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The painter of pretty Normandy; Louis Aston Knight – Picture post!

There are fashions in art, and carefully laid out histories that link artistic movements together. And then there are the other paintings. Pretty things, that people hang on wall and like to look at without thinking very much.  Except perhaps to remember clear rivers touched by softly draping willow branches, on warm summer evenings.  Or…

Tanks and flowers in the Biville dunes – midweek photo post!

From the mid 1970’s until 2014 the dunes between Biville and the sea were occupied by the French army.  Here 300 hectares of unique sandy landscape shook to the sound of explosions and gunfire, as soldiers from all over the region came to do manoeuvres and target practise.  Now all that you will hear is…

American soldier in Normandy; drawings from 1944

Victor Alfred Lundy was 21 years old when he was shipped out to Europe, in August 1944.  D-Day and the army had changed his plans from architecture, to the infantry. Enlisting Victor enlisted in the army in December of 1941, the day after the bomb was dropped on Pearl Harbour. He was accepted into the Army Specialized…

Exploring the manor houses of Calvados, in 1937 – photo post!

During 1937, just before the outbreak of  WW2, the Touring Club of France went on an expedition to see the beautiful manor houses of Calvados, in Normandy. Happily for us they took a camera and recorded these grand old houses, including at least one that has now been lost forever. Lets join the Club on their…

When Degas visited Normandy – midweek picture post

Edgar Degas frequently visited Normandy with friends.  In 1869 he drew in pastel a handful of small landscapes of the coast. They are signed, which  suggests they had meaning and importance to the artist, who frequently did not sign his ‘lesser’ works. Here are a selection of those drawings.  It’s not known if they were…

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