Pius Ferdinand Messerschmitt was a German painter and watercolorist. He came from a family of merchants, his first painting lessons were at the "Schmidtschen Porzellanmalinstitut" in Bamberg. He completed his education there at the Royal Arts and Crafts School and went to work for his family, trading in grain and produce, although he continued to paint in his spare time, his apprenticeship involved several stays abroad. In 1878, he attended the Exposition Universelle in Paris; that same year, his first illustrations appeared in the magazine Über Land und Meer and he won a Gold Medal from the Academy of Fine Arts, for his depiction of a scene from Wallenstein's Camp. As a result, he decided to pursue art professionally and enrolled at the Academy, where he studied with Gabriel von Hackl and Gyula Benczúr. In 1882, he began private studies with Wilhelm Lindenschmit. In 1894, he married Else Amalie Fellerer, whose father was a Hofrat at the Bavarian court, opened his own studio, he became a member of several artistic associations, including the Münchner Künstlergenossenschaft.
In 1896, he joined the Liutpold-Gruppe, devoted to advancing modern trends. He became a Professor at the Munich Academy in 1912 and, in 1914, he was named Secretary of the "Allgemeinen Deutschen Künstler Gruppe", he died unexpectedly in 1915. His widow married the painter Carl von Marr, he was distantly related to Willy Messerschmitt. Ernst Viktor Tobler, "Pius Ferdinand Messerschmitt", in: Reclams Universum 32, Vol.14, pgs.829-832. Hans Fischer, "Pius Ferdinand Messerschmitt", in: Lebensläufe aus Franken, 7. Vol.2, 1922, pgs.280-288. "Pius Ferdinand Messerschmitt". In: Thieme-Becker: Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Vol. XXIV, E. A. Seemann, Leipzig 1930, pg.433. Pius Ferdinand Messerschmitt. Eine Retrospektive zum 140. Geburtstag des Künstlers Historical Museum Bamberg, Publication #39, 1998-1999 ArtNet: More works by Messerschmitt
"Something to Talk About" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard and recorded by Bonnie Raitt in 1990, for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. It was released to U. S. radio on June 3, 1991. Three single versions were released: the promo b/w the same song. In turn, this song was included on the EP version of Raitt’s 2000 single of "The Fundamental Things" taken from her 1998 album Fundamental, it was included in 2003’s greatest hits compilation The Best of Bonnie Raitt. Live versions appeared on 1995’s Road Tested and 2006’s Bonnie Raitt and Friends. Anne Murray wanted to record this song in 1986, she still called the album that she released that year Something to Talk About though it did not include this song. The video for the song was directed by Matt Mahurin, it features Raitt with two guitarists performing the song at a community event, while other scenes show older couples dancing, people in silly wardrobe acting goofy for a film crew, many people in a swimming pool. The song was popular on multiple formats of radio: it peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, number 12 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It is one of Bonnie Raitt's most popular songs, along with "I Can't Make You Love Me". 7" Single "Something to Talk About" – 3:47 "One Part Be My Lover" – 5:06 Raitt won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1992 for her recording of this song. The track received a nomination for Record of the Year, losing to "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole. "Something to Talk About" was utilized as the theme for the 1995 sitcom Women of the House: this version was sung by the song's composer Shirley Eikhard. In 2007, the country music group SHeDAISY recorded a cover of "Something to Talk About" for the soundtrack to the film The Guardian; the song has been performed numerous times on American Idol, including by Kimberly Caldwell in season 2, Fantasia Barrino in season 3, Kellie Pickler in season 5 and Sanjaya Malakar in season 6. Sanjaya changed "how about love" from the chorus to "other than hair" during his farewell performance. David Cross and Jon Benjamin perform a live duet on the 2007 DVD The Comedians Of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour.
It was sung by Will Ferrell in the 2008 film Step Brothers and featured in the 1995 film Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid. In 2008, the song was covered by Daryl Hall on his video podcast show, Live From Daryl's House with special guest, KT Tunstall. In August 2017, Britney Spears covered the song during her Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics