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Walt Whitman in Russia: Three Love Affairs

Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 02:00

Walt Whitman’s influence on the creative output of 20th-century Russia — particularly in the years surrounding the 1917 Revolution — was enormous. For the 200th anniversary of Whitman's birth, Nina Murray looks at the translators through which Russians experienced his work, not only in a literary sense — through the efforts of Konstantin Balmont and Kornei Chukovsky — but also artistic, in the avant-garde printmaking of Vera Ermolaeva.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/walt-whitman-in-russia-three-love-affairs


Jan van Kessel's Signature of Caterpillars and Snakes (1657)

Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 17:58

One of history's most idiosyncratic artist signatures, composed entirely of writhing creatures.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/jan-van-kessel-s-signature-of-caterpillars-and-snakes-1657


My Diary in a Chinese Farm (1894)

Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 19:05

Feminist and novelist Alicia Little's intimate and unique insight into rural Chinese life at the end of the nineteenth century.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/my-diary-in-a-chinese-farm-1894


Music of the Squares: David Ramsay Hay and the Reinvention of Pythagorean Aesthetics

Thursday 16 May 2019 at 02:00

Understanding the same laws to apply to both visual and aural beauty, David Ramsay Hay thought it possible not only to analyse such visual wonders as the Parthenon in terms of music theory, but also to identify their corresponding musical harmonies and melodies. Carmel Raz on the Scottish artist’s original, idiosyncratic, and occasionally bewildering aesthetics.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/music-of-the-squares-david-ramsay-hay-and-the-reinvention-of-pythagorean-aesthetics


Karl Blossfeldt's Urformen der Kunst (1928)

Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 15:37

Photographs of plants captured in extraordinary detail, as if under the microscope, frozen into new forms almost beyond recognition.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/karl-blossfeldt-s-urformen-der-kunst-1928


John Locke’s Method for Common-Place Books (1685)

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 15:34

The philosopher's method for creating a personalized encyclopedia of quotations.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/john-lockes-method-for-common-place-books-1685


The Joys of Young Werther (1775)

Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 16:01

A year after Goethe’s tale of teenage angst and suicide came this satire giving it a Hollywood ending.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-joys-of-young-werther-1775


Get Thee to a Phalanstery: or, How Fourier Can Still Teach Us to Make Lemonade

Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 02:00

Hot on the heels of the French revolution — by way of extravagant orgies, obscure taxonomies, and lemonade seas — Charles Fourier offered up his blueprint for a socialist utopia, and in the process also one of the most influential early critiques of capitalism. Dominic Pettman explores Fourier’s radical, bizarre, and often astonishingly modern ideas, and how they might guide us in our own troubled times.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/get-thee-to-a-phalanstery-or-how-fourier-can-still-teach-us-to-make-lemonade/


Abide With Me (1914)

Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 09:24

Version from Olive Kline and Elsie Baker of one of the most popular hymn's of all time.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/abide-with-me-1914


Plants and Their Application to Ornament (1896)

Thursday 25 April 2019 at 17:04

Eugène Grasset's wonderful pictorial summation of his key ideas about natural forms and decorative motifs.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/plants-and-their-application-to-ornament-1896