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Pedro Salinas | Non rifiutare i sogni / Don’t reject dreams / No rechaces los sueños

Non rifiutare i sogni in quanto sogni.
Tutti i sogni possono
esser realtà, se il sogno non finisce.

La realtà è un sogno. Se sogniamo
che la pietra è la pietra, quello è la pietra.

A correre nei fiumi non è un’acqua,
ma è un sognare, l’acqua, cristallino.


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Vincent van Gogh | Orchard in Blossom

Vincent van Gogh | Peach Trees in Blossom, April 1888 | Courtauld Gallery, London

This is van Gogh’s last view of a plain outside Arles that he often painted since settling in the south of France in 1888.
He wrote to the painter Paul Signac "everything is small there ... even the mountains, as in certain Japanese landscapes, which is the reason why the subject attracted me".
The snow-capped peak on the right (a deliberate echo of Mount Fuji in Japan) and blossoming trees create a peaceful atmosphere.
But the bent figure at left emphasises this is a man-made landscape. | © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Vincent van Gogh | Peach Trees in Blossom, April 1888 | Courtauld Gallery, London

Questa è l'ultima veduta di van Gogh di una pianura fuori Arles che dipinse spesso da quando si stabilì nel sud della Francia nel 1888.

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Gotthardt Kuehl | Impressionist painter

Gotthardt Kuehl (28 November 1850 - 9 January 1915) was a German painter and a representative of early German Impressionism. He gained wide international recognition during his lifetime.
His father, Simon Kühl, was the Sexton and organist at St. Lorenz Church. He studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts (1867) and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, (1870).
From 1878-1889, he lived in Paris. He also made study trips to Italy and the Netherlands.
In 1888, he married Henriette Simonson-Castelli (1860-1921), daughter of the portrait painter, David Simonson.


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Wenzel Tornøe | Genre painter

Wenzel Ulrik Tornøe (1844-1907) was a Danish genre painter. Tornøe was the son of birch judge Jens Wenzel Tornøe (1792-1866) and Eleonore Jakobine - born Lacoppidan (1797-1872).
From 1861-65, he studied at the Art Academy and debuted in 1865 at Charlottenborg with Uffe the spages duel. 1865 came his A Poor Woman with her Child and Mignon and Harp Player, and since then he has been among the permanent exhibitors.
In 1871 he traveled to Rome, where he painted a quantity of genre pictures, for which he found many buyers so that he could extend his stay in the South over two years.


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Pedro Salinas | Ciò che tu sei.. / Lo que eres.. / What you are..

Ciò che tu sei
mi distrae da ciò che tu dici.

Lanci parole veloci
inghirlandate di risa,
e m’inviti ad andare
dove mi vorranno condurre.


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José Benlliure y Gil | Genre painter

From: Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
José Benlliure was born in Cañamelar, a seaside village in Valencia, on 30 September 1855.
The son of a modest painter and decorator and brother of the sculptor Mariano Benlliure, he studied from a very early age at the San Carlos School of Fine Arts in Valencia and at the private studio of Francisco Domingo Marqués.
In 1872 he applied to the Diputación (provincial council) of Valencia for a travel grant.
Although his application was unsuccessful, he was awarded a sum of money that enabled him to make a study trip to Paris, where he came into contact with the art dealer Goupil. On returning to Valencia, he devoted himself to painting works for the National Exhibitions.


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Lori Putnam, 1962 | Modern Impressionist painter

Modern Impressionism stretches the boundaries with artists painting in styles ranging from near realism to almost abstraction. Putnam’s work is closer to the latter.

Recognized for her expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions, and intelligent use of color, Nashville Tennessee native, Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio.
Having painted and taught in more than 20 different countries (including Ukraine, New Zealand, Guatemala, much of Europe and the UK), she believes that works created from life help her maintain freshness in her studio paintings as well.


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Victor Hugo | "Guai a chi avrà amato solo corpi.."

From: Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862

"Guai a chi avrà amato solo corpi,
forme, apparenze. La morte gli
toglierà tutto. Cercate di amare
le anime. Le ritroverete".

Odd Nerdrum | Bright nights

I miserabili (Les Misérables) è un romanzo storico di Victor Hugo, pubblicato nel 1862 e considerato uno dei più eccelsi romanzi del XIX secolo europeo, fra i più popolari e letti dell'epoca.