Friday 21 November 2014

Thursday 20th November - Biography

We went to a talk on Thursday night; Montmatre 1900 - 1910. It was a surprising sort of thing for us to go to, in a surprising sort a venue; a local pub has a Culture Club that meets once a month.
I have no particular interest in Monmatre, or Picasso, or Braque, and wouldn't have chosen to go, but it was interesting for all sorts of reasons. Like how rural it was.

The Moulin de la Galette, painted byVincent Van Gogh in 1887. (Carnegie Museum of Art).
 And how it became a shanty town like the slums in many a modern South American or Asian city.

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A little detail about writing biographies caught my attention; how hard it is to write about people who are close friends and see each other every day, because their interactions are all verbal, face-to-face, and there is no written record (unless they write it all down in a diary, I suppose).

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