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Geese 1: Farmyards and wetlands
Described in a masterful understatement as being “among the most aggressive of all poultry”, geese can be fearsome birds. They were first domesticated in Europe several millenia ago, and since then have provided meat, eggs, fat and their downy feathers to keep people fed, greased and warm. This weekend... Read more
Surprise, surprise: Paintings with a twist 3
In the second article of this series, I looked at the depiction of surprise in narrative painting during the nineteenth century, when it seems to have flourished. Even relatively minor narrative artists painted some fine examples. Félix-Henri Giacomotti (1828-1909), Forbidden Literature (1886), oil on canvas, 53 x 75 cm,... Read more