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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 [...]

Japonisme: Pictorical Revolution, Dissemination, and Cross-fertilization

Degas Utamaro Combing Hair

By Béa Aaronson What is Japonisme? It is a French term that was first used by Jules Claretie in his book L’Art Francais in 1872. It refers to the influence of Japanese art on Western art. Influence? I would rather say “frenzy” or “upheaval.” The artists of the Far East had a completely different aesthetic [...]

Tsugurahu Foujita: The Japanese Master of Paris


By Béa Aaronson Widely celebrated for the sensuous delicacy of his line, his exquisite draftsmanship, his subtle fusion of Far-Eastern and Western aesthetics, and his magic unsurpassed whites, Foujita, the Japanese master of Paris, although extremely successful in his lifetime, has alas fallen into obscurity for too many people today. I would like to invite [...]

Rose Valland: the savior of masterpieces

Winged victory Samorthrace being packed

By Stephen Eaker Rose Valland was one of the greatest heroines of the twentieth century. Art historian, captain in the French military, member of the French Resistance during World War II, one of the most decorated women in French history, she was the savior of thousands of artworks that were stolen by the Nazis during [...]

Mark Rothko: the power of color, a spiritual sensorial path to abstraction

Chapel Rothko, Houston Texas

By Béa Aaronson How do I speak of Mark Rothko when all he craved was silence… the accuracy of silence where one’s soul can breathe, feel and understand? How do I write about Mark Rothko when words seem to be so empty of meaning? How do I tackle depth and surface in their physical and [...]

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