Muse

Sophie Brzeska 1913 by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891-1915

Sophie Brzeska. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. 1913.

This beautiful portrait is of Sophie Brzeska, a Polish writer and the muse of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. They met in Paris when she was almost twice his age, and Henri soon took her name although they never married.  They had an intense but chaste relationship which ended abruptly with Henri’s death -he was killed in the trenches in WWI at the young age of 23.

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Destino

Salvador Dali, Preparatory drawing for short film Destino, In cooperation with Walt Disney,   1946.

Salvador Dali, Preparatory drawing for short film Destino, In cooperation with Walt Disney, 1946.

Destino was initially a collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney. The project began in 1945 and was finally completed 58 years later. Production ceased due to Disney’s financial problems in the WWII era. In 1999 Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney unearthed the project and decided to bring it back to life by hiring a team of French animators to produce the film based on Dalí’s notes and storyboards. It was finally released in 2003.

Who would have thought that Dali, the artist of dead animals, skulls, and horrific monsters, could work together with the all-American promoter of family values and happily-ever-after? It seems they had more in common than meets the eye. Their differences are nicely summed up in their personal descriptions of the plot of “Destino”:  Dalí described it as “A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.” Walt Disney said it was “A simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”