Moody

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Then there was the bad weather. It would come in one day…We would have to shut the windows in the night against the rain and the cold wind would strip the leaves from the trees in the Place Contrescarpe. The leaves lay sodden in the rain and the wind drive the rain against the big green autobus at the terminal…

Hemingway – A Moveable Feast

Always a gamble whether September ushers in the start of 6 months like this, or a glorious burst of summer that runs till mid-October. Either way, I think Hemingway would have approved of this fellow, and I’m in the mood for his short, crunchy sentences.

Portrait of a gipsy, Israel Gonzalez de la Serna, 1925-1930

Glowing

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I saw this late work by Alma-Tadema (better known for his massive classical set pieces) over at Leighton House on a pouring wet day earlier this month. Leighton House itself is pretty stunning, with an “Arab Hall” inspired by Syria and Sicily and an entrance of deep peacock blue tiles, so the perfect setting for Alma-Tadema’s equally lush art.

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Rather nicely, the two artists actually knew each other and Leighton recommended his architect to Alms Tadema, when he bought Tissot’s house in St John’s Wood and decided to remodel it to include extra studios for his wife and each of his daughters. This exhibition’s well worth a trip, especially for the films showing how Alma Tadema’s art has influenced film depictions of Ancient Rome, and for a reconstruction of the “panel room”, where artistic visitors were asked to paint a contribution before leaving.

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photos of Leighton House from my visit.