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Pablo Picasso Portrait Fernande Olivier

Pablo Picasso: The Change

His Muse and Mistress Part II by Alaister Sooke Anton Foek Amsterdam, August 18th 2021–A very short trip to an ancient village probably was the catalyst for a profound shift in Picasso’s work – but it is often overlooked.  One day in June 1906, Pablo Picasso arrived in the ancient Catalan village of Gosol, high in the…
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Rainer Maria Rilke and August Rodin

Being here is more than wonderful

Including pain And sorrow Part VIII Amsterdam, June 30 2021–  According to Robert Musil, Rainer Maria Rilke was the greatest German-speaking poet since the Middle Ages.  He had made the poem “perfect for the first time.” Musil made his oft-quoted statements in a 1926 article shortly after Rilke’s death, and at first glance his preference seems…
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Kalmykia History

Kalmykia between Time and Space

Where To This Time? Anton Foek Amsterdam, June 8 th 2021–Kalmykia is in Southern Russia. North of the Caucasus it is bordered by the Oblasts of Volgograd, Dagestan, Astrakhan, Rostov and Stavropol Krai. It has access to the Caspian Sea and the Volga River. The Republic has many natural resources and wildlife including the protected…
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Rilke Learning from Art

Living the whole life: Old Fashioned, Yet Modern

Learning from Art Part V Amsterdam, June 30 2021–  “Spiritually speaking, I stay miles away from my bookcase when I write,” says Stefan Hertmans. “Yet reminiscences of other literature haunt my books, quite unconsciously and unintentionally. You can find traces of Rilke’s The Diary of Malte Laurids Brigge in all my prose work.” The poet,…
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Incomprehensible Rainer Maria Rilke

And yet so rich and easy Part II Amsterdam, 30 june 2021– One often hears that Rilke’s poetry is so difficult, so very incomprehensible. This is true for his mystical late work, but not for the poems from his middle period. These are surprisingly concrete and clear, if you make any effort to follow the…
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Rainer Maria Rilke

The Great Rainer Maria Rilke

Part I Rainer Maria Rilke: Diary from Florence (Das Florenzer Tagebuch).  Amsterdam, 30 june 2021–Rainer Maria Rilke was twenty-two when he traveled to Italy to view the art treasures of the early Renaissance. In his Florentine diary, which he wrote not in Florence but in the fashionable seaside resort of Viareggio, the young student makes…
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Albert Camus

Tribute to Albert Camus

1913 – 1960 Part II Anton Foek Amsterdam, June 2021– By 1943, he was back in France, to join the staff of the clandestine Resistance newspaper Combat, and publish those books: first the novel “The Stranger” and then a book of philosophical essays, “The Myth of Sisyphus.” The novel and the essays announced the same theme,…
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