Spanish artist and illustrator Lola Dupre has an on-going series of ‘exploding’ portraits of film and pop culture icons created with paper and glue.
Dupre cuts each portrait into small triangular pieces and carefully arranges them to form a collage. The shards spread out from a focal point, creating a visually arresting exploding effect.
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Some days ago. Boechout, a little village near Antwerp (Belgium)
The way Obama is depicted before the Martin Luther King monument corresponds to 'Pandora's Box', the painting of the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte.
'I am all the African chiefs who have sold their continent to the white men' … Samuel Fosso's self-portrait as an African chief
4 February 2014 - David Hockney prints exhibition opens spanning 60 years of artist's work - Dulwich Picture Gallery opens first show devoted to Hockney prints, ranging from self portrait with Gandhi to gay love scenes
'These, then, are the qualities of my ideal diplomatist. Truth, accuracy, calm, patience, good temper, modesty and loyalty. They are also the qualities of an ideal diplomacy. But, the reader may object, you have forgotten intelligence, knowledge, discernment, prudence, hospitality, charm, industry, courage and even tact. I have not forgotten them. I have taken them for granted.' Sir Harold George Nicolson, Diplomacy (1939)
Photo: Bertrand Russell, Harold Nicolson (the chairman) and Lord Samuel at the London Forum, a weekly discussion programme in the BBC General Overseas Service, 1951.
The Portrait of the Artist without Beard is a self portrait made by Vincent Van Gogh. It was created in 1889.
This is the only portrait where the artist was without beard. The picture was painted by Van Gogh during his stay in the hospital in San Remy. The artist painted a self-portrait without beard just after having been shaved. He wanted to send a picture to his mother Anna Cornelia Karbentus as a gift for her 70th birthday. Van Gogh could not personally be present at the party and so he wanted to send a picture instead, thereby convincing the mother that he was all right. The author looks younger than his years. It should be noted that during this period Van Gogh made two self-portraits. During his lifetime, the artist created thirty-six self-portraits. In each picture the author paid special attention to emotions: excitement, tranquility and meditation. He tried to find answers to his questions by means of his imagination.
How beautiful the season is now – How fine the air. A temperate sharpness about it. Really, without joking, chaste weather – Dian skies – I never lik'd stubble fields so much as now – Aye better than the chilly green of spring. Somehow a stubble plain looks warm – in the same way that some pictures look warm – this struck me so much in my Sunday's walk that I composed upon it.
John Keats in a letter to his friend J.H. Reynolds.
Keats wrote "To Autumn" on September 19, 1819, at the height of his skill. He had just returned from a stroll near the town of Winchester in Hampshire, England.
Vivien Leigh was born 100 years ago, on 5 November 1913.