Last night, PBS broadcast a documentary on Hans Litten. I had never heard of him and thought I had reached the end of my interest in the Nazis and their barbaric regime. But I was mesmerized and moved to tears.
Thoughts are free:
Thoughts are free, who can guess them?
They flee by like nocturnal shadows.
No man can know them, no hunter can shoot them
with powder and lead: Thoughts are free!
I think what I want, and what delights me,
still always reticent, and as it is suitable.
My wish and desire, no one can deny me
and so it will always be: Thoughts are free!
Hans Achim Litten (June 19, 1903 – February 5, 1938) was a German lawyer who represented opponents of the Nazis at important political trials between 1929 and 1932, defending the rights of workers during the Weimar Republic
Trailers for "Mr. Turner." from the always insightful blog "Lines and Colors" with links to more reviews: http://linesandcolors.com/2014/05/16/trailers-for-mr-turner/
Photographs, fakes and the demise of the educated eye from: http://artwatch.org.uk/
"In a world where pop superstars perform in flashy costumes, stiletto
heels, and headset mikes, with giant screens broadcasting their every
move......he emergence of a countertype was all but inevitable...."
All Art Friday - every piece a gem: http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/01/all-art-friday_23.html
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Some have found the film boring. With all due respect, I would suggest that their attention span and ability to follow a quiet movie has been destroyed by too many blockbusters with ear splitting music and enormous special effects. Most of the film consists of Turner doing what artists do - walking, watching, sketching, thinking, working. It's the real drama of a working artist, not the artificial drama of Hollywood.
Leigh does not flinch in portraying Turner's relationships with women - as cruel and casual as any in that era. His poor housekeeper, mutely adoring, becomes more and more consumed with eczema and loneliness. Yet, he never kicked her out, even though she was so eaten up with eczema that she had to wear a veil and was a terrible house keeper to boot. From a biography on him, I found out that he left her several drawings and 600 pounds in his will, a very significant sum for the time.
Ruth Sheen portrays his estranged mistress as angry and self-righteous, trying to get more money from Turner and recognition that her two daughters are his; Turner always denied that they were. On his visits to Margate, where he lives in domestic bliss with Sophia Booth (Marion Bailey), a kindhearted widow, he sheds his identity altogether, adopting his lady friend’s last name. The tenderness he shows her is missing from most of his relations with women, with the exception of Mary Somerville (Leslie Manville), a Scottish scientist who shares his interest in the properties of light. Ruskin, the critic who championed Turner is portrayed in a derogatory mocking way as a self-righteous cockscomb and Turner's fellow artists range from supportive to completely dismissive.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings.
Link to Boston exhibit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/john-singer-sargent-watercolors
There are several Sargent watercolors and drawings at the Houghton Hall exhibit, currently at the Legion. The show closes on January 18.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
"The Holy Family"
January 11, 1503. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (also known as Francesco Mazzola or, more commonly, as Parmigianino ("the little one from Parma") or Parmigiano; 11 January 1503 - 24 August 1540) was an Italian Mannerist painter and printmaker active in Florence, Rome, Bologna, and his native city of Parma.
Last year, the Legion had (on loan from the Frick) a very pretty piece of painting. Called "Schiava Turca," although the lady in question was neither a slave or Turkish, it gave us a chance to see one of Parmigianino's paintings first hand.
"I think she's really beguiling," says Melissa Buron, the Legion of Honor's associate curator of European art. "The sense of personality you get from this portrait - she's a living, breathing flesh-and-blood person, with a lot of twinkle in her eye. You can speculate for yourself: Would you want to have tea with her? Or is she an idealized conception?"