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  Church on the Hill also known as Church in the Wachau, 1914, oil on cardboard by Paul Unbereit, Austrian landscape and still life artist, 1884-1937. The Dorotheum, an international auction house.

Clint/Bucky Fic Recs

(because clint and bucky are amazing, and because i am multishipping trash who wants to share the love, here is a list, in no order, of the best winterhawk fics out there :) 

***updated 8/3/2017

I’ll Keep You Safe Here With Me. by sara_holmes

[M, 110k, complete] Yes, Clint is avoiding the other Avengers. No, he does not want to go back to New York. But then again, he didn’t exactly want to be kidnapped by the Winter Soldier either. Really, he just wants to go back to bed.

(reccer note: if you’ve never read any clintbucky fics before, make this your first one! i cannot recommend it highly enough)

In Which Someone is Kidnapping Snipers by theLiterator

[T, 2k] “I’m actually trying to get a royal flush- how many former Soviet assets can I seduce?“

leave the gun on the table by Traincat

[M, 38k] Bucky Barnes wakes up in the future, joins the Avengers, reunites with Steve, makes some new friends and some old enemies, gets called Robocop and tries to figure out the future, himself, and Clint Barton’s middle name – all while being haunted by his past, the things he can’t remember and the creeping suspicion that Black Widow knows something he doesn’t.

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Times of the Day. 1899. Alphonse Mucha.

Each: 14 ½ x 40 ½ in./36.7 x 103 cm

In subdued pastels, this “quartet of barefoot young ladies represents the different times of the day. The borders are decorated in identical patterns … and the crisscross areas at the top have different floral panels. Each girl appears in an outdoor setting, with slender trees or tall flowers emphasizing her slim figure … The borders are worked out in such an exquisite pattern that each picture appears to be mounted in an elaborate frame of its own, or else seen through a decorated window. Quite possibly Mucha’s whole concept for the series was that of gothic stained-glass windows” (Rennert/Weill, p. 232). This larger-format variant does not include the bottom text indicating the individual time of day.

anonymous asked:

The secne in Black Mirror with Dick cauterizing Babs wounds was honestly one of my favourite comic moments ever.The amount of emotion the writing and art convey in that small scene was just amazing.And Dick's characterization was flawless ,he was perfect especially how they showed he was different from Bruce but still one of the best crimefighters there was.

i agree 100%… he wasn’t a man-child wearing the cowl like i expected and not a copy of bruce which i thought would be a possibility. the little things (like that tiny joke he did with tim, his internal monologue at the auction, the ‘i believe in people but i’m not stupid’) in black mirror about his characterizations were the best. 

Zhang Daqien (Chang Dai-chien- 張大千) 1899-1983

Chang Dai-chien or or Zhang Daqian (May 10, 1899 – April 2, 1983) was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century.

When Zhang died at age 84, he left behind more than 30,000 pieces of art, in the estimation of C.K. Cheung, the director of the Department of Calligraphy and Painting of Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

Originally known as a guohua (traditionalist) painter, by the 1960s he was also renowned as a modern impressionist and expressionist painter. Chang is also regarded as one of the most gifted master forgers of the twentieth century.

Born in a family of artists in Neijiang, Sichuan, China, he studied textile dyeing techniques in Kyoto, Japan and returned to establish a successful career selling his paintings in Shanghai.

Due to the political climate of China in 1949, he left the country and resided in various places such as Mendoza, Argentina, São Paulo and Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil, and then to Carmel, California, before finally in 1978 settling in Taipei, Taiwan.

A meeting between Chang and Picasso in Nice, France in 1956 was viewed as a summit between the preeminent masters of Eastern and Western art. The two men exchanged paintings at this meeting.

So prodigious was his virtuosity within the medium of Chinese ink and colour that it seemed he could paint anything. His output spanned a huge range, from archaising works based on the early masters of Chinese painting to the innovations of his late works which connect with the language of Western abstract art.

Zhang Daqian developed eye problems in the late 1950s. As his eyesight deteriorated, he developed his mature splashed color style.

Although he attributed this style in part to the splashed-ink technique of the ancient painter Wang Mo (died c.805) also known as Wang Qia, many believe it to be related to that of the Abstract Expressionist movement then popular in the United States and a departure from that of his traditional paintings. Zhang’s splashed-color paintings fetched the highest market prices for contemporary Chinese paintings at international auctions of the time.

Chang’s mastery as a painter owes much to his efforts copying the works of older masters. He became so skillful as a copyist that he soon discovered he could make a good deal of money passing off his copies as originals. Chang’s forgeries are difficult to detect for many reasons. First, his ability to mimic the great Chinese masters. Secondly, he paid scrupulous attention to the materials he used. “He studied paper, ink, brushes, pigments, seals, seal paste, and scroll mountings in exacting detail. Thirdly, he frequently forged paintings based on descriptions in catalogues of lost paintings; his forgeries came with ready-made provenance.

Chang’s forgeries have been purchased as original paintings by several major art museums in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Of particular interest is a master forgery acquired by the Museum in 1957 as an authentic work of the tenth century. The painting, which was allegedly a landscape by the Five Dynasties period master Guan Tong, is one of Zhang’s most ambitious forgeries and serves to illustrate both his skill and his audacity.

One of China’s greatest modern artists, Zhang Daqian, has outsold Pablo Picasso – taking in more than $500 million in 2011. Picasso, the previous top-seller, had record earnings of $360 million in 2010.

In 2011, Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) Hong Kong hosted the first auction of Zhang’s work. All 25 pieces up for auction were sold within 90 minutes, bringing in a total of HK$680 million ($87.58 million). The most valuable of which, a piece depicting water lilies, was sold for HK$191 million.

Many of Zhang’s works were bought by Chinese buyers. China’s wealthy sector has been steadily growing, and with more money to spend, they’re investing in their own heritage, Al Jazeera reported. The Chinese have become major players in the global art scene as well – in 2011, China topped the U.S. and has a 39 percent share of the world revenue for fine art.

Masterpieces drive Christie’s sales up 29% to £2.2 billion

Masterpieces such as German artist Max Beckmann’s Hölle der Vögel — which fetched £36 million in London last month — helped international auction house Christie’s to surging first-half sales.

Beckmann’s painting, which set a record for the artist, was one of 38 £10 million-plus works under the auctioneer’s hammer, nearly three times as many as last year.

Other major sales included Constantin Brancusi’s La Muse Endormie sculpture and a rare bronze Shang dynasty wine vessel helped sales at Christie’s up 29% to £2.2 billion.

The auction house sold seven of the top 10 lots in the first half of the year.

Chief executive Guillaume Cerutti put the strong sales down to “increasing global demand” as well as a stronger supply of works for sale than last year, with Asian buyers now accounting for 35% of global spending.

The company’s momentum looks likely to continue as it has been instructed to sell the estate of David Rockefeller, the last of the grandchildren of US billionaire John D Rockefeller, which is estimated to include 2000 items.

In September Christie’s King Street headquarters will also sell the personal collection of actress Audrey Hepburn, including her annotated copies of film scripts including Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Wake Up, America! 1917. James Montgomery Flagg.

27 ¾ x 40 3/8 in./70.4 x 102.7 cm

In a memorable image directed towards public awareness, Flagg exhorts America – depicted as Columbia dozing in false security on a front-porch rocker – to rouse itself against the war’s threat to free civilization in Europe. One of the best and rarest of World War I posters.