Saturday, May 22, 2010

Going to the Paris Flea Market with Mary Cassatt? Bring Along Sherlock Holmes!


- Interiors: Le flea, c'est chic – the joys of Parisian markets: "An effortlessly stylish French family home that's dotted with antique finds, plus an insider's guide to Parisian vintage markets..." read more here

- Bill Bryson: The secret life of your home: "Ever wondered why forks have four prongs? Or why we choose salt and pepper over other spices? For his new book, Bill Bryson took a trip around his own house to find out why we live the way we do..." find out here!


May 22, 1844: Mary Cassatt, American artist, was born. "Cassatt lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Her popular reputation is based on an extensive series of rigorously drawn, tenderly observed, yet largely unsentimental paintings and prints on the theme of the mother and child. Some of these works depict her own relatives, friends, or clients, although in her later years she generally used professional models in compositions that are often reminiscent of Italian Renaissance depictions of the Madonna and Child. After 1900, she concentrated almost exclusively on mother-and-child subjects."

May 22, 1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British physician and writer, was born. "Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction."

May 22, 1907: Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen actor, was born. "Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was an English actor, director, and producer. He was one of the most famous and revered British actors of the 20th century, along with his contemporaries Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir Ralph Richardson. He married Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh and Joan Plowright. Olivier played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and Restoration comedy to modern American and British drama. He was the first artistic director of the National Theatre of Great Britain and its main stage is named in his honour. He is generally regarded to be the greatest actor of the 20th century, in the same category as David Garrick, Richard Burbage, Edmund Kean and Henry Irving in their own centuries."


“Encyclopaedia of New Orleans Artists 1718-1918”

Edited by John A. Nahe & Rosanne McCaffrey.
Published by the Historic New Orleans Collection in 1987.

“A comprehensive reference work, an inclusive listing of all artists active in New Orleans during a two-hundred-year time period. Biographical and professional data on over 2,700 artists and art organizations both major and minor, associated with New Orleans.”


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