Archive for Month: July 2016

John Everett Millais: Ophelia

The painters take really looked like this: Ophelia was not singing while she was drowning. She was just serene in the midst of all the marsh muck.

Elisabeth Taylor

Elisabeth Taylor’s close-up in one of her early movies as a grown-up: The Father of the Bride. Batterfield 8.

Eduard Manet, Argenteuil, les canotiers

The little village of Argenteuil by the Seine, easily reached from Paris by train, was a favourite of the Impressionists. They painted scenes of the changing outdoors and of  people in that relaxing ambiance.   The couple on the painting does not look happy and relaxed. Each of them seems […]

Madame Bovary

Dr Bovary on  his way to see a patient.His wife, Emma, was “educated” on schmaltz. She refused to accept that reality cannot even approach her romantic expectations of life. The end had to be tragic.