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René Magritte

René Magritte
René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism. His work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. Early life[edit] Career[edit] Magritte's earliest paintings, which date from about 1915, were Impressionistic in style.[2] From 1916 to 1918, he studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, under Constant Montald, but found the instruction uninspiring. In 1922, Magritte married Georgette Berger, whom he had met as a child in 1913.[1] From December 1920 until September 1921, Magritte served in the Belgian infantry in the Flemish town of Beverlo near Leopoldsburg. Galerie 'Le Centaure' closed at the end of 1929, ending Magritte's contract income. During the German occupation of Belgium in World War II he remained in Brussels, which led to a break with Breton. Magritte Museum[edit] Related:  People 2Wikipedia A

ReMeDiOs VaRo - Mystical Surrealism undefined Biography This unique and sacred creature was born in Spain in 1908. Remedios always struggled to combine the mythic with the scientific, the sacred with the profane. Her parents were a big influence in her life; they were always teaching her moral aspects and the mechanics of life. Remedios decided to evade the civil war that was going on in Spain and moved instead to Paris where the art movements were in vogue. In Europe she was influenced by the surrealist movement and the metaphysics studies. Her characters are mystical and solitary; most of the times involved in scientifical activities. Diverse characters emerge in her painting with unusual attitudes: contemplative, passive, highly symbolic; reflection of the instability which can be overcome or changed. Unfortunately, in the fall of 1963 she died from excessive tension and an addiction to cigarretes. reference: The Art of Remedios Varo, Interactive CD. "Nacer de Nuevo", canvas (80 x 47cm.), 1960 "Retrato del Dr. Links

Sonia Delaunay Her work in modern design included the concepts of geometric abstraction, the integration of furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, and clothing. Biography[edit] Early life (1885-1904)[edit] Sarah Ilinitchna Stern was probably born on 14 November 1885 in Gradizhsk, then in the Russian Empire, today in Poltava Oblast in Ukraine.[2] Her father was foreman of a nail factory.[3] At a young age she moved to St. Paris (1905-1910)[edit] When she arrived in Paris she enrolled at the Académie de La Palette in Montparnasse. Comtesse de Rose, mother of Robert Delaunay, was a regular visitor to Uhde's gallery, sometimes accompanied by her son. Sonia said about Robert: "In Robert Delaunay I found a poet. Orphism (1911-1913)[edit] In 1911, Sonia made a patchwork quilt for Charles's crib, which is now in the collection of the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris. Spanish and Portuguese years (1914-1920)[edit] The Delaunays travelled to Spain in 1914, staying with friends in Madrid. Legacy[edit] Sources

1948 Palestine war The 1948 Palestine war, known in Arabic as al-Nakba (النكبة, "The Catastrophe") and in Hebrew as the Milkhemet Ha'atzma'ut (מלחמת העצמאות, "War of Independence") or Milkhemet Hashikhrur (מלחמת השחרור "War of Liberation"), refers to the war that occurred in the former Mandatory Palestine during the period between the United Nations vote on the partition plan on November 30, 1947,[8] and the official end of the first Arab-Israeli war on July 20, 1949.[9] Historians divide the war into two phases:[10][11] The 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine (sometimes called an "intercommunal war")[12] in which the Jewish and Arab communities of Palestine, supported by the Arab Liberation Army, clashed, while the region was still fully under British rule.The 1948 Arab–Israeli War after 15 May 1948, marking the end of the British Mandate and the birth of Israel, in which Transjordan, Egypt, Syria and Iraq intervened and sent expeditionary forces that fought the Israeli army. Background[edit]

Ralph Steadman Ralph Steadman (born 15 May 1936) is a British cartoonist best known for his work with American author Hunter S. Thompson.[1] Personal life[edit] Steadman currently lives with his wife in Kent, England. Career[edit] Steadman is renowned for his political and social caricatures, cartoons and picture books. Steadman had a long partnership with the American journalist Hunter S. As well as writing and illustrating his own books and Thompson's, Steadman has worked with writers including Ted Hughes, Adrian Mitchell and Brian Patten, and also illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Animal Farm, the English translation of Flann O'Brien's Gaelic-language classic The Poor Mouth, and most recently, Fahrenheit 451. Among the British public, Steadman is well known for his illustrations for the catalogues of the off-licence chain Oddbins and he designed a set of four British postage stamps to commemorate the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1985. Partial bibliography[edit]

