in 1884

Es ist eine phantastische Illusion, einen dauerhaften Frieden auf einen Pakt mit dem Teufel zu gründen.
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It is a phantastic illusion to found a durable peace on a pact with the devil.

Carl Friedrich Goerdeler (1884 – 1945), German lawyer, politician, and member of the resistance against Nazi Germany, commenting on the 1938 Munich Agreement

The Seven Sutherland Sisters, a family circus sideshow act renowned for their combined 37 feet of hair, ca. 1884

The Seven Sutherland Sisters - Sarah, Naomi, Isabella, Victoria, Grace, Dora, and Mary - was a family “act” from Niagara County, New York that toured to great acclaim showing 37 feet of long dark hair. Daughters of Fletcher and Mary Sutherland, they started out doing concerts with their one brother, and three years later they were traveling with Barnum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth."With fans fascinated by their hair, Fletcher Sutherland concocted "The Seven Sutherland Sisters Hair Grower.” The tonic quickly became a best seller, and the line of hair products expanded to include a scalp cleanser, a comb, and “Hair Colorators.”

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Takehisa Yumeji 竹久夢二 (1884-1934).

Takehisa Yumji n’a jamais étudié le dessin dans aucune école d'art ni auprès d'aucun professeur, ne serait-ce que de façon formelle. Il déteste le concept de l'« artiste », ayant le sentiment d'une certaine prétention de celui-ci, ce qui naturellement contrarie nombre des artistes de son époque et entraîne des critiques négatives de la soi-disant élite…
À l'extérieur des cercles artistiques,ses tableaux jouissent d'une grande popularité auprès des gens ordinaires et à ce jour comptent encore de nombreux amateurs tant au japon qu'à l'étranger. Jeune, il voulait devenir poète mais ayant compris qu'il ne pouvait gagner sa vie de cette façon, il s'engage dans le dessin et la peinture.

anonymous asked:

i'm so in love with this goddamn book! i've just re-read it and am now going through your blog! you seem to know so many things! is there a post with some background info? like where the book is actually set, which monet painting they keep talking about and all that?

The book is set in Bordighera. Monet visited Bordighera in the winter of 1884, but I don’t believe we know the exact painting on the postcard described in the book. 

@monetsberm posted a really interesting fact about one of his paintings from this period: “View of Bordighera”, was bought by Armand Hammer, Armie Hammer’s great-grandfather.     

For more on Aciman’s relationship to Bordighera and Monet I highly recommend this piece Aciman wrote for Condé Nast Traveler, which also appears in his essay collection, Alibis.

There’s an insightful quote in the essay that reminded me of Elio and Oliver, and made me think Aciman was speaking as much about his own creative process as he was Monet’s: “[Monet] realized that he liked painting this town more than he loved the town itself, because what he loved was more in him than in the town itself, though he needed the town to draw it out of him.”