Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sierra Madre, two wheelbarrows in one yard

In a pretty little edge-of-mountains, near-a-dam neighborhood in Sierra Madre, I saw two wheelbarrows. The second one was harder to spot.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Pam Sorooshian and I had just been in the "European Art : 17th – 18th Centuries" rooms for a few moments when I said I was going to look for a wheelbarrow. The very next painting I saw had one. Cool!!!

The painting is by Jan Steen, a Dutch artist, in around 1668. Part of the description was "In front of an inn, a hopelessly inebriated young woman is being helped into a wheelbarrow." The title is "De wijn is een spotter," translated to English as "Wine is a Mocker."

More from the museum's site (added here July 24, 2014):
Wine is a Mocker, 1663-64
The inscription above the door is from Proverbs 20:1, which reads: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” In front of an inn, a hopelessly inebriated young woman is being helped into a wheelbarrow. Although the woman’s low-cut dress and red stockings mark her as a prostitute, her rich and exquisitely delineated clothing indicate a more privileged status. Jan Steen subtly conveys the message that not only are those of superior position as susceptible as the lowly to the sins of drink, but that their disgrace is perhaps more pitiable because of the distance they have fallen.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Karen James, looking, in Japan

At a folk art museum in Fukuoka, Karen James found a model and an illustration. I would say "hand cart," and they're similar to one another. Does anyone know what might be in barrels that size? The captions below are Karen's, from her blog entry Last Day in Fukuoka:

I haven't found any real wheelbarrows, Sandra, but I did find this model one.

And this one illustrated on a wall. Unfortunately there was a poster in the way on the bottom right. I'll still keep my eyes peeled for the real thing.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Playing with the moon

This was being passed around Facebook without a credit, but I looked for it and found it. One image was named Laurent Laveder Wheelbarrow Moon. I don't know what the original name was.

There is an article about the photographer, which I don't know how to find full size, and it's in French anyway, but it's called Playing with the Moon.

(Links changed, but I've brought images from the Wayback Machine.)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013