Zeljko Tonsic Željko Tonšić is born in Zemun (Serbia) on 7th july 1954. His works are wide-spread through whole Europe. The critics call him one of the best painters of Fantastic or Symbolism. Long, sometimes long-stending process of creating a chef d'oeuvre, are reflected on his striving to perfection. His paintings help you to fall in love again. Bridget Riley For the boxer, see Bridgett Riley. Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (born 24 April 1931 in Norwood, London) is an English painter who is one of the foremost exponents of Op art.[1] She currently lives and works in London, Cornwall, and France.[2] Early life and education[edit] Riley was born in London in 1931. Her father, John Fisher Riley, originally from Yorkshire, was a printer, as his own father had been. Between 1956 and 1958 she nursed her father, after he was involved in a serious car crash, and herself suffered a breakdown. Her early work was figurative with a semi-impressionist style. Early in her career, Riley worked as an art teacher from 1957-58 at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Harrow (now known as Sacred Heart Language College). In 1961, with partner Peter Sedgley, she visited the Vaucluse plateau in the South of France, and acquired a derelict farm which would eventually be transformed into a studio. Work[edit] Cataract 3, 1967, PVA on canvas Shadow Play, 1990, oil on canvas

Balfour Declaration The Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild (Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild), a leader of the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.[1] Background[edit] World War I[edit] In 1914, war broke out in Europe between the Triple Entente (Britain, France and the Russian Empire) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary and later that year, the Ottoman Empire). Zionism[edit] "Mr. Sykes–Picot Agreement[edit]

Pablo Picasso Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are regarded as the three artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.[4][5][6][7] Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His work is often categorised into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). Early life Pablo Picasso and his sister Lola, c.1889 Picasso showed a passion and a skill for drawing from an early age. Fame

OKSANA CHAUS Brace Yourself! These Optical Illusions Will Floor You! | OOZ & OZ The latest sensation in interior design is trippy floor covering! Every floor you’re seeing is 100% code flat! From the seismic shift carpet on the left, spotted in a Paris video game store, to the gentle waves in the new ballroom of the Marriott Solana in Southlake, Texas – it’s clever 2-D patterning that makes them look 3-D. And if a garden meditation spot is a bit too serene for your taste, the other extreme is this backyard deck designed by Berkeley-based architect Thom Faulders – commissioned by Apple exec and art collector Jeff Dauber, who “wanted someone to barf when they look at it.” These are definitely not recommended for Tai Chi studios or senior citizen housing!

David Ben-Gurion David Ben-Gurion ( pronunciation ; Hebrew: דָּוִד בֶּן-גּוּרִיּוֹן‎, born David Grün; (16 October 1886 – 1 December 1973) was the primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Ben-Gurion's passion for Zionism, which began early in life, led him to become a major Zionist leader and Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization in 1946.[6] As head of the Jewish Agency, and later president of the Jewish Agency Executive, he became the de facto leader of the Jewish community in Palestine, and largely led its struggle for an independent Jewish state in Palestine. On 14 May 1948, he formally proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel, and was the first to sign the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which he had helped to write. Ben-Gurion led Israel during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and united the various Jewish militias into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Subsequently, he became known as "Israel's founding father".[7] Biography[edit] Zionist leadership[edit]

Salvador Dalí Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí (/ˈdɑːli/;[1] Catalan: [səɫβəˈðo ðəˈɫi]), was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter and sculptor born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters.[2][3] His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes"[4] to an "Arab lineage", claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors. Dalí was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. Biography[edit]

Chor Boogie The Kai Table Hides a Bevy of Secret Compartments to Stash Your Stuff With a bevy of hidden compartments that you can stash your stuff in, the Kai table is an urban apartment dweller’s dream. Built by Naoki Hirakoso and Takamitsu Kitahara, the coffee table is made of wood and has a deceptively smooth surface that those in the know can nudge, lift or slide to access the treasures (or mundane items) stored within. + Kai Table Via Make via Dornob Photos: Takumi Ota