It’s quiet out there for this Sunday morning. I don’t even hear anything flying overhead into MSP. Odd. The cool of the morning is starting to give way to the heat of the day. The grass has a lot of dew on it from last night so I’m putting off my weeding core until it dries out a bit more. That’s not gonna bode well for me since it will be a lot hotter when I do go outside to get it done.
In the meanwhile I have a pork loin to marinade for Sunday dinner. I cut off some fresh rosemary for the marinade and rinsed it off. God, I love the smell of it. That’s one nice thing about growing your own herbs; you know they’re fresh plus they are a lot cheaper than what you pay at the store. Now I just need to figure out how I can grow them year round.
Georges Croegaert (7 October 1848 – 1923) was a Belgian academic painter who spent most of his career in Paris. He is known for his genre paintings of elegant society women and humorous depictions of cardinals executed in a highly realist style.
Possibly looking for a lucrative niche in the market, Croegaert started to paint ‘cardinal paintings’, sometimes also referred to as ‘anti-clerical art’. These paintings depict Roman Catholic cardinals in a sumptuous setting typically engaging in some banal activity. Georges Croegaert was not the only artist in Paris practicing in this genre. Others who made a name in the genre include the Italian Andrea Landini and the Frenchmen Jehan Georges Vibert, Charles Edouard Delort and Marcel Brunery. By depicting cardinals participating in activities such as ‘approving the artist’s nude model’, card games, excessive or sumptuous eating and drinking and indulgent pastimes such as philately and painting, these painters poked fun at the excessive and sometimes debauched lifestyles of the upper echelons of the Catholic clergy. There was clearly a large demand for these paintings as evidenced by the fact that so many artists worked in this genre. The tone of Croegaert’s cardinal paintings was humorous and slightly mocking rather than overtly anti-clerical. Croegaert’s very detailed technique was perfectly suited for this genre as it allowed him to depict the excesses of the cardinals’ lifestyle amid an environment of ornate furnishings, tapestries, glass and silverware rendered in realistic detail. He was particularly accomplished in capturing the vivid reds and purples of the cardinals’ robes and the characterisation and humour in the faces of his somewhat pathetic subjects.
He died in Paris in 1923 after a long and successful career.
The gummy were absolutely mortified that I only had store bought bread for their lunches yesterday. Man, did I get some looks from them because of that. This won’t last long tomorrow when they and Mom & Dad come for Sunday dinner. I’ll have to make some more this week or else I’ll be getting those looks again.