Two weeks ago my last set of exams came to an end, and the following weekend I graduated from UCLA. It is somewhat bittersweet to leave behind the lecture hall, admittedly a place that was sometimes a duty rather than a desire. But watching the lights on that world dim as it moves into the past, I can only feel grateful. Grateful for what I've come to know of empires and masterpieces, grateful most of all, for what I've seen. I started the Slide Projector Series as a way to catalog paintings I encountered in school, and while I have a list of those yet to be shared I hope to continue it beyond. L'Aube (At Dawn) (see detail) was only shown in class briefly, supporting a lecture on the 19th century city and social class. In it, grandeur fades to ruin in the growing dawn and the wretchedness of poverty and excess is somehow made beautiful.