Peony – 20

peony - 20
“Famous painters of peonies have included Conrad Gessner (ca. 1550) and Auguste Renoir in 1879. Paeonia officinalis can be found in the altar picture of Maria im Rosenhag by Schongauer in the former Dominican Church in Colmar. The Italian Jesuit, painter and architect Lang Shih-ning (Giuseppe Castiglione, 1688 – 1766) who worked at the court of Emperor Ch’ien Lung, in the Ch’ing Dynasty painted peonies.”


Peony – 19

Peony - 19
“The little boy nodded at the peony and the peony seemed to nod back. The little boy was neat, clean and pretty. The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty.”

What’s Bred in the Bone ― Robertson Davies

Autumn – 3

Autumn - 3
Autumn Leaves is a much-recorded popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song “Les feuilles mortes” (literally “The Dead Leaves”) with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert, and the Hungarian title is “Hulló levelek” (Falling Leaves). Yves Montand (with Irène Joachim) introduced “Les feuilles mortes” in 1946 in the film Les Portes de la Nuit.”