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When I commented on a tweet where Terri Windling had mentioned Hammerschoi, saying that Hammershoi and the other artists who studied with or knew the Krøyers were an interesting bunch, she asked me where to learn more about them. After a quick search of my library, I realized I own almost nothing written about them, so I set off to find some links.

I started with Marie Krøyer and Anna Ancher, as those are two artists of the bunch who particularly interested me when I was in Denmark and nearby countries and going to art museums. Well, staying at Skagen and then finding out painters had loved the light there was a huge part of sparking my initial interest, which was strengthened when I found out my sister loves the work of the Krøyers too. And yet, as you'll see, saying "the work of the Krøyers" isn't the straightforward phrase it appears to be, as these people had complicated lives, in work and love and all things. They and their friends and acquaintances left palimpsests of a sort in their work, which fascinate and puzzle and tantalize. Juan and I are still remarking on what the painter of "The Scream" made of the Evening School bunch when he was around them. (Also what commentary on Munch's observations of the social and romantic life of the Skagen artists might be made regarding the painting, which discussion came from seeing a great many of the associated artists' work together, probably at the Hirschsprungske Samling and other Copenhagen museums on our trip there. Sadly, the museum at Skagen was closed when we were there, or I would have found out more about them earlier.)

The Skagen painters were not just painters; sculptors, writers, and composers were part of the flock that gathered in Skagen every summer.

Anyhow, there is so much I don't know about these people, but here, have a tiny start on a list of...

Dramatis Personae:

Marie Triepcke Krøyer Alfvén -- When women wanting to study art were refused entry to the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, she did something about it. And that was just the beginning. There's an overview (part 1 and part 2) at the National Museum of Women in the Arts' website, as well as info on other artists mentioned her.) Husband also painted, and things didn't work out so well between these two.

Anna Brøndum Ancher -- Grew up in Skagen, the only member of the Skagen Painters group to do so, if I recall correctly. Her talent was recognizable from an early age. (Some info at NMWA.) Well known as a great Danish artist. (Here is Girl in the Kitchen 1883-1886.) Husband also painted, which worked out a bit better for Anna than a similar situation had worked out for her friend Marie, above.

I must go have food and then do some work, so I'll leave this here for now and hope to add to it later. Please do recommend sources I might like if you know them! What little I know is from looking at the work in person, and from a book on the pieces in the Hirschsprungske Samling which I cannot find at the moment.

Here's a link to an Facebook group about the work of the Skagen painters, for those who do the Book of Face: https://www.facebook.com/skagenpainters/


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 Do not be taken aback, please, if various access and permissions and such have recently changed, or if they change several times in the next day or seven. I'm trying some things out here with access and reading list and how much energy I have and how guilty I feel for not keeping up with things, as well as with figuring out what helps me get things done. If I dropped you from access, it doesn't mean I don't like you, OK?


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 In the course of reshelving various treasures, I came across a bit of printed-out electronic correspondence from my dear Mr. Ford. One line was, "I love you. In any language or subset thereof."

He said that he loved me, and he said it often.

He was such a Mike. 

I was so lucky. And I still am.

Thanks for listening.
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 "The poet and essayist Frederick Turner noted that, despite the current techno-bleat about artificial realities, the technology to store human personality has been mature for a long, long time. We call it Art. Whenever the Ninth is played, or Huckleberry Finn is read, or Falstaff catechizes, Beethoven and Twain and Shakespeare are recreated. It is something less than having them across the dinner table from you, to be sure, but it is also something a good deal greater than death."

-- "One More from the Back of the Hall," John M. Ford, 2001
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For various reasons, I am moved to reprint this piece I wrote way back. It originally appeared in Xanadu 3, from Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg, Tor Books.

CN: survivor of family violence story )

(c) 1995 Elise Matthesen. All rights reserved.  (Contact me at lionesselise at gmail dot com to ask about reprints; I'm often pretty amiable about it. Permission is hereby granted to make one copy for personal use, if you find the story helpful.)

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[NOTE: I might add bits of elaboration to this over the next day or three, because I am writing this at the last minute before sign-ups close.]



Hello, dear Yuletide Author! Thank you for being willing to write a thing!

Fandom: Shadow Unit
Characters: Any

I love Shadow Unit a lot, and part of what I love about it is how the different members of the team see each other. They are very interesting, very different people, and they work together under extreme and demanding circumstances, and I am fascinated about the teamwork and what each of them has to do to make their team work -- and, sometimes, to survive their team as well as helping their team survive. I want to see how they deal with feelings of belonging/not-belonging. You can go anywhere you need to go with this, as long as you've got two (or more) viewpoints that have different takes on the same things.

Bonus points for doughnuts and team dynamics, and strategies and tactics relating thereunto.

Also, Frost fascinates me, so if she appears somewhere in whatever you write, I will bliss. Doesn't have to be her POV, but anything that gives a hint of how she handles things and how others react to and deal with her will make me very happy.


Fandom: Arcadia, Stoppard

I'm hoping for a fic from the POV of the staff of the Croom household. Comedy, drama, whatever -- I will take anything, as long as it's backstairs commentary.


Fandom: Birdhouse In Your Soul - (song) They Might Be Giants

This is a song that's one of Juan's and my "our songs." This request is a long shot, but... can you write me a polyamory-positive fic from this song?
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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


http://tinyurl.com/mbkcbkm


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


http://tinyurl.com/nx97tsm


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


http://tinyurl.com/l5ebudo


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


http://tinyurl.com/o9v6gez


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


http://tinyurl.com/mwaswo2


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


http://tinyurl.com/pk3sof3


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To do it properly, one looks at the picture first, comes up with a caption, and only then does one turn the postcard over to read what everyone else has written and to add one's own caption at the bottom of the list. This is one of a series. Original post and explanation is here.

(Sorry, if you go directly there you'll see the captions for the first one, because that's how cut-tags work. If you want to see all of these without spoilers, click on this, which gets you all entries tagged with "Snarky Valentine's Postcard Tea" and doesn't show what's behind the cut-tags until you tell it to.)


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