2015年11月23日 星期一

poignant, accouterments, odalisques

Odalisques were the most popular subject of Matisse's Nice period, during the 1920s. They appear in diverse poses in innumerable canvases: reclining, lounging, seated, or standing, frequently with their arms raised or folded behind the head. Dressed or semi-dressed in exotic attire, they are placed against a decorative background of richly patterned fabrics and oriental rugs and surrounded by oriental accouterments.

The remarkable career of Henri Matisse, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, spanned almost six and a half decades.
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A haiku poem by Kazuyo Eguchi goes: "With its transparent life/ There are no secrets/ The jellyfish must hide."
Come to think of it, there is something poignant about how the jellyfish plays with water. I believe, feared and hated as it is by beachgoers, this creature must serve a useful purpose, being a small cog in the ecosystem. We cannot separate a sea friendly to jellyfish from a land that is friendly to humans.
--The Asahi Shimbun, Aug. 12(IHT/Asahi: August 13,2008)





One poignant story concerned the auction last week of the 26,000-square-foot, $21 million “dream house” of a couple in Connecticut who discovered, once they had built it and moved in, that the house’s style, proportions and accouterments — billiards room, theater and indoor Tuscan-style courtyard — did not fit them at all. “I would be happy with 3,500 square feet,” the wife was reported as saying.


odalisque
ˈəʊd(ə)lɪsk/
noun
historical
plural noun: odalisques
  1. a female slave or concubine in a harem, especially one in the seraglio of the Sultan of Turkey.
    • an exotic, sexually attractive woman.
      "you do not have to learn to paint an odalisque like Matisse"

poignant

(poin'yənt) pronunciation

adj.
    1. Profoundly moving; touching: a poignant memory. See synonyms at moving.
    2. Physically painful: “Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward” (Ambrose Bierce).
    3. Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings: poignant anxiety.
  1. Piercing; incisive: poignant criticism.
    1. Neat, skillful, and to the point: poignant illustrations supplementing the text.
    2. Astute and pertinent; relevant: poignant suggestions.
  2. Agreeably intense or stimulating: poignant delight.
  3. Archaic.
    1. Sharp or sour to the taste; piquant.
    2. Sharp or pungent to the smell.
[Middle English poinaunt, from Old French poignant, present participle of poindre, to prick, from Latin pungere.]
━━ a. 痛烈な; 痛切な; 辛らつな; 感動的な; (舌に)ぴりっとする, (鼻に)つんとくる.


poignant
causing or having a particularly sharp feeling of sadness:
The photograph awakens poignant memories of happier days.
It is especially poignant that he died on the day before the wedding.

poignantly
adverb

poignancy
noun [U]
The poem has a haunting poignancy.

ac・cou・ter・ments


━━ n.pl. 服装; (軍服・武器以外の)軍装具; 〔戯言〕 (旅客などの)手回り品類.
accoutrement
əˈkuːtəm(ə)nt,-trə-/
noun
noun: accouterment
  1. an additional item of dress or equipment.
    "the accoutrements of religious ritual"

accouterment

(ə-kū'tər-mənt, -trə-) pronunciation or ac·cou·tre·ment n.
  1. An accessory item of equipment or dress. Often used in the plural.
  2. Military equipment other than uniforms and weapons. Often used in the plural.
  3. accouterments or accoutrements Outward forms of recognition; trappings: cathedral ceilings, heated swimming pools, and other accoutrements signaling great wealth.
  4. Archaic. The act of accoutering.


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