Merry Christmas!

I am typing fast and writing very little today. Just got to share with you a Christmas present I received from my eldest son.

Da da… 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die


I have an older edition on my ottoman in our snug in New Zealand…


If you know me at all, you will know that I am big on illustrated Books for coffee tables, (or ottomans with space enough to put one’s feet up while having a tea tray readied at all times.

So far here on our front room coffee table I have a picture book of Toulouse with many photos of some of the architecture and city colours that I saw first-hand when I have visited our eldest daughter…beautiful city!!!

The other book I have on the table is The Servant Queen published earlier this year…get a copy if you can!!

NOW, I am over the moon to say I have the latest publication of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die…My very own copy!

Just got to skite and shout it out there!

Here’s the official blurb copied and pasted for you –

Every one of the 1001 paintings selected for this book by Professor of Fine Art and internationally acclaimed painter, Professor Stephen Farthing, is reproduced in colour. From Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in scope and beautiful to look at. Within its pages are displayed 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial and arresting paintings that have ever been created. Remarkably, more than 400 twentieth- and twenty-first-century paintings are reproduced in these pages, including newly discovered works from contemporary galleries. Entertaining and informative text written by an international team of artists, curators, art critics and art collectors illuminates both the paintings and the people who painted them. An insightful review accompanies a beautiful reproduction of every painting – an enviable art collection to dip into whenever you please. Organised chronologically, you will discover fascinating and surprising juxtapositions as well as pleasing similarities. Beautifully designed and presented, “1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die” is an essential visual guidebook to sensational paintings from around the world.


Anyway, have to go; Christmas season is very busy in our house. In our family we had a birthday on the 24th and the 27th and of course Christ Jesus birthday on the 25th and this year we sneaked in our youngest’s birthday bash on the 26th while the whole family was gathered, even though his birthday is in November.

Merry Christmas everyone and a prosperous New Year.

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