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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Claude Monet

November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926)

Monet is consider to be the founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. 

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Lasst year, during Tomasz Rut's audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, attended by thousands of spectators from around the world at the St. Peter's square in the Vatican, two large paintings by Tomasz Rut became part of the collection at St. Peter's cathedral after being blessed by the Holy Father.

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Painted in 2011 to commemorate the beatification of John Paul II, the two originals on canvas: "Nolite Timere" & "Be Not Afraid" pay tribute to the beloved late Pope and depict John Paul II as the Saint and as the charismatic leader of the world accompanied by another legendary figure behind the political changes of the twentieth century, the first President of democratic Poland, Lech Walesa.

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March 30, 1853 - July 29, 1890

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who had a short lived career. He cut off a portion of his ear-lobe during a moment of rage, and at the age of 37  he shot himself “for the good of all”.  Where he was when he shot himself is unclear.  Ingo Walther writes that "Some think van Gogh shot himself in the wheat field that had engaged his attention as an artist of late; others think he did it at a barn near the inn." In "Van Gogh: The Life", a biography published in 2011, authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith argue that van Gogh did not commit suicide. They contend that he was shot accidentally by two boys he knew who had "a malfunctioning gun". However experts at the Van Gogh Museum remain unconvinced.

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By the time early settler Hugh Taylor Birch purchased the Bonnet House site in 1895, the grounds had already witnessed 4,000 years of Florida history. A shell midden left by the Tequesta people indicates that human activity on the site dates back to 2,000 B.C. while further archaeological evidence suggests that the grounds saw one of the first sites of Spanish contact with the New World.

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Bonnet House's modern history began when Birch gave the Bonnet House property as a wedding gift to his daughter Helen and her husband, Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett in 1919. The newlyweds began construction of Bonnet House in 1920, eager for a winter retreat where Frederic could pursue his artwork and Helen could compose music and poetry.

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Maurits Cornelis Escher, who was born in Leeuwarden, Holland in 1898, created unique and fascinating works of art that explore and exhibit a wide range of mathematical ideas.  His work went almost unnoticed until the 1950's. His greatest admirers include mathematicians, who recognized in his work an extraordinary visualization of mathematical principles. Escher's work encompasses two broad areas: The Geometry of Space, and what we may call The Logic of Space.