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Toulouse-Lautrec Tours Australia!

…well, not his bodily remains but rather his art.

Toulouse-Lautrec is the National Gallery of Australia’s next summer exhibition and will run from 14 December 2012 to 2 April 2013. The Australian public have never before had the opportunity to see a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the art of French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in painting, drawing, posters and prints.

Toulouse-Lautrec will examine the artist’s abilities as an acute observer of Parisian life, his skill as a draughtsman, his experimentation in composition and the brilliance of his technical execution in all media. The exhibition will shed new light on Toulouse-Lautrec through an examination of his involvement in Parisian culture—the high life and the low life.

The exhibition will trace Toulouse-Lautrec’s career from his earliest works to his extraordinary depictions of the Paris social scene, the dance halls, the café-concerts, the brothels and theatres. This he did in an insightful way, capturing the essence of his Parisian characters and haunts. Toulouse-Lautrec’s subject matter was to become thoroughly modern and he became an influential figure in the evolution of the art of the twentieth century.

Posted by Jonathan on Jun 17th 2012 | Filed in Art,Culture,Events,History,News,People | Comments (0)

Creativity of the Muse?

This story has done the rounds in some media sources but worthwhile reproducing here.

The Green Muse has often been cited as a source of creativity – but is there anything to it?

A tantalizing clue has emerged, not with the constituents of absinthe itself but certainly in terms of the virtues of alcohol as a source of creativity.

Psychologists at the University of Illinois set 40 young men a series of brain teasers known as RAT tests (Remote Associates Test).   When compared to the sober group, the men solved their problems quicker and were more likely to have unprompted insight to solutions.

Our boozy advocating boffins say that it is likely the alcohol relaxes individuals and as a result their brain is able to take in the grand scheme more effectively.

The Journal of Consciousness and Cognition is the original source of the research, the published paper available here, “Uncorking the Muse: Alcohol Intoxication facilitates creative problem solving” but requiring subscription.

Posted by Jonathan on Apr 29th 2012 | Filed in Culture,History,Huh?,News | Comments (0)

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