Today’s Word: amour-propre (noun): Amour-propre (ah-moor PRAW-pruh) is a French term (literally, “self-love”) for self-esteem or self-respect. As used by Germaine Greer: “Man is jealous because of his amour-propre; woman is jealous because of her lack of it.”

 

Did You Know?: Scientists recently discovered 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total count to 79.

 

Worth Quoting:“Nature delights in punishing stupid people.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Art Notes

What You Need to Know If the Name “Auguste Rodin” Comes Up

The best-known sculptor of the “premodern” period, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) displays a great range of style and temperament in his sculptures – from soft and flowing to hard and almost abstract. Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, says Rodin’s portraits are “the most stellar in Western history.” Many critics say his best work was the monumental “Gates of Hell,” commissioned in 1884 but left unfinished at his death. Many of the characters in this work are taken from Dante’s Divine Comedy: The Inferno. Two other well-known Rodin works are “The Kiss” (1886-98) and “The Thinker” (1878-1889).

You should be aware that many art snobs will try to ridicule these works as sentimental or conventional. Don’t believe them. Say that you find them “brave” and “modern.” That may shut them up.