Essays on Art

The Persistence of Time
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Salvador Dali was born in the year 1904 in May his birth home was in Spain where he later passed away in 1989. In the 1920s, Dali set out to Paris and began interacting with famous artists such as Picasso, Magritte, and Miro. This experience led him toward the surrealist group, in which today is noted as his preferred style. His career is known for the painting he made in 1931: The Persistence of Memory. Dali’s skills are often attributed…...
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An Introduction to the Showing of the Human Evolution in a Museum
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Nowadays, people in growing number are coming to realize that they have the desire of seeing what their ancestors like. So as a museum curator, it goes without saying that I would love to set up a section in the museum for them in order to give people a better understanding of how things work back then, which in this case, I cannot think of anything that is better than the Lascaux Cava to illustrate the clues to the lives,…...
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A Critique of Good Will Hunting, a Movie by Gus Van Sant
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It is hard to come across a film that many would label a good film, it has to live up to the standards different people hold. In essence, though, the value of a film should be rated by three things the script, the directing, and the acting. All good films must start with a good script without it, they would never have gotten into production. It then must have a strong director, with the ability to effectively portray the best…...
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In the Netherlands, van Eyck created the Ghent Altarpiece
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The Arnolfini Portrait is a painting that has many interpretations, is it artwork of woman with child or a celebration of marriage, to commemorate a wife who died in childbirth, to highlight the figures status or a fashion statement? Completed in 1434 in Bruges, Belgium and admired for its profound dexterity and examined for its peculiar imagery, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait has remained a mystery since the 19th century. The Arnolfini Portrait’s earliest known history is remarkable, it’s rare…...
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Clothing Fashions were Common in the Netherlands in The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
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In the painting made by Pieter van der Werff, a young boy sits, playing with a toy three-master, which is a three-masted ship, hence the name. The boy holds a bright red string that is attached to the toy boat, indicating that wheels are attached to the bottom of the ship. On the highest mast, the ship flies a Netherlands flag, indicating that this is where the boy is located. The boy has shoulder-length blond hair and is wearing a…...
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Manu Brabo’s “Frozen Tears of Donetsk”
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The Frozen Tears of Donetsk, Spanish photographer Manu Brabo documents the human cost of war. His Visit to the war-torn Ukrainian town looks not at the fighting itself but looks to show the lives of the city's residents 4 many of whom still occupy their homes. Brabo’s story is condensed in Frozen Tears to just 16 photos. He does, in my opinion, an excellent job at unflinchingly portraying the reality of war alongside softer images of human emotion. The overarching…...
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The Life and Career of Cliff Edwards or Ukelele Ike Pinocchio
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It was the beginning of the year 1940, February 23 to be exact, Families were lining up outside movie theaters to see Walt Disney's newest release, Pinocchio. People loved the little wooden boy, and they loved his companion too, Jiminy Cricket. Jiminy Cricket was Pinocchio's conscience, and he taught him life lessons. He was one of the comedic elements within the story and has since been considered as important of a Disney icon as the famous Mickey Mouse is While…...
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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Art Styles That Endure
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Art has the ability to captivate and move. Many styles of art have motivated the people of that time and inspired them in the spirit of the artists. Art leaves a lasting impression on the people of that time. It takes a special style of art to last and continue to inspire people for generation after generation. Some of the art of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century continue to have that very affect. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism remain two…...
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A Description of the New Work on Impressionism
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A new work on impressionism cant claim to throw new light on a subject, which has been repeatedly and thoroughly discussed and written about. Attitudes toward and ideas about art, like everything else, undergo changes, modifications, and shifts of emphasis. Today, we look upon the impressionists not only as revolutionaries who defied the academic traditions of their age, not only as the successors of Delacroix, Courbet, and Corot, but also as the prophets and precursors of modern painting. Impressionism heralded…...
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The Origin and History of Impressionism
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Impressionism was a major movement in painting that developed during the late 19th and early 20th Century. Impressionism started as a rebellion of a few artists in Paris around 1863, against a strict art establishment. One day they took their easels, went to a nearby forest and started painting in open air. They painted with swift, rapid brush strokes trying to catch the impression of the moment. They showed the effects of light. One of the artists, Monet, tried to…...
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The Rise of Impressionism
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In the second half of the nineteenth century, impressionism became a revolutionary break through among radical painters in France. This new way of painting emphasized on the surfaces of the subject matter by utilizing color. Furthermore, impressionists had developed various styles of their own. Well-known artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh only had little to share in their search for the impression. In fact, chronologically, the former is classified as an impressionist and the later is classified…...
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An Overview of Impressionism in Works of Art
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Impressionism refers to a 19th century style of art that has its roots in Paris. In most cases, impressionism is viewed as the first unique shift towards modern painting. Gaining prominence in France in the late 1960s, impressionism was adopted in other countries in Europe and America. Its proprieties were artists who were against the legally accepted sanction exhibitions and as a result, well-established art institutions shunned them. Accordingly, the essay discusses how impressionism is manifested in painting in close…...
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A Review of Frank Darabont Film, The Shawshank Redemption
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Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption(1994) is a film about a banker Andy Dufresne who is convicted to life in prison for killing his own wife and her other romantic interest despite his pleas of innocence. Darabont has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He has screen written for several movies but he is best known for his film adaptations of books such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Shawshank's main character is…...
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An Analysis of Hope in The Shawshank Redemption
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Only one movie has successfully copied a book and turned out to be more popular, its name? The Shawshank Redemption, also referred to as a knock off Stephen King novel released in mid-October of 1994. Based upon a trashy prison in Maine known as Shawshank, this film brings the viewer closer into the everyday life of a prisoner while continuing to pose a deeper message. "Get busy living, or get busy dying" is the main focus of this early ninety's…...
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A Comparison of Themes in The Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin and Maus by Art Spiegelman
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While the book The Dream Life ofSukhanov by Olga Grushin and the graphic novel MULlS by Art Spiegelman are two different stories separated by time, they share two common themes. These themes of art and trauma appear many times throughout both works of fiction, Grushin and Spiegelman compliment each others novels brilliantly in the way that by looking at one novel, you can gain a better understanding for some of the choices made in the other novel. The main character…...
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Survival in Maus I and Maus II, Two Graphic Novels by Art Spiegelman
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Images can reveal more than what words conveys Art Spiegelman achieved this through his graphic novels Maus I and Maus II. The symbolism behind each cartoon is reflective of the intensity in emotion in which both Art and his father, Vladek, regarded the subject of the Holocaust As a second-generation text, the graphic novels offer insight into the struggles of both the survivors and the aftermath of their survivali As the narrative advances, it becomes evident that what Vladek lived…...
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An Analysis of the Song Tank! from Japanese Animated Series Cowboy Bebop
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"Tank!" is a groovy, rather intense song that is the opening to the Japanese animated series, "Cowboy Bebop". It's also been used occasionally in international commercials. You can find it on youtube under "Tank! Cowboy bebop" if you so desire. I'm assuming it's considered a jazz song as sometimes the instruments do their own thing and there's a virtuosic alto saxophone solo. It also does a bit of layering, adding instruments and getting more intense as it goes along. It…...
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An Analysis of Female Stereotypes in Different Works of Art
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Picasso, and La Belle Angèle, 1889 by Paul Gauguin are three works of art by three different artists, and that all depict women under different lights but do indeed have in common some similarities that lead into a shared meaning they all convey to the viewers. Of different artistic styles, perspectives, and forms, these paintings may differ in the details, but the overarching message impelled by the intentions of their respective artists is the how women are subject to the…...
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Constant Love and Passion Discovered the Courage to be Himself
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I looked out at the audience and that familiar fear passed through me. I think that it always does in the brief seconds before the music starts… but then I hear the melody and it’s like liquid adrenaline being shot into my bloodstream. My body flows into the dance as if it’s the only way it truly knows how to speak. The familiar movements flowing with a grace that silences every fear. There is thrill, there is ecstasy, and as…...
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The Philosophy of Modernism in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises
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By the end of World War 1 the viewpoints of people in society had drastically changed. People were no longer living their lives with purpose due to the failure of previous beliefs. The people of the world once believe that God was on their side and that he would protect them, but after the first World War, people began to question this and so became the philosophy of "making everything new", the philosophy of Modernism. During this time period, artists…...
