Rosa Bonheur

“Genius has no gender” - Eugénie de Montijo Hailed by her contemporaries as the most popular animal-painter, male or female, of the nineteenth century, the French artist Rosa Bonheur (1822-99) lived to see her name become a household word. In a century that did its best to keep women" in their place," Bonheur, like George [...]

Victorine Meurent

"Former model, single, independent woman, Victorine Meurent is one of the many forgotten women artists neglected by history." Valeryia Morozov Victorine-Louise Meurent (also Meurant; February 18, 1844 – March 17, 1927) was a French painter and a model for painters. Although she is best known as the favorite model of Édouard Manet, she was an artist in her own right who regularly [...]

Marianne Stokes

Painting : Madonna and Child, 1907–08 Text is taken from Wikepidia Marianne Stokes (née Preindlsberger; 1855–1927) was an Austrian painter. She settled in England after her marriage to Adrian Scott Stokes (1854–1935), the landscape painter, whom she had met in Pont-Aven. Stokes was considered one of the leading women artists in Victorian England. Preindlsberger was born in Graz, Styria. She first studied [...]

Letters of Note | Love

As a continuity with last week's post about the book Letters of Note, here is a much smaller book, without images this one, Letters of Note : Love, a collection of love letters compiled by Shaun Usher. "First published in 2020, Letters of Note: Love is a compulsive collection of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with [...]

Agnes Tait

I saw this painting (up here) online that completely mesmerized me : Bacchanalian Scene by Agnes Tait. I had never heard of this artist and decided to do a little research and present her here. Not much is to be found on the internet, as is often the case with women artists, the most information [...]

Letters of note

Letters of Note is a collection of one hundred and twenty five of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people, compiled by Shaun Usher. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth [...]

Odilon Redon | The temptation of Saint-Anthony

"true art lies in a reality that is felt." Odilon Redon Odilon Redon (1840-1916), an individualist who believed in the superiority of the imagination over observation of nature, rejected the Realism and Impressionism of his contemporaries in favor of a more personal artistic vision. After a discouraging experience studying academic painting in Paris, he returned [...]

Jean Cocteau | Orpheus

“Mirrors are the doors through which Death comes; look long enough in a mirror and you will see Death at work.” Orpheus a 1950 French film directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Jean Marais. It is the central part of Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet (1930), Orpheus (1950), and Testament of Orpheus (1960). Over the course of thirty years, [...]

Igor Stravinsky | Orpheus

"In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?" Igor Stravinsky Orpheus was the brain-child of Lincoln Kirstein who specifically wanted a companion-piece for Apollo to grace the second season of his new venture, Ballet Society. Stravinsky was not normally responsive to being told what sort of music [...]

Orpheus and Eurydice in Art

"'Where does our story take place, and when?' asked Cocteau at the start of Orphée. 'It's the privilege of legends to be ageless. Comme il vous plaira. As you please.” Ann Wroe, Orpheus: The Song of Life (Painting : Edward John Poynter, Orpheus and Eurydice) In the upcoming weeks, I will be studying the myth of Orpheus [...]

Ingmar Bergman | The Seventh Seal

“Faith is a torment, did you know that? It is like loving someone who is out there in the darkness but never appears, no matter how loudly you call.” The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish historical fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It is considered a classic of world cinema, as well as one of the greatest [...]

Charlie Porter | What Artists Wear

Our clothing is an unspoken language that tells stories of our selves. I am always interested in exploring artists environnement and work. I bought this book, What Artists Wear, thinking it could be a fun and new way of delving into the subject. "In What Artists Wear, style luminary Charlie Porter takes us on a journey [...]

Leopold Godowsky

« The piano as a medium for expression is a whole world by itself. No other instrument can fill or replace its own say in the world of emotion, sentiment, poetry, imagery and fancy » Leopold Godowsky was born in the village of Soshly near Vilna (then Russian Poland) on February 13, 1870, and died in New [...]

