It’s 107 degrees in Dallas at 5:32 pm on Friday. The heatwave has prompted our crackerjack art department here at Notes and Rests to create some needed relief. Unfortunately, no one in the art department can actually draw or paint. But they did find this image of Sisley’s “Snow at Louveciennes,” which we have modified to appear “cooler” and cropped to the required size. It has occurred to us that the Musee d’Orsay, from whose website the image of this priceless painting was pilfered, might feel that our changes do not necessarily improve over Alfred Sisley’s original aesthetic choices. Or they might just ask us to take it down for other reasons. Anticipating this, Guy asked the legal department to look into the “fair use” implications of our emergency deployment of “Snow at Louveciennes.” Unfortunately, the legal research cannot be completed until next week, by which time the weather crisis will likely have passed. The delay, though inconvenient, is due to the fact that we are a small organization and there is some overlap in key personnel between our various departments. So it was simply impossible to do these things — choose a suitable image, modify it, and put it up, while investigating the legal implications of taking these steps — all before quitting time on Friday. So we decided just to go with it and hope for the best.
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