Tag Archives: Russia

1947: Iridescence

Andrey Avinoff: Iridescence (1925-1947) The entomologist Andrey Avinoff emigrated from Russia to the USA after the revolution and worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for 20 years, eventually becoming its director. He turned to painting only later in … Continue reading

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1900: Exploding Ship

Ivan Aivazovsky: Exploding Ship (1900). The painting is unfinished; Aivazovsky was painting it the day he died.

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1930: Plant

Aleksander Vasilievich Kuprin: G. I. Petrovsky Metallurgy Plant, Dnepropetrovsk (1930)

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1964: Oh, My Mangled Head!

In his book Alice in Many Tongues (1964), Warren Weaver spends the last chapter using a curious method to evaluate various translations of Alice in Wonderland. He takes the same passage from each translation—a portion of the Mad Tea-Party—and asks … Continue reading

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1922: Landscape

Konstantin Bogaevsky: Landscape with Lake (1922)

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1792: The Chevalier d’Éon

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont—known more simply as the Chevalier d’Éon—was a French soldier, diplomat, and spy who settled in London, living from 1762-1777 as a man and from 1786-1810 as a woman. Born to a poor noble family in Burgundy … Continue reading

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1899: Lake

Isaak Levitan: The Lake, Eventide (1899)

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