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|Definition:||(noun) A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.|
Of all her idiosyncrasies, I find her tendency to dance while cooking the most charming
|Though Racine bore substantial criticism from his contemporaries, he is now considered one of France's "big three" 17th-century dramatists, along with Corneille and Molière. Racine's tragedies are a prime example of French classicism, and his Alexandrine verse is considered exceptional in its harmony, simplicity, and elegance. His Andromaque, about the tragic folly of passionate love, earned him recognition as France's leading tragic dramatist.|
The 3,100 some McDonald's restaurants in Japan have begun offering only the small size of French fries in an emergency step to avoid the possibility of completely running out of fries at some locations before the end of the year. The shortage of French fries is due to delays in the shipping of frozen fries from ports on the West coast of the US. A number of factors have led to the delays, including a lengthy labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping terminals. A representative of McDonald's Japan said restaurants will not limit the amount of orders of small fries a customer can purchase
1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray, of his wife's hand.
1956 - Colo, the first gorilla to be born in captivity, was born at the Columbus, Ohio zoo.
1981 - A rock 'n' roll auction in London brought in $2,000 for a letter of introduction from Buddy Holly to Decca Records. John and Cynthia Lennon’s marriage certificate was sold for $850 and an autographed program from the world premiere of the Beatles film "Help!" brought in $2,100.
1990 - Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland's first popularly elected president.
A road sign for the village of Schneeberg, translated as Snow Mountain, is covered with ice after freezing fog and rain hit the region in northern Austria
knit (no pic available), Claire’s caplet from “Outlander”
'hello' in Cantonese: So san, lei ho
Suprematist Composition, 1916 by Kazimir Malevich
During the closing ceremonies of the Olympics in Sochi, reference was made to Ukrainian artist Kazimir Malevich, but not much else was said about him. He is one of the most important artists of the 20th century, less famous than Picasso, but no less important. This is considered to be one of the most important pieces of 20th century art and in his treatise of 1916 Malevich explained that he wanted to concentrate on color and texture and to move beyond traditional representation.
Gone by Isabella Kirkland, 2004.
Influenced by the exacting reality of the Dutch Still-life, artist Isabella Kirkland studies the plants and animals she depicts in her detailed artwork. In Gone, she shows us species lost to man's expansion through colonization by both hunting and our tendency toward being oblivious to everything but ourselves.
This piece is not very big, but I just love the little girl. She seems so proud to be wearing that "grown-up" scarf. Vuillard was interested in color and he and other like-minded art students (Pierre Bonnard was one) were influenced by Paul Gauguin's use of color and Symbolism and belonged to a group called Les Nabis.
Meissen Figure Group, artist Johann JoachimKändler, c. 1745-50,
Meissen porcelain was named after the town where porcelain began to be manufactured in 1710. The key to the success of these European porcelain makers, was that they had managed to replicate the hard-paste porcelain techniques that the Chinese had developed and kept secret for centuries. Most people associate Meissen with highly decorative figurines like the one above, but all different types of ceramic goods were manufactured in the area.
Long's work was often controversial because of the subject matter he chose to portray in his languid art nouveau style. He was fond of nudes and tranquil scenes. He often chose flamingos as a subject matter and this is perhaps his most stylistic version of the subject matter, where colors and curves become the focus rather than a realistic portrayal. After 1918 he concentrated on print making translating many of his most popular paintings into prints.
The Poisoned Cup (aka "Carrying a Peacock") by John Dawson-Watson, 1869
John Dawson-Watson was a British Impressionist whose early work seems very similar to John Everett Millais of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood fame. The rich colors and attention to detail found in this work becomes looser and more pastel after he studies Impressionism at Monet's home in Giverny.