Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dog Days of Summer - Belgian Fernand Toussaint 1873-1955

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, from 1873 to 1955) Girl with Dog and Umbrella

Post Impressionist painter Belgian Fernand Toussaint Was Born into a cultivated upper-middle class family in Brussels. At the age of 15, Toussaint Began His education at the Art Academy of Brussels under portrait painter Jean-François Portaels from 1889 - 1894. Toussaint left for Paris in 1891, continuing His studies under Belgian portraitist Alfred Stevens. His Toussaint divided time between Belgium & amp; Paris, painting commissioned portraits Often for affluent members of European society. Some well-heeled de son client requested Their portraits With Their dogs, and REMAIN thesis.

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, from 1873 to 1955) Lady with a Dog

Fernand Toussaint (Belgian artist, from 1873 to 1955) Lady with Parasol and Dog

Dog Days of Summer  is the name for the Most sultry period of summer, from July 3 to Aug. about 11. Named in early times by Observers in Bordering the Mediterranean countries, the period Was Determined to extend from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) & amp; the sun. The Greek poets Hesiod (ca. 750-650 BCE) & amp; Aratus (ca. 310-240 BCE) REFER, In Their writings, to  "the heat of late summer que la Greeks Believed Was Actually Brought on by the appearance of Sirius,"  a star in the constellation, que le later Romans, & amp; Refer to today we have Canis Major, literally the "Greater Dog" constellation. Homer, in the  Iliad, references the combination of "Orion's dog" (Sirius) with oncoming heat, fevers, & amp; evil, in Describing the approach of Achilles Toward Troy
Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion's Dog They Call it, brightest
Of all, an evil purpose carry, Bringing heat
Suffering and fevers to humanity.

The term "dog days" was used by the Greeks in Aristotle's Physics. Astronomer Geminus, around 70 BC, wrote: "It is Generally Believed That Sirius Produces the heat of the 'dog days' goal this is an error, for the star Merely marks a season of the year When the Sun' s heat is the greatest ".  The 1559 edition of lectionary of the Episcopal  Book of Common Prayer  indicates:" Naonae. Dog days begin "with the readings for July 7 & amp; end August 18. Aim the readings for September indicate indication 5:" Naonae. . Dog days end "This corresponds to the very Closely lectionary of the 1611 edition of the  King James Bible  qui indicates the Dog Days Beginning on July 6 & amp; ending on September 5.