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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thursday comes with Trivia...

Thinking caps on, everybody and let´s go:

"Born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (now in Belarus), on the 7th of July in 1887, he was the oldest of nine children in the close-knit Jewish family led by his father, a herring merchant. This period of his life, described as happy though impoverished, appears in references throughout his work. From 1907-1910 he studied in Saint Petersburg, at the Imperial Society for the Protection of the Arts. In 1910, he moved to Paris, where he associated with Guillaume Apollinaire and Robert Delaunay and encountered Fauvism and Cubism. His first solo show was held in 1914 at Der Sturm gallery in Berlin. During World War II, he fled to the United States, but settled permanently in France in 1948 and exhibited in Paris, Amsterdam, and London. His talent did not only extend to canvases, he was a master sculpturer and many an amzing church window carries the stroke of his hand."

Got it? Off to the comment section with you and HINT!!! away :)

little hint: Minka named her dog after his beloved wife, which incidentally goes with the German word for "to bark". It seemed a good idea at the time!


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At 13:04, Blogger Doug said...

OK, I'm not sure, but

A man can feel ten feet tall
When he's painted abstract on a wall
But the needs of his soul
Are harder to know
When each Sunday he hears of the fall.

At 13:17, Blogger Mo'a said...

I did not know that you have a dog.

He is one of my all time favorite. My bird loves him also, he used to have a photo of him with his birds, on top of his bird case.....wow that is a lot of him and his...the gall...did anyone understand any of this comment?

Sjadu myndir af Victor a nyja blogginu minu.

At 13:48, Anonymous Joel said...

Some of his best known creations reside in a hospital in Jerusalem.

At 14:25, Blogger Jenna Howard said...

-shrugs. sits around and looks cute-

At 17:01, Anonymous neva said...

perhaps the phrase "how now brown cow?" stemmed from this artist's belief that cows represent Life par excellence. he also believed that horses represented Freedom -- which is a theory i'm certain you agree with! ; )

and i lovelovelove this quote of his: All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

pretty much says it all, if you're an artist, i mean. guessing that's why he's a favorite of dear Mo'a's, eh? ; )

well done, lovely Minka, well done! xox

At 20:31, Blogger ariel said...

wow, Neva, that's beautiful indeed.

he appears in the movie, "The Adventures Of Picasso", and follows his own famous musician character over the roofs.

At 21:11, Blogger TLP said...

Mark this day: Mo'a spoke with chagrin of the gall of an obscure comment.

I cheated. Had to google.

At 21:14, Blogger actonbell said...

Wow, Doug and Mo'a have great rhyming clues, while Neva and Joel know so much!
**imitating Wayne's World guys when Bohemian Rhapsody is playing**

Now I need to know the name of your dog. That is most interesting!

At 21:26, Blogger tsduff said...

Most abstract art
Just leaves me cold
But todays artist
Has me sold!

Pretty colors
Happy scenes
His work, though modern
Is quite keen

With all the rhyming
Words all spent
There isn't much
With which to hint

And so I leave
You with the ball
To carry on
and guess _ _ _ _ _ _ _

At 21:50, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, sounds to me like you right, as much as I hate to admit that :)

Moa, kem um leið og eg er buin a vaktinni :)

Joel, yes...I have never seen for myself but I hear that it´s true :) His second cousin twice related got his blue shirt :)

jenna, you and I can pull that off to perfection :) You are cute and you made me smile!

Neva, I just picked the dude and then Wikepedia helped along and other pages. I never knew he was born in former Russia for one...but you live and learn :) I loved that quote too, when I saw it! Well picked!

ariel, yes he does and nothing wrong with taking things over the roof ;)

TLp, so did I :) Moa disguises well :)

actonbell, it was the only dog I ever called my own, her name was Bella.

terry, *applauds* That was so lovely and such a wonderful rhyming verse. Thank you.

At 23:22, Anonymous neva said...

heh heh. The Teacup Tempest, BoBo, and Puppytoes, in the backseat of Teh Penguin's car, bouncing our heads like the Wikipediots we are to the happy beats of Bohemian Rhapsody! lovelovelove that imagery, Actonbell! ; ) xox

loveloveLOVE that poem, too, Terry! wow. you got yerself some faboo answers today, miss Minka! again i say "Well Done"! xox

At 01:36, Blogger MyUtopia said...

Great trivia! I have to admit you stumped me : )

At 03:40, Blogger G said...

Better late than never...

