Good study habits are a fundamental part of the learning process, and environment plays a big role in how well children study at home. Just as each child is different, so are their study space needs. The essentials include a quiet location, good lighting, an organization system, comfortable furniture and connectivity.
Watch a Sotheby’s expert unfurl a classical Chinese scroll and discover the lines and marks that make each scroll unique. This scroll will be offered, among other works of calligraphy and paintings both classic and contemporary, at the Sept. 18 sale of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York.
After the successful sale in March, Classical Chinese Paintings in New York has once more selected a group of paintings and calligraphy from private collections around the world for the upcoming auctions in September.
Offered in the main sale Sept. 18 are calligraphy masterpieces respectively by Wang Shouren, Xie Jin, Wen Zhengming and Ni Yuanlu. These works represent the individual styles of the Ming masters. The cursive-styled calligraphy by Xie Jin is unique in combining calligraphy and painting techniques. Written at the age of 86six, Wen Zhengming’s small-character handscroll presents a poem composed by himself in the early years.
Classical paintings include “Bamboo and Rock” by Zheng Xie, “Wait for a Boat in Autumn” by Tang Yin, “Figures” by Chen Hongshou, “Portrait of Hanshan” by Luo Pin, “Autumn Scene” by Wu Li, “Flowers” by Li Fangying and “Landscape” by Li Shan. Among all paintings, the large work by Zheng Xie is a remarkable piece rare to find in the market. Luo Pin’s work depicts Hanshanzi’s spiritual world, and comes directly from the renowned collector and connoisseur R. H. Ellsworth.
As importantly, there are modern works by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi. “The Landscape after Shixi” by Zhang Daqian is formerly in the collection of Zhang Qun, former governor of the Sichuan province in the Republic period. This is one of Zhang’s best works imitating the style of Shixi painted in his middle ages.
Immediately following the main Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale, at approximately 5pm on the 18th, there will also be a special auction of eight pieces formerly in the collection of General Zhu Shaoliang and Mrs. Zhu. Perhaps the most important work by Zhang Daqian in this sale is a portrait of Avalokitesvara in the style of murals in the Mogao caves, painted by Zhang during his stay in Dunhuang in the early 1940s. The painting depicts Avalokitesvara holding a crystal plate and a whisk. With rich color and dignified figure, this work absorbs the best quality of the Dunhuang art.
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What are you going to do with the final couple of weeks of summer? It’s the perfect time for a day trip. Lucky for us, Texas’ natural beauty and pioneer legacy make it the perfect place to roam, play, explore and enjoy.
Back to school can be crazy, right? So, we’ll take anything to make the transition a little easier. That’s why we went looking for some great apps to help us (and the kids) get back into the back-to-school swing. Here’s what we found.
LONDON – Summer means fizz… and not just any kind of fizz. The great Champagne house of Pol Roger recently summoned a motley crew of enthusiasts, or should I say, experts, to Epernay for the launch of their superb Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2002 – named, of course, in recognition of Pol Roger being his Champagne of choice.
We broached our magnums with reverence, much as we would have done in the presence of the great man himself. The renowned 2002 vintage was the third year at Pol Roger for winemaker Dominique Petit and it proved perfect timing to try out all his new cellar equipment. It is a glorious Champagne, full but with so much finesse and “sweet” nuttiness. We then had to review the Winston Churchill 1996, a classic of the genre, followed by the gentle maturity of the 1988, totally on song and giving pure, dancing pleasure. – By Serena Sutcliffe for The Vine
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The book engages a young audience with a new color and shape on every page, and by the end, the kiddos have built their very own monster.
“Toddlers are not ready to sit and listen to a whole story,” she says. “If they are not familiar with the concept they will lose interest, but if they know every word it fails to grab their attention. They need to have some sort of control.”
Just because the local library’s summer reading program is over doesn’t mean you should take a vacation from reading. The local librarians we talked to all summer stressed the importance of reading daily – at least 30 minutes. So, here’s one last book recommendation.
And, don’t forget that you can always go to the library and wander among the stacks for more great picks …
Is your child a fan of games? This book fits the bill.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is more than just a novel filled with humor and suspense. It is a game in itself. Readers will have fun solving clues and answering riddles, all while learning the ins and outs of the Dewey Decimal system.
As London readies itself for the opening of the Frieze art fair, explore what has become one of the cornerstones of the week’s festivities, PAD London, offering 20th century art, design and decorative arts.
Frieze is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs, and takes place Oct. 15-18 in Regent’s Park, London.
In this video, Sotheby’s art experts talk about their involvement in the fair and the offerings Sotheby’s will have there.