Posted: March 31, 2014 Filed under: Prose, Writing | Tags: Argentina, breast, Cortázar, extract, from the observatory, Julio Cortazar, latin american literature, love, salt, siesta, sleep
An extract from From the Observatory by Julio Cortazar:
…amor de siesta o duermevela, entreviendo en esa mancha clara la puerta que se abre a la terraza, en una ráfaga verde la blusa que te quitaste para darme la leve sal que tiembla en tus senos.
…holding you in my arms, siesta love or half asleep, glimpsing in that patch of light through the door that opens onto the terrace, in a green gust the blouse you took off to give me the faint taste of salt trembling on your breasts
Posted: March 24, 2014 Filed under: Art, Sculpture | Tags: 19th century, 20th century, Auguste Rodin, classic, embrace, eternal, France, French, kiss, man, marble, Paris, passion, Rodin, romance, sculpture, spring, woman
Eternal Spring. Auguste Rodin. 1906-7.
Posted: March 23, 2014 Filed under: Music | Tags: American, Carlos Santana, guitar, latin, Latin rock, mexican, Mexico, music, Primavera, rock, Santana, spring, supernatural
Como la semilla
Lleva nueva vida
Hay en esta primavera una nueva era
Posted: March 21, 2014 Filed under: Art | Tags: American, artist, breasts, dada, flower, Juliet, Juliet Browner, leaf, Man Ray, Margaret, Margaret Neiman, mask, modernist, nude, papier mache, Paris, Surrealism, surrealist, wife, woman
Juliet Browner and Margaret Neiman wear papier mache masks designed and created by Man Ray
Posted: March 18, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: Afro-Cuban, artist, chinese, Cuba, Cuban, cubism, figure, Ibaye, Latin American Art, painter, Pre-Columbian art, primitive, Wifredo Lam
Ibaye. Wifredo Lam. 1950.
Posted: March 14, 2014 Filed under: Art | Tags: 1982, 80s, air, American, Balloon, Boston, float, globe, nature, poet, red balloon, Roman Signer, Sylvia Plath, waterfall
By Sylvia Plath
Since Christmas they have lived with us,
Guileless and clear,
Taking up half the space,
Moving and rubbing on the silk
Invisible air drifts,
Giving a shriek and pop
When attacked, then scooting to rest, barely trembling.
Yellow cathead, blue fish —-
Such queer moons we live with
Instead of dead furniture!
Straw mats, white walls
And these traveling
Globes of thin air, red, green,
The heart like wishes or free
Old ground with a feather
Beaten in starry metals.
Brother is making
His balloon squeak like a cat.
Seeming to see
A funny pink world he might eat on the other side of it,
Back, fat jug
Contemplating a world clear as water.
Shred in his little fist.
Balloon Before Waterfall. Roman Signer. 1982.
Posted: March 12, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1932, 30s, abstract, Abstraction-Creation, alto, companion, dux et comes, edward wadsworth, leader, music, Paris, soprano, still life, Tate
Dux et Comes I. Edward Wadsworth. 1932.
Wadsworth began introducing more abstract forms into his nautical still lifes towards the end of the 1920s. In the following decade he made a number of abstract paintings, and 1932 became a member of Abstraction-Création, a Paris-based organisation of abstract artists.
This painting belongs to a series called Dux et Comes, a musical term used to describe choral roles in a fugue. It translates from the Latin as ‘leader and companion.’ The leader (soprano) sings in one key, the companion (alto) replies in another. Wadsworth’s series explored human relationships and moods, as indicated by subtitles, in this case Rebuff.
Posted: March 11, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1911, british, James Dickson Innes, landscape, nature, primitive, Wales, water, waterfall
Waterfall. James Dickson Innes. 1911.
Posted: March 10, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing, Photography | Tags: 20th century, art history, Beguiling of Merlin, Burne-Jones, Chris Marker, classic, French, ingres, La Gioconda, Leonardo da Vinci, metro, Mona Lisa, Paris, passengers, people, subway, travel, women
Passengers: A Subway Quartet. Chris Marker. 2008-2010.
In this series of photographs Chris Marker captures the passengers of Paris Metro at their most banal, illuminating the beauty and poetry of our everyday lives. In this sub-series, A Subway Quartet, Marker insets a famous classical painting which mirrors the expression and/or pose of his character.
Posted: March 7, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: blue, blue devil, carnival, culture, Doig, paint, Paramin, Peter Doig, Trinidad
Paramin. Peter Doig. 2004.