What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 

fantastic paintings | 1/?? | The Raft of Medusa by Théodore Géricault

Based on the 1816 shipwreck of the Medusé, the painting depicts the remaining survivors who were forced to endure dehydration, starvation and cannibalism in an attempt to reach the African coastafter the ship had run aground. After hearing of the largely publicized tragedy, Géricault became obsessed with recreating the scene. So much so that he studied dying patients at a nearby hospital, spent hours perfecting the color of deceased skin and even taking severed body parts back to his studio. Upon showing his work he was met with praise for his abilities, but galleries and jurors were hesitant to promote it due to its graphic content. Eventually, the painting found success and is today recognized as one of the most important works from the Romantic period. It is currently displayed at the Louvre Museum | x

“I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life”

–from The Great Gatsby, published April 10, 1925

fantastic painters | 1/?? | Pablo Picasso

When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. | x

collection of short stories | 1/?? | Dubliners, by James Joyce

Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce’s idea of anepiphany: a moment where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. | x

The Festival of the Book | Charlottesville, Virginia | x

Kazimir Malevich

"The appearances of natural objects are in themselves meaningless; the essential thing is feeling…"

Malevich is credited with starting the Suprematist movement, which focused on non-representational forms and color as a way to recreate feelings instead of physical objects. This was the first time an intangible object was used as the subject for a painting.

Writers and artists of VCU, Poictesme is celebrating the birthday of James Branch Cabell with an art of flash fiction and art on Friday, April 11th at 7pm

We will pull science fiction and fantasy topics out of a party hat and your mission is to write and or draw, for 5-10 minutes, whatever your mind can think of based on that topic.There will be prizes for the best art and writing for the night, including publication on our tumblr.

And of course, there will be copious amounts of cake. Join the event on Facebook!

Have you visited Poictesme’s new websiteWe’re really excited to be our own domain name for the first time in our history. Big thanks to our designer, Kristen Rebelo, for creating our new logo, paying homage to James Branch Cabell’s signature eye glasses. And best of all, our space is add free.