Friday, May 27
These illustrations were done by Frank Brunner who was a popular comic book artist and writer during the 70s and 80s. He chose to create his own interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. I am guessing that he chose to represent Alice as a nude goddess to symbolize her vulnerability in the story. There are color versions of the illustrations, but I was more interested in the black-and-white ones. You can see more of Brunner's work on his website.
Wednesday, May 25
I watched the movie Sid & Nancy last night. I haven't seen it in awhile. I think that the movie really captures the intimacy and realness of the iconic characters. The fact that Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen actually existed and chose to live the lives they did is what captures my interest. It makes you think about the human existence, the history of culture, why people like the things they like and become who they become. It's dark and dismal for sure, yet I can't help but like it. There are some great scenes, and one of my favorites is the end, how they portray the death of Sid Vicious.
Tuesday, May 24
Sunday, May 22
(Photograph by Nicola Perscheid)
Ernst Haeckel was a German biologist, philosopher, and naturalist during the 19th century. His love for nature led him to discovered thousands of new species of life. He created amazing illustrations of these species, and they have been compiled into a book entitled Artforms of Nature.
Saturday, May 21
Friday, May 20
Monday, May 16
Beksiński was an artist from Poland who created imagery that came to be known as fantastic realism. He is one of my new favorite artists. I am amazed. I love his dark ethereality. When talking about his art, he had said, "We all see death before our eyes. I am not an exception. Personally, I am more afraid of dying than death itself. This is not a fear of emptiness but of suffering, and this is what I am most afraid of." Sadly, it's ironic because I found out that he was murdered in 2005.
Rest in peace, my friend.
Saturday, May 14
Tuesday, May 10
Renée Perle, 1930
Simone Roussel on the Beach at Villerville, 1906
Bibi a l’hotel des Alpes, 1930
Bibi Arranging Flowers In Nice, 1920
Bibi at the Château de la Garoupe, 1920
Solange David, 1929
Lartigue is well-known for capturing the dreamy essence of the early 1900s before WWII. I'm most fond of Lartigue's photographs of his wife, Bibi. I think that his love and fascination with her translates through the hundreds of photographs that he took of her throughout their twelve-year marriage. He also has many photographs of his model girlfriend Renée Perle which I also like.
I found a video of an episode on Jacques-Henri Lartigue from 1983 of a BBC series called Master Photographers.