6 Responses to “Boris Grigoriev – The Model”

  1. C.K. Dexter Haven 17th May 2020 at 12:11 pm #

    “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”

    I hold the belief that art chooses the viewer rather than the other way around. The only time I have experienced a “delayed reaction” and adored an artist’s work upon further reflection is with the art of Max Beckmann, an exploration that is still new and ongoing.

    As for Grigoriev, thank you for introducing me to his work! I was instantly drawn into “The Model”, and wonder if this painting was partially inspirational to, of all things, the visuals of Jodie Foster’s “Taxi Driver” character.

    I found your delightful blog while searching–as I often do–for information on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. You wrote eloquently and insightfully on that great artist’s work.

    I’m so happy to have found your blog. Now knowing how well you write and how articulately you express yourself, I will read past and future posts with enthusiasm.


    • Byron's Muse 18th May 2020 at 12:56 pm #

      Your comment for some reason ended up in spam! I nearly deleted it without thinking much, mechanically, as I usually do. It’s a good thing I took time to read it!

      I agree with what you are saying, I do think that a painting responds to something within us, it lures us in a way, we are connected in a unique way; the individual and the artwork. That’s a very interesting parallel, with Jodie from Taxi Driver, I agree! And that is one of my all time favourite films.

      Thank you for commenting and saying these nice, interesting things. I hope you enjoy my writing and I am glad I have a new reader 🙂


  2. C.K. Dexter Haven 18th May 2020 at 1:24 pm #

    My words must read like spam…story of my existence! 😉 I was also not notified of new comments by email though I chose to be so informed.

    I wanted to further explain what I meant about art choosing the viewer: Whenever I see a painting that captures my attention, the beguiling effect is an immediate one. Only Beckmann has had that delayed reaction from me.

    The Donna Tartt quote which prefaced this Grigoriev post relates to “Taxi Driver” in that it’s a film I’ve only seen once and it was many years ago, but its performances, atmosphere, characters, and performances are indelibly etched in my memory–and not because certain scenes and quotes have survived the relentless forgetfulness of consumer culture and made the pop culture “rounds.”

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    • Byron's Muse 18th May 2020 at 2:10 pm #

      I must say that I nearly always love something at first sight; an artwork, a film, a book, a person. I don’t need much time or any to know how I feel about something. That’s why I find it hard to understand when someone doesn’t have an opinion on something, I always have an opinion on everything!


  3. Margaret 15th Oct 2021 at 3:38 pm #

    I wonder if the model has a prosthetic leg- ?
    The colour change from upper to lower leg and the shape of the foot, and the hue , made me wonder about that. It does not seem to be a stocking –
    If she was an amputee, it would explain her blushing and demeanour. Very tough making a living. Hard life.


    • Byron's Muse 15th Oct 2021 at 7:45 pm #

      I’m pretty sure that is not the case. I think that is a stocking and perhaps the leg does look wooden but that is the manner in which the painter has painted it, kind of Cubist.


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