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The Portrayal of the Profound Stylistic Evolution and Modernism in Daria Bergs Writings
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Daria Berg's writings portray a profound stylistic evolution, ever progressing towards or descending into, depending on one's personal preferences Modernism. Her works grow in complexity and depth, transcending simple syntactic and rhetorical devices, to the point where she affects meaning through the very topography of the page in her final piece, narcissus, which is, for all intents-and-purposes, a post-modernist work, though that only proves my point; the works display a personal progression, not unlike the one seen in society many…...
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Modernism in the Novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
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"Ivan Ilych's life had been most simple and most ordinary and [therefore] most terrible" (Tolstoy ch. II). Artificiality and vain pursuits marked the life of the average middle class man in the modern era. Tolstoy recognized this approach to life and, as stated above, found it most terrible because of its dreadful simplicity and normality. In the story of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy not only demonstrates the unfulfilling nature of modernism using the life of Ivan Ilych as an example, but…...
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The Concept of Modernism in Stephen Spender The Struggle of the Modern
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Originally understood as general sympathy for the modern condition, the 1920s saw the term "modernism" become directly associated with the artistic experimentation that was beginning to develop within Western culture (Faulkner, viii). With experimentation as such a central part of the imaginative framework during this time, it is no wonder that the creative efforts of modernists are characterized by unique and highly individualized creative visions. Indeed, the incredible variety of modernist works is what makes it so difficult to establish…...
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An Examination of the Influence of the Trauma of World War I on the Literature of Modernism
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The years that inspired and ultimately shaped modernism are ones characterized by brutality, death, and perhaps most hauntingly, silence. From 1914 until 1918, the European continent became a theater for a new type warfare that utilized the recent innovations of mechanics and technology to create massive and unprecedented numbers of casualties (Norris 34). Throughout Europe and even in the United States, where no battles had been fought, societies were confronted and ultimately preoccupied with the physical and psychological horrors of…...
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The Value and Underappreciation of Theater
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As the group of college students filters into room 219 of the Fine Arts Instructional Center at Eastern Connecticut State University, the energy level is palpable and there is excitement in the air. This is a business meeting, but it soon becomes clear that the atmosphere of the organization is regularly more casual than formal. Club president Lucy Shea greets the members and engages in lighthearted, cheerful conversations while the group gets settled. As the entirety of the club assembles,…...
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Influential Work In The History of Installation Art
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Installation art is defined as a piece of art history where a space that is 3d. thee these pieces are often described as “larger-than-life pieces of artwork.” This art is usually placed strategically and has meaning to the art its self (tate1). This style of art originated in 1957 by one of the first groups of antiwar artists in japan known as the Gutai (taste2). This group was made of post-World War Two Japanese artist by the names of Murakami,…...
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Art History And The Revolution in Photographic Art
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Art can be defined as human creativity, skill, or craft, an assemblage of things having form and beauty within any discipline of creative work. Art is a journey in which artists attempt to articulate or convey anything about the subject, or to impact anything within the audience. This brings us to the question of what makes “good” art. Perhaps good art conveys the feelings of the artist or makes an influence to the person observing it to some degree. The…...
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The History and Evolution of Art Throughout Time
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Although there exists the naive assumption that art is all about beauty, the history and evolution of this human endeavor shows that it persists throughout time with a purpose that goes beyond a mere display of pretty pictures. When an is brought up in discussion, the average person may often refer to the Renaissance, the only art movement that is mentioned in a history class (though it is one of many that have passed) Or, if the person is a…...
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Earn The Respect Of Another
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I completed an associate degree in Art at the Seattle Central College in the Fall of 2019. I also have an IELTS score of 6.0. Some may think that my English language ability is lacking. Others may think that it is sufficient. I am a South Korean, after all, and my mother tongue is very different from that in the US. It goes without saying that language is one of the main challenges in my academic life. There were instances…...
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How Artist Gumi You Infuse Current Events into Her Paintings
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Diving into an alternative state of consciousness beyond the physical, Guimi You builds her practice around the wandering mind intertwining with reality, and the time she's living in. In this solo presentation, You continues to approach each painting as a unit of bodily experience and psychological discovery, during both the everyday life before the pandemic and the time of emergency. Wildfire(2020) was stimulated by her memory of her and her son during the bay area's wildfire season last year. Amid…...
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Daydreams in the Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
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In our present World. life can become routine and everyday activities can become dull especially if your life is dominated by other people. Reading a comedy lightens up the day. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber. is a humorous portrayal of a pathetic. timid man who would daydream to escape the conflicts of the real world. He has a nagging Wife and life situations never go his way, He used his daydreaming as a way of looking…...
