Page 301. " on Madison Avenue between E65th and 66th Streets "

Madison Avenue, New York
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMadison Avenue, New York - Credit: Leif Knutsen

Page 301. " artists like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell "

Paul Jackson Pollock (1912–1956,or just Jackson Pollock, was an incredibly famous and yet reclusive American painter who produced a wealth of abstract expressionist work. He was a known alcoholic and indeed died from his drinking addiction at just 44.

The Abstract Expressionist Movement, or 'Action Painting', which really took off in New York during the 1940s and 1950s, birthed a range of artistic talent, including Franz Jozef Kline (1910-1962), whose best paintings appeared in black and white.

Dutch American Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) was another abstract expressionist artist, as was the American Robert Motherwell (1915-1991).

Page 302. " We found an apartment on Cornelia Street, off Bleecker "

A former bohemian area in Manhattan, Bleecker Street is rather apt as a place of residence for LMS...

Washington Square Park is not far away, as is the music venue where stars including Bill Crosby, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix kickstarted their careers.

The area is now a nightclub district in Greenwich Village, so has changed a little from the period in which it is referred to here.

Page 311. " Talked of Emil Nolde, de Staël and other artists "

The Crucifixion
Public DomainThe Crucifixion - Credit: Emil Nolde
The Expressionist Movement brought with it many great painters and German artist Emil Nolde (1867–1956) was one of the first of these.

Nolde was famed for his impressive and vibrant brush strokes, which led to him becoming one of the 20th century's greatest oil and watercolour painters.

Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955) painted abstract landscapes.

 

Page 317. " Janet has Barnett Newman and Lee Krasner "

American Barnett Newman (1905-1970) was another major figure in the Abstract Expressionism Movement, whilst Lee Krasner (1908-1984) was the later wife of Jackson Pollock.

Page 318. " taken Arlene and Gail for a walk in Central Park "
Central Park
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCentral Park - Credit: Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA

Central Park is as mighty a landmark in New York as any of the city’s skyscrapers.

Located in Manhattan, the landscaped park was born out of a need for the populace to enjoy respite from busy city life back in the 1800s. Although now a well cared for and maintained outdoor area, (it is actually a National Historic Landmark) Central Park was less appreciated when it was initially established and had to be saved from neglect and disrepair before becoming the gem of New York it is today – used by just about every section of society.

Walkers, skaters (ice and board), horse-riders and runners are just some of those who enjoy Central Park. It boasts lakes and ponds for boating, bridle paths, plenty of paths and recreational areas for playing baseball and other sports. It also includes the Central Park Zoo, along with the native bird and squirrel wildlife which runs free on a daily basis.

Enclosed childrens’ playgrounds and amphitheatres also feature, attracting countless crowds as they pass through.

Page 320. " Drove out to Windrose on Long Island "

 Long Island is located just east of Manhattan and is reached via the famous Brooklyn Bridge - indeed,

Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Long Island
Public DomainBrooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Long Island - Credit: Jet Lowe

both the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are found on Long Island.

Page 325. " Dire hotel. Poiters-Bordeaux. "

Picturesque Poitiers is home to the second oldest university in France - a tradition which began there in 1431.

Visitors famously flock to Poitiers to take in the Romanesque church architecture, including Europe’s most ancient in the Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande.

The Battle of Poitiers was also fought in the city during the Hundred  Year’s War…a victory for the English.