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Breton ladies sculling

Breton ladies sculling

Here’s something you don’t see every day – Breton women in traditional dress engaged in a sculling race. May the best hat win, I say…

I nicked this from Chris Partridge’s excellent weblog Rowing for Pleasure, who got it from Francophile dinghy cruising maven and Dinghy Cruising Association president Roger Barnes.

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René Quillivic woodcuts

René Quillivic

Have you heard of René Quillivic or his woodcuts? Neither had I, but now I’ve seen just a few on the weblog Adventures in the print trade, I’d very much like to see more.

It seems he was a Breton best known for his work as a sculptor, and created many memorials to the fallen of the First World War – but he was als noted for his woodcuts like the one above. I’m particularly intrigued by the way he manages to achieve a liquid quality with so few hard lines.

Read more here. My thanks to Malcolm Woods for leading me to this one.