Today marks the 94th anniversary of the end of World War One, the so-called Great War, one of the most futile and cruel conflicts in human history. In the span of four years, sixteen million people died from the conflict, of which the ever stagnant western front has become the most notorious. From an art point of view, the losses were considerable as well. Some of the best and/or most promising painters in the world fell in the conflict, such as Franz Marc (fell in 1916, aged 36), August Macke (fell in 1914, aged 27), Umberto Boccioni (fell in 1916, aged 33), and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (fell in 1915, aged 23). The classical music suffered great losses as well, with Alberic Magnard (died defending his home, aged 49), George Butterworth (fell in 1916, aged 31), Ernest Farrar (fell in 1918, aged 33), Rudi Stephan (fell in 1915, aged 28), Cecil Coles (fell in 1918, aged 29), and Enrique Granados (died as civilian in a torpedo attack in 1916, aged 48). And who knows what famous buildings would have materialized from the brain of architect Antonio Sant'Elia (fell in 1916, aged 28)? Given the young age of many of the casualties, the actual loss is probably much higher - many talents that never even got the chance to shine. A terrible waste. A terrible war. Image sourced from here.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
About the reconstruction:
End March 2017 I converted thousands of posts to draft, in order to sort out potential copyright issues. Many of these will be restored in the course of the year.
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