I must admit I'm often up against the wall, but I knew right away this was....

Oops telephone - gotta go ;)

At 06:47, Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

OH MY GOD! That is BEAUTIFUL and breathtaking and I think you have just introduced me to a new artist to be gaga about just as much as I love Gaudí!!!

Havng been raised in the land of Picasso, everyone here is brought up to revere the man... but a month or two ago we finally went to see his art in the Picasso Museum in Málaga and, as politically incorrect as saying this might be but see if I care, we were not too impressed. Yes, I understand that he was great for his time blah, blah, blah but it was basically much blah and, Lil' BoheMia, without my influence for I was trying to stay neautral, didn't like it and declared that she much preferred Gaudí and Dalí's art!

And this! We are both in love, IN LOVE I SAY, with this beautiful work and I admit to not googling and to naturally not knowing who this artist is so SAY IT ALREADY because I want to own just that very painting!!!!!

Can you tell I loved it? Hmmmm?

Faboo post sweet and noble Ice Queen! Faboo indeed!

At 12:45, Blogger Minka said...

neva, yes commenters stepped really up this time around :) I should also mention that todya's trivia was a work in collaboration with my Mom. She is very artistic and an extraordinary painter!

myutopia, well as long as you didn't fall and moved right along, no damage was done. "gall" and "wall" are pretty good hints ;)

g, stay it´s only your mom!

Miz B: I so love you. Never been much of a Picasso girl, that dude was weird, I have always preferred Monet, Van Gogh and this one. I´ll let you know. This painting is amazing to me, 'cause all his identity (apart from teh obvious self portrait, is in there. You have his native Russia, you have art, you have jewish connotations, you have France and all this brought together in harmony, with a brownish and reddish warm color. One of his most famous paintings, "I and the Village" you might recognize him straight away :)

At 13:29, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

I agree...

-shrugs. sits around and looks tired-

I tried babel fish and couldn't even figure out the dog's name. Bed time.


At 16:20, Blogger Minka said...

Morgan, all will reveal itself. Don't fret, it makes your eyebrows curl in a frightening manner!

At 18:32, Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

YAY! I got it now! I am in LOVE I tell you! LOVE!

And now that I know, his name was actually familiar to me though I had yet to witness his wondrous art and MAN was I missing out!

Gracias for bringing such a magical artist to my attention! I have a new addiction now I tell you! :-)

At 19:51, Blogger ariel said...

talking of Picasso, there was that quiz show on the tv, there were four names and the guy had to choose the one that didn't sell but only one painting of his in his entire life. he chose Picasso. he said, he didn't know about the rest but did see some paintings of Picasso, and he really didn't think anybody wanted to buy those.

At 00:21, Blogger Minka said...

Miz B...it is an addiction we can share. I am so glad you like him.

ariel, I can so see that happen. But, I am told Picasso was a genius and just because I can´t, does not mean pigs can't fly :)

At 00:54, Blogger goldennib said...

His work is kinder and more sympathetic than Picasso's.

At 07:37, Blogger ariel said...

I like Picasso, there are things really cannot be put on canvas in any other way, but the reasoning of that guy cracked me up so badly. I saw what he meant. :)

At 18:46, Anonymous al said...

Known for his Bible Illustrations, we "stole" (figuratively speaking, of course) one, "Jacob's Ladder", at a going-out-of-business art gallery sale a few years ago.

At 06:19, Blogger Doug said...

Hase Hase!

At 12:01, Blogger Minka said...

goldennib, yes...much brighter with an optimistic inclination. Nothing bugs the devil more than when you smile, despite it all!

ariel, yeah I saw what the dude meant, too. Sometimes I reason that way :)

Al, we did? Shame on us. Was it nice?

Doug, wow youa re the first one syaing this to me today and God knows I can use a bit of luck this month! Thank you and Has, hase most certainly to you too!

At 12:02, Blogger Minka said...

Oh bugger!

the answer this week is:

Marc Chagall!

At 12:34, Blogger actonbell said...

Rabbit, rabbit!
Bella goes with "to bark?" Huh.

At 14:53, Blogger Minka said...

actonbell...teh german word for "to bark" is "bellen". Bella for a female dog and Bello for a male dog, I always felt Spanish grammar made more sense than German grammar :)

At 02:46, Blogger Gawpo said...

I knew that. Marc Chagall. I knew that. Really. Honest. No, really. Totally. I did. Really. Honest. Totally did. Really.

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