Posted: December 31, 2014 Filed under: Art, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tags: dance, Graciela Iturbide, happy new year, Latin American Art, Michelle K, new year, surviving
And it has been
of a year.
I have worn
under my sleeves,
on my thighs,
running down my cheeks.
This is what
looks like, my dear.
Dancing. Graciela Iturbide.
Posted: July 30, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: Auguste Renoir, Cambodia, Cambodian dance, dance, drawing, Khmer, king, King Sisowath, Marseille, Paris, Rodin, watercolours
Auguste Rodin discovered Khmer dance on the occasion of the official visit to France by King Sisowath of Cambodia in 1906.
When Auguste Rodin met the troupe of dancers for the first time it was like a revelation to him. He was struck by the timeless and universal nature of the movements of this dance, which transformed this relatively unknown form of art into a manifestation of the universal principle of the “unity of nature” through time and space.
This encounter came as such a shock to Rodin that he immediately started a first series of drawings. However, the dancers were expected elsewhere, and Rodin therefore dropped everything to follow them to Marseilles, not even taking with him the necessary paper and drawing material. On arrival, he executed a series of studies of movements and female draperies that are considered to be among the leading lights of his art.
Text from Musee Rodin
Posted: January 22, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 18th century, 1909, 20th century, A Midsummer Night's dream, bodies, circle, dance, henri matisse, La Danse, Matisse, movement, music, nasturtiums, nude, Oberon, oil on canvas, Paris, Shakespeare, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing, watercolour, William Blake, women
A Visual History
Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing. William Blake. circa 1786.
La Danse (I). Henri Matisse. 1909.
La Danse. Henri Matisse. 1909/10
La Musique. Henri Matisse. 1910
La Danse with Nasturtiums. Henri Matisse. 1912.