Day: July 23, 2017
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My big weekend chore is done now that I’ve planted 5 new Miss Kim Lilac bushes on my berm. Yeh, it doesn’t look like much right now. I’m way behind on it but I’m doing way better than I thought I’d be doing right now. I have to admit that I did hope to have all of this to include the top dressing done by now. I guess the object for now is to finish before Fall and this isn’t a race right now.
I was at the Best Buy last night and passed by the Mac display. I was soon having new iPad withdrawal pains. I left before I broke down and bought a new one. What can I say? My old one is a “dofer” and it will have to be for a while yet.
Cezanne painted this work at Jas de Bouffan, an estate near Aix which belonged to his parents. The figures here are the artist’s mother and sister. Music-making was a popular theme with innovatory artists at this time and the subtitle of the work, “The Overture to Tannhauser”, recalls Richard Wagner, who had become the symbol of the new kind of art. Restrained and tense in its colouring, which is based largely on a contrast of black and white, the painting has a strangely positive mood. The composition is balanced, with a sense of enclosure and unity, people and objects forming a single material world. The intimate scene has nothing everyday about it, and seems to have been transformed into something sublime and ceremonial. A friend of the Impressionists, showing his works at their exhibitions, Cezanne nonetheless soon discovered that his was a totally different view of the world, and took his own, independent artistic path.