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1895: Clearing

Paul Ranson: The Clearing or Edge of the Wood (c. 1895)

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1797: Reading a Book

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson: Benoît Agnès Trioson Reading a Book (1797) Born Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy in 1767, Girodet suffered the death of his father in 1784 and his mother in 1787. A close friend of his parents, Dr. Benoît-François … Continue reading

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1876: Versions

Gustave Caillebotte: The Floor Scrapers (1875)   Gustave Caillebotte: The Floor Scrapers (1876)

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1973: Self-Translation

Born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett wrote almost exclusively in French after moving to Paris in 1939. He would then translate his novels and plays into English. He wrote the following sentence in his 1946 short story “Premier amour”: Personnellement je … Continue reading

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1866: Waterspout

Gustave Courbet: The Waterspout (1866)

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1987: Cultural Differences

[In France], F, her husband, and her daughter, who are preparing to leave a party, are standing in the foyer saying goodbye. As she leaves, F has a “minor accident”: while putting on her coat, her hand brushes against a … Continue reading

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1838: Matua Tawai

Alexandre Pierre Marie Dumoutier: plaster cast of Matua Tawai, a New Zealander of Ikanamawi (1838) Moulage sur nature became a powerful freezing and fixation tool used to document a natural and even human hic et nunc status. In the great … Continue reading

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