Week in Review – 11/1/20

Image: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Italy, 1932 We here at 17 Degrees follow the D.C. food scene pretty closely, but damned if we can explain what is going on. There are places that are opening right as the city girds for winter and COVID cases rise. The closures are easier to explain. The fundamental rule remains the […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Claude

Image: Claude Monet, Nature morte au melon d’Espagne (1879) This week’s art posting does not travel far from last week’s. We go from Manet to Monet. From 1864 to 1879. From fish to fruit. And we continue our still life series. The still life of apples, grapes, and melon may be a tad out of […]

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Week In review – 10/25/20

Image: André Kertész. Café du Dôme, Winter Morning, Paris, (1928). There are parallels between the change in seasons and the restaurant world. Like the plants that fade after summer, there are restaurants that are being pulled out by their roots. There are some that have hopefully taken preparations to get through the coming winter frost. […]

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Saturday in the museum with Édouard

Image: Édouard Manet, “Fish (Still Life)” (1864). In our series of Saturday art postings on still life paintings we have arrived in the latter half of the 19th century and the Impressionists. For the second week in a row, we find ourselves pondering a fish. Manet was a keen practitioner of the form, and they […]

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Saturday in the museum with Gustave

Image: Gustave Courbet, “The Trout” (1873) We have been tracing the history of still life painting in Europe for the last few months in our Saturday art posts. We are now deep into the 19th century and bumping up against the Impressionists. Before we cross that threshold we take in one more of their predecessors. […]

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Week in Review – 10/4/20

Image: Carole Lombard – 1940 Two of the stand-out, high-end spots in D.C. came back to life this week. We ate at a restaurant for the first time and the combination of fear and sympathy for the wait-staff may deter us for another 6 months, especially as the outdoors become less hospitable. There was a […]

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Saturday in the museum with Eugène

Image: Eugène Delacroix, Still Life With Flowers And Fruit (1848) With today’s post we pick up the thread of the history of still life painting in Europe and move firmly into the 19th century. The painting is by the French painter Eugène Delacroix, generally more famous for his heroic historic paintings. This painting was one […]

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Update – 9/27/20

Image: Champs Elysees, Paris on a warm Easter Sunday, April 03, 1934. After a bit of a hiatus for the last month or so, we are back. There is a lot of news in the D.C. dining world, much of it grim. We have updated our list of recommended restaurants, mostly to note closings or […]

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