Robert L. Peters

2 May 2014

Children not looking at modern art…

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At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art… (source)


12 April 2014

Beauty Revealed

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Boston, Massachusetts, 1828

I came across an image of this exquisite miniature yesterday (6.7 cm x 8 cm, watercolour on ivory), and was intrigued to find out about its origin.

Painted as a self-portrait by Sarah Goodridge and given to statesman Daniel Webster after his wife died (Webster sat as a model for Sarah twelve times over two decades), it presents a provocative twist on the “traditional lover’s eye miniatures so popular in London” at the time. I know it would have gotten my attention…

Below is another watercolour-on-ivory self-portrait miniature done by Sarah (who never did marry) two years later, in 1830 (10.2 cm x 7.6 cm).

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30 March 2014

There is hope in honest error; none in the icy perfection of the mere stylist.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)


1 March 2014

One eye sees, the other feels.

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Paul Klee (1879-1940)


8 February 2014

Meanwhile, in 1940s Britain…

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Leicester, UK

Cutting-edge adverts and shapely graphic art feed the seemingly insatiable post-war appetite for fine-denier nylon stockings…


29 January 2014

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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Best wishes for the Chinese/Lunar New Year!

(It’s the year of the wooden horse, same as my birth year).


27 January 2014

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day

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(across the United Kingdom)

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January every year in the UK. It marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945, by the Soviet Union, of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, towards the end of World War II. The Holocaust (or Shoah in Hebrew) claimed the lives of six million Jewish men, women, and children between 1933, when Hitler came to power in Germany, and 1945, when the Nazis were finally defeated.

The commemorative poster shown above is by my friend Dan Reisinger: “This is a photo of an authentic yellow Star of David we were forced to wear prior to deportation—preserved in my family since 1944.”

(Thanks to Iva Babaja for the link).


21 January 2014

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)


20 January 2014

Life itself… is to be at risk.

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15 January 2014

Designer defined…

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Thanks Bucky.


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