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My Inspiration for February 2017

26 Feb

This February I’ve been in a Japanese mood, which you’ve probably noticed in my posts. I’ve been inspired by Whistler’s ladies in white, Jean-Louis Forain’s portraits of the decadent gaudy nightlife of La Belle Epoque, Odilon Redon’s flowers and butterflies, white Regency dresses, costumes in the film ‘Love Witch’ (2016), which I haven’t seen by the way, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, and Manic Street Preachers whose lyrics I’ve voraciously been re-reading. I’ve watched Wim Wenders’ Alice in the Cities (1974) and I loved it. I’ve also read some poetry by Rabindranath Tagore: pure beauty. I’ve enjoyed re-reading many poems by Rimbaud and Baudelaire and I hope to continue doing so in March.

What else; hmm I’ve been listening to The Cure quite a lot as somebody reminded me of it, and also Lou Reed and Velvet Underground; ‘I’ll be your mirror’ is such a beautiful song. I loved Serge Gainsbourg’s album ‘Melody Nelson’, in particular the song ‘L’hotel Particulier’ which has a great video where Serge and Jane Birkin are walking through the paintings of Paul Delvaux.

I’ve read two BRILLIANT books, each in a different way, The Three-Cornered World by Soseki Natsume and finally, oh, finally Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki.; the first is a tale of a thirty year old artist, painter and a poet, who retreats to the mountains to find artistic inspiration and stays at a remote hotel where he encounters a beautiful and mysterious woman, he loves Millais’ Ophelia and the story of drowning and finding serenity in death is also entwined with his stay there. The latter is about a guy, Joji, who becomes intrigued by a pretty, half-Western looking fifteen year old waitress Naomi, and adopts her, marries her and hopes to mould her into a perfect companion for him, but things go terribly wrong, and Joji finds himself powerless against her charms.

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My Inspiration for February III

29 Feb

Words for February: Marc Chagall, Russia, and blue: piercing Kees van Dongen blue, spiritual Rothko’s blue, Chagall’s soulful and dreamy blue, hints of night blue on paintings of Georges Rouault… blue… I’ve been inspired by Manic Street Preachers, two very good books; Fathers and Sons by Turgenev, and The Return of Philip Latinowicz by Miroslav Krleza. Two brilliant films as well: Good Bye, Lenin (2003), and Sonnenallee (1999); the latter is story of teenagers crazy for rock music and girls, on the East side of Berlin in the 1970s. The clothes, the music, superb!

1877. Nana is a painting by French painter Édouard Manet

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1911. Sunflowers, by Egon Schiele

1866. Gustave Moreau - Venus Rising from the SeaSonnenallee cast 11834. Lady in front of a Mirror. Ferdinand von Lütgendorff-Leinburg

1878-79. Woman fastening her garter - Edouard Manet

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1911. I and the Village by Marc Chagall1912. Marc Chagall - The Fiddler1913. Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers is an oil painting by Belarusian painter Marc Chagall,1913. Ida Rubinstein as Zobeide and Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in Schéhérazade by George Barbier 1 1910. The Blue Sultana by Léon Bakst 1913. Le Bal élégant, La Danse à la campagne by Marie Laurencin 1890s Carnival in Flanders - James Ensor 1928. Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower) by Marc Chagall1906. Georges Rouault - Girl at the mirror (Fille Au Miroir)