Félix Ziem

Félix Ziem, a bit lesser known Pre-Impressionist and Orientalist, was born on 26 February 1821 in Beaune, on France’s Côte-d’Or. He was the son of a Croatian father and bourguignonne mother who recognised their son’s early artistic prowess and ensured he was enrolled in l’École d’Architecture et des Beaux-Arts in Dijon. At the fresh age of twenty he…

Summer Learnin', Had Me a Blast

It’s the Summer Solstice! That means lots of people officially have one thing on their minds— vacation. Time off. Holidays in the sun full of romantic adventures. Before I get all Mary-Kate and Ashley movie on you, let me clarify that I’m here today to discuss rest and relaxation of a loftier, more erudite sort. During the seventeenth century,…