Category Archives: Weerts, Jean-Joseph

Postcards from Père-Lachaise

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Azar Derakhshan: 'an Iranian refugee in France, she was a member of the anti-lapidation committee. I did wonder whether there existed a pro-lapidation committee, and whether indeed it existence would be permitted'

Azar Derakhshan: ‘An Iranian refugee in France, she was a member of the anti-lapidation committee. I did wonder whether there existed a pro-lapidation committee, and whether indeed it existence would be permitted.’ Probably it would, out of delicacy or cultural sensitivity

Mahmoud Al Hamchari: born in Um Khaled, Palestine, on 29 August 1939, killed in Paris 9 February 1973 while representing the PLO. 'He was blown up by an Israeli bomb in his Parisian flat: the Israelis believed he was the head of Black September in France and had participated in the planning of the attack on the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics'

Mahmoud Al Hamchari: ‘blown up by an Israeli bomb in his flat: the Israelis believed he was head of Black September in France and had participated in the planning of the attack on the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics’

Serovpé Mkhitarian: 'born in Van, in Ottoman Turkey, and (I surmise) escaped the genocide in 1915'

Serovpé Mkhitarian: ‘born in Van, in Ottoman Turkey, and (I surmise) escaped the genocide in 1915’

Laurent Monnet, Négotiant: 'he died in 1899, one imagines of a heart attack after or  during a too-copious and self-indulgent dinner. The paths of profit lead but to the grave'

Laurent Monnet: ‘died in 1899, one imagines of a heart attack after or during a too copious and self-indulgent dinner. The paths of profit lead but to the grave’

The art of Jean-Joseph Weerts

France!! Ou l’Alsace et la Lorraine désespérées (1906), Musée lorrain. 'Taste becomes a distinguishing feature of the great artist,' writes Dalrymple. 'But taste is a collective as well as an individual matter.' Weerts, though gifted, 'had not the penetration to see'

France!! Ou l’Alsace et la Lorraine désespérées (1906), Musée lorrain. ‘Taste becomes a distinguishing feature of the great artist,’ writes Dalrymple. ‘But taste is a collective as well as an individual matter.’ Weerts, though gifted, ‘had not the penetration to see

Marat assassiné! 13 juillet 1793, 8h du soir (1880), Musée d'art et d'industrie de Roubaix. Dalrymple writes that pictures by Weerts 'horrify us' because of 'their kitschiness, their literal realism but emotional preposterousness, in short their bad taste'

Marat assassiné! 13 juillet 1793, 8h du soir (1880), Musée d’art et d’industrie de Roubaix. Pictures by Weerts ‘horrify us’ because of ‘their kitschiness, their literal realism but emotional preposterousness, in short their bad taste’