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Pablo Neruda: Ode alla Pace / Peace for twilights to come!

Sia pace per le aurore che verranno,
pace per il ponte, pace per il vino,
pace per le parole che mi frugano
più dentro e che dal mio sangue risalgono
legando terra e amori con l’antico
canto;

Walter Crane (1845-1915) The Angel of Peace

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Beatrice Parsons | Garden painter

Beatrice Emma Parsons (1870–1955) was a British painter and is best known for her watercolours of garden subjects. Parsons, along with George Samuel Elgood and Ernest Arthur Rowe, is considered one of the leading English painters of gardens.
Parsons was born in Peckham, South London, England in 1870.
She was sister to Karl Parsons, a stained-glass artist, who commemorated their family in a stained-glass window in St. Matthew's Church, Oxhey.
Parsons attended the Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls and studied at King's College London, before attending the Royal Academy Schools, where she won three prizes.


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Alda Merini | Rosa di maggio

L’alba si è fatta
profumo di rose.

Rosa di maggio,
abbarbicata sul muro vetusto;
affresco di vita
corroso dagli scherni del tempo.

Vicente Romero Redondo

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the Museum Barberini

Pierre-Auguste Renoir | The Pear Tree, 1877

In the early 1860s Pierre-Auguste Renoir had studied in the Paris atelier of Swiss history painter Charles Gleyre.
Together with his fellow pupils Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, he belonged to the nucleus of the group that would become known as Impressionists in the mid-1870s.
Renoir’s early experiments with painting in the open air were decisive for the development of his visual language. In a departure from traditional methods, he worked en plein air not merely for studies, but also, like Monet, in order to create independent, finished works.


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Childe Hassam | Geraniums, 1888-1889

From: Christie's
Following a successful career in Boston, in 1886 the celebrated American Impressionist Childe Hassam (1859-1935) journeyed to Paris with his wife Maud where he would remain until 1889.
During this time in the summer months, the Hassams visited the country home of German businessman Ernest Blumenthal and his wife, who was friends with Mrs. Hassam, in Villiers-Le-Bel, a small town ten miles northeast of Paris in the Val d’Oise.


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Marie Laurencin | Pittrice cubista

Marie Laurencin (Parigi, 1883-1956) è stata una pittrice, artista ed illustratrice Francese.
Nel 1907 espose per la prima volta al Salon des Indépendants.
Nello stesso anno Picasso le fece conoscere Guillaume Apollinaire.
Da questo incontro nacque un legame passionale e tumultuoso che durò fino al 1912.
Nel 1914 sposò il barone Otto von Wätjen. La coppia si spostò in Spagna dopo la dichiarazione di guerra, prima a Madrid e poi a Barcellona.


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Dod Procter | Morning, 1926 | Tate

In 1922, Dod Procter (British painter, 1890-1972) began to paint a series of simple, monumental portraits of young women that she knew.
Emphasising the fall of light across the figures, Proctor gave them a powerful presence.
This painting features Cissie Barnes, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a fisherman from Newlyn in Cornwall.
This village was home to Procter for most of her working life.
This painting was voted 'Picture of the Year' at the 1927 Summer Exhibition, a yearly show at the Royal Academy in London.
It was bought for the nation by the Daily Mail newspaper.
The popularity of the painting led to its being displayed in New York, followed by a tour of Britain.

Dod Procter | Morning, 1926 | Tate

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Wisława Szymborska | The End and the Beginning / La Fine e l'Inizio

Dopo ogni guerra
c'è chi deve ripulire.
In fondo un po' d'ordine
da solo non si fa.

C'è chi deve spingere le macerie
ai bordi delle strade
per far passare
i carri pieni di cadaveri.

Pablo Picasso | Guernica, 1937 | Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid