Tag Archives: Labour Day

Labour Day tribute to housewives, not mariners

Today, the 1st of May, is Labour Day in many countries. I thought I would pay tribute to housewives instead of seamen and seawomen. Housewives are not considered part of the working class since they do not receive wages. The tools of their ‘trade’ (see ‘Household Utensils‘ above by the 18th-century Italian artist, Giovanni Battista Piranesi) are not as sophisticated […]

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Tribute to young sailors on Labour Day

In 1906 Henri Matisse painted ‘Young Sailor I’ and ‘Young Sailor II’ (pictured above) in the French Mediterranean fishing village of Collioure. The portraits, which are similar but quite distinct from each other in style, are a tribute of sorts to all young men and women who work at sea. Today, Labour Day 2014, we’d like to share the following […]

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Special tribute to women on Labour Day

Today, Labour Day (International Workers’ Day), we’d like to pay special tribute to all the working women around the world. Farm hands and factory workers. Seafarers and office employees. And yes, mothers and housewives – they who work at home without getting paid for their labours. The following painting by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh reminds us of women’s […]

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