Friday, September 12, 2014

Prunus in flower

William James Mildenhall, ca. 1900 
[National Library of Australia]

Monday, August 25, 2014

Young Woman with Peonies

 Frédéric Bazille, 1870
This painting can be seen as Bazille's homage to Manet. The flower vendor appears to be a reference to the black woman with the extravagant bouquet in Manet's infamous Olympia. The flowers themselves, especially the prominent peonies, also offer a kind of tribute. Manet cultivated peonies and often painted their lush blooms. 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Thursday, July 17, 2014


The Pilot ACE computer, designed by Turing, at the National Physical Laboratory

Friday, June 13, 2014


Diane Arbus ~ Albino Sword Swallower at a Carnival, ca. 1970

"There's some thrill going to a sideshow - I felt a mix of shame and awe.  I mean, there's a sword box where they don't cut the girl in half, they stick a lot of swords in and none of them really go through her and besides they're not sharp and ... it's fun because the girl is almost looney."

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Production Line of Happiness

Christopher Williams ~ Bergische Bauernscheune, Junkersholz, Leichlingen, September 29, 2009