My Inspiration for April 2017

30 Apr

This April I was inspired by Berthe Morisot’s loose brushwork and images of women, romantic ruins, heather fields and hawthorn trees, Chopin’s Mazurkas, Eugene Onegin, Winterhalter’s portrait of Empress Elisabeth Sissi in her gorgeous tulle gown, gardens in bloom, straw hats, Victorian fashion photography, Turgenev’s heroines, Beardsley’s decadent glamour, moonlit Dutch landscapes, portraits of women with harps, 1840s fashion. I’ve read a few interesting short stories; First Sorrow by Franz Kafka, and I’ve been rereading Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s short story collection Twelve Pilgrims; when I first read it six years ago and now still my favourite story is The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow; it’s about two wealthy Columbian newly weds, Nena and Billy Sanchez, who come to Europe on honeymoon, and Nena cuts her finger on a rose thorn, leaves a trail of blood in the snow… and, well read for yourself. The atmosphere of the story has similarities with Kafka’s style. I’ve watched an interesting three part BBC documentary narrated by Lucy Worsley called Elegance and Decadence: The Age of Regency, and a film with nice costumes set in times of the English Civil War – The Devil’s Whore (2008); both are on Youtube.

2 Responses to “My Inspiration for April 2017”

  1. Yuliana 30th Apr 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    First of all, I love your blog. I love every post, every topic that you write about. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about art with us.
    Can I ask you a question. From where are you? You seem very interested in Egon Schiele and Lawrence Alma-Tadema as you recently wrote about them. I live in Vienna and these two artists are exhibited in our museums right now. Like, there’re advertisement about them all around the city and I’m just wondering if that’s a coincidence or that maybe you’ve got inspired by these exhibitions to write about them and that you are maybe from Vienna. That would be so random and amazing.

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    • Byron's Muse 1st May 2017 at 3:32 pm #

      Hey Yuliana,
      Thank you for your kind words, I’m glad you enjoy my posts and the paintings too! It’s so cool that you live in Vienna and please do visit that exhibition, I’m sure it’s amazing, I simply adore Egon Schiele. Where do I live? I’m sorry but I would prefer to keep that for myself, I’m sure you can understand.
      All the best.


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