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“La vie est belle”

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“Sheep in the springtime”
(Scottish blackface)
Oil, paint, on, canvas, 50x60cm. Pierre van Dijk, 

The Scottish Blackface is one of the most common breeds in England. Currently there are about 3 million ewes in Great Britain and that is 16% of the total sheep population, which in England consists of many breeds! The Scottish Blackface is a very strong breed, which can survive well in the rugged Scottish mountains..........

Delacroix at the Louvre - 2018

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Is this the most important exhibition of 2018? Take a look at the impressive retrospective of Delacroix at the Louvre
The show contains some of the painter's most famous and most outrageous works.



 "The genius of Delacroix is ​​not debatable, it is not demonstrable, it is something that you feel," wrote the French writer Alexandre Dumas.

Prince Albert of Monaco warns

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Prince Albert of Monaco warns of 'irreversible tragedies' against the oceans of the world with up to 500 'dead zones'








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Urgent action is needed to prevent "irreversible tragedies" in the world's oceans due to plastic pollution and climate change. Prince Albert II of Monaco said at a large conference that there are already 500 "dead zones".

The Prince told the meeting of academics, senior officials and ministers in Edinburgh that the threats facing the oceans are becoming 'increasingly alarming' and that people have to stop believing that it is possible to do 'everything and anything' in them 'without effects'.



His open warning was repeated by Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy to the Ocean, who compared the situation with all the historic architecture in the capital of Scotland that was swept away by a massive earthquake.

He said the world's oceans were in "deep, deep problems" and …

Impressionist painter Claude Monet

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This is unique film of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926), painting outdoors, 'en plein air', in his garden at Giverny.




The footage is in two segments. Firstly we see the artist outdoors talking to a gentleman. Then we see Monet painting a water lily-padded pond, a subject for which he is most famed.

Kind regards; Atelier - Maison - Pierre


Winston Churchill Made Paintings

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When He Was not Making History, Winston Churchill Made Paintings

At the age of 40, Sir Winston Churchill found himself at a career low: After the World War I attack he ordered Gallipoli, Turkey, got horrifically awry, he was demoted from his role as Lord of the Admiralty in May 1915. He resigned from his government post and became an officer in the army. Deflated or power and consumed with anxiety, he took up an unexpected new hobby: painting.




"Painting came to my rescue in a most trying time," Churchill would write later in the 1920s, in essays that would turn into a small book, Painting as a Pastime.

from Tina Turner to Amy Winehouse

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Photos that capture the legacy of the soul, from Tina Turner to Amy Winehouse.

At the end of the fifties and the beginning of the sixties, soul-black music emerged with elements of R & B, gospel and blues in the south of the United States and later in Detroit, where pop-infused Motown hits and Chicago in their had a grip. Although male artists such as James Brown were in favor of the soul for the first time, women became a driving force in the genre, when legends such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin were central.




Soul music became a powerful tool for tackling social and political issues, such as civil rights and the Vietnam War, which also involved white soul singers like Dusty Springfield and Janis Joplin.