I felt compelled to drop a note to the International Herald Tribune regarding their Monet slideshow.
Regarding the article and slideshow ("Monet's Rise from Cartoonist to Artist"), I must take umbrage at the suggestion that cartooning is a Low Art, one from which an artist much rise above. It should be obvious that cartooning is a profession unto itself, not part of a development process. What makes this even worse is your more recent slideshow, "The Art of Smoking," which uses free public domain cartoons as its focus. I suggest the slideshow be re-done with true artists (of the IHT's standards) portraying the act of smoking... perhaps the classic painting "Looks Like Four of a Kind" by C. M. Coolidge.