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Happy birthday, Claude Monet!

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Bathers at La Grenouillère by Claude Monet in The National Gallery (London, England)

@NationalGallery @Monet #claudemonet

Born on this day, 180 years ago…

From The National Gallery:

“During the summer of 1869, Monet and Renoir painted together at La Grenouillère, a slightly raffish resort on the river Seine some 12 kilometres west of Paris. It had become a popular weekend retreat from the city during the 1860s.

Monet made several oil sketches at the resort, including this picture, in preparation for a large painting of the site that he planned to exhibit at the Salon of 1870. Painted quickly and technically quite crude, these studies have a directness and immediacy that could not be achieved in the studio. Monet was painting what he saw, without any attempt to tidy up the scene. Rather than a documentary record of La Grenouillère, he presents a summary of his own experience of fleeting visual effects or impressions that changed moment to moment. As pictures in their own right, these sketches were an important step towards Impressionism.”

Lotus in the Kew

Lotus

Four years ago today

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Barnet Rugby Club (UK)

@_METALBREW_ @DH_Diamond_Head #metalbrew #metalbrew2016

Magic, on so many levels, was in full effect as I walked back from the beer taps to the 2016 Metal Brew Festival. Diamond Head was about to hit the stage.

London revisited

Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes

Happy birthday, Rasmus Bom Andersen!

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Rasmus Bom Andersen of Diamond Head @ 2016 Metal Brew (England)

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160 years ago today…

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Big Ben (London, England)

Inauguration day was May 31, 1859. A year after this photo was taken (in 2016) Big Ben underwent a renovation and has been silent since. The renovation is scheduled to be completed in about 2021.