Let’s talk about history of art, Rene Magritte and his “Mature Period” (1949 - 1960) and one of his paintings called “Le Coup au Coeur” (The blow to the heart)
“Le Coup au coeur is a painting of one of Magritte’s icons: the rose (for another rose painting see also: Le tombeau des lutteurs- 1960). In his painting below you can see the thorns have been replaced by a sword or dagger.
It’s as if the beautiful flower has been transformed into a gladiator that has arrived from the sea by an invisible ship and is ready to do battle.
Description: Oil on canvas Painted in 1952. Signed Magritte (lower right); illegibly inscribed and dated Le Coup au coeur 1952 on the reverse Dimensions: measurements 18 3/8 by 15 ¼ in. alternate measurements 46.5 by 38.7 cm”
Capitalist desire for imperialist expansion, as the expression of its highest maturity in the last period of its life, has the economic tendency to change the whole world into capitalistically producing nations, to sweep away all superannuated, pre-capitalistic methods of production and society, to subjugate all the riches of the earth and all means of production to capital, to turn the laboring masses of all zones into wage slaves. In Africa and in Asia, from the most northern regions to the southernmost point of South America and the South Seas, the remnants of old communistic social groups, of feudal society, of patriarchal systems, and of ancient handicraft production are destroyed and stamped out by capitalism. Whole peoples are destroyed, ancient civilizations are leveled to the ground, and in their place profiteering in its most modern forms is being established.
(…) To capitalist economists and politicians, railroads, matches, sewerage systems, and warehouses are progress and culture. Of themselves such works, grafted upon primitive conditions are neither culture nor progress, for they too dearly paid for with the sudden economic and cultural ruin of the peoples who must drink down the bitter cup of misery and horror of two social orders, of traditional agricultural landlordism, of super-modern, super-refined capitalist exploitation, at one and the same time
“nuthin’ to be ashamed of, only natural” Cassidy (Preacher) + Reader Insert
Ok, so this is a topic I haven’t seen anyone yet, who dared to write about it. Therefore, I challenged myself. I hope you bear with me and don’t flee in disgust. (I’m actually very nervous to post it and if you want me to delete you from the tags, I will - sorry for the bother)
I was at my cousin’s bridal shower at a hotel that served tea when my younger cousin started panicking because her period had come and she didn’t have any products with her. I went to ask the male waiter for our room about where I could get a tampon for her. He left the room and came back with this basket which he put in the room’s private bathroom. He was very matter of fact and mature about it. He even asked if we needed any pain killers and offered to go and get them for us. This is how periods should be handled. Tampons and pads are not gross, not taboo, and nothing more than sanitary items like soap or paper towels. If all men could be this mature about it, that would be lovely.
Indus Valley Gold and Carnelian Earrings, c. 3000 BC
The Indus Valley Civilization (map)
was a vast Bronze Age civilization lasting from 3300 to 1300 BC, with
its mature period from 2600 to 1900 BC. It extended from what today is
northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India. The civilization
disappeared mysteriously by 1800 BC and was replaced by the Vedic
culture in parts of India. The origin of the Indus Valley people
is still being debated by historians. Along with Ancient Egypt and
Mesopotamia it was one of three early civilizations of the Old World.
Indus Valley Polychrome Jar, Mehrgarh, c. 3300-1700 BC
A bulbous terracotta vessel with painted polychrome design of geometric panels, two flying birds and two feeding birds
The Indus Valley Civilization (map) was a vast Bronze Age civilization lasting from 3300 to 1300 BC, with its mature period from 2600 to 1900 BC. It extended from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India. The civilization disappeared mysteriously by 1800 BC and was replaced by the Vedic culture in parts of India. The actual origin of the Indus Valley people is still being debated by historians. Along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia it was one of three early civilizations of the Old World.
Mehrgarh is one of the most important Neolithic (7000 BC to c. 2500 BC) sites in archaeology. It lies on the Kacchi Plain of Balochistan, Pakistan. It is one of the earliest sites with evidence of farming and herding in South Asia. It is located near the Bolan Pass, to the west of the Indus River valley and between the Pakistani cities of Quetta, Kalat and Sibi.
La Roche-Guyon (1891).
Theodore Robinson (American, 1852-1896). Oil on panel. Brooklyn Museum.
At Giverny, Robinson painted what art historians regard as some of his finest works. These depicted the surrounding countryside in different weather, in the plein air tradition, sometimes with women shown in leisurely poses. An example of his mature work during this period is La Roche-Guyon, likely on the River Seine near the Chateau de La Roche-Guyon.