impressionist & modern art

Claude Monet, Impression, soleil levant, 1872
René Magritte, Le banquet, 1958
Claude Monet, Étretat, soleil couchant, 1883
René Magritte, Le soir qui tombe, 1964
Claude Monet, Soleil d'hiver à Lavacourt, 1879-1880
René Magritte, Le Monde des Images, 1961
Claude Monet, Soleil couchant sur la Seine à Lavacourt, effet d’hiver, 1880
René Magritte, Le banquet, 1957

Do you, too, wish running away and living in a museum for a while was still a thing you could do? (Do you, like me, wonder what the heck Chock Full o’Nuts was? And why coffee needed to be full o’Nuts?)

Smithsonian magazine just put out a lovely piece exploring E.L. Konigsburg’s children’s classic, which turns 50 this year. They talked to Konigsburg’s children, Laurie (the model for Claudia) and Paul:

“Mom took art lessons in [the city] on Saturdays, so she would drop all three of us kids off at the Metropolitan,” says Paul. “I was the oldest, so I was in charge, and I had three rules: One, we had to see the mummy. Two, we had to see the knights in armor. And three, I didn’t care what we saw. Mom would meet up with us in the museum, take us to study Impressionist or Modern art. It always made me want to puke, but we did it every weekend for over a year.”

The whole piece is here. Now, who’s for nouilles et fromage en casserole?

– Petra

Valentines Day Part 1

“So Valentines Day is coming up.”

“Really?” Nico asked, looking around at the heart decorations and flowers that had sprung up overnight like unwelcome nuclear powered mushrooms. “I hadn’t noticed.”

Piper gave him a look and took a bite of toast. She’s ambushed him at breakfast, which was already Nico’s least favourite time of day. This conversation was pushing him quickly from not-a-morning-person to potential-killer.

“What are you doing for Will?” Piper asked either oblivious or used to the aura of gloom and doom and get-away-from-me Nico was trying his best to project.

He gave a noncommittal shrug when Piper raised her eyebrows, and wondered if slowly sidestepping away would be too obvious.

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