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Art for Art’s Sake (Part III)

December 20, 2014
  1. December 20, 2014 7:10 pm

    Thanks blogmeister, much obliged. 🙂

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    Van Gogh, Still Life with Absinthe, 1887

  10. December 20, 2014 8:01 pm

    Painter on the Road to Tarascon, August 1888, Vincent van Gogh on the road to Montmajour, oil on canvas, 48 × 44 cm., formerly Museum Magdeburg, believed to have been destroyed by fire in World War II

  11. egg permalink
    December 20, 2014 8:01 pm

    Some good shots, particularly the third one down has commercial possibilities.

  12. egg permalink
    December 20, 2014 8:08 pm

    This self portrait was dedicated to Paul Gauguin.

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  17. December 20, 2014 9:07 pm

    Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette, 1885–1886, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum

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    December 20, 2014 10:37 pm

    Paul Gauguin

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    December 21, 2014 12:09 pm

    Paul Gauguin

  21. December 21, 2014 6:44 pm

    Spent some time with David Chen today. He made me swear off acrylics and convert to oils. Our first of five workshop is early Feb.

  22. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 8:44 am

    Oils are best for vibrancy, but it takes so long to dry. Who has the time?

  23. December 22, 2014 4:49 pm

    Chen said acrylics were fine while I experimented with colour-mixing etc, but now I have to learn about pigments.

  24. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 4:56 pm

    Good luck with that.

    On the question of using oils, is it acceptable to paint over acrylic?

  25. December 22, 2014 5:06 pm

    Yes, just prime the canvas with some medium first.

  26. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 5:11 pm

    Okay, I’ll have a closer look.

  27. December 22, 2014 6:13 pm

    Contemporary art, in multiple dimensions, from last gen…much more spectacular on newgen.

    Apologies for the puke inducing zeitgeist coke ad…

  28. December 22, 2014 6:57 pm

    (I can’t get that GTA vid to play. Just stops and starts. Must be my ancient equipment.)

  29. December 22, 2014 7:01 pm

    Kar by Koons.

  30. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 7:10 pm

    Rummaging through my stuff I found an unopened bottle of Clear Painting Medium by Atelier, which leaves the door open to value add with an oil finish.

    The unfinished work I showed the other day (a marriage between Escher and Bridget Riley with my tennis balls) is flat and needs to be invigorated. So I’ll practice on that first.

  31. December 22, 2014 7:29 pm

    I’ll find a better link…IGN sucks arse…

  32. December 22, 2014 8:22 pm

    So egg, will you finally reveal that you are a female amateur artist rather than insisting that you are a “straight male”?

    You know, just in the interests of being honest with other ppl on this forum who are honest with you, or are you going to insist on perpetrating the lie about your own gender?

  33. December 22, 2014 8:25 pm

    BTW. If need be I have the proof to expose your lies and deceit but I’d rather you confess it yourself. #Justsayin

    Because you know what, I dont like to see other ppl taken for fools by your lies on this forum.

  34. December 22, 2014 8:31 pm

    I’m gender blind. Besides, those of us who choose to remain anonymous should be confident that privileged information held by the blogmaster will remain private.

    Unless your name is Michael Taylor.

  35. December 22, 2014 8:48 pm

    “those of us who choose to remain anonymous should be confident that privileged information held by the blogmaster will remain private.

    Of course.

    But when people deliberately lie about their true self on this forum and attempt to portray themselves as some identity that has nothing to do with who they are in real life then I reserve the right to advise other ppl who are participating in this forum in good faith that this is the case without revealing the name and address of that individual.

    I have had plenty of opportunity to reveal the identity of egg and her artistic pursuits and the nature of her small business in NSW but haver chosen not to do so.

    If egg still insists that she is a ‘straight male’ all I can say is I have plenty of evidence that can easily prove otherwise.

    Naturally I won’t.

  36. December 22, 2014 8:51 pm

    Oh, and how surprisement !

    Once again egg has famously managed to turn another completely unrelated thread into a discussion about herself….!

  37. December 22, 2014 8:51 pm

    I still don’t get why it’s an issue. After all, I’m pretending to be a straight middle-aged male, and only you would know if that’s actually true.

  38. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 8:51 pm

    I have said repeatedly that I am a male, with two sons, don’t know what else to say.

  39. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 8:54 pm

    Also, as I’ve said before, the woman you see under the bonnet is not me.

  40. December 22, 2014 8:54 pm

    The difference is you’ve never pretended to be something else, ToSY.

  41. December 22, 2014 8:55 pm

    That;s BS egg an you know it.

  42. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 8:57 pm

    Honest to dog blogmasta, I am a male.

  43. December 22, 2014 9:00 pm

    A male who is featured in the Bathurst local newspaper for making little hand painted elephants from plaster of paris under the name of “Claire”….??

  44. December 22, 2014 9:05 pm

    Please don’t, reb. If you can do that to one of us …

  45. December 22, 2014 9:07 pm

    (BTW, I know the identity of a few of the participants here, but would never – NEVER – tell. Nor should you.)

  46. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 9:12 pm

    Claire is my art teacher and good friend.

  47. December 22, 2014 9:17 pm

    Fine ToSY

    So right now I’m feeling like shutting this whole place down and doing something else with my life.

    Does that mean that egg has “won”?

  48. December 22, 2014 9:21 pm

    “Does that mean that egg has “won”?”

    Why does it have to be a contest? Surely someone can come here and post under an imaginary persona. Do you demand Meta, for example, reveals his/her age/sex/occupation? And yet, I’m sure you have enough information to piece that together.

  49. December 22, 2014 9:24 pm

    That’s BS egg. My sense of ethics and integrity prevents me from publishing the evidence that proves otherwise.

  50. December 22, 2014 9:27 pm

    ToSY – this is the last time that egg will turn this blog all about a discussion about herself .

  51. December 22, 2014 9:27 pm

    If you can’t see the pattern then I cant help you.

  52. December 22, 2014 9:29 pm

    It’s your joint.

  53. December 22, 2014 9:31 pm

    I’m out of here.

  54. egg permalink
    December 22, 2014 9:42 pm

  55. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 22, 2014 9:52 pm

    I wouldn’t recommend any –
    • Self banning
    • Opting out
    • Closure
    • Discontinuance of participation
    • Sulking
    • Concluding of dialogue

    I think this is a sensational tolerant and inclusive blog. Participants are (generally) humorous, (usually) intelligent and worldly in their perspective. the tolerance and humour reflects well on the majority of those who participate.

    There are simply one or 2 that over utlise the generosity of the site owner. It’s a pity, but mainly a function of the nature of the site.

  56. December 23, 2014 7:58 pm

    “I have said repeatedly that I am a male, with two sons, don’t know what else to say.”

    Ok egg, I will take that assurance in good faith (despite all the “evidence” pointing to the contrary.)

  57. December 23, 2014 8:16 pm

    Good on ya, reb. By the way, without wanting to reveal personal details, I did my own bit of googling and that female person to whom you referred has a male partner with a name very similar to egg’s original nickname.

    Just sayin’.

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  61. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 23, 2014 9:01 pm

    …and on this subject representation of our blog persona, I do have record my appreciation to Mr reb, who didn’t disclose that Fifi isn’t a surgically enhanced bottle blond

    (and that’s her unaltered condition despite my urgings).

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    December 23, 2014 9:38 pm

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  67. December 24, 2014 11:34 am

    Yeah, I think that might be a copy, egg.

  68. December 24, 2014 12:20 pm

    “William-Adolphe Bouguereau, November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905, was a French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work. As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work. Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.”

    After the Bath, 1875.

  69. egg permalink
    December 24, 2014 2:59 pm

    Lovely flesh tones.

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  71. December 29, 2014 12:25 pm

    Diego Velazquez, Old Woman Frying Eggs, 1618.

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    December 29, 2014 1:54 pm

    David Chen by Guntis Jansons

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    December 29, 2014 5:56 pm

    Tom Roberts at Coogee

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    December 29, 2014 6:40 pm

    Percy Lindsay

    Shipyards at Berry’s Bay

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    William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Abduction of Psyche, 1895

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    December 29, 2014 7:55 pm

    Norman Lindsay … ‘To the Elect’ 1928

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    December 30, 2014 3:40 pm

    Alan Craig

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  79. December 31, 2014 11:06 am

    Il visite souvent vos paisibles rivages.
    Souvent j’ecoute, et l’air, qui gemit dans vos bois,
    A mon oreille au loin veint apporter sa voix.
    (He often visits your peaceful shores.
    Often I listen, and the air, which trembles in the woods,
    From afar brings his voice to my ears).
    Andre Chenier (1762-1794)

    􀂆 Chloe, the work of distinguished French academician and teacher, Jules Joseph Lefebvre, made her debut in the Paris Salon in 1875, a show case exhibition of the work of the leading French Academic Masters. Lefebvre indicated in the exhibition catalogue the theme of his work by quoting the three lines above from Idylles by the romantic 18th century poet Andre Chenier. Chloe’s Salon debut was a raging success winning both the gold medal and acclamation from Salon judges, critics and the general public.

    􀂆 Chloe’s success established her as a fine work of art. She went on to travel both Sydney and Adelaide with equal success. Only when did she return to Victoria (from Sydney) to be displayed at the Galleries new opening time on Sundays, was there any scandal. The sight of nudity for the ‘Ladies Branch of the Anglican Social Purity’ was too much to ‘bare’. Dr Thomas Fitzgerald found it necessary to take back his kind loan of Chloe after 3 weeks of incredible societal backlash. The Argus received so much correspondence such that it dedicated a column to Chloe.

    􀂆 Dr Fitzgerald eventually hung Chloe at his residence in a front room visible to the public. This also was deemed unacceptable from certain members fromthe public, resulting in the move to a back room.

    􀂆 Henry Figsby Young purchased Chloe at Dr Fitzgerald’s estate auction in 1909. Young was considered an art collector and during his time at Princes Bridge Hotel, created a hotel that offered its patrons a fine art experience.

    􀂆 In her time at Young and Jackson Hotel, Chloe has witnessed much history including World Wars and Depressions. She has become known as the “Queen of the Bar Room Wall”, the mistress of the Soldiers and the Naked Nymphe. For many young men, Chloe became the only naked woman they ever witnessed on route to the War. She has captured the hearts of many men – even resulting in damaging relationships due to the
    jealous nature of some women. Chloe still evokes passionate feelings from people of all walks of life. Such innocence, tragedy and beauty. She remains aloof, waiting, with a twist of
    her head, for the call of her lover from afar. Today she is well loved by both women and men.

    More (PDF):

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    December 31, 2014 1:48 pm

    Egon Schiele

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  83. egg permalink
    January 1, 2015 9:14 am

    Not bad.

  84. January 2, 2015 9:18 am

    John Singer Sargent, A Dinner Table at Night, 1884

  85. January 2, 2015 9:19 am

    Sargent, John D. Rockefeller, 1917

  86. January 2, 2015 9:28 am

    Jules Joseph Lefebvre, Japonaise, 1882

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    Lefebvre, Le Cigale, 1872, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

  88. January 2, 2015 9:51 am

    James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Symphony in White no 1: The White Girl – Portrait of Joanna Hiffernan, 1862

  89. January 2, 2015 10:01 am

    “James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based artist active during the American Gilded Age. Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”. His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality—his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler entitled many of his paintings “arrangements”, “harmonies”, and “nocturnes”, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1″ (1871), commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.”

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    January 2, 2015 10:48 am

    Madam Matisse by Matisse (Fauve)

  91. January 2, 2015 11:20 am

    The Avenue in the Rain, 1917, by the American painter Childe Hassam. Courtesy of The White House Collection, The White House, Washington, D. C.

    Notes from Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008: “The Avenue in the Rain . . . is one of some 30 related paintings of flag-decorated streets that the artist [Childe Hassam] produced between 1916 and 1919, during and immediately after the First World War. . . . [T]hey are intensely patriotic works . . . .

    “. . . The avenue is Fifth Avenue, frequently decorated with American flags as American sentiment moved . . . from isolationism toward intervention. The artist’s most striking device here is the projection of flags into the picture from points of unseen anchor beyond the frame . . . . In one sense the flags become the surface of the painting . . . .

    “Observing shadows to be bluish rather than black, the Impressionists often became mannered in their use of blue, making it a dominant hue in many of their paintings. . . . [H]ere the rain and the rain-slicked streets give [Hassam] an excuse for a literal wash of blue and blue-gray, enhanced by a profusion of reflections.”

  92. January 2, 2015 11:29 am

    “John Henry Twachtman (August 4, 1853 – August 8, 1902) was an American painter best known for his impressionist landscapes, though his painting style varied widely through his career. Art historians consider Twachtman’s style of American Impressionism to be among the more personal and experimental of his generation. He was a member of “The Ten”, a loosely-allied group of American artists dissatisfied with professional art organizations, who banded together in 1898 to exhibit their works as a stylistically unified group.”

    Fishing Boats at Gloucester, 1901

  93. January 2, 2015 11:33 am

    Maurice Brazil Prendergast (October 10, 1858 – February 1, 1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist who worked in oil, watercolor, and monotype. He exhibited as a member of The Eight, though the delicacy of his compositions and mosaic-like beauty of his style differed from the artistic intentions and philosophy of the group.

    The Grand Canal, Venice (1898-1899)

  94. January 2, 2015 11:41 am

    ‘Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins (July 25, 1844 – June 25, 1916) was an American realist painter, photographer, sculptor, and fine arts educator. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history … At 96 by 78 inches, The Gross Clinic is one of the artist’s largest works, and considered by some to be his greatest. Eakins was elated by the project and stated that “it is very far better than anything I have ever done”. But if Eakins hoped to impress his home town with the picture, he was to be disappointed; public reaction to the painting of a realistic surgical incision and the resultant blood was ambivalent at best, and it was finally purchased by the college for the unimpressive sum of $200. Eakins borrowed it for subsequent exhibitions, where it drew strong reactions, such as that of the New York Daily Tribune, which both acknowledged and damned its powerful image, “but the more one praises it, the more one must condemn its admission to a gallery where men and women of weak nerves must be compelled to look at it. For not to look it is impossible…No purpose is gained by this morbid exhibition, no lesson taught—the painter shows his skill and the spectators’ gorge rises at it—that is all.” The college now describes it thus: “Today the once maligned picture is celebrated as a great nineteenth-century medical history painting, featuring one of the most superb portraits in American art”.’

