Pierre-Auguste Renoir ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

The young woman depicted in this delightful painting, perhaps not among Renoir’s best known, is Julie Allard, wife of Alphonse Daudet, novel and theatre writer.In this portrait of great expressive intensity, Renoir privileged the three-quarter pose, focusing his attention on the sweet face of the woman. The artist was thus able to grasp the effects of light, with short touches of color, spread with rapid … Continue reading Pierre-Auguste Renoir ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Walt Whitman ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโœ’๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ

Celebrating the 201st anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth – 31/5/2019 Walt Whitman is acknowledged among the most influencial American poets and as a great interpreter of the American soul in the second half of the XIX century. Whitman was also an innovator in poetry, often recognised as the father of the free verse. His collection of poems “Leaves of Grass” was first published in 1855, … Continue reading Walt Whitman ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโœ’๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ

Are You the Next Person, by Whitman ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ“–

Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass – Calamus – 1855 – translated from English into Italian by Enzo Martinelli Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me? Are you the new person drawn toward me? To begin with take warning, I am surely far different from what you suppose; Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal? Do you think it so easy … Continue reading Are You the Next Person, by Whitman ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ“–

Couchers de soleil ๐ŸŒ‡๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ†

Un de mes sujets photographiques prรฉfรฉrรฉs est la nature, dans toutes ses expressions possibles, mรชme si le spectacle naturel le plus extraordinaire et quotidien est sans aucun doute un coucher de soleil, avec sa fugace explosion de couleurs. Les reflets du soleil sur lโ€™eau rendent chaque jour encore plus excitant, avec des combinaisons de couleurs contrastรฉes et des compositions de formes et dโ€™ombres taillรฉes. Ce … Continue reading Couchers de soleil ๐ŸŒ‡๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ†

Churches as music venues โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Many London churches provide also some regular programmes of sacred and lay music in their calendar of events. Here is a list of my favourites in Central London. St Paul’s Cathedral is not only the largest church and the seat of a bishop in London, it is also a place where excellent sacred music can be enjoyed with the glorious acoustics of its vast internal … Continue reading Churches as music venues โ›ช๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Kutir, London ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

This is a newly discovered Indian restaurant close by to Sloane Square hosted in a renovated townhouse with ambitious cooking. My fiend and I needed a good restaurant around Sloane Square for a lunch catch up and this one came up as a recommended place for Indian cooking, which is my friend’s favourite. Indeed this was a very pleasant surprise with well designed interiors, that … Continue reading Kutir, London ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Many thanks to my first 3๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ followers ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

I just wanted to thank you, my dear followers, for having been my support for these first months of my new experience in blogging on this site with liking and commenting my posts. This has given me a much better sense of what works and what doesn’t, and how I can improve on it. Your feedback is invaluable. A thousand thanks again, also for the … Continue reading Many thanks to my first 3๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ followers ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Twittering Tales #153 ๐Ÿฆโœ’๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Written for this weekโ€™s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. The watcher Susan got used to the regular intrusions by her neighbour who would pretend to enjoy the view from his balcony to have a peek at her bedroom. This time she was determined to let him know this was unwelcome. She wrote on the back of an old sign and posted it on her … Continue reading Twittering Tales #153 ๐Ÿฆโœ’๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Composition IX, by Kandinsky ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง This large oil painting by Vassily Kandinsky, Composition IX, 1936, belongs to the period before WWII he spent in Paris, when his ideas about art and composition were being synthetised in his late complex artworks. Elements present in this composition can be seen in previous paintings, like Swinging. A background of broad diagonal colored stripes makes contrast to biomorphic and geometric forms that seem … Continue reading Composition IX, by Kandinsky ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–ผ