St Petersburg 4: Magical Atmosphere

My second week was a short one concerning uni, as there were public holidays on the Thursday and Friday: so no class! A friend and I decided to go to Pushkin for a day, i.e. Tsarskoye Selo (tsar village). Shamefully, we spent the first 3 hours there in the most insane pizza restaurant (Fortunato), definitely the best I'd …

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St Petersburg 3: Settling In

My first week was busy and a bit confusing, which I think is normal! I had to register at the university on Monday, then find my classes which take place every morning (more challenging than it sounds). This was unsuccesful the first two mornings; on Tuesday I turned up to a locked classroom and failed …

Antoni Fabrés

Antoni Fabrés was born in Barcelona in 1854, and went to Rome as a young sculptor. However, while he was there, he evolved into a painter instead. He continued to move around Europe somewhat; back to Barcelona and then to Paris, then back to Italy...and his fame and good reputation grew. He was recognised all over the place and …

Alfred Smith

Alfred Smith's name reveals his family's English origins, but in fact he was a Bordeaux-born Frenchman. He lived from 1854 to 1932 and was recognised and successful during his lifetime. His work uses a gentle palette, though as his style developed his colours brightened. I discovered the following painting of his at the Musée des …