat to be his literary guardian.

Albert Einstein

Einstein refused to wear socks, no matter how formal the occasion. He also asked his estranged wife to sign a contract with the following clause: “You will stop talking to me if I request it.” Apparently, she agreed.

Charles Dickens

Dickens would only write at a desk facing north and when he slept, his feet had to point south. He always carried a compass, and would re-arrange the bed if necessary.

Salvador Dali

Dali was obsessed with Hitler and when asked about his obsession said: “I often dreamed about Hitler as other men dreamed about women.”