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ART: Surreal Sculptures by Bruno Catalano

French sculptor Bruno Catalano works in bronze sculpture, with a reoccuring motif. His figures are always lacking mid sections, and seem to be eerily suspended in mid air. 

Each of his sculptures feature somebody with a suitcase in hand, usually with an introspective or uncertain expression.

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Broken Things by Livia Marin.

I find work like this fascinating because it makes us see an act of destruction as the exact opposite: one of creation.  When we view the objects our first thought might be that we are looking at something broken. What was created to be used as a tea cup can no longer be used as a tea cup.  However, when we remove the factor of functionality and focus entirely on aesthetics, the act of destruction has created something beautiful.


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Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Henry VIII, 1540


Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Henry VIII, 1540

Claude Monet - The Saint-Lazare Station, 1877

In 1877, settling in the Nouvelle Athènes area, Claude Monet asked for permission to work in the Gare Saint-Lazare that marked its boundary on one side. Indeed, this was an ideal setting for someone who sought the changing effects of light, movement, clouds of steam and a radically modern motif. From there followed a series of paintings with different viewpoints including views of the vast hall. In spite of the apparent geometry of the metallic frame, what prevails here is really the effects of colour and light rather than a concern for describing machines or travellers in detail. Certain zones, true pieces of pure painting, achieve an almost abstract vision. 

“You can hear the trains rumbling in, see the smoke billow up under the huge roofs….That is where painting is today….Our artists have to find the poetry in train stations, the way their fathers found the poetry in forests and rivers” - Emile Zola about Monet’s paintings.

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