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femme-de-lettres:

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While it may look like a relatively cheerful painting—I mean, there are bubbles, after all—Thomas Couture’s circa 1859 Soap Bubbles takes a fairly pessimistic view of life.
The Metropolitan Museum points out that soap bubbles are themselves “traditional symbols of the transience of life,” and—though the subject might hope, through his studies (gleaned from the books beside him), to achieve something substantial—”[a] wilting laurel wreath on the wall behind him suggests the fleeting nature of praise and honors.”
Don’t lose hope, though: Couture painted a slightly more hopeful—if less beautiful—version the same year. In it, as the Walters Art Museum writes, the “laurel wreath symbolizes glory ignored,” and the soap bubbles? Merely vanity. So even his jury is out on the longevity of scholarship.
(Incidentally, dear reader, I got my GRE scores back today.)
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femme-de-lettres:

Large (OASC)

While it may look like a relatively cheerful painting—I mean, there are bubbles, after all—Thomas Couture’s circa 1859 Soap Bubbles takes a fairly pessimistic view of life.

The Metropolitan Museum points out that soap bubbles are themselves “traditional symbols of the transience of life,” and—though the subject might hope, through his studies (gleaned from the books beside him), to achieve something substantial—”[a] wilting laurel wreath on the wall behind him suggests the fleeting nature of praise and honors.”

Don’t lose hope, though: Couture painted a slightly more hopeful—if less beautiful—version the same year. In it, as the Walters Art Museum writes, the “laurel wreath symbolizes glory ignored,” and the soap bubbles? Merely vanity. So even his jury is out on the longevity of scholarship.

(Incidentally, dear reader, I got my GRE scores back today.)

laclefdescoeurs:

Le Pont-Neuf, la Seine, Petit Bras, 1900, Maximilien Luce
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laclefdescoeurs:

Le Pont-Neuf, la Seine, Petit Bras, 1900, Maximilien Luce

laclefdescoeurs:

Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid, 1866, Sanford Robinson Gifford
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laclefdescoeurs:

Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid, 1866, Sanford Robinson Gifford

arsvitaest:

Lionel Walden, Cardiff Docks, 1894, oil on canvasMusée d’Orsay
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arsvitaest:

Lionel Walden, Cardiff Docks, 1894, oil on canvas
Musée d’Orsay

laclefdescoeurs:

Sunlit Woodland Scene, Thomas Worthington Whittredge
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laclefdescoeurs:

Sunlit Woodland Scene, Thomas Worthington Whittredge

catonhottinroof:

George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950)
Palace Gardens and Fountain in Caprarola, Italy
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catonhottinroof:

George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950)

Palace Gardens and Fountain in Caprarola, Italy

laclefdescoeurs:

In the Woods, 1882, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
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laclefdescoeurs:

In the Woods, 1882, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin

laclefdescoeurs:

Foxgloves in a Summer Garden, 1941, Stanislav Zhukovsky
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laclefdescoeurs:

Foxgloves in a Summer Garden, 1941, Stanislav Zhukovsky

arsvitaest:

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (1865-1953), Autumn 
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arsvitaest:

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (1865-1953), Autumn 

thusreluctant:

Early Moon by Granville Redmond
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thusreluctant:

Early Moon by Granville Redmond

(Source: bonhams.com)

catonhottinroof:

Henry Cassiers (1858 - 1944)
 DE GROTE MARKT TE BRUSSEL - LA GRAND-PLACE À BRUXELLES
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catonhottinroof:

Henry Cassiers (1858 - 1944)

 DE GROTE MARKT TE BRUSSEL - LA GRAND-PLACE À BRUXELLES

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(Source: stephaniebayles)

This mortal life, lived in perfect symmetry

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