“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” ― Pablo Picasso

Fable For Grown-ups – The Little Prince

This video contains all illustrations from the book except one in the order in which they appear.

It has been a few months since I gave a first thought about commenting on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I have been hesitant because there have already been a lot of writings done about this book. However, I did not want to give up on such a beautiful tale that was part of my childhood. Because the story can be understood on many levels, each author’s point of view is different. (more…)

They’re Still Doors [Thursday Doors]

How would you like to live in a house whose windows you were unable to open and the only way to enter the house was through the door at the second floor? And it seems it may have some problems with the pipes. As you probably guessed it was a make believe scenario that I came up with when I first saw this arrangement. (more…)

Lust For Life [Van Gogh book and movie]

Vincent van Gogh’s struggle with madness during his short life of 37 years did not stop his strong desire to paint. Painting was his best way to express his feelings, emotions, and personal perception of reality. He said: “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” Even though he was not given too much attention as an artist while he was alive he worked extremely hard to improve his technique. He was convinced that he could paint despite his lack of success in selling his paintings. He said: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  (more…)

There Were Others Before Matisse [The Romanian Blouse]

Romanians were very proud when Yves Saint Lauren used a Matisse painting motif in a modern ensemble at his fashion show in 1981. The very well known 20th Century French painter became interested in the Romanian blouse or ‘ia’ when one of his friends, a Romanian painter, introduced him to the Romanian folklore. He painted La Blouse Romaine or The Romanian Blouse in 1940 and represented this motif in other paintings. He actually became obsessed with this blouse and created several drawings when he got ill and was unable to paint as well as he had done before.  (more…)

One Summer Day in the Country [Nicolae Vermont, Romanian painter]

Romania’s countryside has been an inspiration to writers, poets, musicians, painters, and other artists predominantly in the past two centuries. Any traveler visiting Romania today can’t wait to get a taste of it. Instead of relying on modern photography and/or film to share some of the country’s rustic life, I thought that it would be more interesting to find out how it looked thorough the eyes of a painter. That was when I learned about Nicolae Vermont.

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Discovering Russian Tales

I remember when I was a kid, my dad used to buy us books on his salary day. My mom was getting upset with him because instead of buying food or something we needed for the day-to-day life he was spending money on books. We read because we wanted to learn. We considered reading part of anybody’s personal education.

The word went around fast when someone found a good book. We were borrowing books from each other and then discussed them. I actually had my own small library in my room. I learned how to be very selective about the titles I was collecting. I still collect books.

I was in 7th grade when one of my classmates brought to school a beautifully illustrated book with Russian folk tales.

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