Berenice Abbott

"The world doesn't like independent woman, why, I don't know, but I don't care." Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), born in Springfield, Ohio, American photographer, best known for her documentary images of New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. After graduating from Lincoln High School in Springfield, the young Abbott had a barber cut off the long, thick [...]

Jean-Luc Godard | Pierrot le fou

“To be immortal and then die” Jean-Luc Godard Jean-Luc Godard has always considered himself as much a critic as a filmmaker -indeed, the two functions are inseparable for him- and in both areas he has made it his mission to shake up established formulas as radically as possible. "We have to fight the audience," he told [...]

Fernando Pessoa | The Book of Disquiet

“I've never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life.”  The Book of Disquiet is a work by the Portuguese author and poet Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935). Published posthumously, The Book of Disquiet is a fragmentary lifetime project, left unedited by the author, who [...]

Isaac Albéniz | Iberia

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." Isaac Albeniz Iberia Iberia is a collection of twelve independent works for piano solo by Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909). It was composed in London, paris, and Nice in the years 1905-1907. Iberia is considered not only its composer's masterpiece, but also the "corner-stone, the Koran, of the modern [...]

Ré Soupault

"Limitation makes the creative mind inventive." Walter gropius While I was doing the reaserch for Tuesday's post, about André Breton and Philippe Soupault's "Les Champs Magnétiques", I read that Soupault was married to an artist, now called Ré Soupault. I had never heard of her and she seemed to be quite interesting. Hence I decided [...]

Gustav Klimt | Death and life

"Death is close enough at hand so we do not need to be afraid of life." FREDERICH NIETZSCHE Death and life is an oil on canvas painting by Gustav Klimt. It is one of Klimt’s central works and is regarded as one of his greatest allegories, in which he used a bold composition to address [...]

Sergei Parajanov | The Color of Pomegranates

“I am the man whose life and soul are torment” The Color of Pomegranates is a 1969 Soviet Armenian art film written and directed by Sergei Parajanov. The film is a breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema that tells of the life of 18th-century Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat-Nova. Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with [...]

Gustav Klimt | Hope 1

As my studio work brings me to study the works of Gustav Klimt, I decided to talk about one of his paintings Hope 1 (Hoffnung 1), an oil painting created in 1903. Currently located in the National Gallery of Canada, the main subject of this work is a pregnant, nude female. She is holding her hands together above her stomach [...]

Blood Simple

I read this article in Literary Hub about the Coen brothers film, The Tragedy of Macbeth. The article starts like this: In the flawless, stainless neo-noir Blood Simple, the 1984 directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen and the acting debut of Joel’s soon-to-be wife Frances McDormand, a character clandestinely commits a murder in the back [...]

The Second Coming | H. B. Yeats

The Second Coming is a poem written by Irish poet W. B. Yeats in 1919, first printed in The Dial in November 1920, and afterwards included in his 1921 collection of verses Michael Robartes and the Dancer. The poem uses Christian imagery regarding the Apocalypse and Second Coming to allegorically describe the atmosphere of post-war Europe. It is considered a major work of modernist poetry and has been reprinted in several collections. The [...]

Modus Operandi

I made an Instagram post yesterday explaining the reasons and motivations behind Le nouveau Zèbre. If you have not seen it, you can read it here. Now I have been thinking and this is how I'll be organizing this magazine. On Mondays, I'll publish a post concerning classical music. What I'm listening to, an album [...]

Prints for sale!

J’ai fait imprimer quelques collages que j’ai réalisés au cours de la dernière année et je suis très heureuse du résultat! Le papier -et l’impression- est vraiment magnifique! J’ai ajouté ces impressions à ma boutique pour ceux qui seraient intéressés à en acheter. J’en ferai assurément imprimer d’autres éventuellement, mais en attendant, vous pouvez visiter [...]

