A Mysterious Encounter with the Moon

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GOYA ~ WITCHES’ SABBATH

Witches’ Sabbath is a 1798 oil on canvas by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya . Goya used the imagery of covens of witches in a number of works, most notably in one of his  Black Paintings, Witches Sabbath or The Great He-Goat(1821–1823) which contains similar sharp political and social overtones. At the time, a bitter struggle raged in Spain between liberals and those in favour of a church and a royalist-lead state Witches’ Sabbath shows the devil in the form of a garlanded goat, surrounded by a coven of disfigured,...

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GOYA ~ WITCHES' SABBATH

Witches’ Sabbath is a 1798 oil on canvas by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya . Goya used the imagery of covens of witches in a number of works, most notably in one of his  Black Paintings, Witches Sabbath or The Great He-Goat(1821–1823) which contains similar sharp political and social overtones. At the time, a bitter struggle raged in Spain between liberals and those in favour of a church and a royalist-lead state Witches’ Sabbath shows the devil in the form of a garlanded goat, surrounded by a coven of disfigured,...

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JORGE LUIS BORGES ~ THE SUM

The silent friendliness of the moon (misquoting Virgil) accompanies you since that one night or evening lost in time now, on which your restless eyes first deciphered her forever in a garden or patio turned to dust. Forever? I know someone, someday will be able to tell you truthfully: ‘You’ll never see the bright moon again, You’ve now achieved the unalterable sum of moments granted you by fate. Useless to open every window in the world. Too late. You’ll not find her.’ We live discovering and forgetting that sweet...

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EDWARD STEICHEN ~ PHOTOGRAPHER OF MYSTERY

EDWARD STEICHEN (b Luxembourg, 27 March 1879; d West Redding, CT, 25 March 1973). American photographer, painter, designer and curator of Luxembourgeois birth. Steichen emigrated to the USA in 1881 and grew up in Hancock, MI, and Milwaukee, WI. His formal schooling ended when he was 15, but he developed an interest in art and photography. He used his self-taught photographic skills in design projects undertaken as an apprentice at a Milwaukee lithography firm. The Pool-evening (1899; New York, MOMA) reflects his early awareness of the Impressionists, especially Claude...

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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE ~ WHO NEEDS A LADDER TO THE MOON?

“Ladder to the Moon” 1958 by Georgia O’Keeffe

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GEORGIA O'KEEFFE ~ WHO NEEDS A LADDER TO THE MOON?

“Ladder to the Moon” 1958 by Georgia O’Keeffe

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ILYA REPIN ~ MOONLIGHT

“Moonlight” by Ilya Repin “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” W. Clement Stone

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ARTHUR RIMBAUD ~ THE MOON

But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.” Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)

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PAUL ALBERT BESNARD ~ THE ECLIPSE

“The Eclipse” by Paul Albert Besnard

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MIKHAIL VRUBEL ~ NIGHT

“Night” 1900 by Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910) Mikhail Vrubel was a versatile artist who excelled in painting, graphics, sculpture, as well as in monumental and applied arts. His name is routinely associated with Russian Symbolism and Art Nouveau and perhaps rightly so. Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubel was born in 1856 in the city of Omsk in Western Siberia to a family of a military lawyer. His mother died when he was not yet three years old and his father remarried four years later. Vrubel’s stepmother was a good pianist and helped...

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