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Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works of Xu Jiang | ArtZineChina.com | 中国艺志

Redemption of a Sunflower Garden: New Works of Xu Jiang | ArtZineChina.com | 中国艺志 | Oh, you pretty things! | Scoop.it

"Xu Jiang was born in Fujian province in 1955. [...] Since 2003, Xu Jiang's woks has focused on sunflowers. They relate to his experience living in the countryside of Fujian province as a middle school teacher. Xu Jiang once said sunflowers are not always facing the sun, but 'stands to one direction, where the sun rises.'"

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Winged Victory of Samothrace | Louvre Museum | Paris

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"The goddess of Victory (Nike, in Greek) is shown in the form of a winged woman standing on the prow of a ship, braced against the strong wind blowing through her garments."

 

I find Winged Victory breathtakingly powerful and beautiful. I long to see what her head and face looked like.

 

As you stand near it, you can almost feel the wind rippling through her robes. I can imagine how she must have stirred the hearts of the victorious warriors and the people of their city, evoking the feeling of power and excitement as their ship raced towards victory.

 

[Image: Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_Victory_of_Samothrace).]

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Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace, c. 190 B.C.E.

"tremendous expressive force"

 

Even this massive sculpture can be dwarfed by its home in the hall of a modern museum. I wonder how this size contrast relates to its original location "in a rock niche that had been dug into a hill; it overlooked the theater of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods" (http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/winged-victory-samothrace).

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