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  • Cuno Amiet, the Master of Colour

    It has been 150 years since the birth of one of the greatest Swiss artists, Cuno Amiet (1868-1961). He was a painter, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor. As the first Swiss painter to give precedence to colour in composition, he was a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland. Amiet was born in...
  • British Pelagianism and the Push Toward a World War

    In the article "The British Are Driving the West's War Agenda -- But Why?" published two days ago in Global Research by Richard Cook, the author labels Brits as the masterminds of the current frenzied Russophobia in the West and the impatient effort to start World War 3. Cook is a retired Ameri...
  • Rostand and the Creation of a Really Big Nose

    Edmond Rostand swam against the current. He is known as a neo-romanticist in the age of naturalism. In this sense, one could call him a traditionalist, but talent runs against all literary classification. And Rostand was talented indeed. He was born 150 years ago. He died 50 years later, just after...
  • An Imaginative Display of Intimacy

    Great paintings do not always depict a dynamic movement, a profound facial expression, a picturesque landscape. Sometimes, great paintings manage to display just an intimate moment, not exciting, not attractive, but painfully familiar. An intimate, private moment shows a person sleeping or waking up...
  • The Solemn Centenary of the Valiant Defence of Amiens

    In the Spring of 1918, things didn't look great for the French. After the signing of the Brest-Litovsk treaty and the withdrawal of the Soviet Russia from the Great War, the Germans were able to transfer most of their troops and heavy artillery from the Eastern to the Western Front. On March 21, the...
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Ilya Kabakov and the Ironic Nostalgia for Soviet Utopia
Ilya Kabakov and his wife, Emilia, are among the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas. They are best known for their ‘total’ installations, which completely immerse the viewer in a dramatic environment. They trans...
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