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Fractals: Organic Sacred Geometry In Life, Nature, And Art

Lightning, tree, human blood vessel interconnectedness system

By Béa Aaronson Everything is linked…have you ever wondered what is at the core of it all? What links the universe, us, DNA, lightning, blood vessels, nervous systems, brains, corals, cabbages, elephant skin, mountain ranges, a leaf, a wave, a snowflake, a flower? Ever wondered about the similarities between tortoise shell patterns, spider webs, minerals, [...]

Dora Maar, Picasso’s Weeping Woman

Dora MAar 1936 photo by Man  Ray

By Stephen Eaker   Dora Maar was a beautiful and vibrant woman with an immense intelligence and a quick temper. She would paint her finger nails according to her moods, so when you see a Picasso painting of Dora with green finger nails, this is not just Picasso’s imagination at work. Her real name was [...]

Desire and Voluptuousness: The Representation of Women in the Victorian Era

Alma-Tadema heliogabolus 1888 detail

By Béa Aaronson I had the joy and privilege to be in Paris, my native city, while the Jacquemart André Museum on Boulevard Haussmann was offering a different kind of art exhibition. In a world harassed by noise, violence, angular visions, suicidal installations, and stress, here was a collection of Victorian paintings depicting amorously languishing [...]

Braque and Picasso: The Cubist Adventure

Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso

By Stephen Eaker   “Cézanne, the father of us all!” proclaimed Picasso for the rest of his life, after he had discovered the master of Aix during his early years in Paris. Cézanne’s late work shows an amazing reduction of natural motifs to square-shaped patches of color. The geometrizing of shapes in both his landscapes [...]

The Power of Hair: Symbols and Metamorphoses

LECT BEA 18th century hairstyles

By Béa Aaronson No other part of the body seems to hold such symbolic power as the hair. It is both part of our body, and therefore part of our individual identity, and yet, at the same time, it is changeable, and removable. Hair can be altered according to taste and fashion, social and religious [...]

Pablo’s Pets: Picasso’s Life and Work Through the Eyes of His Animals

San Miguel de Allende THEATER BEA

By Stephen Eaker Picasso’s life was blessed with the presence of many animals. Birds, bulls, horses, mice, cats, dogs, monkeys, toads, goats, and even snails found their place in the life and work of the Spanish genius. Picasso had five obsessive passions, in the following order: his art, his ego, his image, his women, and [...]

Henry Miller the Painter

Henry Miller paintings

By Bea Aaronson   Very few people know that the famous author of Tropic of Cancer was also a painter. Like his writing, painting was a metaphor for living life to the fullest. Miller belongs to this fertile earth of artists who used the verbal and the visual as the systole and the diastole of [...]

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: The German Bridge to Modernity

Kirchner Girl under a Japanese Umbrella 1909

By Stephen Eaker   Ernest Ludwig Kirchner was born in 1880 in Chemitz, Germany, the son of a successful and renowned chemist. His father showed no resentment or resistance to his son’s desire to study art. Kirchner left for Dresden in the year 1901. He met other young revolutionary-minded painters, became the co-founder of the [...]

Goya: The Visionary Painter of Human Nature, a Grotesque Satirical Existentialism

Maja desnuda

By Béa Aaronson Goya the Visionary projected in his paintings, drawings, etchings, aquatints, and lithographs the desperate spiritual quest of the West. As a romantic soul, Goya was attracted to the dark side. He wove a macabre thread throughout his work. His frightening visions only reflect what we know is true but do not dare [...]

Vincent Van Gogh: The Glory of Madness

San Miguel de Allende Van Gogh Potato Eaters

By Stephen Eaker The great impressionist painter Camille Pissarro once said of Vincent Van Gogh, “I believed he was either a genius or a madman; I never dreamed he would achieve both.” Lecture Vincent Van Gogh: The Glory of Madness Wed, Sep 3, 4:30 and 6:30pm La Ostra Roja A Casa Verde Annex San Jorge [...]

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