My Inspiration for February 2021

28 Feb

My biggest discovery this month was the Symbolist painter Gustav Adolf Mossa and I am still smitten with his fascinating watercolours of skeletons, passion, blood, saints and flowers, I also enjoyed the beautiful, vibrant and dreamy flower paintings by Odilon Redon, Jean-Louis Forain’s paintings of ballerinas and their admirers, theme of transience which I explored through the art of Juan de Valdés Leal’s painting “In ictu oculi” and let me quote Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s play “Life is a Dream”: “What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.” As you have seen from my fashion inspiration post, I have been into the 1990s fashion and that’s mainly because I’ve been watching (again) the show Beverly Hills 90210 but only the first four seasons, I don’t care for the show after Brenda leaves. Early in the show Brenda sometimes annoys me, but in season four she is just wonderful. Here’s a poem by Jack Grapes that Dylan recited in the show in season four at a poetry reading class:

“With you, the earth was a bed of grass
We slept in it like two seeds
With you, I was more than I am
Your mouth, the sun
Made everything possible
I burn with the love that I lost
When I lost you.”

“You know, it’s quite a job starting to love somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment, in the very beginning, when you have to jump across a precipice: if you think about it you don’t do it. I know I’ll never jump again.”

(Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea)

Los Angeles, picture found here.

Picture found here.

Los Angeles, 4th July 2020, picture found here.

Picture found here.

Watercolour found here.

Vladimir Mayakovsky, A Letter written to his sister Ludmila, 1905

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4 Responses to “My Inspiration for February 2021”

  1. Upside-down Land 28th Feb 2021 at 6:34 pm #

    YES!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Burne-Jones fan 1st Mar 2021 at 9:36 pm #

    The Symbolist Movement, the gift that keeps on giving. Whenever you think you know all the artists, another one you’ve never heard of pops up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Byron's Muse 2nd Mar 2021 at 10:59 am #

      That’s SO true! But I feel like that about all art, that is ALWAYS some new artist to discover, there is always a new way of seeing the old…

      Like

      • Burne-Jones fan 5th Mar 2021 at 12:24 pm #

        That’s the real joy of being an art lover, a book lover or a music lover. Always something new to find or, as you say, a different angle on familiar territory . . .

        Liked by 1 person

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