Carnaval | Work progression

Work progression of the skirt and some of the shawl. I have not been able lately to pack in all the hours I wished I would in the studio. Nevertheless, my work has progressed a little. I always estimate it will take me less time to paint and once I am in the process, I [...]

André Breton | Nadja

« Qui suis-je? Si par exception je m'en rapportais à un adage : en effet pourquoi tout ne reviendrait-il pas à savoir qui je « hante »? Je dois avouer que ce dernier mot m'égare, tendant à établir entre certains êtres et moi des rapports plus singuliers, moins évitables, plus troublants que je ne pensais. [...]

Cy Twombly

I purchased this beautiful book showcasing some of Cy Twombly’s work (paintings, photographs, sculptures...). Twombly moves me, in a poetic way. I am very sensible to the chaos he creates on his canvases, to the blurred settings of his photographs, not to mention that his subject of choice is very often the rose, and if [...]

Carnaval | Work progression

I have started the paintings of Carnaval, my third movement. I have been working on the first painting which depicts a faceless woman in a dress from the baroque era. The clothing and fabric is a lot of work, since it is quite an elaborate drapé. Here are some pictures of the progression of the [...]

Waves and ripples

Ripples are the instant effect of wind on water and they die down as quickly as they form, as the surface tension of the water dampens their efforts. If a wind blows steadily across a large enough patch of water for a few hours then the ripples become waves and these will not be dampened [...]

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.  (...) With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, [...]

Ghost life

“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn't know who I was - I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I'd never seen, hearing the hiss of steam [...]

Even Because

Because it all just breaks apart, and the pieces scatter andrearrange without much fanfare or notice. Because you can’t and don’t remember the step that kicked updust and left this planet—you’d give up even more now. Because the body itself—the heart’s not dead but deeper, wrapped up in curtains, a different color,among the railings and [...]

The theory of the tides

We at the height are ready to decline.There is a tide in the affairs of menWhich, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;Omitted, all the voyage of their lifeIs bound in shallows and in miseries.On such a full sea are we now afloat,And we must take the current when it serves,Or lose our ventures.William [...]

Comète et papillons

Behind this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr Creedy... and ideas are bulletproof.- Alan Moore, V for Vendetta Clara Schumann Letter to Doppler July 14, 1838, p. 2 Misc. Ms. 372, Miscellaneous Letters and Documents File Gilmore Music Library, Yale University.

Le langage des fleurs

Élévation Au-dessus des étangs, au-dessus des vallées,Des montagnes, des bois, des nuages, des mers,Par delà le soleil, par delà les éthers,Par delà les confins des sphères étoilées, Mon esprit, tu te meus avec agilité,Et, comme un bon nageur qui se pâme dans l'onde,Tu sillonnes gaiement l'immensité profondeAvec une indicible et mâle volupté. Envole-toi bien loin [...]

La forêt dans la hache

On vient de mourir mais je suis vivant et cependant je n’ai plus d’âme. Je n’ai plus qu’un corps transparent à l’intérieur duquel des colombes transparentes se jettent sur un poignard transparent tenu par une main transparente. Je vois l’effort dans toute sa beauté, l’effort réel qui ne se chiffre par rien, peu avant la [...]

The Moon and Roses

“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers...” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince "Si tu aimes une fleur qui se trouve dans une étoile, c'est doux, la nuit, de regarder le ciel. Toutes les étoiles sont fleuries..."― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le petit prince

Pan and the dream

I received my copy of Pan Magazine. Such a beautiful object! My work brings me now to study the notions of identity, doubles, masks and masquerades and so I find in there a lot of inspiration! This issue’s theme is in the realm of ghosts, but what are ghosts if not souls who lost their [...]

Dispersion

Time is infinite, but the things in time, the concrete bodies, are finite. They may indeed disperse into the smallest particles; but these particles, the atoms, have their determinate numbers, and the numbers of the configurations which, all of themselves, are formed out of them is also determinate. Now, however long a time may pass, [...]