Posted: May 30, 2014 Filed under: Art, Photography | Tags: 1930, 30s, aveux non avenus, Claude Cahun, confessions, disavowals, eye, France, mirror, photography, Surrealism, woman
Aveux Non Avenus III. Claude Cahun. 1929-1930
Posted: April 26, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 19th century, drawing, face, flower, France, head, Odilon Redon, sketch, stem, surreal, Symbolist
Head on a Stem. Odilon Redon.
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: January 17, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1880, 19th century, angel, fallen angel, France, French, man, Odilon Redon, Symbolist, wing
Winged Man (The Fallen Angel) Odilon Redon. 1880.
Posted: November 27, 2013 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1890, 19th century, Brittany, fox, France, Gauguin, Juliette Huet, loss of virginity, nature, Paul Gauguin, sexual awakening, virginity
La Perte de Pucelage (The Loss of Virginity). Paul Gauguin. 1890-91.
The Loss of Virginity relates a young girl’s sexual awakening to the natural landscape. Gauguin referred to the fox – a recurrent motif in his work – as the ‘Indian symbol of perversity’, though Breton folklore also identifies it with sexual power. The crowd of figures in the background may be a wedding party coming to meet the deflowered girl. Although painted in Paris at a time when Gauguin was closely involved with Symbolist writers and critics, the landscape is recognisable from other works that he made in Brittany. The model was Juliette Huet, a seamstress. She was two months pregnant at the time, and gave birth to their daughter Germaine while Gauguin was in Tahiti.
Text from Tate
Posted: November 7, 2013 Filed under: Art, Photography | Tags: 1997, 90s, broccoli, chromatic, colour, cucumber, diet, France, French, grapes, green, kiwi, Leviathan, Paul Auster, Sophie Calle, spinach, Thursday
The novelist Paul Auster based a character, Maria, on French artist Sophie Calle in his novel Leviathan. After reading the novel, Calle decided to try and become the character, to recreate the parts of Maria that Auster had made up. Maria had a “chromatic diet”, eating food of only one colour on a given day. Monday orange: carrots, cantaloupe, shrimps. Tuesday red: tomatoes, steak tartare. And so on. For a week, Calle followed this regime and photographed it.
“He had used my real life to create a fictional character and I wanted to reverse the process. I asked him to write a character that I could become.”
text from The Independent
The Chromatic Diet: Thursday. Sophie Calle. 1997.