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There is a fantastic open-air museum at Ballenberg, near Interlaken, at the very center of Switzerland. It is beautifully organized in woodland and meadow, to represent a geographical map of Switzerland, depicting by area a historical collection of rural buildings from the 15th to the 19th century. All of the structures were brought from their original locations and rebuilt on the site of the museum. Switzerland, because of its central location has a huge variety of different architectural styles, so no one style can said to be typical or dominant. As a general rule most are built on a stone foundation with the upper levels constructed in wood, with roofs of wooden shingles. The experience of walking through the museum is like physically traveling back through time. You can enter most of the buildings and because they are still mostly in their original state, complete with hanging clothes, kitchen utensils…

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ERNST KIRCHNER INSPIRATION

TWO NUDES.COLOURFUL. 1909
DODO SEATED NUDE WITH A HAT 1909 – LIKE THE GREEN AND THE BLUE
LOTTE LYING ON THE SOFA 1910
DODO WITH A LARGE FAN
LOVERS III 1911
NIGHTCLUB DANCERS
GIRL CIRCUS RIDER
STREET IN SCHONENBERG CIRTY PARK – BLUE SKY 1912-13
COUPLE IN A ROOM 1912
NOLUNDORF SQUARE: WOMAN BEFORE THE MIRROR 1913/20
LOVE HIS COLOUR LITHOGRAPHS
LOVERS IN THE MORNING
SELF PORTRAIT 1916

ERNST-LUDWIG-KIRCHNER-LOVERS

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VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM JANUARY 2010

REMEMBER:

ANTON MAUVE – THE WOODCUTTERS. A GREAT INTEPRETER OF THE NETHERLANDS GREY NATURE

ANTON

MATTHIJS MARIS – THE KITCHEN PRINCESS

KITCHEN PRINCESS
THEODORE ROUSSEAU – THE DESCENT OF CATTLE IN THE HIGH JURA MOUNTAINS (SKETCH WITH BRIGHT RED/ORANGE)
BONNARD – MONTMARTRE IN THE RAIN 1897

MONTMARTRE
GIOVANNI SEGANTINI – THE 2 MOTHERS 1897

TWO MOTHERS
DAMBIGNY – CLIFFS AT VILLERVILLE SUR MER
ODILON REDON – FIGURE UNDER A BLOSSOMING TREE, AND VASE OF A FLOWER
DEGAS – THE TUB

DEGAS TUB
JAN SHIFTERS – TWO WOMEN EMBRACING 1906 (love)

two women embracing
KEES VAN DONGON – PORTRAITS

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ALFRED STEVENS – ‘IF YOU PAINT A HIGH SOCIETY WOMAN YOU PAINTING MUST SMELL GREAT’

VAN GOGH:
THE COTTAGGE
FLOWERS STILL LIFE 1875 – COLOURFUL VASE
VASES WITH CHINA ASTERS AND GLADIOLI
SEASCAPES NEAR LES SANTES MARIES DE LA MER 1888
SPRING OF A FLOWERING ALMOND BLOSSOM IN A GLASS
ROSES 1890
IN THE CAFE AUGUSTINA SEAGATORI IN LE TAMBORINI
CAFE TABLE WITH ABSINTHE