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The booksellers of Paris in contemporary printmaking: exhibition

  The iconic bouquinistes (booksellers) along the river Seine in Paris have long been depicted in artwork and photography. “The booksellers of the quays of Paris in contemporary printmaking” (“ Les bouquinistes des quais de Paris dans l'estampe contemporaine ”) exhibition will be held in the Paris Town Hall of the 6 th  arrondissement from 21 May to 13 June 2020. This exhibition is part of the Fête de l'Estampe – the Festival of Print. Classified as French Intangible Cultural Heritage since February 2019, the bouquinistes have inspired more than 65 engraving artists in this exhibition over the past five years. The exhibition is a complete panorama of the different engraving techniques gathered at the instigation of the cultural association of booksellers of Paris. In colour or black and white, small and large, the works in this exhibition illustrate the many facets of this polymorphic engraving art that highlights this last small specifically Parisian craft still in activity. A

Vincent Van Gogh and The Starry Night - jigsaw

Nazi Germany and The Jews, Vol 1 and 2, by Saul Friedlander: book review

  Nazi Germany and The Jews is written in two large volumes: The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939 (published in 1977) and The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945 (pubished in 2007).   Saul Friedlander aims to balance the ideologies on three levels: personal, party, and people, excluding the psychology of the leader of the Nazi regime, because he thinks much has previously been written about Adolf Hitler. But he does discuss Hitler’s ideological obsession with racial anti-Semitism, which Friedlander calls ‘redemptive anti-Semitism.’ Friedlander’s approach is a collective history through personal truths and individual fates.    Friedlander examines history through a chronological lens. The focus is on a year-by-year account, which loses some of the continuity of the events in each country across Europe (a country-by-country account), but tries not to become disjointed. It’s a fine balance.     Beginning in 1933 with the exodus of Jews, initially from Germany as Hitler rises to power in Janu

Sunday Walk: on the flower trail