A Pairing: Georges De La Tour + Cixin Liu

The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame, Georges de La Tour (circa 1635-1637)

Ye examined Feng. The kerosene lamp was a wonderful artist and created a classical painting with dignified colors and bright strokes: Feng had her coat draped over her shoulders exposing her red belly-band and a strong, graceful arm. The glow from the kerosene lamp painted her figure with vivid, warm colors, while the rest of the room dissolved into a gentle darkness. Close attention revealed a dim red glow, which didn’t come from the kerosene lamp, but from the heating charcoal on the ground. The cold air outside sculpted beautiful ice patterns on the windowpanes with the room’s warm, humid air.

The Three Body Problem, by Ken Liu

Something a little different this time from the usual painting & poetry pairings. Sometimes a paragraph from a novel has the same striking imagery that has me reaching for my notebook.

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