Friday, September 8, 2017

ART inspired by BOOKS




Pablo PICASSO’s 1955 India ink sketch 
of DON QUIXOTE and Sancho Panza
was featured on the August 18–24 
issue of the French weekly journal 
Les Lettres Françaises in celebration 
of the 350th anniversary of the first
part of Cervantes’s DON QUIXOTE.
 
(Cover art by Gustave Doré)
Miguel CERVANTES, perhaps the only 
writer ever captured by pirates, 
wrote the epic novel
(EL INGENIOSO HIDALGO DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA).
Part I published 1605 - Part II 1615, it
is considered the most influential work
of literature in the entire Spanish canon
and has spawned the adjective “quixotic”
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British artist Sir John EVERETT Millais painted OPHELIA singing before she drowns. 1851- 1852.
Oil on canvas. 
Inspired by Shakespeare’s 
play HAMLET.
William SHAKESPEARE’s
written between 1599 and 1602 and
derived from the legend of Amleth.
It is his longest and most
influential work:
who among us has not asked
at some point in our life
“Etre ou ne pas être?”
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Salvador DALI’s 
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 
was based on Lewis Carroll’s 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND. 
One of twelve heliogravures, 
one for each chapter of the
book published by 
Maecenas Press - 
Random House, 
New York in 1969.

In 1862 Charles Dodgson, a shy Oxford
mathematician with a stammer,
created a story about a little girl
tumbling down a rabbit hole 
under the pen name Lewis Carroll:
Insipid Alice is a bit of a bore but
who doesn’t love the Mad Hatter,
the Queen of Hearts,
the Cheshire cat?
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** See also BOOKS inspired by ART **
 
art, books, painting, picasso, cervantes, Carroll, Dali, Shakespeare

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

THREE FRENCH NUDES






NU DESCENDANT UN ESCALIER No. 2 1912,
Marcel Duchamp.
Oil on canvas.
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)
This painting scandalised 

New Yorkers at the
Armory Show in 1913

 1887-1968. (Photo: Man Ray)
French painter, cartoonist, sculptor, chess master, writer,
Duchamp, along with Matisse and Picasso
had an enormous impact on art.
He rejected “retinal” art and chose to make
 thought-provoking art.

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NUS DANS LA FORÊT, 1910
Fernand LÉGER. 
(Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands)
Exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1911 it’s 
considered Léger's first 
major work showing his 
alliance with Cubism.

Joseph Fernand Henri LEGER
1881-1955
French painter, sculptor and filmmaker.
An early cubist, his work evolved
into more tubular forms with
primary colors, causing his style 
to be called "Tubism".
In 1938, Nelson Rockefeller commissioned 
him to decorate his New York apartment!

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STANDING FEMALE NUDE
Pablo PICASSO 1910. 
Charcoal on paper 
(Met New York.) 
Some think this is 
composed of 
the letters of 
Picasso’s name.








Pablo PICASSO 1881 – 1971
(Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno
María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso)

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist,

 stage designer, poet and playwright.
He wrote two surrealist plays: 

“Desire Caught by the Tail” 1941 
and “Les Quatre Petites Filles”, 
the former performed as a reading by himself, 
Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir
Valentine Hugo and directed by Albert Camus.
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ART, PICASSO, DUCHAMP, LEGER, CUBISM, TUBISM