"Aversion: A Glimpse into the Spectrum of Dislike" In 1864
Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink)
985820 Abraham Lincoln, signed carte-de-visite, 1864 (vignette, mount, gold-ruled border, ink) by Berger, Anthony (fl.1861-65); 10.1x6.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Abraham Lincoln)
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"Aversion: A Glimpse into the Spectrum of Dislike" In 1864, Abraham Lincoln's signed carte-de-visite captured his stoic presence amidst a vignette with a gold-ruled border, inked in history forever. Fast forward to 1920, where an odalisque mesmerizes viewers with her allure in an oil on canvas masterpiece that exudes sensuality and mystery. A gelatin silver print from 1930 reveals a reclining nude figure with hands behind her head, evoking both vulnerability and confidence through the lens of black and white photography. Meanwhile, a hand-coloured lithograph from 1865 showcases the vibrant plumage of a ruffed grouse against a backdrop of nature's beauty. Moving on to 1872, we find ourselves studying the intricate details of "Study of a Head for The Bower Meadow" rendered delicately in black chalk by an artist seeking perfection. The three-quarter length portrait captures William Pitt standing tall in his dark jacket and breeches; it is as if he commands respect even through time itself. Transporting us back to the mid-19th century is an albumen print depicting a semi-nude woman amongst trees—an ethereal image that sparks curiosity about her story hidden within those branches. An anti-smoking campaign poster serves as a stark reminder of society's aversion towards this harmful habit—a visual plea for healthier choices and cleaner air. Mileva Maric's carte-de-visite portrait taken in Zurich around 1896 offers us insight into her life as she gazes directly at the camera—her expression hinting at untold stories yet to be discovered. Escaping into artistry takes us to 1880 when two rabbits and guinea pig make their getaway onto canvas—a playful scene that brings smiles while reminding us how freedom can manifest itself unexpectedly.