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Prayers to the departed
impressed on skinny white flags;
The sun takes down the messages
one by one, to be carried by
the wind who scatters them.
On to the hungry land, where
lives have been waiting to come forth.

Old Prints from China

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王樹村編著,《楊柳青墨線年畫》, 頁40。 出版日期:1980年06月第1版

I’m studying popular prints of China and came across this rather refreshing one that does not copy from old styles. Instead of using fables as subject matter and character names as the title, this new style of prints is very straightforward about the content – a moral teaching on the ‘disadvantages’ of lying.

Picasso’s Vision of Women

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This exquisite bronze model of Jacqueline Roque (?) by Picasso exemplifies the ingenuity of the artist. She’s like a goddess, with its lightness, its grace and the elegant contour of her head seen from every angle.

Read this (marketing) blog on Picasso’s Many Talents, whose multifaceted talents seem to speak to this photo

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I was strolling around Liulichang in Beijing in search of art supply and books, and this ink painting of Putin caught my attention. It’s an artist’s advertisement for his portraits. Above it the banner is promoting the house’s ink brushes.