Yesterday, the 25th of February 2013 ……

– was

Artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s 172nd Birth Anniversary.

Nuwan et Renoir (Oct 2008) # 1

Nuwan et Renoir (Oct 2008) # 1

Nuwan et Renoir (0ct 2OO8) # 2

Nuwan et Renoir (0ct 2OO8) # 2

Pix #1 With Renoir’s The Bathers @ Musée d’Orsay, Paris (Oct 2008) 

Pix #2 With Renoir’s Girls at the Piano @ Musée d’Orsay, Paris (Oct 2008) 

Born on the 25th of February, 1841, Renoir, happens to be one of my favourite artists from the impressionist era. What I love about his work is the unique use of extremely fine (tiny) brush strokes. Especially in The Bathers, the two reclining nudes look as if the two whole figures are covered with tiny little brownish hairs. And his use of warm colours to enhance the natural summery glow of the painting beautifies the work even more. Girls at the Piano too has that summery jubilant feel, but contrasting the society of the two females present in this picture, to that of The Bathers.  

Nuwan et Renoir (Sept 2OO8) # 3

Nuwan et Renoir (Sept 2008) #3

 Pix #3 With Renoir’s Ball at the Moulin de la Galette @ Musée d’Orsay, Paris (Sept 2008) 

Contrasting to the earlier two Renoir’s, the third picture, taken when I visited Musée d’Orsay  a month earlier, this particular painting uses more cooler shades. What I like most about this painting (along with a few others done in a similar style) is the way he depicts the sunny patches falling on the people through the trees. 

– was 

when I got up early in the morning, to catch the Oscars 2013, live telecast on Star Movies, despite a sleepless night. The 85th Annual Academy Awards was held on the 24th February 2013 night, by US time (Western US), which was early morning 25th February 2013, here. 

Oscar Red Carpet 2013

Oscar Red Carpet 2013

Red Carpet style & The Oscars

From all the celebrities, my favourite outfit was that of Anne Hathaway. She had an almost Audrey Hepburn kind of charm, in that simple pink outfit, very clean cut, neat. My kind of style. And her short crop works well with that outfit, making her feel more Hepburn and less Hathaway. Just as I was thinking that she has managed to capture the essence of Audrey Hepburn, Hathaway mentioned that the rocks on her neck were from Tiffany’s. Hathaway @ Tiffany’s!!! Wow!! She won the Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables (2012). Jessica Chastain & Jennifer Lawrence were the next two best dressed fem fatales of the evening. The main surprise at the ceremony for me was Jennifer Lawrence winning the Oscar for Best Actress, that was a bit unexpected. I’m sure she deserved it, although I can’t judge as I haven’t been able to see any of the films that were nominated this year. Having followed the Oscar buzz, I wasn’t surprised with any other win. Best Film, Argo (2012), Best Actor Daniel Day Lewis et al, won as expected. 

Seth Macfarlane did a superb job hosting the show. The highlights for me were, when he hinted at the Academy for not nominating Ben Affleck, the Captain Von Trapp scene and of course the segment of the ‘Boob’ song referring to all the Kate Winslet movies where she’s bared it all. Winslet by far is the best actress today after Meryl Streep. All in all, loved the show and re-watched most of it when it was re-telecast last night.


Oscar Winners & Show


a full moon day.

While the wolves were howling on one side of the globe, religious activities were being held on this side of the globe. Of course dogs were howling at the moon here as well.

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