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The Entertaining Character of Walter Mitty Compared to Monika’s Perception of Life in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a Short Story by James Thurber
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Walter Mitty’s character in the short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is very entertaining compared to Monika’s perception of life that happens to be unique. Walter Mitty is someone who is a dreamer, lives a fantasy life, and imagines himself living many different scenarios. His character compared to Monika’s View of life is very different, for example Monika feels people should work for their achievements and chase after their dreams, Walter Mitty is a well~mannered man who has…...
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Walter Witty Character in the Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
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In James Thurber’s short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." we encounter a man who constantly daydreams. Since the story is told in a thirdrperson narration. the readers have a distinct perspective and a better understanding of the character‘s personality and thought process. With access to the protagonists mind, the readers are able to understand and relate the significance of his dreams to his reality. Mitty‘s dreams of being a highly regarded individual are contrast to his real life.…...
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I Was A Mechanical BIM Designer
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One experience I have working in teams is at my former employer known as X-nth, The team structure was divided into two separate departments, the Mechanical and the Electrical departments, The Mechanical side was made up of the mechanical engineering manager, the mechanical engineer, the mechanical BIM drafter, (BIM stands for Building Information Modeling) the plumbing engineer, the plumbing BIM drafter, The Electrical side was made up of the Electrical engineering manager, the electrical (power distribution) engineer, the lighting designer,…...
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A Profile of My Friend and Roommate
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On a groggy drunken weekday, the clicking of keyboard buttons and pencil tapping flow from my roommate‘s fingers, The small, abrasive noises from him doing homework woke me from my post-noon slumbering. I examined, with eyes half open, the room for any damages and mess. I am shocked back to life when Anthony calls my name. “Justin!” he says lightly, but abrasive like that pencil tapping. “If you are looking for your bottle opener, it’s in the trash. You told…...
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A Short Review of the Dark Knight Rises, a Film by Christopher Nolan
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The Dark Knight Rises is one of the best superhero films. This is the last tale of Batman. It is a movie that has been displayed on the big screen with more screenwriting features and film producing passion than almost any other movie regarding a superhero (Jodi, Bob, Andie, 2012). Directed by Christopher Nolan one of the today's finest writer-directors. He is talented in storytelling and a producer of thrilling action movies. His decision to include Hathaway in the film…...
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A Movie Review of Moby Dick
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These days, producers and writers work together to try and reproduce classic novels as motion pictures. How precise can a motion picture company re-create a classic? Sometimes they arent as accurate and realistic as they may think. Although the motion picture somewhat differs from Melvilles work, the realistic portrayal and overall cinematography of the movie are worthy of praise. In this motion picture re-creation, the writers seem to have added a small amount of their own opinions and left out…...
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A Movie Review of Dreamkeeper: A Good, But Not Great, Depiction of American Indians
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The reason why I enjoyed watching Dreamkeeper was that the movie is informative and visual effects are attractive. The writer of Dreamkeeper, John Fusco, did a successful job. The movie helps us understand the true history of the American Indian. There are several different characters in the movie and this makes it much more interesting. Eagle Boy (Chaske Spencer), Shane (Eddie Spears), Grandpa (August Schellenberg) etcetera. Characters have different roles in stories. Eagle Boy, Blue Bird Woman, High Horse, Powwow…...
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The Spread of Islam and the Rise of Islamic Art and Culture
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The rise of the Islamic culture and religion after Muhammad’s death in 632 CE spread farther and faster than any other before it; even Christianity couldn’t match the spread of Islam. People flocked to Islam for many good reasons though, including their standards of learning to read and write, as well as the beautiful art and architecture exhibited throughout the lands of the Islamic World. One important building created in Jerusalem is the Dome ofthe Rock, The great Islamic building…...
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The Importance of Theatre and Dance in My Life
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As a shy introvert, something I have always struggled with is self-expression. This problem led to struggles in middle school and early high school with peers, family, and, quite frankly, myself, This is why theatre and dance are so important to me. The fine arts allow true creative expression through metaphors, characters, and movements that aren’t your own yet entirely true to your identity. I have mentored three seniors, two freshmen, and three sophomores in my school‘s theatre department and…...
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