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is it or is it not?

I am no curator of art , though a sometime practitioner and an interested amateur, but my guess is this is not a Van Gogh ! I have looked at a lot of his work including in the Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading

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realism in art

As the blurb says it’s a demonstration of realism in art. Chinese too, which I have in recent years, to be largely ‘hysterical’ – that is, in the original meaning of the term.  Perhaps realism too is relative, subject to … Continue reading

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humanity…

Humanity in one of its many manifestations.  Western eyes would typically see these people as inextricably alien and they would look at us similarly, or even more so. The peaceful integration of all of us on the planet has certainly … Continue reading

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australia on top

Odd image.  We rarely think of ourselves like this – except perhaps in sport but not geo-phyically. It’s just as logical though.  Just shows us how the world is conceived arbitrarily.  I’m trying upload a photo of human faces, weirdly … Continue reading

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somewhere in china

Maybe this  is an idealised view of a back lane in China – somewhere, anywhere, but not no-where and, it is humble but beautiful.  Look at that pot and that door! What a colour ! Only time can make a … Continue reading

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china idealized

Yuanmingsishi jing tuyong – Forty Views of Yuanmingyuan.  The Chinese always name things in full describing the multitude of characteristics of an item or an action, or a person..  I asked a Chinese friend once who has lived in Australia … Continue reading

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mandarin

An old Chinese portrait we found way out in eastern China. I’d like to keep it ! If we don’t sell it in due course I will ! Somethings are worth more than the money someone may pay you. Being … Continue reading

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a beach at night

Cottesloe Beach at night… stunning dark sky and the ripple of the water against the whitest beach sand in the world.  The beach is deep in the Australian psych.  Trouble is now there are lots more sharks it seems or … Continue reading

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harmony in the middle kingdom

Yuanmingyuan sishi jing tuyong – Forty views of Yuanmingyuan.  the Chinese always name things very precisely and formally.  I have to say the it is typical of all things Chinese, nothing is ever random or named for some obscure reason … Continue reading

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complex india

We used to do things out of India, quite different from what we favour now but it was a long time ago.  I found it difficult dealing from there.  Delays, monsoon, too-pushy traders… but I did like India for its … Continue reading

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