Saw this during the plane’s ascent over Ft. Lauderdale. Look at the stark contrast between the city and what I guess is the glades. The new filter edit options are cool, by the way. #manvsnature #vacay #leakycon #birdseyeview
Those of you who have been here a while know that my favourite book is Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Quite a few people on the ‘Weird Things…’ Facebook page were asking to see photos of my Alice collection. So here are some of them, below.
Through the Looking Glass -…
Wow, I didn’t know Yayoi Kusama illustrated an Alice in Wonderland book. She really, really, really, likes dots.
Here’s a fun fact: did you know that she voluntarily admitted herself into a psychiatric hospital and has lived there for over 40 years? She is also still active in the art community.
Heeeey so fun fact: the woman in that painting is Lavoisier’s wife, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, who not only acted as Lavoisier’s lab assistant but also translated English and Latin texts into French so he could read them. But she didn’t just translate, she pointed out errors in the chemistry in some of the texts. Her observations of these errors convinced Lavoisier to study combustion, which led to his discovery of oxygen. She was also critical to the publication of Lavoisier’s Elementary Treatise on Chemistry in 1789. She kept strict records of every experiment they conducted together and drew detailed diagrams of all their equipment. She also threw amazing parties and invited all the brightest minds in science so her husband could pick their brains. After Lavoisier was guillotined she secured all of his notebooks and equipment for posterity.
In short: NOBODY KICKS MADAME LAVOISIER OUT OF THE LAB.
Also, a side note: My historian husband-to-be pointed some things out to me about this painting. Notice that Madame Lavoisier is looking at the viewer, and all the light is on her, while Lavoisier himself is physically smaller than her, in shadow, and looking up to her in reverence. This isn’t a candid photograph- all of these choices are deliberate. The painting isn’t of Lavoisier- Madame Lavoisier is meant to be the central subject.
I can just imagine Lavoisier telling all his colleagues that his wife is really the one with all the clever ideas, and them patting him on the back and telling him he’s sweet for saying so.
Rebloggin’ for the fantastic commentary and the edit :)
This might have been in one of the tags and I missed it, but fyi this portrait is called Portrait of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and his wifeby Jacques-Louis David (1788).
They were good friends to David before the Reign of Terror and they represented to him what the new Enlightenment and rational thinking couple could achieve in this new era beyond what was the norm of the Ancien Régime.