Jean-Baptiste MondinoMan Looking at the Origin of the World

"I nominate Mona Lisa and the Girl with the Pearl Earring." [via]

Nocturne 17
Chad Wys

Nothing is better
Gustave Courbet - The Black Rocks at Trouville 1865/1866

Zara Pfeifer
I’m too blue

The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on August 23, 1989.Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning over 600 kilometres (370 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR, republics of the Soviet Union. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The pact and its secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and led to the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940.
The protest was designed to draw global attention by demonstrating a popular desire for independence for each of the entities. It also illustrated solidarity among the three nations. It has been described as an effective publicity campaign, emotionally captivating and visually stunning scene.

"Balzac, the silhouette", 1908
Photographer: Edward Steichen
Gum bichromate print
Metropolitan museum of art
black and white