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“Every artist was first an amateur.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), an American poet and essayist, whose views were more philosophical than naturalistic. He expressed his views undauntedly on the connection and relationship of human soul and surrounding nature. His essays dealt with developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, and the ability for the humankind to realize almost anything. His works have greatly influenced many thinkers, writers, and poets, including Henry David Thoreau. Emerson led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. During his last days, Emerson faced memory issues and suffered with aphasia. Emerson forgot almost everything, even his own name, before his death.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Ryoei Saito (1916 – 1996), a Japanese businessman, was well-known for buying the most expensive paintings. He bought Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890), a Dutch artist and Bal du moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), a French artist. Ryoei was declared bankrupt and speculations state that he burned these masterpieces after bankruptcy. Some sources state that he hid these paintings in his basement before he died. However, there are rumors that Ryoei had sold them to Swiss Banker to clear his debts but nothing was confirmed. Whatever the reason, these paintings are lost forever!

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Willem van Gogh

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Willem van Gogh

 

Bal du moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Bal du moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930), famous for his Sherlock Holmes character, was a Scottish writer and physician. Historian Rodger Garrick-Steele claimed that the well-known novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, was originally written by Conan Doyle’s friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson. Conan Doyle was afraid of being exposed as a fraud, therefore, he approached Robinson’s wife, with whom Doyle had an affair, to poison him. Conan Doyle poisoned his friend with laudanum (10% powdered opium). Doyle chose to kill his friend in order to conceal his fraud and plagiarism. The fear of social disgrace was the primary reason of this murder.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

Don Quixote, regarded as the best work of fiction ever written, was penned by a Spanish writer named Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). It is the best-selling novel of all time with over 500 million copies sold. Cervantes’ Magnum Opus, Don Quixote, was also considered to be the first modern European novel.

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes

 

 

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement & helped develop the Art Nouveau and poster styles.

Although Beardsley was associated with the homosexual clique that included Oscar Wilde, the details of his sexuality remain in question. He was generally regarded as asexual. Speculation about his sexuality include rumors of an incestuous relationship with his elder sister, Mabel, who may have become pregnant by her brother and miscarried.

Despite the brevity of his career which lasted 6 years, his contribution to Art Noveau & poster styles are considered significant. He died at the age of 25 years from tuberculosis.

Poster by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

Poster by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

 

 

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824), one of the most influential English Poets, who composed “She Walks in Beauty”, died at the age of 36 due to some unknown illness. He fought the war of Independence for Greeks and participated in Greek War against the Ottoman Empire. Greeks hold high respect for him and consider him as a “national hero”. Lord Byron lived luxuriously with aristocratic excesses and countless scandals, including incestuous relationship with his half-sister, countless love affairs with men and women, huge debts, and later, self-imposed exile. He was revered and despised by many in his era. He spent his life mostly travelling and writing. Lord Byron was a great animal lover, and often indulged in physical street fights and participated in boxing bouts. Byron was born with a birth defect— a deformity of his right foot (club foot).

Lord Byron

Lord Byron

Some famous quotes by Lord Byron:

“A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.”

“Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.”

“The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.”

“Adversity is the first path to truth.”

“Absence – that common cure of love.”

Manuela Saenz, the woman branded the most famous harlot in the Americas died a pariah, her body dumped in a communal grave along with other victims of a diphtheria epidemic.

It was the price she paid for being the lover and fellow conspirator of Simón Bolívar, the liberator of South America. She died in 1856 in the Peruvian coastal town of Paita, aged around 60, a figure of ignominy.

Manuela Saenz

Manuela Saenz

 

 

Ludwig Ganghofer (1855 – 1920) was a German Writer, who left his Mechanical Engineering for literature. He is famous for his Homeland Novels and other plays. Also, he is the founder of Munich Literary Society.

Ludwig Ganghofer

Ludwig Ganghofer

 

 

The title under the picture: "Mr. Oscar Wilde, now exposed as an unspeakable pervert"

The title under the picture: “Mr. Oscar Wilde, now exposed as an unspeakable pervert”

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was caught in a controversy. He was accused for committing a Felony. Private detectives were hired to find evidence of Wilde’s homosexual liaisons to prove the fact of the accusation in the year 1895. According to several reports, Wilde used to entice naive boys (youth) into a life of vicious homosexuality. In those days, Sodomy (homosexuality) was a serious crime.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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