Is This Obscene? Only Human Eyes Can Say.

Dear Friend,

It’s been one hell of a week, so I will take a good belly laugh when one comes. And it did, midweek, when Facebook rejected my Untours ad because of its adult content.

I was promoting what I have to assume will be a titillating lecture series on three of the best known and loved artists who worked in the South of France. Our Untours at Home will present talks on Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Matisse next week, and I really hope you can join us .

Although be warned, you may see images like the one above, which Facebook deemed sexually explicit. No doubt it was Matisse’s voluptuous flesh tones that triggered their algorithms and shut us down. It could be his strong lines too. We’ll trust your human eyes and judgement, under the engaging instruction of our art expert in Provence, Pamela.

Whether you like art or not, it’s all a fun reminder of our shared humanity. Stay well, friends.

Happy New Year,


PS: Check out our upcoming Virtual Weekends in Tuscany and in Barcelona and Madrid!


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