  95. January 2, 2015 11:53 am

    “Mary Stevenson Cassatt (May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

    “She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot.”

    Tea, 1880.

  96. January 2, 2015 11:58 am

    “Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art.

    “Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator. He subsequently took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and prolific oeuvre, primarily chronicling his working vacations.”

    The Adirondack Guide, 1894

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    January 2, 2015 12:17 pm

    Norman Rockwell

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    January 2, 2015 12:24 pm

    Roland Wakelin …Berry’s Bay 1945

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    January 2, 2015 1:21 pm

    Maria Bashkirtseff ‘The Meeting’ 1884

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  102. January 2, 2015 4:47 pm

    Keming Shen, Tasting the Pond

  103. January 2, 2015 4:48 pm

    Shen, Dark Blue

  104. January 2, 2015 5:30 pm

    I met Liliana at the Box Hill Art Show. She’s done workshops with David Chen. His influence is obvious.

  105. January 2, 2015 5:43 pm

    (The main difference being Chen usually puts humans in his pictures.)

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    January 2, 2015 5:58 pm

    Chen has this quiet confidence.

  107. January 2, 2015 7:19 pm

    Joseph Mallord William Turner. The Hero of a Hundred Fights, (1800-1810)

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    Turner, The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire, 1817

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    January 3, 2015 10:28 am

    Charles Angrand

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    Van Gogh, A Pair of Shoes, 1886

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    Eugene Boch, 1888

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    January 3, 2015 12:14 pm

    Giovanni Boldini took this snapshot of Count Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac in 1897. Apparently this gentleman poet had a scathing wit and was generally known as a man about town.

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    January 3, 2015 12:39 pm

    Andre Devambez ‘The Police Charge’ 1901

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    January 3, 2015 1:25 pm

    And here is a watercolour landscape from Robin Purcell.

    At the moment I’m working on a series of Martian landscapes, the limited palette is a challenge, leaving me dependent on light and shadow. Now and then I throw in a Hubot or two for amusement.

  115. January 3, 2015 6:44 pm

    “Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French: [ʒɑnoɡyst dɔminik ɛ̃ɡʁ]; 29 August 1780 – 14 January 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres’s portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.”

    Portrait of Louis-François Bertin, 1832

  116. January 3, 2015 6:52 pm

    Ingres, Marcotte d’Argenteuil, 1810

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    January 4, 2015 12:34 pm

    Lucien Levy-Dhurmer ‘Woman with a gold medallion’ 1896

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    January 5, 2015 1:39 pm

    Jean Beraud

  119. Meta permalink
    January 6, 2015 3:34 am

    (Enter the Homninja…

    …and the quintessential German Whip.)

  120. egg permalink
    January 6, 2015 7:08 am

    Its the science fiction I like, because of its potential to be realised in the not too distant future.

    Putting together my Martian series is exciting and challenging, hubots being the most likely candidates to colonize the red planet.

  121. January 17, 2015 6:58 pm

    Hi Meta, I just watched that trailer. I was most surprised to see Yolandi and Ninja featuring. Thanks.

  122. January 18, 2015 6:43 am

    Vermeer, The Music Lesson, 1662 – 1665

  123. egg permalink
    January 18, 2015 8:01 am

    I haven’t seen Turner yet, looks like a very limited release through art houses similar to the Dendy.

  124. January 18, 2015 8:23 pm

    I’ve just been to see it (Mr Turner) at The Rivoli. It’s long, the narrative is tortuous, there is some excellent character acting, and plenty of stunning cinematography.

    Three and a half stars.

  125. January 19, 2015 9:56 pm

    Many of Vermeers pictures look to have been painted in the same corner of the same room (with different “sets”, depending on the subject).

  126. January 19, 2015 10:39 pm

    Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, 1659

  127. January 19, 2015 10:45 pm

    Girl interrupted at her music, 1658 – 1661

  128. January 19, 2015 10:50 pm

    Woman Holding a Balance, 1664

  129. January 19, 2015 11:03 pm

    The Milkmaid, 1660

  130. January 19, 2015 11:07 pm

    Lady writing a letter with her maid, 1670 – 1671

  131. January 19, 2015 11:15 pm

    This one was obviously not in that room, but it does display the unique photo-realistic quality Vermeer mastered,.(Anyone who’s interested can enlarge these pics by clicking on them.)

  132. January 19, 2015 11:17 pm

    (None of his contemporaries were doing anything like this.)

  133. January 19, 2015 11:26 pm

    Pearl Necklace

    vs. Pearl Earring

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