Auguste Rodin: The Crouching Woman

Auguste Rodin’s bronze sculpture Crouching Woman (Femme accroupie) in the Hirshhorn Museum, USA

The Crouching Woman is a bronze sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It was modeled during the period 1882-1884, and enlarged during 1907-1911, and cast in 1962. The sculpture can be viewed in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the United States. According […]

Commercial uses of Acacia trees

Lightwood tree (Acacia implexa) in Canberra

Various trees and shrubs known as Acacias, including plants known by such names as Thorn Trees, Whistling Thorns, Wattles, Yellow-fever Acacia and Umbrella Acacia, belong to a genus of trees of the family Fabaceae. About 1300 species of acacias have been identified worldwide, out of which about 960 species are native to Australia. Acacias grow […]

Frederic Edwin Church: The Icebergs

The Icebergs (1861) landscape painting by Frederic Edwin Church, Dallas Museum of Arts

The American artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) specialized in painting landscapes that had a ‘spiritual dimension’ in each of his works. Frederic Edwin Church is one of the most widely traveled artists whose destinations included South America (especially the Andes), and countries in Europe and the Middle East (countries/ territories now known as Egypt, Syria, […]

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris)

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (Les Iris), oil painting of 1889

‘Irises’ (Les Iris) is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. It is currently on display at J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA. Vincent van Gogh painted ‘Irises’ in May 1889, days after he was admitted at the psychiatric center at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, southern […]

Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, from 36 Views of Mount Fuji, Color woodcut by Katsushika Hokusai

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (‘The Great Wave’, or ‘Behind the Great Wave at Kanagawa’), is a color woodblock print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). It is a great example of ukiyo-e art published in the period between 1830 and 1833 as a part of the artist’s famous series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount […]

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle drops bombs in Afghanistan in 2009

The United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle (see photo) is a multirole all-weather fighter bomber plane. It is an advanced version of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle fighter designed in the 80s for long-range, high-speed interdiction without relying on other electronic warfare aircraft or other escort planes. F-15E Strike Eagle fighter planes have been […]

Nymph and Cupid: sculpture by Pierre Legros the Elder

Nymph and Cupid by Pierre Legros the Elder at Versailles Palace, large wallpaper

Nymph and Cupid (Nymphe et Cupidon), sculpture by the French sculptor Pierre Legros the Elder (Pierre Legros l’Aîné, 1629-1714) at the south rim of the basin north of the Parterre d’Eau, Jardins du Château de Versailles, Yvelines, France. Pierre Le Gros the Elder’s output as a sculptor was mostly used for beautification and decoration of […]

Yosemite Valley as seen from Tunnel View

Yosemite Valley as seen from Tunnel View - large landscape wallpaper

Tunnel View is a scenic viewing point on State Route 41, towards the east of the 1.3 km long Wawona Tunnel, a highway tunnel in Yosemite National Park, which is home to the Giant Sequoia groves. The park is located in east central California in the United States. Tunnel View is the first of a […]

Aurora Borealis glow above Bear Lake, Alaska

Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, free widescreen wallpaper 1920 x 1200

The natural phenomenon known as aurora is a natural light display in the sky that occurs mainly in the ionosphere of the Polar Regions. Aurorae are caused by the collision of charged particles under the influence of the Earth’s magnetic field. An aurora (auroras or aurorae in plural) is normally visible at night, mostly around […]

Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love

Taj Mahal, free wallpaper size 1600 x 1200

The Taj Mahal, considered the symbol of eternal love, is a mausoleum in Agra, India. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631 at the birth of their 14th child. The Taj Mahal was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, […]