marshtide: (Default)
[personal profile] marshtide
1. Today I had my first morning with SFI. It went well. What else to say? A basic sort of beginning & all stuff I already knew, but this is the introductory month.

2. At the weekend [personal profile] valborg and I went with family to the National Museum in Stockholm, theoretically to look at an exhibition of paintings by Rubens & Van Dyck. We wandered off quite fast, in a combination of not being that impressed with Rubens generally and also everyone in the museum trying to stand in the same room. Poking around in a slightly aimless way, we came across one painting that we both really liked, which was a portrait of Jeanna Bauck, a Swedish artist, by Bertha Wegmann, a Danish one. The portrait seemed really expressive, somehow. I can't find much about either of them, but I'm really interested now. I guess that's yet another quest - as if I didn't have enough already!

The artist Jeanna Bauck, painted by Bertha Wegmann in 1881

(Will remain mildly irritated at the museum for a while for having postcards/posters/prints of almost every painting in the area we found that one in except for that one itself.)

3. Virginia Woolf's diary! She really is an alarming woman. Of course I don't think that's a bad thing, although she does hold some unfortunate views sometimes too - but what is one to do? Admit they're unfortunate and move on (it's not as though one didn't know about them at the outset). She has an awful lot to say that I feel quite comfortable with too though & we are at present at the tail end of 1917 so expecting an outlook fully suited to modern sensibilities would be quite unfair.

I'm just emerging from a section of diary through the late summer & early autumn of that year in which she mostly talks about nature, in a way which makes one almost suspicious as to what else is going on in there - but it's the way I might record thoughts if things were going either very well so I didn't have much to complain about or very badly so I didn't want to think about it, so it could mean anything.

4. Where do all the library books come from? One would think I lived with a librarian or something. Goodness.

Date: 2010-05-19 03:37 pm (UTC)
branchandroot: oak against sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] branchandroot
*grins* Yeah, every now and then you have to wonder about the way Woolf covers the weather. I mean, obviously she was all about the "write every day and write about the weather if nothing else occurs" but there are definite periods when the countryside gets far more exalted than I really think the Sussex downs deserve.

Date: 2010-05-19 03:42 pm (UTC)
geeksdoitbetter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] geeksdoitbetter
"expecting an outlook fully suited to modern sensibilities"

ah, see - i'd never reflect modern sensibilities in my diary. that's what they're for - being less than correct (we sometimes call this: honest)

Date: 2010-05-19 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] clopen
There's something about the expression on her face that's fascinating. And I do so love the light in her hair.

Date: 2010-05-19 05:47 pm (UTC)
unnique: (Default)
From: [personal profile] unnique
D: How can you not like Rubens?!


And damn you for even mentioning him, for now I long to go back to the Prado museum and its wonderful wonders of colour. ;;;;

Date: 2010-05-20 09:21 am (UTC)
unnique: (Default)
From: [personal profile] unnique
So you can perv on naked ladies, but dudes aren't allowed to? *makes a note* ;)

Nah, I like Rubens, but my number one favourite is one I found in the Prado museum in Madrid: Velazques. His paintings are fabulous~! And he's also the grand master of perspective and liveliness and whatnot, but the fabulous~! is what got me. XD;

Hege fell head over heels in lust with his budoir painting of Mars when we were there. Something about the helmet and the moustache. Unfortunately (or luckily for her hubby), we couldn't find a poster version of it in the museum shop. XD;

Personally, I'm very fond of his battle nun. 8)

Date: 2010-05-20 10:58 am (UTC)
unnique: (Default)
From: [personal profile] unnique
You better believe it, sister! That nun KNOWS if you've been naughty, and she will act accordingly. For great justice. :D


marshtide: (Default)

December 2012

30 31     

Style Credit

Page generated Sep. 20th, 2017 06:22 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags

Most Popular Tags