Description Nut crackers in the form of wooden carvings of a soldier, knight, king, or other profession have existed since at least the 15th century. These nutcrackers portray a person with a large mouth which the operator opens by lifting a lever in the back of the figurine. Originally one could insert a nut in the big-toothed mouth, press down and thereby crack the nut. Modern nutcrackers in this style serve mostly for decoration, mainly at Christmas time. The ballet The Nutcracker derives its name from this festive holiday decoration. The ballet Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story 'The Nutcracker and the Mouse King'. It was given its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on 18 December 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.
Asbjorn Lonvig, Hedensted, Denmark Member Since August 2006 Artist StatementVery brief CV – Asbjorn Lonvig I was born in the first half of last century. I’m a 49er. Not bad, especially not bad in San Francisco. Not bad at all. My grandchildren love Santa Claus. Some knows it’s me, some don’t. I was born in the city of gable paintings Brande, Denmark. I even have made one myself. In high school – it was in 1966 to 1968 - I was crazy about art. I visited the New Carlsberg Glyptotek, a museum in Copenhagen with works of Picassos, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Heni de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. Amazing. However IT became my career choice. In 1970s I joined one of the first groups of Software Engineer Trainees educated by IBM. IBM people from the Palo Alto Development Center went to Denmark to see how that young man in the early 20s had solved a non-solvable software problem. I became manager of a medical IT-department, I started my own Software Company. I sold my Software Company in 1985 and became probably the first IT-millionaire in Denmark. I became an artist 1 April 1986 at 2 p.m. I managed to stay away from IT for some time. In a French Art Magazine I read about the Internet’s future impact on Art. I immediately lunched a concept combining IT, the Internet and Art.
After that my English improved by receiving lots of nasty e-mails: "You sir, are a disgrace to artists!", "…your painting make me feel sick by just looking at the colors". "You, my dear sir, are a low-life, not worthy your web space, and not at all the money you get", "dumbest shit", "plain shit", "old twat", "fucking stupid", "those pieces of shit", "ridiculous "sculptures"", "trash poem", "SHIT DOODLES", "ignorant idiot", "you don't know shit about art", "you have no talent", "old brain dead fat ass", "if anyone actually likes your work they are too ignorant to realize...", "go have a heart attack or something before you spread any more of this disgusting crap on earth".
In 2006 I was granted The World of Art Award (WAA) in London UK, Juxtaposition 2006 in Rome, Italy and International Graphic Design Award in Montreal, Canada. In 2009 I was chosen as one of the 100 contemporary artists worldwide to be included in the Art Book Creative GENIUS.
NEW: These days I am designing a collection of motifs (the Paris, France 2010 collection) inspired by my stays in Paris, France. I'm working with inspiration by Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris - Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Champs Élysées - Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Arch of Triumph - Arc de Triomphe, The Grande Arche de La Défense - La Grande Arche de La Défense, The Eiffel Tower - La Tour Eiffel, The Pompidou Centre - Centre Georges Pompidou, Red Mill or the "Red Windmill" - Moulin Rouge, Rosette - South Rose Window Notre Dame de Paris, City Flag of Paris, City Coate of Arms Paris, The sarcophagus of Napoleon Bonaparte Les Invalides - Le tombeau de Napoléon L'église Saint-Louis-des-Invalides, The new Bridge - Pont Neuf, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa, Mona Lisa - La Gioconda or La Joconde Hommage à Léonardo da Vincy, The Louvre Museum - Le Musee du Louvre, The Louvre Pyramid - Pyramide du Louvre, The Statue of Liberty - Statue de la Liberté, The City Hall - l'Hôtel de Ville, The Palace of Versailles (on UNESCO’s World Heritage list) - Le Château de Versailles, The Versailles Orangery - L' Orangerie du Château de Versailles etc. In Paris I thoroughly photographed each site. I have collected all the background material about each of the above landmarks that I could get hold of.
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