The prolific tulip fields of Holland originated out of the tulips brought there from the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) sometime in the late 16th century. There is a Turkish legend with different variations about a prince named Farhad and a princess Shirin. It is believed that Farhad killed himself upon hearing the fake news of the sudden demise of the princess and tulips bloomed from his blood.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Prolific
Man with a Pipe
Oil on canvas
“I love above all else the appearance of people who have grown old without breaking with old customs.” —Paul Cézanne
"Man with a Pipe is one of a group of studies related to The Card Players, one of Paul Cézanne’s most important pictorial projects. The local workers reminded Cézanne of the qualities he admired in another of his favorite subjects, Mont Sainte-Victoire — steadfast, unchanging, and monumental."
Excavated at the tomb of the king of Chu at Tuolanshan.
"These exquisite dancers and musician figures found at Tuolanshan provide a fascinating insight into the rich, colorful life of the Han. The performance seems to be a popular Chu dance of the period that featured long waving sleeves and swaying movements. Similar earthenware dancers and musicians were also found in the entertainment hall in the auxiliary complex of the tomb at Beidongshan."
The White Cupboard (1931)
Oil on canvas
"Primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and simple vertical and horizontal lines create this quiet domestic scene. Seen from the back, Pierre Bonnard’s wife, Marthe, arranges tableware in the cupboard. By composing the image as he did, Bonnard invited the viewer into his home and offered a place at his table. This sense of intimacy and warmth is characteristic of his work. Bonnard, a former attorney, painted with feeling and from memory, rather than seeking to reproduce faithfully what he saw."
by Orhan Veli Kanık
Translated by Fatih Akgül
This good weather ruined me,
Beni bu güzel havalar mahvetti,
I resigned in such a weather
Böyle havada istifa ettim
From my government job.
I got used to tobacco in such a weather,
Tütüne böyle havada alıştım,
I fell in love in such a weather;
Böyle havada aşık oldum;
I forgot to take home bread and salt
Eve ekmekle tuz götürmeyi
In such a weather;
Böyle havalarda unuttum;
My disease of writing poems
Şiir yazma hastalığım
Recurred in such a weather;
Hep böyle havalarda nüksetti;
This good weather ruined me.
Beni bu güzel havalar mahvetti.
Faaturuma (Melancholic), 1891
Oil on canvas
"Disillusioned with modern society, Paul Gauguin left France for Tahiti in 1891 in search of an earthly paradise that he imagined was untouched by civilization. Upon arriving, he realized that colonialism had all but eradicated traditional Tahitian culture.
Here, a Tahitian woman wears a Western-style dress and gold marriage band introduced by Catholic missionaries. In order to emphasize the “exoticness” of his subject, Gauguin gave his painting a Tahitian title, Faaturuma. This roughly translates to melancholic or brooding; Gauguin appears to be commenting on the sadness of this lost paradise."
The Croquet Party
Oil on canvas (1871)
"Considered the most innovative French painter of the 1860s, Edouard Manet greatly influenced the artists who would become the Impressionists through his urban subjects and painterly style. Although Manet never exhibited with them, he adopted their bright and high-keyed palette from the 1870s onward.
Here, Manet depicted his friends and family playing a game of croquet at a fashionable resort on the Normandy coast. On the advice of his doctor, Manet traveled there in the summer of 1871, probably to recover from the devastating siege of Paris by the Prussian army in 1870–1871, during which time he served as an officer in the French army."