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“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: 

Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”
— Keats

How ‘Impression, Sunrise’ by Claude Monet Sparked Impressionism Having left such an important legacy, you may be wondering what could have set such a monumental movement in motion. Unlike most genres, which develop over time, Impressionism is believed to have to started in the 1870s with a single work: Impression, Sunrise, a light and airy landscape painting by none other than Claude Monet.

The Washington Monument Is Transforming Into a Full-Scale Saturn V Rocket for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The Quest to Revive the Bay Area’s Fabled Doggie Diners FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS, NOTHING in the San Francisco Bay Area meant “lunchtime” like the grinning, hulking, 10-foot-tall canine faces that urged passersby to pull over and grab a bite. These were the mascots for the Doggie Diner, a locally iconic chain that boasted more than 20 locations between 1948 and 1986. Today, not a single Doggie Diner remains open, and only one of the giant heads remains in place: on San Francisco’s Sloat Boulevard, near the city’s zoo. San Francisco declared the head a historic landmark in 2005.

The World’s Smoothest-Looking Classic Car: A Looking Back on the 1948 Norman Timbs Buick Streamliner

Heinrich Berann’s panoramic map paintings Heinrich Caesar Berann was a painter and cartographer from the mountainous region of Tyrol, Austria. In the latter part of the 20th century, he was commissioned by the U.S. National Parks Service to create panoramic map paintings of several of our national parks. These are available online as fairly large images on Wikimedia Commons, at resolutions of roughly 3500 x 5000 pixels (about 8 to 10 MB file size).

Home Sweet Treehouse I pass by the house where we once lived. The treehouse is gone, replaced by a manufactured playground system with three swings, a trapeze bar combo, and a wavy slide that leads to a trough of water no more than two inches deep. It is constructed with a heavy-duty resin, covered in primary-color vinyl plastics that promise low maintenance, and is crack, chip, fade, rot, and warp-resistant. All the hard edges are rounded to minimize injury and the corners are covered with soft plastic caps, while the chains have rubber grips to prevent pinching. It is a safe space, without adventure. It is fatherless.

Behold the Artistry of Bonsai Master Masahiko Kimura

The Fascinating History of “Paint by Numbers” Kits Robbin’s first ever Paint-by-Numbers kit was called Abstract No. One—a vibrant, abstract still life that paid homage to the abstract expressionists of the era. Unfortunately, the design wasn’t commercial enough to appeal to the masses, so Robbins, Klein, and a new team of artists started to produce less abstract landscape and portrait hobby kits that proved to be more popular.

Superb Surreal Animal Artworks By Andreas Holgkvist

Street Art Sculptor “Unzips” A Building In Milan For Mind-Bending Art Installation

Glamorous Photos of American Brides in the 1930s ~ 1930s style wedding dresses inspired by the era of Old Hollywood movie star glamour. Sleek silky satin gowns, long beaded dresses, backless bias cut gowns in white, ivory, jewel tones or pastels.

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  • Kevin Dickson July 14, 2019, 8:14 AM

    Lat week……I went to see the Monet exhibit at the Kimbell in Ft. Worth. These paintings were done during his last years after he was going blind. The lavish use of color was incredible. If this exhibit make it anywhere near you….you have to see it.

    My own eyesight is going and I’ve resolved to look at as much art as I can between now and when the lights finally got out.