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Arman Tateos Manookian was an artist born to a family of Christian Armenians in Istanbul. In 1915, a young Arman (given name Tateos) and his immediate family witnessed and survived the horrors of the Medz Yeghern, or the Armenian Genocide, before fleeing to the United States. Talented from a young age, Arman soon graduated from a school of design in Rhode Island, enlisted in the US Marine Corps, and found himself honorably discharged in Hawaii at the age of 22, where he began producing the most important work of his life painting the peoples and locales of those islands. 

In his short life, Arman produced about 31 oil paintings, 75 ink drawings for an unpublished military history book, and various other murals and advertisements. His work has caused him to be recognized by the State as “Hawaii’s Van Gogh.” Arman died in his home in 1931, only 27 years old.  His best work now resides in two museums in Honolulu. Credit for these images goes to (x).

Chris Ofili, Blossom, 1997, mixed media, Private Collection, © Chris Ofili. Source

According to the Tate, Ofili’s Blossom is part of a group of works from the late 1990s that can be seen as a ‘direct response to living in the King’s Cross area of London and seeing the street activity of pimps, drug dealers and prostitutes.’ A year after this piece was completed, Ofili won the Turner Prize.

Winged Victory of Samothrace:

A photograph looking up at the Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace. It is a marble structure of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory) which is prominently displayed at the Louvre, Paris.

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