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Watch how to create your own simple thaumatrope here.

A thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string or rubber band. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision.

Examples of common thaumatrope pictures include a bare tree on one side of the disk, and its leaves on the other, or a bird on one side and a cage on the other. Many classic thaumatropes also included riddles or short poems, with one line on each side.

Thaumatropes can provide an illusion of motion with the two sides of the disc each depicting a different phase of the motion.

Thaumatropes are often seen as important antecedents of motion pictures and in particular of animation.



Jaume Plensa at Yorkshire Sculpture Park


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11.11.17 / 19:00–20:15
Location: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Adults £10.00
Children £10.00


Check here to see what’s currently on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


Wishing Jaume Plensa’s sculptures were all still in Yorkshire!





Pastoral Realism

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Shepherdess 1889


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Gleaners 1894


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William-Adolphe Bouguereau

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1825 – 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! (more)