Many Lives Mark This Place by John Hartman

This is a really tough one. As much as I love the three primary concerns of this book (writers, art and Canadian landscapes), I really don’t love Hartman’s style of portraiture. Aside from his sitters all looking ugly and misshapen, I don’t care for the way their heads and upper bodies are floating above their chosen landscapes, with no connection between the two. It’s a strange choice since each writer contributed a piece about their relationship with the terrain. Why not show them actually in it?

Still Life with Apples and a Pomegranate by Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet Still Life with Apples and a Pomegranate 1871-2 Oil on canvas, 44.5 x 61 cm Bought, 1951 NG5983

Oh, I love this one. Amazing. The National Gallery (the UK one, not Canada) has more details and a zoomable version, which I highly recommend.