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Haystacks or Les Meules by Kees Van Dongen, Dutch active in France dated 1904 to 1905 image 1

Haystacks or Les Meules by Kees Van Dongen 1904 to 1905

By Melanie | November 14, 2018

Another painting from the special exhibit at the Pittsburgh Frick museum included this painting from Kees Van Dongen. It is dated between 1904 and 1905 and goes by Haystacks or Les Meules.  I love the use of brushstrokes in this painting to show the hay being lifted by the laborer. The painting overall is simple yet these…

Thes de la Pagode Argumes Citrus Green Tea Blend Image 1

Thes de la Pagode Citrus Green Tea Blend

By Melanie | November 11, 2018

With this tea, you can easily see the marigold petals, orange peels, and lemon peels. The aesthetics of this tea is a plus for me. As expected, the dry tea had a robust citrus smell.  When prepared, the taste and smell of the green tea was a bit bitter. For me, it overwhelmed the flavor…

The Missed Brushstrokes of van Gogh

By Melanie | November 10, 2018

A special exhibit at the Pittsburgh Frick museum included this painting from Vincent van Gogh. It is dated 1889 and goes by the popular title The Wheat Field behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Rémy.  I believe you’ll see from the painting and details the brushstrokes and the spots of open canvas. The pictures of this painting housed by…

Thes de la Pagode Edition Prestige Dragon Fruit and Marigold Green Tea Compare Image 1

Thes de la Pagode Marigold and Dragon Fruit Green Tea

By Melanie | November 9, 2018

This dragon fruit and marigold green tea is from Thes de la Pagode, a French tea company. Since I had the tea bag and loose tea, I decided to try them both side-by-side. Illustrated above are both which you can see in the second picture that the one on the right is a full leaf…

Berthe Morisot Oil Painting Young Woman Watering a Shrub 1876 image 2

Berthe Morisot Oil Painting Young Woman Watering a Shrub 1876

By Melanie | November 8, 2018

The above painting was on display in July 2018 at the Pittsburgh Frick museum. It is by Berthe Morisot and this domestic scene is said to be typical of the day for the subject of a female painter. Yet she distinguished herself. The second image will help you to see the brushstrokes that illustrate what…

Ocellated Turkey - Illustration by Nicolas Huet

Ocellated Turkey – Illustration by Nicolas Huet

By Melanie | November 8, 2018
Pierre Alfred de Dreux Oil Painting The Emperor's Horse 1853 Image 1

The Horses of Pierre Alfred de Dreux

By Melanie | November 7, 2018

In 2018, these two paintings were on exhibit at the Pittsburgh Frick museum. They were on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  The reason I wanted to compare these two paintings is simple; they were created by the same French painter, Pierre Alfred de Dreux. Furthermore, their subjects are similar with a focus on the…

Harper’s Magazine Cover Thanksgiving 1894 by Louis Rhead

Harper’s Magazine Cover Thanksgiving 1894 by Louis Rhead

By Melanie | November 7, 2018
Thes de la Pagode Earl Grey Green Tea Blend Image 2

Thes de la Pagode Earl Grey Green Tea Blend

By Melanie | November 6, 2018

For this cup of tea, I removed the tea from the tea bag and placed it in the lid of the tasting cup. I wanted to smell the tea and see the details of the cornflowers in this Earl Grey tea blend. Many of the French tea companies that I like have this kind of…