Self Portraits- Jean Eve

Jean Eve was born into a working-class family. Entering the Colonial School of Le Havre in 1918, he became involved in the colonial  troop called Spahis and drew watercolours during his travels. Returning to Douai, he enlisted in the railways and then worked in a foundry workshop. Leaving painting , it was then that he had the revelation at the Petit Palais during the Gustave Courbet exhibition. But having a dependent family, he is only allowed to paint on Sundays.

In 1929, Jean Eve met Moses Kisling, who brought him closer to the editor of L’Art Vivant, who decided to organize a support committee for him to devote himself only to painting, which allowed him to quickly exhibit at the Salon des Indépendants. At the invitation of Henri Bing and Maximilien Gauthier, he participated in the exhibition “The Popular Masters of Reality” in 1936. This was the beginning of the fame for Jean Eve.

He then exhibited in New York and Switzerland and received the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Jean Eve’s painting is characterized by its sincerity and simplicity. As Maximilian Gauthier said, “he painted what he saw, simply, with all his heart.”

“My real workshop is nature” Jean Eve

This self portrait is somewhat reminiscent of Lucien Freud’s earlier work currently on display at the Royal Academy. Eve’s work is on display in the Musee Maliol in Paris.

Thank you

Sweet and full of gratitude!

Emerging From The Dark Night

Thank you for letting me be

The person I was born to be

Thank you for understanding

And helping to set free

All of the trapped feelings that live inside of me

And for reminding me that everything I feel makes sense

Even when other’s say it is nonsense

Thank you for seeing deep into the heart of me

For bearing witness to scars and pain

Others may rather I gloss over or remain


Thank you for the happiness you remind me

Is my natural birthright

For always supporting and understanding the little one in me

Who was often so desperately alone, angry, sad

Or deeply lonely

Thank you for letting this part of me live and express

So another part of me can learn to show it

Validation and tenderness

For all of this I say to you

From the very bottom of my heart

Thank you!

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1909-1911: why politics never really changes

It's only chemo

A few facts about the 1909-1911 period, from the People’s Budget to the Parliament Act, taking in two elections along the way, which show us that there is nothing new under the sun.

  • Both elections in 1910 resulted in a hung Parliament with about 70 Irish Nationalists, and 42 Labour MPs.
  • The Unionists (Conservatives) won 2,270,753 votes to the Liberals 2,157,256 but the Liberals had one extra seat.
  • There were three major parties in Parliament during this era, and after 1910 the Liberal majority was somewhat reliant on them for majorities.
  • The Liberal government was accused of being in hock to Irish Nationalist support.
  • In 1906 the Liberals increased their seat count by 214, and in January 1910 they lost 123 seats. These sorts of swings were not unusual in this period. In 1945 Attlee increased his seat count by 239. No winning party then increased by over a hundred…

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‘Crowds and Power’ by Elias Canetti (GLM IX)

Intermittencies of the Mind

Elias Canetti’s Crowds and Power is a book I first read many years ago and one that I had intended to re-read for quite a few years now. With my reading of Stifter’s Witiko taking place only at the weekends I thought Crowds and Power would be a great book to read during the weekday commute; it’s non-fiction, which I sometimes find easier to read on a crowded bus, and it’s split into small chapters. Given that I’d considered Crowds and Power to be a favourite of mine when I first read it, I was surprised to find I was less enamoured with it second time around. Still, its positives outweigh its negatives and I would still recommend it to anyone at all interested in the subject.

Crowds and Power was first published as Masse und Macht in 1960 and was translated into English by Carol Stewart in 1962. It…

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Kommt ein Engel geflogen – Adventpost von Susanne Haun

Lovely, lovely drawings!!

Susanne Haun

1 - Susanne Haun, Ein Engel in New York und Schwerin, 1.1.2006, 15 x 10 cm, Tusche, Buntstift und Aquarell auf Silberburg Büttenpapier1 – Susanne Haun, Ein Engel in New York und Schwerin, 1.1.2006, 15 x 10 cm, Tusche, Buntstift und Aquarell auf Silberburg Büttenpapier

Kommt ein Engel geflogen – Adventpost von Susanne Haun

Sagt mir doch nicht

Es gäbe keine Engel mehr

Wenn ihr die Liebe gekannt habt

Ihre rosigen Flügelspitzen

Ihre eherne Strenge

Marie Luise Kaschnitz, deutsche Schriftstellerin (1901 – 1974)


Die Engelsthematik zieht sich durch mein gesamtes Oeuvre. Sie erscheinen mir als Wesen, die beschützen, mahnen, lieben, beraten, also in vielfältiger Funktion unterwegs sind.

2 - Susanne Haun, Wie einige von Sternen aufsteigen, 2.10.2005, 20 x 15 cm, Tusche, Buntstift und Aquarell auf Silberburg Büttenpapier2 – Susanne Haun, Wie einige von Sternen aufsteigen, 2.10.2005, 20 x 15 cm, Tusche, Buntstift und Aquarell auf Silberburg Büttenpapier

Und wie jedes Jahr nähert sich Weihnachten schnell, plötzlich und unerwartet.

So ist es gut, sich schon jetzt Gedanken um die Weihnachtsgeschenke zu machen. Vielleicht ein Schutzengel für das Familienoberhaupt*in oder Blumen für die Liebste, die nicht welken?

Aufgrunddessen biete ich als besonderes…

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#Non-Fiction Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin


  • Author:  Dr. Fiona Hill
  • Title: Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2012)
  • Published: 2015 (expanded version, paperback edition)
  • Genre:  non-fiction
  • List of Challenges 2019
  • Monthly plan
  • #NonFicNov


  1. I am watching the Impeachment Hearings
  2. …on television this week. (21-25 November)
  3. The officials who testified were nearly all career diplomats and
  4. nonpartisan experts, professionals.
  5. They decided, at genuine risk, to fulfill  their
  6. legal and moral obligation” to appear before Congress.
  7. I was so impressed by Dr. Fiona Hill.
  8. …for her smarts, directness, and her steely self-confidence
  9. She said she felt a “duty” to testify.
  10. She is an example to many potential witnesses who
  11. …will not testify…to finally “woman-up”.
  12. Dr. Fiona Hill was NOT someone the Republicans wanted to hear from.
  13. I KNEW  after her testimony…I had to read her book!


Why is Putin the world’s new strong guy
…and why should you know more about him?

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