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Other Stuff [Dec. 17th, 2009|11:36 am]
Tony Grist

1. We had dinner yesterday with the pensioners club the in-laws help run. One of the group had recommended a town centre Italian restaurant that was doing a Christmas menu. Oh dear! The food had all been bought in ready-prepared- probably from somewhere like Costco- and the service, though friendly, was grindingly slow. There is very little pleasure in sitting on a hard chair for two hours waiting for pap to appear.  I'm in a charitable mood and willing to believe the restaurant does a nifty pizza- and was flying way beyond its comfort zone with turkey and sprouts- but I've no intention of ever going back there to find out.  I felt a little embarrassed for the management- and sorry for the old folk whose big Christmas outing they were fucking up.  

2. The heavyweight cake is edible- very moist- and its replacement- topped with frosting and walnuts has been delivered.

3. I'm enjoying Andrew Graham Dixon's series on Russian art. It turns out we Westerners have been overlooking some very interesting 19th century Russian painters. Mikhail Vrubel, for instance. Here's his picture of Pan.  

File:Vrubel pan.jpg



[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-12-17 07:30 pm (UTC)
It turns out we Westerners have been overlooking some very interesting 19th century Russian painters. Mikhail Vrubel, for instance. Here's his picture of Pan.

Yes. I can't remember how I discovered him—I think the internet was involved—but I was amazed. He was like a mosaicist working in paint.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-17 10:51 pm (UTC)
That's right. Apparently he started out as an icon painter- and may well have worked in mosaic too.
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From: algabal
2009-12-17 11:39 pm (UTC)
The whole Symbolist movement in Eastern Europe needs to be more closely examined. I'd love a book on Vrubel.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-18 10:26 am (UTC)
The received view of 19th century art is relentlessly Francocentric. It's time we took a much broader view of things.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-12-19 05:06 am (UTC)
That is an amazing painting of the Great God Pan. The artist really captured the feel of him. Thanks for sharing it.
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